You go, girly Ruffles are back in a big way this...


April 16, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

You go, girly

Ruffles are back in a big way this spring. Whether they trim the hem of a flirty floral skirt or sun dress or soften the neckline and cuffs of a jersey top (Banana Republic, $58, left), ruffles look modern, pretty and girly.

Which isn't such a bad thing.

Clearing up adult skin

There are lots of things we don't miss about being teen-agers: angst, awkwardness, acne -- just to name a few.

However, there are quite a few people who haven't been able to fully leave their teen-age years behind. Some 50 percent of adults will have acne at some time in their lives, according to Clinique. Acne is genetic. And complexion problems that start in your teens can continue into your 20s and 30s.

As a result, many skin-care companies have developed new lines of acne treatments targeted at adults. How are these products different from the Clearasils and Oxys? "Most acne products are sold in mass. You don't get the expertise, advice and recommendations that you clearly need when you are dealing with a skin condition like acne," says Debbie D'Aquino, executive director for treatment product development for Clinique Worldwide.

The choices

Adult acne products include:

* La Prairie Cellular Purifying Systeme -- seven products that "balance and control" oily skin and blemishes in luxurious style. Acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, benzalkonium chloride. Buy all seven serums, hydrating fluids and gelees, sold for $60 to $150 each, and you won't be able to afford acne.

* Clinique makes foaming cleanser, anti- bacterial soap and night treatment gel as part of its Acne Solutions line, which ranges from $8.50 to $16.50. Acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, triclosan, sugar cane extract. The company says its spot-healing gel will "obliterate pimples in record time." Will it? We don't know. But the ad campaign -- "Zit Patrol" -- is amusing.

* Pond's Clear Solutions Overnight Blemish Reducers, $5.99 for 24, available at drug stores. Acne-fighting ingredient: salicylic acid. These medicated dots provide on-the-spot treatment while you sleep.

Socko socks

White sport socks are so boring. Hue's new sport socks not only come in such colors as Dynamite (orange-red), Envy (green) and Punch (pink), they also feature technological innovations to keep wearers comfortable as they work out.

One sock has something called "Tactel Aquator" for softness, another has "Cool-Max" to keep feet cool and dry. (Both materials sound as if they could also be the names of professional wrestlers.) Two styles feature reflective bands to increase nighttime visibility. And every sock in the collection is treated with an anti-microbial agent to control that stinky gym-sock smell.

Hue Sport Socks come in eight styles, and cost about $5 a pair. -- M.B.

Pub Date: 04/20/00

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