By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
From super-effective skincare products to oh-so-delicate Italian-inspired jewelry and glitzy posh eyewear, here are some of the best new items now available in Mexico for your indulge-me list.
Skincare is a year-round endeavor, protecting yourself from chafing in cold weather, slathering on the creams to moisturize and sooth in the sweltering summer, and protecting your skin from the everyday assaults of environmental aggressors and stress 24/7.
Fortunately, there are some serious skin-defense products on the Mexican market that can keep you hydrated all day long, all year long.
CevaVe, for example, the Number One face- and body-care cream in the United States for the last four years, just celebrated its first anniversary in Mexico on June 26.
Developed by medical researchers in cooperation with dermatologists, CeraVe products are designed to safeguard and help rebuild the skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving skin soft and healthy for up to 24 hours.
All CeraVe products (which, by the way, are sold exclusively in Mexico at pharmacies, derma-pharmacies and Sanborns) are enriched with a special formula of three essential ceramides (the fatty acids and other lipids that repair and strength skin’s natural barrier), delivered slowly throughout the day via a patented MultiVesicular Emulsion (MVE) Technology system.
CeraVe was first launched in the United States in 2006, with three core products, Moisturizing Cream, Moisturizing Lotion and Hydrating Cleanser.
The line has since expanded to incorporate a range of products, including a deep Hydrating Cleansing Bar, a dark-circle-fighting CeraVe Eye Repair Cream and a CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream that keeps your tootsies soft and callous-free.
Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating and fragrance-free, CeraVe products are useful in treating a range of skin conditions, from eczema and psoriasis to acne and blackheads.
Micellar waters, composed of micelles that trap impurities with a single swipe and gently lift them away, are the new, keep-it-simple method to wash off the day’s accumulations of as sebum, oil and tiny traces of makeup without heavy cleansers.
These multifunctional, alcohol-free eaux can double a toners, cold creams and even moisturizers, and are so lightweight they actually look and feel like water, but can unclog pores and strip away mascara and eyeliner with no rubbing.
Best of all, micellar waters actually nourish and hydrate, and need no rinsing, so they are great on the go as natural-based skin fresheners.
If you are planning on using a micellar water, why not choose one that is made with the moisturizing properties of Uriage thermal water, born in the heart of the French Alps and enriched with mineral and trace elements from a 75-year-journey through the rocks?
Uriage Thermal Micellar Water is hypoallergenic and perfectly suited for removing make-up, thanks to the unique properties of Uriage Thermal Water.
Uriage Thermal Micellar Water comes in a three different formats, one for dry skin, one for mixed and oily skin, and one for irritated or sensitive skin.
All three micellar waters cleanse with delicate, non-ionic surfactants that eliminate all impurities.
The unique formula also contains apricot extract, known for its soothing power.
And the non-break plastic bottle the water comes in makes it easy to toss in your purse or gym bag for a quick skin pick-me-up in the middle of your day.
We all want a little extra sparkle in our lives, and one sure way to get that glimmer is through crystal-studded lenses.
The new Swarovski Eyewear Collection expands the brand’s brilliant offering of fresh, glamorous and innovative styles dedicated to contemporary, multifaceted women.
Drawing on the glamour of the 1950s (replete with Marilyn Monroe cat-eye frames with tiny crystals on the side) and the look-at-me oversized frames of the 70s, this collection is definitely a gamechanger in terms of how glasses can serve as a major fashion accessory.
The collection takes its inspiration from the brand’s own jewelry offerings, and the new range exudes signature Swarovski design codes, with a touch of glitz that immediately draws attention to your eyes.
Feminine, modern and easy-to-wear styles place the spotlight firmly on the beauty of Swarovski crystals to deliver ultimate sparkle that lets every woman’s unique style shine.
The new Swarovski fall/winter collection is now available at select optical shops across Mexico.
Living a Jeweled Life
It’s hard to argue against the Spanish design house Tous’ new commercial philosophy: Life is too short to wear fake jewelry.
And, indeed, who would want to, when we all can afford the crafted elegance of semiprecious stones embellished with rose gold and silver?
So in response to the unpredictability and ambivalence of today’s topsy-turvy world of unanswered questions, Tous had dedicated all five collections of its new fall/winter season to the exemplar gentility of classic jewelry designs that reflect the timeless refinement of cherished heirloom gems.
Headlining the new lineup, titled The Real Jewel, is the Mini Fiore collection, inspired by the handcrafted crystals of Venice’s Murano Island.
The oh-so-delicate grace and beauty of these understated pieces echo the eternal nobility of good breeding and courtly sophistication.
There is also a Light Mesh collection with signature stones and tiny diamonds mounted on 18-karat rose and white gold, destined to be Tous’ big sparkler for the winter holiday season, and a Glory collection of brightly colored gems encased in sleek vermeille settings.
The Nocturne collection reflects the brand’s classic icons (yes, like that little teddy bear we have all come to love), as well as spiritual symbols such as tiny hearts and moons.
The iconic Mini Ivette collection, which included 18-karat gold and topazes, opals and amethysts, is an extension of Tous’ mix-and-match pieces that can be combined or worn alone to make jewelry that expresses your individual creative vision at any given moment.