Skin Care Products: Splurge or Save?

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Continuing our Splurge or Save series, we proceed to the skin care products list (as chosen by, where you’ll find the best products and services to cater to your needs – along with their more recession-friendly counterparts.

Splurge: ReVive Microdermabrasion Renewal System

ReVive’s newest product is a powerful yet gentle exfoliant that works two ways: 1. it removes the appearance of surface damage and signs of aging; and 2. it renews and restores skin to a more youthful glow.

ReVive Microdermabrasion Renewal System is an intensive, two-part facial treatment that effectively "retexturizes" all skin types.

It’s available for $250.00.

Save: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Apricot Scrub has been around forever, proving that it effectively cleanses skin and polishes off dead cells, while keeping skin soft and smooth – at a price that won’t scrub your wallet clean. Available for $2.69

Splurge: Glycolic Acid Peel

Do not be alarmed by the "acid" in the label. Glycolic acid is the active ingredient (20-60 percent) that gently peels off dead skin. It exfoliates deeply to speed up cell turnover. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles up to six weeks, leaving your skin, glowing and younger looking. Avail of the glycolic acid peel for $200 per treatment.

Save: Clinique Turnaround Radiance Once-a-week System

Clinique’s Radiance Once-a-week System is your DYI glycol peel. A two-step system, first you sweep the salicylic-acid based peel onto your face, and then apply the sea whip extract and green tea-imbued cream to soothe your just-peeled skin. It’s also laced with anti-oxidants to fight off free radicals. Clinique’s radiance system is so potent that it’s recommended to be used only once a week at night. It’s available for $55.

Splurge: Sarah Chapman Bespoke Facial

First and foremost, this treatment is only available in London. For your efforts, reward yourself by getting Sarah Chapman’s famous facial which includes cleansing, exfoliation, a three-stage massage, and masks. The result: a smoother, fresher, firmer and considerable younger looking skin. Oh, and before you make flight and hotel reservations, note that there’s a three-month waiting list. Chapman’s famous facial goes for $150-$215 (plus airfare).

Save: Sarah Chapman Skinesis

Skinesis is designed for use in Chapman’s facials and to maintain that results of those facials in between sessions. Chapman’s Skinesis collection combines the best (vitamin E and shea butter) and the latest (idebenone, coenzyme Q10) ingredients to tend to your facial skin care need. Sarah Chapman Skinesis is available for $75 to $152.

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