Kumaara and Facial Scrubs


Don’t you love it when you discover a beauty product that helps you eliminate a step in your regimen? Kumaara’s Daily Antioxidant Protection was that kind of happy discovery for me. Kumaara, which is the Sanskrit word for “youth,” is a new skincare line with the philosophy that “everyone deserves youthful skin.”
Inspired by the ancient traditions of healing, meditation and wellness of India and Tibet, Kumaara uses botanicals indigenous to these and other exotic regions to promote and maintain young-looking skin. Ingredients such as organic “super fruit” Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant, and Goji Berry, used for thousands of years by Eastern herbalists to promote longevity, are combined with scientifically developed ingredients. Linefactor™ stimulates skin cell renewal, and Actiflow® is enhanced with peptides, which are used to trick the skin into “thinking” it has been damaged. This triggers the skin to produce more collagen, the naturally occurring protein that keeps the skin taut and smooth.

What I appreciated most about their Daily Antioxidant Protection is its SPF15, allowing you to skip the sunscreen step. I wish all daily moisturizers had this! A sunscreen is imperative to not only protect your skin from further harm, but also to help keep any damage already done below the surface from emerging. I cannot stress enough to younger readers how important it is to protect your skin now.

Now, I don’t wear foundation. Maybe I should, but I just don’t like the feel of it on my skin. I loved Kumaara’s Luminescent Primer because it gave my skin a very flattering, natural glow. If you do happen to use foundation, it gives you what they call a “daily brightening canvas.”

The Daily Antioxidant Serum for eyes is applied beneath the outer brow bone and in the “crow’s feet” area to improve texture, tone and elasticity, but the Luminizing Eye Treatment was the real treat, with iridescent luminizers that brighten the under-eye area. The Radiant Finish Concealer is by far the best under-eye concealer I have ever tried. It is feather-light, brightens the skin without settling into fine lines, and comes in a compact with a soft, flat brush; I literally painted away my dark circles.

For more information and a free trial of these elegantly packaged products, check out their website, kumaara.com.


Facial Scrubs: Let your skin shine through

Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, is quite an extraordinary machine. It continually produces new cells at the dermis (deep layer) and drives them up to the epidermis (surface layer), pushing aside dead cells. As we age, our ability to manufacture new skin cells slows down and the dead cells overstay their welcome up top, muddying up the complexion.

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that cling to the surface, revealing the newer skin below and preparing the epidermis to best absorb treatments. As you may know by now, I’m a big fan of exfoliation and I thought you might enjoy some of these facial scrubs I’ve tried. All come in four-ounce containers unless otherwise noted.

Noah’s Naturals employs Jojoba Beads in its recipe, along with lavender, vitamin E, geranium and chamomile. It contains no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol. This is the creamiest and most gentle of the four, has a fresh, clean scent, and is a super bargain at only about $8.

Jason Red Elements Exfoliating Scrub also includes Jojoba Beads for a gentle scrub. Red tea, peptides and copper help boost collagen and contribute to firmer skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance- and paraben-free, and costs about $13.

Avalon Organics’ exfoliating enzyme scrub was a favorite. Lavender Renewal and Vitality is made with botanical granules and fruit enzymes to slough off the dead skin. Organic flax, borage and rosehip oils restore moisture, whiles organic lavender, licorice root and coleus oil protect new skin. The lavender scent was so refreshing in my morning shower! It is hypoallergenic and fragrance- and paraben-free at $17.

Lamas Beauty’s Pumpkin Spice Polish smells good enough to eat. Apricot grains and perfectly rounded micro-scrubbing particles polish the skin, and ingredients such as pumpkin oil, aloe vera, vitamin E and soy protein seal in nutrients and moisture. While at 6 ounces, this is the largest of the four, it is also the most expensive at around $24.

It takes several days for an appreciable amount of dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface, so be sure to avoid over-scrubbing. Once or twice a week is often enough. And never, ever use body scrubs on your face unless they are made for both. They are generally too rough for the delicate skin on the face. Again, always do the research to make sure you choose the best product for you. Happy scrubbing!

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.