INSTANT BEAUTY : CATTIER MASQUE ARGILE

Clay Mask, Pink Clay, Aloe Vera

Key words :French, Bio-Cosmetics, NATURAL, sensitive skins.

Ingredients :Kaolin, Aqua, Mentha Piperita Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Jojobate, Jojoba Alcohol, Propanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum.

The Key Ingredient in this product is Kaolin (at least, the “pink” clay is listed as such), infused with nourishing/protecting plant oils and Aloe. Kaolin is a type of – usually white – clay, that has ABSORBING and SOOTHING  properties.So are the plant oils and the Aloe in this product.

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Cattier makes a series of different – and very famous –  clay masks, all intended for a specific skin type or skin condition. This “pink clay” version is meant for SENSITIVE skin and can, in fact, be used by ANY SKIN TYPE. It’s soft and gentle and will leave skin feeling pure and smooth. The one RULE to observe when using a clay mask is, however : DO NOT LET IT DRY on your skin (completely). That’s why I like to advise clay masks as QUICK FIX PURIFYING & BRIGHTENING products.

You can use it after coming home from work, or before going to a party,  but it’s great for mornings also.Just apply and let it sit while you’re having a cup of coffee. You can even massage it for 2-3 minutes (even AROUND EYES) and you’ll look as fresh as you possibly could. Take it off with water and do what you always do. If you read my blog, you’ll know I recommend toning & a serum plus a (light) moisturizer.

Who can use this? Anyone looking for an “extra” cleansing step in her/his routine.

How ?Clean your skin, apply a generous layer, wait or massage for a few minutes, splash of or use a washcloth. Done !

Skintype: all, especially sensitive as it was formulated for these skin types.

Strong points: natural, gentle, uncomplicated; CATTIER is THE specialist in clay masks.

Weak points: for me personally, the smell is a bit too “earthy”. But that’s what you get after using too many (fragranced) French brands J

Available from: webshops like Natuurlijk Zuiver and many others. I got mine at DI Drugstore in Genk.

www.cattier.com

BEST (AND WORST) SALON TREATMENTS FOR BETTER LOOKING SKIN

AHA PEEL

This one is by far my personal favorite !A treatment with FRUIT ACIDS is SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE and visibly IMPROVES skin in only one session. This doens’t mean you’ll need only one, but it’s nice to see some effect afther the first session.

Fruit acid peels work by exfoliating the dead, dull skin cells on your skin’s surface. Salon fruit acid peels will be more intense than the fruit acid products you might be using at home. The treament isn’t really a “wellness” experience, as you may experience some itching & burning during the treament. But the results are suerly worth it !

In general, your aesthetician will advice you a course of 4 to 10 sessions. Four being for a good skin condition, ten being for those of you with specific problems like acne or hyperpigmentation.

Skin can be a bit red during and immediately after the treatment and you might experience some flakiness (dead cells shedding) in the days following the session.

Prices are generally moderate and every skin type, except ultra-sensitive will benefit from these treatments.

Exuviance makes some damn good peels you should absolutely look out for. www.exuviance.com

www.exuviance.be 

IPL PULSED LIGHT TREATMENT

This one has been around for quite a few years now, but still can be a good option if you have specific skin concerns like hyperpigmented areas and (light) sagging of the skin or (fine) wrinkles. Don’t expect miracles, but a number of sessions can give you really visible results.

LED LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENT

Collagen stimulation by light isn’t a new one either, but it has proven to be effective for skins that need (moderate) anti-ageing. Can also be combined (ideally) with the AHA Peels mentionned above. Red LED Light will stimulate the fibroblasts that produce COLLAGEN & ELASTIN in your skin, meaning your skin will be TONED and more FIRM  afther a number (generally 10) of sessions.

Blue LED Light is a great option in case you suffer from ACNE, as blue light emitted by LED Diodes kills the acne bacteria. Can ideally be combined with some peels also. Like with red LED light, expect a number of sessions to be required to get best results.

OXYGEN TREATMENTS

Listen, guys, or rather : girls. Oxygen sounds great, but is it really so good for skin ? I wonder, but if you have to believe the marketing claims, oxygen treatments are a real miracle. However : oxygen can be quite damaging to your skin cells, as it generates free radicals…. You know, those evil little bastards we are trying to combat with our anti-oxidant loaded serums and creams. So where’s the logic ? Put a cream to combat negative “oxygen” reactions and put extra oxygen into the skin at the same time ???!!! Stop the nonsense please and take a good deep breath when you’re on the beach or in the woods (please do not in the centre of town), so you can get some good extra oxygen IN A NATURAL MANNER. 

FRESH CELLS TREATMENT

Fresh cells used  to be very popular during the ’70 & ’80 of the last century, but then lost their popularity after the introduction of diseases like BSE (Mad Cow Disease) and others. Of course, fresh cells have to be harvested from somewhere and this generally is from animals like bovines or sheap.

The results, however, of FRESH CELLScan be quite spectacularand I have many (women) friends who absolutely swear by them. The idea of fresh cells is that the natural defense and repair mechanisms in our skin will be stimulated by the presence of certain proteins, thus having a REJUVENATING EFFECT on your skin.

If you decide to give this one a try, find yourself a KLAPP* beauty salon/spa, as they have a very famous treament with frozen cells.

  • * as KLAPP Cosmetics is a brand I work with on a professional basis, there is NO affiliated link whatsoever.

MICRODERMABRASION

Microdermabrasion uses a technique that “polishes” your skin with fine (aluminium/diamond) cristals in order to peel away dead skin cells. It is being recommended for scars (acne), wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Personally, I don’t find this technique to be as effective as an AHA Peel, and therefore, wouldn’t recommend you to spend a lot of money on this. Some beauticians do a light microdermabrasion during another treatment (to prepare for a peel, for example), and this is fine for me. Just don’t expect it to be as effective as a course of Fruit Acid Peels.

SCALPEL TREATMENT

The latest HYPE !But don’t worry, there is nothing bloody about this “invention”. A scalpel treatment consists of “scraping” away dead skin cells of the skin with a special type of scalpel. The result ? Well, where did we hear a similar thing before ? YES, indeed microdermabrasion works exactly the same way, but uses polishing cristal instead of a “scalpel”. Skip this one, if you ask me ……

BIOTHERM SKIN OXYGEN STRENGTHENING CONCENTRATE

Antioxidant serum – Visible urban damage repair – smooth . even . brighten

Ingredients : Aqua, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Solfonic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Faex Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja Oil, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, T-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Carrageenan, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Dextrin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Linalool, Geraniol, Sodium Citrate, Citral, Sodium Phosphate, Maris Sal, Parfum.

Until a few years ago, I used to assume – as many people still do – that French brands have nothing much to offer but luxury, heavily perfumed skin care products. Products that would never lead to any improvement in our skin. How wrong I was ….

With Skin Oxygen serum, Biotherm has taken a turn towards skin improving, seriously active skin care. It’s litterally packed with SKIN BENEFICIAL, ANTI-AGEING ingredients.

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Sodium Hyaluronate: is all over my blog. Best ingredient ever. Moistens skin, improves texture.

Tocopherol: anti-oxidant, so a cell protector.

Ascorbyl Glucoside: Vitamin C in a stable form ; meaning it will be delivered to your skin over hours, is a real COLLAGEN BOOSTER (FIRMNESS) and works against HYPERPIGMENTATION.

Vitroscilla Ferment: used in anti-ageing products as a typ of “probiotic” for skin and, according to some, is very beneficial to our COLLAGEN PRODUCTION (youthfullness).

Glycine Soja Oil: rich in Omega Fatty Acids, helps skin repair.

Salicyloyl Sphingosine: a combination of two actives that SIGNIFICANTLY helps REDUCE WRINKLES (4 week study on eye contour wrinkles).

Chlorella & Spirulina: well-known algae, help resplenish skin, rich in vitamins and minerals.

So, what do you think of this list ? Impressive, isn’t it . Bravo for Bioterm, I would say.

Who is this serum for ?Everybody looking for an easy-to-use, smoothing anti-ageing serum. Improves SKIN TEXTURE (pore size), BRIGHTNESS (pigmentation) and will help REDUCE WRINKLES.

Texture :smooth & silky.

Skin Type: all, around eyes also.

Pro’s :light, silky texture.

Contra’s: although the beneficial ingredients are all listed in the second half of the ingredients list (meaning their concentration isn’t actually that high) , their number is impressive and their synergy will certainly bring good results.

Biotherm Products are available at most perfumeries and department stores.

www.biotherm.com

TONERS : THE TRUTH ABOUT THE NECESSITY OF TONING YOUR SKIN

There are few things I get more questions about than toners. People – that is : consumers as well as beauticians – ask me a lot about the usefulness of toners. Do we really need them ? Or can we just pas by them ?

What should toners do ? Well, actually, let’s start with WHAT TONERS ARE NOT :

  • They are NOT meant to remove last traces of make-up : if there are traces, you should either change your cleanser or the way you cleanse your skin. Read my blog posts about this, if you’re interrested. (Cleansing Part 1 & Cleansing Part 2).
  • They are NOT meant to “rebalance” skin’s pH value. Even if they might mildly correct pH values after cleansing, if you need to “rebalance”, it would mean you used a very agressive type of – soapy – cleanser. I assume you don’t …..
  • They are NOT means to “freshen” your skin: cold water out of your tap will do this. A lot cheaper too !
  • They do NOT close your pores; pores cannot be “opened” or “closed” like some window blinds…..

However, toners play an important role as YOUR FIRST STEP in your actual skin-caring routine, as you will not take them of your skin. A good toner, for that reason :

  • Supplies your skin with moisture.
  • Has skin soothing ingredients that help skin building up its acid mantle.
  • Could contain some bonus ACTIVE ingredients like vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals etc.

The first point being the most important one. Toners should be your FIRST STEP OF MOISTURE.Korean brands are strong at “layering” products and this is just what I mean. By using a good, hydrating toner, your skin will receive a first layer of moisture that will help other precious (moisturizing) ingredients penetrate your skin. A well hydrated skin looks younger and softer. Plus, good hydration can help your skin build up more (better) collagen and elastin, which will help REDUCE WRINKLES and preventing SKIN SAGGING.

So, who was talking about skipping a toner ?

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Remember, however, that not all toners are equal. I will be discussing a few nice ones in the coming months. Old-fashioned, alcohol-loaden toners are certainly “out”. Moisturizing, softening toners are actually “in”. This doens’t mean you need to spend a lot of money on a toner.It will mostly depend on your budget and personal preference. There are good toners to be found in all price categories.

 To be continued ……

HEIMISH ALL CLEAN BALM

Intensive Cleansing Balm

Spa Cleanser with natural aroma oil

Natural vegetable ingredients included for deep cleansing

3-step transformer texture (Balm-Oil-Milk)

All this according to Heimish.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolium (Lime) Fruit Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Lillium Tigrinum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea-Tree) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Heimish is a Korean upcoming brand. Upcoming for us, Europeans, because Korean brands start making their way on the European market only since a few years. You still need  to be a “beauty freak” (I mean this in a positive sense) to find them, because you won’t find them in perfumeries or department sores (yet).

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The Cleansing Balm is one of Heimish’ STAR PRODUCTS, as I heard from the (very friendly) importer of the brand. It has a kind of a “cult status” in its country of origin, and has the potential to get this here also.

What’s so nice/special about it ?

Well, it’s a cleansing balm,for a start. In my believe, there is NOTHING BETTER to clean your face with than a balm. A balm takes away ALL impureties, like dust, pollution, small exhaust fume particles and OILYNESS also. You might find this  strange to believe but : LIKE ATTRACKS LIKE, meaning nothing dissolves oil (sebum from your pores) better that an oil. Except for mineral oil, of course, but that’s obvious.

Secondly, the product is LOADED with botanical ingredients, meaning plant extracts, some of which being essential oils. Now there’s always a lot of discussion about essential oils in cosmetics, but remember that it’s all about the dosage and SYNERGY between the ingredients. The product doesn’t smell of essential oils at all. At the contrary, it has a rather clinical, even “strange” smell, one has to get used to. In this product, the essential oils are not at all overwhelming and, together with the plant extracts make this an excellent ACTIVE/VITALISING cleanser.

Bottom Line :

EXCELLENT product for an even more excellent price.

Skin type: all, especially  if you’re dry/unbalanced/dehydrated or too oily/sensitive.

I bought my product from My Little Wonderland.Their website is full of Korean products and is worth discovering. Great service too, by the way !

www.littlewonderland.nl

CATTIER PARIS NOURISHING DAY CARE

Nourishing day care. Rose-Jojoba. Fragrance free. Ideal to daily moisture and nourish dry and sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cococaprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capryc Triglyceride, Helianthus Anuus Hybrid Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Cera/polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

98,7% Natural Ingredients

19,7 % from Organic Farming

Cattier Paris Is a French, Bio-certified brand, the products of which are only partly  available in our coutries (Netherlands/Belgium). This is a pitty, because many of their products are great. This NOURISCHING DAY CREAM is one of my favourites. Although Cattier presents it as a day cream, you can perfectly well use it at night also. It has no sun filters. Cattier prices are beteen 10 and 30 Euros, which makes it a very budget friendly brand (especially when one considers the quality of their products).

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Who is this for ? Everyone, unless you have very oily skin. Everyone who likes “bio”.

Personally, I like to compare this product to the – also lovely – Solution 10 from Chanel. Not in texture, but in the way it works on your skin. Ideal for those  “bad skin days”.

Strong points :good for sensitive/irritated skin: great after a good peel !

Weak points :you might have to get used to its smell. Not that it  actually smells, but when you’re used to fragranced products your nose might be a bit spoiled.

How to use :day or night. Daily if your skin is dry. Occasionaly when you’re oily/combination. Or after a peel. Don’t forget to use SPF over it during daytime !

Available from :I bought mine at DI Belgium

Also, in my YouTube channel you can see a full interview, taken place in the DI stores, talking about this product, here https://youtu.be/TgAe4rrYOgg 

www.cattier.com

SMOOTHER YOUNGER BRIGHTER : HELP I NEED A PEEL

Inevitably, we will all come to a point where we, looking in the mirror, shout : “ help, I need to do something “ ! I mean this point where you simply get the impression that your skincare – however good it might be – doesn’t do enough for you anymore. Time for something drastic ? Well, drastic, no, but a bit stronger, that’s for sure ….

Peelings, and I mean PROFESSIONAL peelings, carried out by a DERMATOLOGIST OR a skilled BEAUTICIAN/SKIN THERAPIST can make all that difference for your skin. Renewing, refreshing, making skin able to absorb MOISTURE and NUTRIENTS again. That’s what a good peel can do for you.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACIDS

When we speak about serious peeling, we speak about acids. Often, peelings performed by an aesthetician will be based on so called “fruit” acids. The term “Fruit Acids” is used to design a group of specific acids, that not necessarily come from fruit. Some may, but many do not.  Depending on your skin type/problem, different fruit acids or combinations can be used.

Glycolic Acid, derived from sugarcane, is very efficient for treating WRINKLES and AGEING SKIN. From all the fruit acids, it has the smallest molecule, which makes it an intensive (deep working) ingredient.

Lactic Acid, from milk, is very good for dryer/sensitive skinas it has a larger molecular size and doesn’t penetrate as deep as the glycolic acid mentionned above. Good for PIGMENTATION (AGE SPOTS) and MELASMA(hyperpigmentation associated with hormonal changes, like during/after pregnancy).

Mandelic Acid, from almonds, is a more gentle, yet also very EFFECTIVE type of acid, that can be used alone or in combination with the previous ones.

Citric Acid, from lemons, is used to re-inforce other acids. It has a BRIGHTENING/LIGHTENING effect when used in conjunction with other acids.

Tartaric Acid, from wine, like citric acid, is used to re-inforce the others.

Pyruvic acid, from grapes, is quite a strong one and often used in “ANTI-AGEING” PEELS.

Salicylic Acid, originally extracted from willow bark, has the ability to penetrate (clogged) pores, which makes it a great choice for skins that need being PURIFIED. Think ACNE/BLACKHEADS. Can make your face go quite red, but don’t worry, you’ll be ok after an hour or so J. As it is chemically apparented to aspirin (acetyl-salicylic acid), people with an aspirin allergy should consult their physician first.

Fruit Acids will help to “slough off” the outer layers of your epidermis. This is the superficial part of the skin. It renews itself every 28 days, but as we age ……… Well you can guess, it goes the wrong way and gets SLOWER and SLOWER. That’s why a good peel can do so much for your skin.

Fruit acid peels are often performed in a course. How many you’ll need, will depend on your skin condition. A course of 4 to 10 peels can give you VERY GOOD RESULTS. Expect more smoothness, refined pores,  improvement of acne and improvement/disappearing of hyperpigmented spots. Wrinkles will be diminished, but don’t expect miracles here.

Apart from the fruit acids, there is another acid used by dermatologists, called TCA (Tri Chloric Acetic acid), which will peel DEEPER and more intensely than fruit acids. TCA will peel off kind of the entire epidermis, giving your skin a new lease of life. Results are more DRAMATIC than with fruit acids, but there will be some down-time ; visible peeling during about 5 days. And no, you can’t cover it up with make-up because you’re simply flaking off like some old reptile (but that was the whole purpose).

For WRINKLE treatment, especially fine wrinkles (around the eyes), TCA often gives the best results. I will do a separate blog/vlog on this subject later this year.

AS peelings will inevitably make your skin more sun (light) sensitive, always use a good quality sun block on top of your skin care. Peelings are best performed during our autumn/winter months when the sun has lost its strength.

For more information on Fruit Acid Peels : contact your aesthetician. Several companies offer interresting peels.  Klapp Cosmetics is launching a new series of promising new peels this Autumn.

For more information on TCA Peels, contact: Centre Médical Saint Georges, Dr. Françoise Guiot, dermatologist.

www.centre-medical-saint-georges.be

LOUIS WIDMER PIGMACARE SKIN TONE BALANCE

Serum for the treatment of pigmentation spots

Intensive anti-ageing

Ingredients:Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Silica, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Cetearyl Olivate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Potassium Cetyl Phophate, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Resveratrol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerrhitinic Acid, Carbomer/Papain Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrapeptide-30, Algin.

This Louis Widmer serum has several strong points:

  • Niacinamide, known as vitamin B3, is a proven ingredient when it comes to age spots. It’s anti-ageing too.
  • Vitamin C, present in the form of Ascorbyl Glucoside, gradually delivers its SKIN LIGHTENING properties to your skin. Vitamin C also STIMULATES collagen production, meaning FIRMER skin.
  • Hexylresorcinol is an antiseptic as well as a lightening ingredient. A 0.5 concentration has been proven to work even better than a standard dermatological 2 percent concentration of hydroquinone (the latter will be less friendly to your skin and you’ll need a doctor’s prescription).
  • Resveratrol is a POWERFUL anti-oxidant, meaning CELL PROTECTION and anti-ageing at the same time.

Coupled with some vitamin E and a few moisture binders, this serum has a lot to say for itself.

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You could try this product in case you’re looking to combine an age-spot treatment with an anti-ageing skincare. When you start getting a few WRINKLES and have spotted some age spots too. This one is a multitasker.

The texture is light, weightless and absorbs quickly.No sticky feeling. You’ll see results after a few months of (continuous) use. Widmer advises a 2 times a day application. I use it off and on and see results. Don’t forget SPF during daytime !

Skintype: all

Texture: weightless

Positive points: good ingredients, multitasker.

Weak points: none.

Available through pharmacies

www.louiswidmer.com

SVR HYDRALIANE ESSENCE: GO THE KOREAN WAY

“Because hydrating your skin is the secret for a beautiful skin, SVR created Hydraliane Essence; a preparing concentrate that makes your skin look plumped and hydrated. A formula full of hydrating ingredients to plump your skin intensely. Fluid as water, concetrated as a serum, boosting your skin’s hydration.”

“The innovative Hydraliane Essence gives immediate and refreshing results. The novelty texture, in between water and a gel, absorbs into skin immediately, for an intense, immediate and long-term hydration. This invisible concetrate will become your first, indispensible step in your beauty routine.”

According to SVR Laboratories. A little bit over the top I’d say, although the product itself is truly working.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified) Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Magnesium Gluconate, Manganese Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, PEG-50 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Those of you familiar with Korean beauty products will probabaly have disovered the many essences, which are one of the essential steps in the Korean skin care beauty routine. (see my articles on this subject). For a European brand, however, an essence is new and SVR are the first to create one.

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You could use this product as an EXTRA STEP in between your (acid) toner and your serum, or you could skip your toner and use this one instead. A toner, however, will both tone and help hydration, whereas this product is a real MOISTURE BOOST. Korean like to “layer” products and this product is meant as an extra “layer” of moisture for your skin.

You can apply either with a cotton pad (but you’ll use some more product) or with your fingertips/hands, which is more economical. Just pat in gently and continue your routine (serum, cream).

Do you really need this extra step? YES you DO! Moisture, in the form of HYALURONIC ACID & PENTAVITIN in this product is indeed a guarantee for a long-lasting beautiful skin. So it’s up to you really …..

Texture:watery gel

Positive points:extra moisture boost.

Can be used around eyes.

Negative points:will cost you extra (if your budget is tight, you’ll have to consider this).

Sold in:pharmacies and through webshops. I promised my pharmacist I’d mention him so:Dirk Vanclooster, pharmacist at Veldwezelt – BelgiumJ.

VITAMINS FOR YOUR SKIN: PREVENT SKIN AGEING WITH ANTI-OXIDANTS

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the term “Anti-Oxidants” before.

It is in fact being used to indicate a group of subsbtances that are meant to protect our body – meaning OUR SKIN also – from harmfull,  external influences. You could say: defend it against all kinds of agressors. Think of pollution, smog cigarette(smoke), radiation from sun, but also from computer screens and mobile phones. In this context, the term “free radicals”is also being used. Free radical formation is the result of our body being agressed.

Anti-Oxidants are meant to defend our body (and skin) against free radicals. Like soldiers defending a fortress. (nice comparison, don’t you think so?).

In modern times, our body is continuously exposed to factors, it has to defend itself against. When we speak of “healthy nutrition”, we mean : keeping our body healthy, by eating the right food. Eating the right food means keeping your body strong, which leads to a better level of protection. You agree with me?

The word “Anti-Oxidants” should make you think of certain vitamins, like vitamin A, C, E and B3. Green Tea, Coffee, Chocolate and (red) Wine also have substances, that help protect our cells against the enemy.

When your body does not have a sufficient quantity of Anti-Oxidants, skin cell damage will inevitably occur. This goes for YOUR SKIN ALSO!

A well protected skin, however, stays YOUNGER FOR LONGER !

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The good news is, that your skin cells can absorb Anti-Oxidants, and therefore can be protected by cosmetic products too.Using a cream with vitamins or green tea extract does make sense!

The right dosage and proportion of the different substances is very important. Some vitamins need to be present in very small quantities and other can only function when combined. Vitamin E, for example, will support vitamin C. A good quality product will generally have one or more Anti-Oxidants. You can find products with vitamins or plant-based Anti-Oxidants in all price ranges.

In order, to help ypu picking your products, here’s a short list of ingredients to look out for. Their names on the Ingredients list will be like this:

  • Vitamin A; Retinol, Retinaldehyde, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin A Acetate, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate*
  • Vitamin C; Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Vitamin E; Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tocotrienol
  • Vitamin B3; Nicotamine, Niacinamide

Many plant-extracts contain Anti-Oxidants too. Many have vitamins in their natural form. Examples :

  • Green Tea: Camellia Chinensis
  • Coffee: Coffea Arabica
  • Black Tea (fermented): Kombuschka
  • Grapefruit: Citrus Grandis
  • Grape: Vitis Vinifera
  • Rosemary: Rosmarinus

These are just a few examples. The list is endless. Every year, some “new” plant extracts are introduced tot he cosmetics market.

*Hydroxypinolactone Retinoate is a rather new, promising form of Vitamin A. I will discuss it in my article “Retinol and Retinoids”.