FFG Beauty: My biggest and best beauty secret (used for five years and counting)

posted on: Thursday, 2 July 2015

In every article I’ve ever contributed to on beauty, there is one product I have recommended time and again, and it occurred to me last week that I had never really taken any time to write about it on FFG. How this has happened, well, I just can’t explain. But here we are and here I stand, bottle of the best beauty product I’ve ever used in hand. Let’s get product details out of the way. It’s Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma ($155 / £126). Sounds like something futuristic and crazy, right? Well, I thought so too the first time I had heard of it. Why on earth would I be putting cold plasma on my face? Sounds like something I need to go into a medical lab to do, right?

Five years ago I tripped upon a video on Youtube. Funnily enough, today, I can’t find it anywhere and am starting to wonder if I didn’t have some trippy out of body experience all these years ago. On the video, there were maybe two dozen women talking about how one beauty product had completely saved their faces. You guessed it, it was Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma. These were women complaining of everything from simple dry skin to full blown rosacea. Yet, every single woman speaking claimed that this little bottle had turned everything around for them. They felt restored, renewed, regenerated. What the hell was this stuff and why wasn’t I using it?

I had just tripped into my thirties, at the time, and my skin was having a bad moment – a very bad moment indeed. I was constantly red, had breakouts regularly and more or less just looked a bit of a wreck. I was looking for help wherever I could find it, and was eventually told that a laser treatment, that was both very expensive and painful at the time, would be the only thing that could solve all my problems. But here was this bottle and all these women singing its praises.

I continued to read about Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma and couldn’t find one place online that had a bad word to say about the results. Sure, there were entire forums devoted to the smell of the product. Sadly, it smells like you are putting dead fish on your face when you apply. I know, not sexy at all. But, the results are worth it and the smell lasts for seconds and is then covered up with your moisturizer scent.

It’s hard to say what Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma will do for you as every person seems to have a different issue with their skin that it magically fixes. I kid you not, it’s magic in a bottle. I have recommended it to every single person I know and not once have I had a complaint about offering it up as the best of the best in beauty treatments. It’s a serum that I call my magical eraser. It erases all imperfections and somehow feeds my skin in a way that is otherworldly.

Earlier this year I did an experiment, just to really make sure that Dr. Perricone was still the reason that my skin was looking exceptionally clear. I stopped using it. For one month I left my skin to exist clear of any sort of serum and only used my normal moisturizer. This is no lie – at the end of the month, my skin looked tired, discoloured, horribly red and inflamed and spotted with breakout patches. In short, I looked like an adolescent again, without the overall youthful appearance. It wasn’t pretty. Within hours of the 30 day “off period,” I had purchased another bottle of Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma and was applying liberally. Over the next three days the magical eraser was back and in full swing. The skin was being fed. The texture was once again smooth, the redness disappeared and the glow returned in full bloom.

While the product is not cheap, it is an investment that is well worth every penny. I can say this with heart on hand – if they ever announce they’re stopping production, I’ll buy in bulk and find a way to keep it in my life until my very last breath. Dr. Perricone, if you’re out there listening, you have created a hero product that I do hope every woman will discover and embrace. It might just be the best kept secret in beauty and I’m officially letting the cat out of the bag.


Ladies and gents alike – go, buy and apply and let me know how it goes. I have a feeling your life is about to change…

Perricone MD Cold Plasma ($155 / £126)

Style Update: Wearing white for a Venetian adventure

posted on: Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Last week in New York I happened to run my fingers over the most beautiful off white, cream even, Grecian style dress at Madewell in the Upper East Side. Madewell has long been a go-to store for summer dress shopping, but this season they step above and beyond the call of duty in their creations. Case in point, this beauty! I wasn't leaving the store without it... and so it was. Alright, now I have to admit I'm headed back in store tomorrow in Los Angeles to purchase a few more. I can't help myself. Someone take my Amex!

In all honesty though, folks, this dress is the easiest thing on earth to wear. It has a deep v-neck, so for my strolls in Venice I paired the dress with a nude colored bralet, that looked a part of the ensemble, and layered several necklaces to keep things "polite." Paired with the new Louis Vuitton Volta shoulder bag and some simple croc sandals, this was a look that saw me through a rather hot and muggy day in Venice with little "outfit distraction." You know what I mean by that, right? Outfit distraction is when you wear one thing out for a day on the town and half way through your day you realize this was not the right outfit to wear at all, for whatever reason, and your day officially has a black cloud over it. Not the case here, oh no!