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

CLEAN & SIMPLE: CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSING CREAM

For normal to dry skin

With 3 essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Ceramide EOP.

When a couple of years ago, the famous skincare expert Paula Begoun,  joined Oprah Winfrey to discuss the topic of facial cleansers, this one came out as the best. (And NO, I will not mention those expensive ones). Their conclusion was that less expensive ones perform equally well (or even better).

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This one by CERAVE came out as one of the best, and that’s no surprise to me. As you know, I like a good cleanser and of all beauty products, it’s probably the category I test and review most. This one is truly inexpensive and effective.

It’s mild, creamy-but-non-greasy and has a texture in between a non foaming gel and a cream. It dissolves in water without any effort, so it’s a great choice for those of you who like to splash.It’s also definitely lighter than a “standard” cleansing milk or cream, so if you can’t find your product in this category, but do like my “please don’t use a foam” advise, give this one a try if you like light textures.

All skins, from very dry to oily, will benefit from this cleanser. It’s gentle, hydrating and rebalancing thanks tot he HYALURONIC ACID (moisture binder) and CERAMIDES (barrier repair). A little goes a long way which makes this product a TRUE BARGAIN. It’s available in 3 different sizes, going from “travel size” to “family size”.

I’m just not sure it will be effective if you wear a long-lasting or very covering make-up, so you’ll have to try this out for yourself. Anyway, use this a a second or morning cleanser and use a balm/oil first in case you wear (heavy) make-up or sunblock (which you should).

Skin type:all, sensitive included !

Texture:gel-cream.

Positive points:gentle, lightweight, inexpensive.

Negative points:may not remove heavy make-up.

Available from pharmacies and internet stores.

www.cerave.com

DETOX FOR YOUR SKIN : BIOTHERM SKIN OXYGEN OXYGENATING LOTION

ANTI – POLLUTION

Oxygenating Lotion

Clarifying

Skin Perfecting

Pore Minimizing

“ Enriched with Chlorella Algae extract, with detoxifying powers, corrects imperfections due to urban environment “.

Ingredients:Aqua, Mentha Piperita Leaf Water, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Arginine, Propanediol, Salicylic Acid, Cymbopogon Schoenantus Oil, Citral, Citric Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Menthol, Mentha Piperita Oil, Geraniol, Glycerin, Limonene, Eugenol, Cymbopogon Nardus Oil, Eugena Carpophyllus Flower Oil, Origanum Heracleoticum Flower Oil, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Oil, Linalool, Citronellol, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Vitreoscilla Ferment.

City life, daily pollution, are factors that will definitely have an impact on our skin. With the Oxygen Series, Biotherm aims at a public that is well aware of these facts and is attrackted by the “detox” idea.

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Personally, I’ve always had an issue with  “detox” products.What does “detoxifying” really mean AND, how could we possibly have ANY INFLUENCE on this process ?

Our body was made, to eliminate waste substances. Our blood is being purifyed by our liver and kidneys, so harmfull substances can leave our body in a natural manner. We perspire and our skin produces sebum, which is another purifying pathway. All this being “NATURAL DETOX” ; it just happens.

The idea of having to “detoxify skin” sounds a bit weird to me … What MIRACLE substance could it be, that can actually improve this natural process ?

Honestly, there is no such miracle potion!Of course you can purify your skin, by keeping it clean and help remove dead surface cells to keep pores clean and refined. If this is the meaning of “detox”, I’m perfectly fine with it. But anything else: get back to reality, please !

Biotherm Skin Oxygen Lotion is a facial toner, that does purify skin and improves micro-circulation.By improving skins’ micro-circulation, the upper layers will get more oxygen, which explains the name of the product.

It’s a pitty, however, that Biotherm had to use this much alcohol (it’s the third ingredient on the INCI list) and a bit too much of (different types of) menthol too. Lovely smell and soooo refreshing, but not ok if you have sensitive skin. Quite a pitty, considering the many good ingredients in this product (botanicals, plus salicylic acid which is puryfying).

Would I recommend? Hmmmm, don’t think so. I love the brand, but I think I’ll skip this one (or rather: discontinue it, as I tested it for this review).

Who could use it? Anyone attrackted by the “detox” idea, or seeking to refine pore size.

Strong points: will refine pore structure.

Weak points: too much alcohol & menthol.

Biotherm products are available through perfumeries and department stores.

www.biotherm.com

ACNE & ADULT ACNE

According to Dr. Nicolas Perricone, dermatologist, there are 7 different stages of acne that can be distinguished. Stage one being the beginning, stage 7 being the worst state of acne.

  • Retention Hyperkeratosis. In a healthy skin, dead skin cells are shedded in a natural, ongoing manner. This also goes for the skin cells INSIDE the pores. In the case of retention hyperkeratosis, the dead skin cells inside the pores do not exfoliate in that natural manner and cling together with the sebum (natural skin oils). As a result of this, pores get clogged. The condition is triggered by several factors, one of them being genetics. In order to normalise this process, vitamin A derivatives like Tretinoin or Retinol can be applied to the skin. Retinol normalises the way skin cells behave inside our pores. Salicylic and glycolic acid can help prevent new pores from getting clogged, as these ingredients will further help exfoliation (elimination of dead skin cells).
  • Bacterial accumulation and multiplication inside the follicle. The acne bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, starts multiplying inside the clogged pores. Infection is around the corner. Antibiotics are used (as well orally as topically) by dermatologists, but there is a risk of developping resistant strains. Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne bacteria by releasing oxygen into the skin. This also means that free radicals are being formed, leading to possible cell damage and premature ageing. Benzoyl peroxide can also be very harsh to the skin and is not tolerated very well by sensitive skin types. Light Therapy with a wavelength of 410-420 Nanometer is very effective. Combined with the stage 1 treatments good results can be achieved.
  • Microcomedones/comedones formation. Meaning whiteheads and blackheads. Treatment should now be focused on anti-bacterial and light therapy.

4/5  Papule and pustule formation.Also called “stage 2 acne” by dermatologists. These are the well-known red, irritated and inflamed pustules that are so typical for people with acne. Treatment as in stage 3.

6/7 Nodules and cyst formation. This is a severe form of acne. Not every patient/acne sufferer gets to this stage. I did myself, unfortunately, mainly due to bad treatment in those days. Treatment now consists of Roaccutane (Isotretinoïn) orally. A course of about 3 to 4 months is generally effective at clearing the acne. Roaccutane has some serious side effects, like :

  • Bad vision at night
  • Hair loss (at high dosages)
  • Dryness of lips, nose, eyes
  • Increased triglyceride levels (this has to do with liver functions)
  • Severe birth defects in pregnant women

I personally did a course of 3 months of this medicine. It saved my skin and got me back on my feet after years of being depressed because of my severe acne. I only suffered dryness and had some increased triglycerides levels by the end of the course. This gets back to normal once you stop taking the medicine.I an soooo happy I did this !

What I also discovered during this stage, is how important GOOD, NON-AGRESSIVE skin care can be. It makes the whole difference, during and after the acne.

SKIN CARE REGIMEN FOR ACNE:

DAYCARE :

  • Start the day with a GENTLE, non-drying cleanser. Avoid foams if you can. A cream or milk will be just as affective, believe me ! Céravé Hydrating Cleanser, Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser, Klapp Bèta-Glucan Cleansing Milk, Clinique Take the Day Off are excellent.
  • Use a SPOT treatment ON your pimples. Try a solution with BHA/Salicylic acid. It will help reduce inflammation and “dry out” your spots (no, I know, you can’t litterally dry them out, but some of you NEED to hear it this way J)
  • Use an oil-controlling/mattifying product if you need to. A light moisturizer can be great too. Look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like Centella, Green Tea and Chamomile. Silver is great too.
  • Use suscreen (oil free) SPF 30 at least or a make-up with SPF. Avoid stick/compact make-up, as these often have waxes which could clog your pores.

NIGHTCARE :

  • Doublecleanse (see my articles about cleansing). Your first cleans eremoves make up and SPF. The second one cleanses your skin.
  • Spot treatment
  • Use a Retinoid:vitamin A derivative like Retinol. Many brands have good retinols and they all have different percentages. If you want a stronger one choose Paula’s Choice or Neostrata. If you want to start milder look for Klapp Micro Retinol Soft Cream or Mad Hippie serum.
  • Moisturize:with a light moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid based product are great. A gel like l’Occitanes Aqua Réotier or Leegeehaam Serum is wonderfull at this stage.

SOME INGREDIENTS TO AVOID:

  • Mineral oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Isopropyl myristate & palmitate
  • Lanolin
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Propylene glycol (some persons, not all)
  • Sodiul lauryl & laureth sulphate.

Remeber that not everyone has the same reaction to cosmetic ingredients and some of the above mentionned will be perfectly ok for some.

Be consistent in what you do and seek for medical/dermatological advise if your acne doesn’t get better or gets worse.

WHAT ACTIVE INGREDIENTS DO WE REALLY WANT IN OUR SERUMS?

When we’re talking “serums”, we’re talking CONCENTRATES. When we’re saying concentrates, we’re going to spend some money. Because we expect THE BEST  from a serum. So if we’re going to spend some of our good money, WHAT INGREDIENTS should we actually watch out for ?

Here’s my personal list of FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS:

NUMBER ONE:will always be my number one, and it should be yours also. HYALURONIC ACID. Moist  elastin fibers – think FIRMNESS – need to function well. Hyaluronic acid (or “sodium hyaluronate”) will fix the moisture in your skin. There where it’s needed most.

NUMBER TWO:ANTI-OXIDANTSto protect our skin cells from environmental damage and help our skin do it’s (hard) job better. Think plant extracts like CAFFEIN or WHITE TEA ; many plant extracts will work as anti-oxidants. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is great also.

NUMBER THREE:RETINOL, the most active vitamin A for our skin. Proven to REDUCE WRINKLES  and hyperpigmentation (sun spots). Reduces acne, IMPROVES PORE SIZE. Does it all and that’s why we should all love this wonderful vitamin.

NUMBER FOUR:could easily be on place number three also ! Vitamin C BOOSTS COLLAGEN, improves SKIN BRIGHTNESSand evens out sun spots. Is a great anti-oxidant (cell protector) too ! Works well in combination with Retinol and vitamin E, which is another powerfull anti-oxidant.

NUMBER FIVE: STEMM CELLS EXTRACTS:nothing to do with human stem cells ! Just interrresting new active ingredients that are in fact “pluripotent plant extracts” that hold many secrets. Plant extracts like these have anti-oxidants, minerals and proteins that could all benefit our skin. The fact that they are harvested from young, undefined cells, makes them even more interresting !

NUMBER SIX: PEPTIDES.Although I have personally never been so enthusiast about peptides, they deserve a role in my list. Peptides are small proteins that can stimulate our skins’ collagen production. So do vitamin A and C, but peptides use another pathway. Many people swear by petides in their products, so I decided to mention them here too.

THE MOST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER is, however, that you will need to pay a bit more for a GOOD serum. See it as an INVESTMENT in your skin. If you use a damn good serum, you can get away with a cheaper moisturizer. Keep in mind that some products, sold at exhorbitant prices are not necesarilly better than the ones in the “mid section”.You can find excellent products costing from 30 to 120 Euros. Above this, you’re paying for the marketing.

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FAVORITES AT THIS MOMENT :

  • Leegeehaam (yes, I know: it’s Korean, no idea how to pronouce this) Hyal B5 serum
  • iUnik Bèta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum
  • Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule
  • Estee Lauder Night Repair
  • Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
  • Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum
  • Helena Rubinstein Force-C serum
  • Louis Widmer Pigmacare
  • Health Cosmeticals Repacell Serum
  • Clinical Care Surgery Restore 50+ (also from Health Cosmeticals)

INDEED LABS – HYDRALURON MOISTURE SERUM

Moisture serum

For dehydrated skin

Helps to plump, smooth and soften the skin

Ingredients:Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

When we get older, the levels of naturally produced HYALURONIC ACID in our skin decreases. Skin gets dryer, looses firmness and fine lines appear. You knew all that already, didn’t you ? Well, if you’re over 40, like I am, you certainly will.

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Hyaluronic acid is one of the most important natural moisturizers in our skin. It helps keeping our COLLAGEN & ELASTIN FIBERS in a healthy, YOUTHFULL condition. Lack of it means sagging and wrinkles.Get where I’m going ? HYDRALURON is a BOMB full of this precious ingredient and IMMEDIATELY restores hyaluronic acid levels in our skin.GREAT, THANK YOU !

In one word:you DO need it, especially when you’re over 40 and have a dryer or dehydrated skin type. Even if you’re still oily, but feel dry/tight at times, it’s a sign your skin wants more moisture.

Products like this are a pure source of the ingredient and help our skin look younger for longer (sounds pretty nice, doens’t it ?)

Conclusion:

This is a truly wonderful product, doing just what it promises. You need to use this as a serum, which means you put it UNDER a (moisture) cream. If you’re also using a vitamin/peptides watery serum, this one comes second.

Indeed Labs do, by the way, make a wonderful moisturizer in this series, that I equally love. Products are frangrance-free and free of anything your skin doesn’t need, by the way.

Skintype:all, especially over 40.

Use:as a serum, a tiny amount, before your regular moisturizer.

Pro’s :locks in moisture like a magnet.

Contra’s :they should make a bigger package for us addicts J

Hydraluron is available through many webshops ; I got mine from THE SISTERS in Amsterdam/Netherlands.

Note: thanks you for gracefully offering me the Moisturizer! Review will follow.

www.indeedlabs.com

MAD HIPPIE CREAM CLEANSER

“ 5 Actives “ , “Jojoba, Green Tea, Marula Oil & Orchid extract”.

“ Why Orchid Extract?Orchid Extract is rich in minerals & moisturizing compounds, that help slow cellular degeneration. These compounds also allow the orchid to bloom dramatically longer than other flowers”. (according to Mad Hippie).

Ingredients:Deionized Water, Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Cetearyl Glucoside, Carrageenan Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf), Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis), Squalene, Yeast Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Orchid Extract (Orchis Mascula), Titanium Dioxide, Steam Distilled Lime Extract (Citrus Aurantifolia).

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Yes guys/girls, here’s another one! Cleanser I mean. I love a GOOD cleanser.Makes me feel happy! And clean, of course ….

Let’s suppose you were looking for a soft, GENTLE creamy cleanser you can use both morning and evening, that takes away make-up, sunblock and all that’s BB, CC or whatever product IN A WHIP. That leaves NO GREASY residue at all.  That you don’t even need to use with a whashcloth to remove it completely. That smells LOVELY.AND belongs to the “NATURAL  cosmetics” category. Plus bonus ACTIVE INGREDIENTS. So if this is what you were looking for, but could’t find :HERE it is, I found it for YOU!

Mad Hippie is a brand that I discovered only very recently and that appeales to me because of their funny, but also “serious skincare” approach. They combine NATURAL INGREDIENTS with truly ACTIVE ones, which is great. I’ll be reviewing more of them in the coming months.

In this particular product, the active ingredients are many.The ones that get special mentionning are:

–       Green Tea, rich in powerfull anti-oxidants, protects your skin cell from external DAMAGE.

–       Macadamia Oil: rich in Omega Fatty Acids that help RESTORING your skin’s outer layer.

–       Jojoba Oil: a light oil that HYDRATES and NOURISHES skin.

–       Vitamin E: anti-oxidant vitamin, PROTECTS skin cells.

–       Algae Extract: rich in minerals & HYDRATING.

–       Sodium Hyaluronate: essential for our collagen & elestin fibers . keeps your skin FIRM.

–       Orchid Extract: see above

Like with all Mad Hippie products, they didn’t save on the active/beneficial ingredients, so you get worth for your money!

Who is this cleanser meant for? Everyone liking natural cosmetics with truly active ingredients.

Skintype:all, although Mad Hippie says normal/dry. It’s light, non-greasy and leaves a clean feeling.

Advantages:everything, frankly ! Although “active ingrdients” don’t mean as much in a cleanser (you’ll take it off in thirty seconds) as in a cream or serum, they are still bonus ingredients.

Disadvantages:none

By the way, the packaging is absolutely fun!

Available from: Natuurlijk Zuiver (webshop).

SUN SPOTS & OTHER PIGMENT RELATED PROBLEMS

Sooner or later you’ll get them. Well, most of us will ….. SUN SPOTS, AGE SPOTS, call them whatever you like, they are almost a guarantee!

Genetic factors, hormonal changes (women), years of (unprotected/insufficiently protected) sun exposure. All these things, dear ladies & gentlemen, have to do with LIGHT; SUNLIGHTto be more precise, although you do not need to actually SEE the sun for the light to be there.

UV light is present all year round, in our climates from February until October.Afther this – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – the strength of the sun will become much less.

Many of us refer to “sun spots” when we are speaking about hyperpigmented areas/spots. They ALLWAYS have to do with (sun)light. Ever noticed one on your bum ? Well, if you’re a naturist, I’ll take that back J

Ok, enough of that now, you all get what I’m saying here. Now the question is, once sun spots have become A FACT, what can we do about them ?

In an interresting interview I had with Dr. Françoise Guiot, dermatologist (Dutch version also), she explained a lot about the treatment of sun spots. Here are both her and my recommendations when it comes to treating them.

INITIALLY, decide whether you want to try yourself first and then go to see a dermatologist in case you’re not successfull, or go and see the dermatologist right away. Some products/treatments that you could try yourself are :

  • Vitamin C serums,like Helena Rubinstein Force C serum , Vichy Vitamin C serum, Flavo-C serum, Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C has the ability to “lighten” hyperpigmented spots, so you might be successfull trying this.
  • Products based on the ingredient “Hexylresorcinol”like Louis Widmer Pigmacare or Eucerin.
  • Use fruit Acids (AHA’s) to exfoliate (peel) your skin effectively.You can use Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche (as a toner) or try an AHA cream like Klapp ASA Care Cream and Vyon AHA Cream. By peeling off the superficial layers, the overpigmented areas will slough off in a more rapid manner.
  • If you want it a little stronger, get a prescription for a Hydroquinone cream,like Louis Widmer Pigmanorm. This one is easy to get in Belgium and Luxembourg, but harder to find in the Netherlands. Highly effective, but with some side effects, so bes ure to read the instructions well before you use !

In case you want to consult your dermatologist, he/she will often treat you with laser/IPL or chemical peels to get rid of the pigment problems right away. You might need several treatments and HOME CARE is VERY IMPORTANT, meaning the use of a preventive serum (like the ones mentionned above) and diligent use of a sun block !

I always lean towards using a serum when it comes to sun spots, because the active ingredients in a serum will mostly tend to be more concentrated than in a cream. (Except for AHA’s ; I prefer them as a toner or a cream).

Hyperpigmented spots always tend to COME BACK and this is why home care is so important. SPF will prevent further damage, but some active ingredients will make all the difference when it comes to maintaining a bright, even complexion.

BODYLOTIONS: DR ORGANIC MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL SKIN LOTION

Bioactive Skincare

Hydrating Skin Moisturizer

Restoring Hydrating

Organic Moroccan Argan Oilis an incredibly rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytosterols, vital for a healthy looking skin”. So far for the claims made by the brand.

Ingredients:Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Myristyl Myristate, Glycerin, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Anuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Chamomila Reticuta (Chamomile) Extract, Melilotus Officinalis (Sweet Clover) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Hybiscus Sabdariffa (Roselle) Flower Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil,  Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cinnamonum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint) Herb Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Herb Oil, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol,  Linalool.

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This product is indeed an ANTI-OXIDANT rich, NOURISHING and HYDRATING body lotion.Although organic argan oil is not the ultimate miracle on earth, it is indeed – as claimed – a rich source of many substances that are beneficial to our skin.

The product is nice, easily absorbed and has a faint smell of citronella, I’d say. Not citrus, but citronella, which makes me think of vacation and keeping insects away at the same time. Hmmmm …(a doubtfull hmmm). I have the Hemp version of the Dr. Organic Shower Gel, which smells LOVELY (will review it later), so I might try this one in a body lotion. But, like with many other things, smell is all about personal preference, so you might love this smell.

If you’re into “organic” skin care, you might like this one, as it is reasonably (low) priced. Remember, however, that the Argan Oil is organic, not ALL ingredients in the product. Nourishing it is, but it might be a little too light for very dry skin. In this case, you will like it during summer, but you will need something more nourishing for winter, in my experience.

Skintype:this is a body product, so doesn’t apply like with face product. If your body skin is dry, obviously.

Texture:creamy, yet readily absorbed

Positive points:price, some good ingredients.

Negative points:I’m not a great fan of the smell, although i did finish my product to the very last bit.

www.drorganic.com

CHANEL LE LIFT CONTOUR DES YEUX – Eye Contour Cream

In the mid ’90 of the last century, Chanel announced its long-term goal to become one of the 10 biggest prestige skincare brands in the world. In order to focus on research into the biology and physiology of the skin, they launched CERIES (Epidermal and Sensory Investigation Centre).

In the first products that resulted from this strategy, the extract of the Orchid Vanilla Planifolia was introduced. Its extract is rich in so-called “polyketones”, which are used as ANTI-AGEING INGREDIENTS. Chanel also developped the “polyfractioning technique”, which made the original ingredient 40 times more active (!).

Le Lift was launched (as a series) in 2014 and the cream was called a “smart cream” by Chanel. It comes in 3 different textures, to serve 3 different needs of different skin types. One of its actives is a patent molecule from the Passiflora Edulis plant (passionfruit),which mimics micro RNA in skin cells (yes, I know, skip this part if you find it too technical now). Three different micro RNA’s were identified as being involved in the skin-ageing process.By regulating them with this novelty plant extract, the production of “youth proteins” (this is Chanel, not me foolks), called “Sirtuins” is being improved. Hello to youthfullness, I’d say …..

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isododecane, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl 3 Beeswax, PEG 5, Squalane, Ipomea Batatas Root Extract, Saccharomyches Cerevisiae Extract, Jojoba Esther, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Thromethamine, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolised Soy Protein, Phospholipids, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Escin, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Beta-Sisosterol, Biosaccharide Gum, Polyquartenium-51, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrochloric Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Citric Acid.

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Beneficial ingredients in this product:

Dicaffeoylquinic acid: the famous REJUVENATING plant extract(I can, however, not find it in the INCI list)

Ipomea Batatas: plant extract, rich in Vitamins A & C, so rejuvenating properties, plus amino-acids that help build up Collagen and Elastin Fibers (Firmness).

Glycerin: moisture binding ingredient

Shea Butter: rich in Omega Fatty Acids, meaning skin repair & nourishing

Hydrolised silk: amino acids help build up collagen

Palmitoyl Oligopetide/Tetrapeptide-7: peptides are “signalling” molecules that speed up COLLAGEN formation (think FIRMNESS)

Allthough there are quite a few anti-ageing products with a more impressive/longer list of active ingredients, I personally believe this to be a truly effective product.The combination of ANTI-OXIDANTS (cell protectors), PEPTIDES/AMINO ACIDS (collagen build-up) and MOISTURIZERS/NOURISHING INGREDIENTS makes this one a good choice in case you like truly luxury products. The price tag, of course, will be accordingly ……

Bottom Line:

Good for: anyone looking for an active,  luxury anti-ageing eye contour product.

Texture: light, silky, nourishing without being “heavy”

Skintypes: all, assuming you’re dryer in the eye area even if you have oily skin.

Pro’s: active ingredients, texture, packaging looks lovely in your bathroom J

Contra’s: exhorbitant price tag.

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