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My Five Beauty Obsessions: Ada Polla

The CEO of Alchimie Forever has a serious beauty pedigree—a dermatologist dad and antioxidant-expert mom. Polla tells us which products she can't live without.

ada polla CEO of Alchimie ForeverAda Polla comes from a seriously savvy skin-care lineage. Her father is Switzerland’s pioneering laser doc, her mother is a Harvard-trained bio-chemist with a specialty in antioxidants.

So it’s not surprising that Polla, who’s the CEO of Alchimie Forever, has been feted by numerous beauty magazines for her antioxidant-rich skin-care line. Alchimie is also used in facials at spas around the world.

With a pedigree like Polla’s, we couldn’t resist knowing her must-have products of the moment. Here’s what she’s currently slathering on and soaking in.

Judith Jackson Bath Elixir

1. Judith Jackson Luna Bath Elixir
I am convinced a bath can heal anything from sore muscles to a bad day. Judith Jackson is my favorite aromatherapy brand, and this particular bath elixir helps calm my nerves and brings on sleep. In my world, a bath a day keeps the doctor away. $29,

2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
I love this all-around cream for my lips, my cuticles, anything that feels like it needs a bit more moisture. $17,

3. Emergen-C Vitamin C Fizzy Drink Mix
I drink one in the morning in a big glass of room temperature water to start the day off with a boost of skin saving vitamin C. It is always a challenge for me to drink water, so getting it done early in the day, and having it taste like orange, is a good strategy. $8.99 (for box of 30 packets),
intensely nourishing cream

4. Alchimie Forever Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream
My father’s a dermatologist in Switzerland and created this cream to be the perfect anti-aging moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin. It calms redness and leaves my skin glowing. It’s particularly suited to cold weather, but also to frequent flying, which pretty much covers the environmental factors wreaking havoc on my skin right now. $79,

Nars lip pencil


5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils
These have the best saturated color and are so easy to use. I’ve even mastered putting these on without a mirror. My two favorite colors are Dragon Girl and Sex Machine, particularly when mixed together. $24,