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Beauty Scientist Anthony Vargas’s New Skincare Line
By Chere Di Boscio
No one in the cosmetics industry knows beauty quite like Anthony Vargas.
After spending several decades in Research and Development at cosmetic giants like Avon and Elizabeth Arden, this is a man who has empirically tested literally hundreds of ingredients for their effectiveness and safety, and decided that the best way to preserve youthful, healthy skin is…to go green.
Vargas left the mainstream corporate beauty world to start his own natural skin care range, Tilth Beauty. Tilth uses a blend of botanical, natural and scientifically-proven ingredients that deliver high performance, effective results without any parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum-based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, animal products or synthetic colours of any kind.
I heard good things about this brand, so decided to test a full range of their products.
Of course, the first thing I noticed was the packaging: each product comes in a recycled paper box, and glass is used to contain the creams, while the rest of the range comes in what felt like plastic tubes, with pump dispensers to disperse the product.
The first one I tried was the Rose Protection Cleansing Gel. Scented like an English rose garden, a small drop of this cleanser went a long way, and left my usually dry skin with no tightness at all. In fact, my face was left just moist and clean.
Next up was the Berry Extract Toner. Loaded with blueberries, goji berry, cranberry, tumeric and basil, it’s packed with anti-oxidants and smells like it would make a delicious cocktail if mixed with vodka (don’t try that at home, of course!). Neutral going on, it left my skin even cleaner, and protects it from pollution during the day.
Flawless Serum with Retinol and Botanicals was the next step. This serum absorbs quickly, leaves no discernable feeling or residue on the skin, but presumably works below the surface: apparently, Retinol, in the form of Vitamin A, is scientifically proven to improve collagen production, stimulate skin cells, and reverse the signs of ageing at the molecular level.
Finally, I tried the anti-ageing firming moisturiser, but I must say, Tilth products are quite hydrating, so I barely needed it. Still, it did seem to help keep my skin moist throughout the evening, even in the dry, harsh heat of a centrally heated Parisian winter.
I don’t often rave about many products, but Tilth Beauty’s organic credentials and youth-awakening results have made me a firm believer in Anthony Vargas’s scientific approach to natural beauty.
To try the range yourself, go to: www.tilthbeauty.com