Beauty & Beyond: Chilly Beauty Products


If you told me that Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe ate Crayola crayons to achieve their lovely skin, well'?¦saddle me up to a fork and a giant heaping of Burnt Sienna and Carnation Pink. I would do it. I'm just that nuts.

Luckily, I don'??t really have to. Thanks to Erno Laszlo. This famous Hungarian doctor's original formula pHormula 3-9 was customized for his most demanding clientele from 1917 to 1973. Yes, Ms. Hepburn and Ms. Monroe were two of those lovelies, in addition to The Duchess of Windsor and Greta Garbo. Not too shabby a lookin' group, eh?

pHormula 3-9 Cream is an anti-aging breakthrough. But when the great doctor passed, any potential of adding newly researched greatness to this already great formula passed with him. Ah ha! Wrong. Allow me to explain why. Back in 2001, one of his researchers found a new formula complete with personal archives on its ingredients. This of course explains how they have new products in the Erno Laszlo line--one of which is the amazing pHormula 3-9 Repair Cream.

A sister to the original Balm, this nutritional, nourishing supplement creates a '??health dome'? over your skin. This ensures that your skin is absorbing all of the nutrients one-on-one. Hero ingredients include cultured Raspberry cells for their superior anti-oxidizing properties; sustainable and wild-harvested African Marula Oil for hydrating benefits; and Indonesian Nyamplung Oil for its therapeutic action against DNA damage due to sunlight exposure.

pHormula 3-9 Repair Cream is a daily nutritional boost. I would say it's more for when you want to undo what you'??ve done. Think of it as soothing TLC for a sunburn, a post-surgical nip tuck (shhhh...I won't tell) or aprés-microdermabrasion. It also heals dry patches, something we know is on their way as temps drop and chillier winds greet you at the door. I'm looking forward to cozying up to this thick rich cream once the days get even drier, and sadly, so does my skin.

Speaking of chilly, you can chill the cream in the fridge before applying for an ultimate soothing experience. Not a burnt sienna in sight.

Erno Laszlo pHormula 3-9 Cream is available for $265 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and


There's really nothing better than waking up snug in your bed, comforter wrapped around your body, a chill nipping at your exposed nose. That season is upon us. Unfortunately so are school days, so we can usually only enjoy that warm cocoon for a bit before it's up and Adam (or whatever your little boy's name is).

One way to get your skin to join the ranks of the get-up-and-go is with SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Awaken your skin and reduce puffiness by storing this cult-favorite moisturizing gel in the fridge for an extra morning boost. It has my all-time favorite ingredient in it - hyaluronic acid, the body'??s natural hydrator that holds up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. Put this ingredient into a gel, and all this moisture is delivered straight to your skin. Now you see why it's my favorite, especially as the air gets drier.

The vitamin B5 helps with tissue repair and replenishes nutrients. It'll even assist your other products, as it maximizes the benefits of a daily moisturizer as well as any Vitamin C treatment you use.

A few drops of the gel once or twice a day on your neck, face and chest is all you need. That and a few more minutes under the comforter. Just tell the alarm clock Cheryl said it was okay.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is available for $70

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Exhale, Stuff and Glamour magazines.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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