If the ads for popular beauty products leave you skeptical, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board’s veteran testers are ready to try the latest and greatest when it comes to all things beauty. We’ll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making your life a little easier.
Kara Vita Secret Code DNArescue Spray Lotion
Available at karavita.com; $98 for 2 ounces, $79 for club members
“Unlocks the skin’s ability to preserve the integrity of its DNA ... helps resist cell death and damage caused by the sun”
I had bad vibes about this product from the get-go. First, I didn’t like the application process. You have to spray it directly on your face and neck, and for this price, every little spritz is worth a good chunk of change. So unless you’re wearing one of those “Cones of Shame” that dogs wear around their necks after a medical procedure, there’s no way you’ll aim straight enough to avoid your hair, ears or surrounding atmosphere. Ka-ching, ka-ching! After a messy spray job, I massaged the lotion into my skin as instructed — and within minutes, my face felt sticky and greasy. The company’s website says using this product daily can ultimately affect the DNA blueprint of the skin, but I’m not buying it. Speaking of buying, you have to join the Kara Vita “club” to get discounts on products to the tune of $35 a year. This attempt to be exclusive is a sure-fire way to lose a lot of potential customers.
Michelle Bearden, 59, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA-TV.
Glo Therapeutics Refreshing Mist
Available at Gloprofessional.com, Amazon.com and Wal-Mart; $16 for 2 ounces
“Delivers hydrating nutrients to moisten, soothe and calm dry, irritated skin.”
Clarisa says: Even in the hot, sticky Florida summer, I could not get into using this product. I’m already sweating; do I really want to get even wetter by spraying a mist on my face? The short answer was no, but for the sake of testing this I carried it around in my purse. There were two times I was thankful to have it: on a sweltering day at a Disney park and when I stepped off an airplane. For $16, I could see the benefits of buying this for traveling — especially on airplanes, which can leave your skin dry and makeup stale. The mist was “refreshing” for its scent, which includes lavender, rosewood and citrus.
Clarisa Gerlach, 42, is a TBO.com news editor.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence Moisturizing Toner
Available at Tataharperskincare.com (store locator available on website): $65 for about 2 ounces
“A light moisturizing toner spray that deeply hydrates the skin and gives the complexion a fresh, dewy radiance.”
Shantae says: This Tata Harper product is a made in the USA, with the majority of the ingredients coming directly from Tata Harper’s farm. The toner is one of her signature products and contains 19 active ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, white willow, grapefruit, witch hazel, and orange blossom. It’s like having a moisturizer that works as an anti-aging product, hydrates your skin, reduces redness and gives your skin a youthful glow. It makes the skin feel fresh and toned, but balanced and hydrated, without the tightness. It’s also great for setting your makeup. I loved the scent and the moisturizing effect on my skin, but the $65 price tag won’t allow this toner to be in heavy rotation in my skincare regime.
Shantae Brewster, 41, is the Tribune’s Readers Desk supervisor.