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hard night PM Oil Cleanser

The concept of actually putting oil on my face seems insane. Aren'??t I trying to deshine-degrime-unoil-matte down my face constantly? Why would I undo what I did?

I thought that'?¦until I tried oil cleansers. Counterproductive sounding, but they really do work.Shiseido's was the first to help me turn the corner on adding oil to my regimen, instead of trying to get it off my skin.

I recently was introduced to the botanical skin care line, Hard Night Good Morning. Love the name, cuz the first thing never really translates into the second thing. I'??m intrigued. Another thing: the packaging is to die for. Or at least pass out for.

The line has a PM Oil Cleanser that really deep cleans (even removing makeup from your eyes). Put it on a dry face to dissolve makeup, then splash on water for a creamy foam that cleans away the mess. Key oil extracts read like a sweet treat--Macadamia Nut, Kukui Nut, Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Olive and Camellia Sinensis Leaf.

Also of note is their Detox Mineral Masque. Consider this the opposite of oily since it's a clay-based masque that detoxes your skin by absorbing all the nasties (some of which might be oil). Working my favorite Crayola crayon color into this post'?¦this Burnt Sienna formula contains Kaoline and iron-rich Bentonite to oxygenate and support your skin's metabolic functions. There'??s also sea salt (something else I didn'??t think you wanted to add to your skin's diet) to strengthen the epidermis. Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit (in some circles they'??re known as soap nuts) Extract and Malachite Extract protect the cells of the skin from oxidative damage.

Note: putting the masque on with a brush is the best way to do it. The formula is very thin, so it tended to drip off my fingers. Another note, choose a darker colored cloth to remove it. The Crayola color stained my nice white washcloth.

Now I plan on reaching for these every time there's a hard night, so I can wake up to a good morning. That's my kind of plan.

The Hard Night Good Morning line is available at

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I will now proudly gloat on my smart mama. She'??s a microbiologist in molecular genetics. No, I have zero idea what she does. But when I was a kid, I would hang out in her lab after school (in the non-radioactive part) playing with petri dishes, Bunsen burners and looking through windows into boxes of blueish DNA strands. Pretty damn cool.

So when I read that Lifeline Skin Care has serums that utilize DNA in the form of non-embryonic stem cell to combat aging, I was thrilled. Turning to the body to fix the body seems like a genius plan to me on many levels. And since stem cells are the very core of our beings (read: they are all over our early development and tissue regeneration)'?¦well'?¦say no more. I'??m in.

Lifeline Skin Care is from International Stem Cell Corporation, a biotech company that'??s best known for being the first company in the world to create non-embryonic stem cells. Serious science, ladies. Note: Before people get all freaked out, I'??m saying non-embryonic human parthenogenetic stem cells. Translation: no viable eggs are used. Just all the benefits that stem cells bring to the table, like growth factors that help aging skin and damaged tissue rebuild.

They have two serums in the line. The Defensive Day Moisture Serum nurtures collagen and fibroblasts, leaving skin feeling smoother and looking more radiant and calmer and protected. With SPF 15, you can wear it under your makeup. The Recovery Night Moisture Serum is just that'?¦recovery. It activates your skin to help regenerate itself so you wake up nourished and replenished with firmer skin.

See mom, I am finally putting a little science into my day. Gonna make you proud.

Lifeline's Defensive Day Moisture Serum ($160) and Recovery Night Moisture Serum ($190) are available on

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

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

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