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Applied Science

There was a time when all it took to apply the latest cream was one???s own fingers. Not anymore.

There was a time when all it took to apply the latest cream was one’s own fingers. Not anymore. In fall’s most cutting-edge treatments, the applicators are as important as the potion itself. La Mer’s Eye Concentrate has a silver-tipped wand that is said to cool skin and improve circulation, and was designed to pick up the precise amount of product needed for application; La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream also contains a small paddle with which to daub the caviar-, caffeine- and marine extract-infused cream. Natura Bissé’s Diamond Magnetic is a diamond-infused black mud, designed to be removed with a magnet. The result, says the company, counteracts the effects caused by electromagnetic pollution in the environment. Giorgio Armani also looked to mud for his new skin care line, specifically mud from the Italian island of Pantelleria. Research revealed the island’s mud is rich in obsidian, said to contain four minerals vital to life. Armani not only incorporated it into his signature Créma Nera, he included an obsidian facial massage stone to heighten the experience.