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World of Beauty
Plant-Derived Cosmetics from Iceland
Iceland’s award-winning skin care brand Bioeffect has launched EGF Day Serum, a new product in its line of plant-derived skin care cosmetics with the so-called Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF).

Based on 10 years of biotechnology research in Iceland, Bioeffect skin care products contain EGF cellular activators, which are skin proteins that prompt the skin to speed up its renewal process. Young skin produces sufficient amounts of cellular activators to help it retain its youthful glow, but the EGF concentration decreases with age, causing the skin to become less firm and flexible. Such skin is thinner, acquires a matt complexion and discolorations start appearing on its surface.

The EGF in the EGF Day Serum is copied from human skin and made from barley seeds to ensure maximum efficacy and purity. It is instantly incorporated into the body, making the skin interpret the serum’s cellular activators as its own. The activators are like messengers that deliver stimuli to skin cells, triggering natural renewal processes.

The EGF Day Serum has been developed specifically for day application. It firms and rejuvenates the skin, restores its youthful radiance, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is the fourth serum in Bioeffect’s EGF line, after a facial care night serum, an EGF Eye Serum, and an innovative Body Intensive serum for anti-aging body care.

Elixir of Youth
The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, a new face serum from La Prairie, fills wrinkles and restructures, smoothens and lifts the skin. The serum makes a spectacular difference even on deep lines, resulting in visibly younger-looking skin in just two weeks. The innovative formula of the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster targets skin cells to deliver active ingredients precisely where they are needed. Peptides and neuropeptides contained in the serum synthesize collagen and elastin and improve the skin’s moisture balance. The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster also contains ingredients of marine and plant origin that restructure, exfoliate and smoothen the skin.

New Products from Dr Irena Eris
For Her
Dr Irena Eris has launched Tahiti, a sensual face scrub with an exotic fragrance. Tahiti’s delicate exfoliating crystals are suspended in gold, brightening particles, giving the skin a smooth feel and a silky radiance. Tahiti contains betaine, which combined with the tropical nectar of black Tahitian pearl and orchid produces a sensation of velvety softness and leaves the skin nourished and firmed up.

For Him
Platinum Men, the latest after-shave balm from Polish cosmetics brand Dr Irena Eris, is high in biologically active pro vitamin B5, which effectively soothes irritated skin and micro cuts. Applied systematically, Platinum Men reduces skin redness by 16 percent. The product also contains vitamin E-rich Canola oil, which nourishes the skin and makes it less rough. Meanwhile, shea butter protects the skin from harmful UVB rays and premature aging.

Platinum Men has the fresh fragrance of sorbet squeezed from pink grapefruit and Bergamot orange skin, spiced up with a hint of rosemary.

Newfound Youth
Swiss luxury cosmetics brand Valmont has rolled out Expert of Light, a new line of skin care products developed to illuminate the complexion and correct color imperfections. The line comprises eight advanced products, including a face cleansing foam called Illuminating Foamer, an Illuminating Toner (face toning lotion), Clarifying Infusion (face serum), Clarifying Touch (corrective face concentrate), Clarifying Surge (face cream), Clarifying Pack (face mask), Urban Radiance SPF 20 (protective face emulsion) and Urban Radiance SPF 50 (protective face cream). All the products effectively brighten up the skin and visibly even out its color while at the same time protecting the skin against harmful external factors such as sun rays.

The advanced Expert of Light formula ushers in an innovative ingredient called Zinc DNA. Developed at Valmont labs, Zinc DNA combines the anti-aging properties of HP DNA with the illuminating and soothing effect of zinc ions for outstanding results.

The Expert of Light line is available from AMMA Missala Distribution.

Skin Care Revolution
Dermedic Clinical Regenist, a new line of revolutionary skin care products, caters to the needs of sensitive skin with signs of aging, especially those that appear after a sunny vacation. The line introduces a serum with ARS 4-5 complex and a high concentration (23 percent) of active ingredients that help nourish the skin around the eyes. The active ingredients in Dermedic Clinical Regenist serum include RonaCare Luremin, an innovative substance that is as effective as retinol but free from retinol’s side effects such as redness and skin irritation. The serum activates skin repair processes, revives cells and protects them against aging. It also stimulates the delivery of oxygen to cells, strengthens the structure of the skin and preventing it from going slack.

Delicate Touch of the Orient
Oud Satin Mood, the newest eau de parfum from exclusive French perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian, was inspired by the smooth and shiny texture of satin. Like the subtle fabric, the new fragrance calls to mind a glamorous and wealthy Orient. The heart note relies on an intense, luxurious agar wood accord that beautifully harmonizes with a delicate violet note and a rich rose aroma comprising Bulgarian rose essence and Turkish rose absolute. The base note of ambergris and vanilla lends a mild and soft quality to Oud Satin Mood.

Italian Specialty
Bottarga is an Italian specialty produced in the south of the country from the roe of different fish species. The name comes from the Arabic batârikh, signifying “salted fish eggs.” This amber-colored delicacy is prepared by first carefully removing entire roe pouches from fish. Washed, the pouches are then cured in salt and left to “rest” and dry on wooden shelves. They need to be regularly flipped over and sprinkled with fresh salt as well as slightly pressed.

Bottarga is served as an appetizer or as an ingredient of pasta dishes, especially those based on pasta. In the most basic dish, powdered bottarga is sprinkled along with olive oil over spaghetti.

Bottarga is available from the online store, which delivers it across Poland within 48 hours.