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Don't let travel in the Polar Vortex age you: Laboratories Luzern to the rescue!

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Often, the most fun winter travel can be the harshest on your skin. You certainly don't want as a souvenir to come home looking a lot older and distressed! After travel this past week to Vermont -- skiing, seeing the sites in the Green Mountains along historic Rt. 100 -- my skin was a windburned mess. In Vermont, people ski in blizzard conditions, shrug off frostbite. Eeek! I felt like Mother Nature had given me a "time out". That's why I was especially glad to be hosted to experience Laboratories Luzern, a skincare company made in the USA, but source highly active ingredients from Switzerland, `the Swiss Alps . . .perfect!

Pure Cleansing Gelee is part of their Swiss Glacial Purifiers line. It has super-charged actives such as bio-Swiss botanicals and Zermatt glacial water. It is renowned for re-balancing, deep-cleansing and decongesting in a soap-free gel cleanser format. I found it to be a creamy gel with lots of silky slip, no irritating foam. It's crafted for all skin types, especially normal, combination, or oily, also for sensitive or acne-prone skin. It doesn't strip and unlike some cleansers for sensitive skin, it's not too creamy or waxy. It's effective and refreshing, but definitely doesn't strip your skin.

Serum Absolute WE3 is a short cut to looking younger and certainly, less beat-up by the elements. A serum goes under other products and indeed, Luzern has a number of ideas on how to use the product for more versatility:

High in concentrated actives, low in additives these serums target specific skincare conditions. A few drops will transform your daily skin care routine to expertly meet the changing needs of your skin- yearly, monthly, daily! Three ways to customize your skin care with Serum Absolut: Blend three to five drops into your daily moisturizer in palm of hand. Directly apply three to five drops to cleansed skin under your moisturizer or spot treat a specific area with a drop or two where needed. Infuse by mixing five drops into the System O2 Infuse mask to draw ingredients deep into the skin.

WE3 is Stem Cell + Advanced Peptide Triple-Action Wrinkle Eraser. The serum penetrates deeply to encourage intensive cellular repair and diminish signs of imperfection. Swiss apple stem cells, pure amino-peptides and Bio-Swiss organic Alpine extracts are in the product. For such an efficacious product, I was relieved that I didn't have any rashiness or blistering the morning after I first tried it. With many products, I go through a period of irritation. It's very fluid and instantly absorbed.

Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Creme Luxe has Biodyne TRF + Co-Q10, a mega-energy source that oxygenate to awakens skin cells and boost cell metabolism for a fresh, healthy, glowing complexion, Hyaluronic Acid + Swiss Mountain Water for a reservoir of deep hydration that holds moisture to the skin all day, Bio-Swiss Organic Edelweiss Extract with ultra-high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols. Within a day or so of using the product, I didn't look like I had been in sub-zero windchill and exposed to the sun at high altitudes, with makeup applying smoothly and not sliding on overly greasy creams. The dry, burned aspects of my skin healed. You would think effective creams like this have to be heavy, but it's actually a light lotion texture with a faint citrus scent. It leaves a smooth finish and will not interfere with any cosmetic application. Some creams make foundation and primers pill, peel or slide off. This is what they say about it:

Excellent for those wanting a combination of deep moisture and powerful anti-aging actives. Ideal for normal, normal/dry and dry skin types. FORMULATED WITHOUT: – Preservatives – Parabens – Sulfates – Propylene Glycol – Synthetic Fragrances – Synthetic Dyes – Petro-Chemicals – Phthalates

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