SVR CICAVIT+ CREME

Derm-Repair Complex 43%

Soothing cream fast-repair, anti-mark

Damaged, irritated skin, fragrance-free, paraben-free

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified) Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Dimeticonol Behenate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caffeyl Glucoside, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phophate, Glucose, Rhamnose, Tocopherol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Glucuronic Acid, Magnesium Sulphate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, P-Anisic Acid.

I bought this product after having some surgery last summer. I know my skin is (genetically?) not so good at repairing anything, be it a small cut or a musquito sting. Or even an acne spot ; these things take AGES to heal on my skin. So when I knew I was going to have some – visible – surgery last year, I immediately sought for a “fast repair” product, in order to help my skin heal in a better/faster manner.

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Looking at the formula, I see some interresting (uncomon) ingredients like alpha-glucan. It’s brother (or sister) bèta glucan is well known for its soothing and skin-calming properties. Ingredients like this help our skin respond to external agression in a better way, thus improving redness and irritation.

Rhamnose is also present in the formula, and this is also very interresting, because other brands (like l’Oréal) use it in their ANTI-AGEING products.

I firmly believe this product helped my skin in a FASTER and BETTER way than it would have done without it. My scars healed in only a few weeks and became almost invisible after about 6 months. In the beginning, I used Cicavit+ every evening, after about 2 months I recuced application to 3-4 times a week.

The product is indeed completely odorless and although quite “rich” to the touch, sinks in after just a few minutes. A little goes a long way, meaning you don’t need to put tons of it in order to have good results. I finished about one third of the packaging now, meaning I ‘ll be using up the rest on any other part of my body in need of some extra soothing/calming moisturizer. As an after shave balm maybe (think of the Rhamnose, which is anti-ageing too!).

Bottom line: I strongly recommend this product to anyone seeking to “REPAIR” something. Any skin concern that has to do with redness, (some) inflammation or irritation will benefit from this product. It is easy to apply, non-sticky and really makes a difference.

Skin types: all

Texture: rich, but sinks in well

Ages: all

Available from yout Pharmacist (I got mine from Dirk Vanclooster in Veldwezelt/Belgium)

www.svr.com

 

SKIN MOMENTS 4 : IT’S ALL ABOUT REPAIR

This weeks routines have been a lot about building up my skin during the ongoing use of Retinol and some occasional use of a – stronger – peeling pad. I love to use some exfoliating acids on a regular basis ; it gives me the absolute feeling of keeping my skin “active” and going at its best.

So in the beginning of the weekI did 2 consecutive nights of Chamomile Cleansing Oil by the Body Shop, which – like you will know from my previous article – is very mild & effective and is ideal when you have some stronger treatment in mind.

This week, I also liked alternating with the Korean Banila Co Purity Cleansing Balm. This is a beautiful, deliciously scented and effective product, which gives you the mildest possible clean. It is, however, VERY EFFICACEOUS at removing (tinted) sunblock or BB  creams from your skin. Peeling, with an acid toner, was a bit on the stronger side, with 2 consecutive nights of Neostrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel, a product based on 10% glycolic acid.

Glycolic acid works like a miracle on my skin. It is famous for its skin purifying and anti-ageing benefits and should have a place in anyone’s skin care routine. It helps dislodge impurities, deals with hyperpigmentation spots and also works great on fine lines and wrinkles, by its COLLAGEN PROMOTING action. The Neostrata Peeling Pads are great for the lazy ones amongst you, because they are ready-to-use.Fabulous when you’re in a hurry (who isn’t these days?). Be aware, however, that they are STRONG, so don’t do them every day if your skin is on the sensitive side. I tend to exagerate in my enthusiasm and then my skin isn’t happy at all !

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After such a peel, my skin always needs a serious “moisture drink”. This week I opted for the lovely SVR Hydraliane Essence. This one is really unique, because it sooths, calms and moisturizes in just seconds. Ideal after some stronger acids !

Retinol, still from by beloved Nazan Tastan, has been on the menue every single night and will continue to be for the next few days at least. I’ve combined it with the very REPAIRING Missha Time Revolution Ampoule, which is, in fact, a copy of the famous Estée Lauder Night Repair (see my article on this legendary product). It is full of plant-based anti-oxidants, plus fermented ingredients that help skin find its balance in more difficult periods. We’ve had very cold weather and I’m doing Retinol now, som y skin can do with some extra help.

For nighttime, I like to use my CICAVIT repairing cream, which has helped me dealing with some post-surgery scars last years (see my review on this product). I’m planning to use it up on my entire face now and love it especially at night, to “seal in” any serums I’ve been using before. It’s a great product for those of you seeking for a skin-soothing, inflammation-reducing and repairing product.There will be an separate article on this product on my blog also.

Like you can see, taking care of your skin needs little adjustments regularly. It doens’t mean you need a wardrobe full of products, but it is nice to have a few different in each category (cleansers/serums), so you can adjust your regimen, according to your needs.

ACID TONERS & WHY I USE THEM (REGULARLY)

Keeping your skin clean is one of the most important things in your skincare routine. Keeping your PORES clean is what it is all  about. PLUS, making sure dead skin cells are removed from your skin in a regular, continuous manner.

Skin does this by herself, I know, but this natural proces scan be impaired by numerous reasons.

One of them is AGE. As we age, cell turnover slows down. Like everything else, by the way J. In a younger skin, our epidermis (first layer of the skin, seen from the outside), renews itself in a beautiful, 24-days’ cycle. As we get older, these 24 days become much more …..

In order to improve this turnover, many things can be done. Think of the use of Retinol, that will stimulate cell turnover from the deeper layers upwards. Think of regular cleansing(which we all do, don’t we ?), and of regular EXFOLIATION. Meaning : HELPING (not forcing) skin to perform better, by removing a few layers of dead skin material. Advantages ? MANY !

Skin will perform better and therefore, look more beautiful and fresh, to put it simply. Your (expensive) moisturizer will be absorbed better and your make-up will last longer during the day. To name a few advantages.

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One of my PERSONAL FAVORITES is the use of an ACID TONER.Meaning : a skincare toner/tonic with exfoliating (=peeling) ingredients. Fruit acids, like BHA/AHA’s can be used in this way. You can have them in your cleanser, but I’m not a big fan of that, because these products will sting your eyes and therefore, you will need a separate cleanser for the eye area, in case you use them. Acid toners, however, are left on the skin and perform as a “stay on” product. Their effect, for  his reason, will be much better than if they were used in a cleanser (which you remove).

ACID TONERS can have either AHA’s, BHA’s or a mix of both in them. One of my favorite AHA toners is CLARINS DOUX EXFOLIANT, that is both soothing and exfoliating. Very good in case you’re a “beginner”, because it’s a very mild product. I recently discovered EXUVIANCE MOISTURE BALANCE TONER, which has both AHA’s and PHA’s. The advantage of a PHA (POLYHYDROXY  acid) being that it will help give your skin an extra boost of moisture. I find this product to be VERY EFFECTIVE for my combination skin.

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH SURFACE DAILY PEEL and BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE LOTION P50 are excellent in case you are looking for a “FULL STRENGTH” product.They are both ideal for either oily or very aged skin. Sun damaged skin, for example, will improve a lot with the ongoing use of this type of exfoliator.

I personally use all these products, but not all at the same time. I alternate them, depending on the time of the year and the condition of my skin. I would advise you to have at least 2 different acid toners. UNLESS you also use a type of mechanical exfoliator, like a scrub. In this case, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t use them at the same time. This would be a bit too much for your skin.

Acid toners are simple, effective and easy to use. Like you would use a “normal” toner. I usually use an ESSENCE (see articles on Korean products and SVR Essence) directly after an acid toner and then follow my usual steps. For men : as we shave in the morning, it is generally better to use your acid toner in the evening in order to avoid stinging. My beloved Exuviance toner is an exception to this, however.

Bottom line :acid toners are great for regular exfoliation of our skin and help your skin to perform better. They will also make skincare being absorbed better and make sure your skin stays free of blackheads and other skin impurities.

SKIN MOMENTS 3 – WEEKLY UPDATE ON MY SINCARE ROUTINE

Hello you guys ! This is the third blog post about my skincare routine. Reading the two older ones, I realize how versatile skin and skincare can be. This is one of the reasons, it is so important for us to look at our skin well. Don’t stop at “skin type”, but rather treat your skin according to your skin moments.

I was tired these last few weeks – and so was my skin. Moving houses, plus a drive up and back to Italy (to sell our second house), has been stressfull and tireing. I ended up having a bad cold, which I still haven’t gotten rid of as I’m writing this post. Anyway, things will get better, but it’s always a challenge to keep skin fit during those more difficult moments in life.

Cleansing has been mild, as usual, alternating both cleansing oils with mild cleansing milks and creams. Body Shop Camomile was popular, so was Céravé Cleansing Cream. I really do love this product. You know I’m a fan of double cleansing, but this product is sooo mild, yet soooo effective, I’d almost say one cleanse does it all. Almost ….. It removes grime, oily residue and (tinted) sunblock in just seconds, and leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh. As I have combination skin, it tends to become oilier on the T zone and dryer on the cheeks when I’m under stress, but this cleanser balances it all back to normal. Plus, it’s very budget friendly! Great buy!

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Serums have been vitamin C from Mad HIppie and Retinol (night) from Nazan Tastan. The Mad Hippie vitamin C also has Kojic Acid, derived from a mushroom, that helps treating hyperpigmentation spots. Just what I need before spring will come. The Nazan Retinol is a great one too ! It has enough Retinol to make you see the difference, without having the strength of the strongest ones on the market. This is great, because you see it works, but without any irritation, even during “more difficult” periods.

For moisture, I continue to love Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron. Rather a gel than a serum, it absorbs immediately, without any sticky residue. These last few days, I alternated with Nazan Tastan Hyaluronic Serum (new), which I immedialtely loved. I ‘ll write a seperate post on this one, once I’ve had it for a while. It’s a very powerfull product, using a special technology to make the hyaluronic acid even more hydrating! Lush ! Both products are must haves for me!

New to the collection is the Embryolisse “Secret de Maquilleurs” (Make-up artists’ Secret) day cream. A very special product with a balmy texture, that helps improving skin surface immediately upon application. Nicely hydrating too, and although it seems like a balm, there is no sticky or oily residue. My combination skin loves it and  it and I  consider using it for night time too.

For the night, I ‘ve alternated Malu Wilz Thalasso Hydro Gel with Estee Lauder Nightwear. Both are classics. Not new on the market, but great product that moisturize without feeling heavy on the skin. Ideal for normal/combination skins.

Even in this grey weather, I kept using a sunblock. SPF 30 Gel from Heliocare. My favorite brand for SPF. Light, soft, creamy, not sticky. Not irritating to the eyes (important!), so they get my vote. Superb formulas and plenty of textures to choose from.

The bottom line is, I kept skincare moderately “active” this week. No acids, but a bit of good Retinol and lots of vitamin C to keep skin cells going. And lots of moisture, LOTS. That is always a good idea …

SKIN MOMENTS 2

My dear friends and readers of the blog : I am truly, TRULY sorry, but there was not one moment in the past ten days to write another (second) “skin moments”. Stupid, isn’t it, how one can just be too busy/stressed out, to find even a few minutes to sit down and write about one’s skincare routines ?

Well, speaking about routines ; there were only few in these past ten days ….. Why, you will ask ? Well, we’ve been moving …… Horrible, well not the fact of moving houses, that IS indeed lovely. No I’m speaking about having to pack your entire life into boxes and the unpack them not knowing in what order to start, because there is still no kitchen, my office is a mess and well, you get the picture, I guess…..

So I kept things basic, very basic. Cleansing, Serum, Moisturizer/ SPF. Honestly, that’s all I did these last ten days. Mostly using my wonderfull Bodyshop Chamomile Cleansing Oil to clean my face, whiping it off with a cloth and warm/tepid water. No toner, didn’t know which box they were in…. Used Retinol from Klapp (from the Skin Boosters Series). Nice one, very, veeeeeerrrrrryyyyy mild. Mostly hydrating with a bit of Retinol. Just enough to keep my stressed skin going. Plus a Clarins Moisturizer for the night : Multi-Active Nuit, still ones of my most beloved ones. Hydration plus a few beneficial plant extracts. Nothing complicated. And Heliocare Satin Gel SPF 30 for day. Even in winter : there is light, so there’s UV Radiation. Plus the BLUE LIGHT from our computers, cell phones etc. Think of that and you will be wanting an SPF all year round.

No time for exfoliation, no acid toners or peels. No AHA or BHA serums. It’s time to introduce them back into my routine again. I found them today, together with my other (hydrating toners). I had put them in the same box….  Neostrata, Exuviance, Biologique Recherche, Clarins, Lancome, Klairs, Leegeehaam and Missha are back. Lush, lovely. Ten days is a long time when you’re a skincare junkie !

To be continued …..

SKIN MOMENTS (1) : WEEKLY UPDATE ON MY SKINCARE ROUTINES

“Temps de peau”they say in French. A beautiful way of describing how versatile skin can be. How quickly it can change from being “normal” to reactive, sensitive, stressed and even oily. Our skin changes all the time, from day to day, from week to week. So keeping your skincare routine up to date with your skin’s needs, is one of the most difficult things about being a beauty lover ….

As I worked a lot (abroad, mainly, involving long travel), my skin was stressed this week.Or rather, more sensitive than usual. Plus, I ‘ve been “retinolling” (thank you dear Caroline Hirons, for introducing this word to our vocabulary), meaning I’ve been using quite a bit of (potent) vitamin A products on my skin. Giving it a boost, an anti-ageing one, to be more precise. Times come when one needs a bit of that.

So cleansing has been very soft, alternating Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil with Origins’ Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil. Both are super-gentle, yet very effective cleansers/make-up removers. I personally believe there’s nothing better to clean your pores than a cleansing oil. Not only will it dissolve EVERYTHING on the surface of your skin, it will also DEEP CLEANSE your pores as “like dissolves like”, meaning the oil in the cleanser dissolves the sebum in your pores also. Think about it, it’s the most logical thing on earth !

I love both these cleansers, for mornings, to prepare my skin for (a hard working) day, and evenings, when skin is a bit stressed and/or out of balance.Skin feels super clean and comfortable with each one of them. When I’m in a “very soft mood”, I ‘ll have the Body Shop product, when I feel a bit more “aromatic”, I go for the Origins version (gosh that smell is beautiful!!). Both are great and work well for ALL SKIN TYPES, including sensitive and oily skins.

Another cleanser I like to use when my skin is a bit sensitive, is the Bèta-Glucan Cleanser by Klapp Cosmetics. This is a very creamy, fragrance free and ever-so-gentle Cleansing Milk. It’s part of the Bèta-Glucan series by the brand. Bèta-Glucan is supposed to calm down any skin reaction to external agressors and bring back sensitive skin to normal. For me, these products work beautifully. I use this cleanser both mornings and evenings. When I use in the evening, it is usually my second cleanser after an oil.

Leegeehaam (Korean) Hyal B5 Essence Toner & Serum were my favorites this week when it comes to treatments. The Essence toner is a very moisturizing, softening and smoothing product, that’s just GREAT when your skin is quite a bit DEHYDRATED or SENSITIZED. Together with the serum, it hydrates intensively and brings back a stressed skin to normal in no time.

Although the weather has definitely become darker and colder, we should always keep in mind, that light is present around us all the time (well during daytime, that is), so we should remember to wear a (light) sunscreen anyhow. I used up the last bit of my very beloves Estée Lauder Daywear, which is an ANTIOXIDANT rich cream with an added SPF 15. Great for winter days, I’d say. Antioxidants protect our cells from environmental damage, meaning they are a preventive form of anti-ageing for your skin. Embrace them, we need all the help we can get in our modern world…..

As you see, skincare was simple this week. No fuzz, just good basic hydration + protection. That’s all it took. See you next week !

SPOTLIGHT ON POWERHOUSE WRINKLE FIGHTER RETINOL

If you’re a skincare lover, fanatic or whatsoever, you know about Retinol, so no need to read any further.If you’re a novice into skincare, or just need some “updating”, read on.

Retinolis the name of the MOST ACTIVE FORM OF VITAMIN A. It is, in fact het ONLY one that has all the properties that are often mentionned, when speaking of vitamin A.

Vitamin A in cosmetics can also occur as vitamin A PALMITATE and vitamin A ACETATE, which are both good, but far less effective ingredients for skin, when compared to RETINOL.

So here’s what Retinol is famous for:

  • It’s skin restoring
  • It helps smoothing out wrinkles
  • It’s firming
  • It takes care of all signs of visible ageing, like open pores and hyperpigmentation spots

Isn’t that great ?In fact, Retinol is considered by many to be the NUMBER ONE POWERHOUSE INGREDIENT for anti-ageing skincare.

I often get asked about the PERCENTAGE a Retinol product should have to be effective. Although percentage does make a DIFFERENCE (especially if it’s too low!), the actual delivery system in the product, the packaging (should be airless or air-reducing) and other ingredients present in the product, determine its effectiveness. As Retinol is sensitive to light, packaging should be opaque.

Beautypedia has published a few very good articles on this subject, especially about percentages and myths about the use of Retinol. They also mention three different “strengths” of Retinol, but these, obviously, only cover their own (very good) Retinol products (Paula’s Choice).

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My advise to you would be to see what options are available to you locally, as many brands make excellent Retinol products, but not all are available in all countries. I personally like to use Retinol off-and-on, like 2 to 3 times a week, in order to fight wrinkles (especially around my eyes), hyperpigmentation and my old (but stubborn) acne scars. If you have a specific concern, like skin sagging, open pores or age spots, you might consider using Retinol more often, even daily if you want to.

One of the myths about Retinol, is that it can only be used at night. This isn’t true, as you can perfectly use it during daytime, as long as you use a good sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). The Retinol (and your skin) will be protected.

Products containing Retinol I’m using at the moment (November 2018) are :

  • Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
  • Nazan Tastan Retinol Serum
  • Klapp Cosmetics Retinol Booster (is supposed tob e mixed into a cream, I use it directly on my skin)

The ones that are waiting to be tried are :

  • Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate
  • Neostrata Retinol +NAG Complex (this is a very strong one you can use just once a week)
  • Indeed Labs Retinol Reface

I logically introduce new products to my routine one by one, in order to be sure about the effect it has on my skin. There is no use introducing three products at the same time, as you will understand.

One word of caution:although some brands claim to have a Retinol product, it can often be one of the less effective forms of vitamin A. The only way to be sure, is to check the ingredients list : it should mention “retinol” or “ Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate”, which is a newer from of (effective) vitamin A.

www.madhippie.com

www.nazantastan.nl

www.klappcosmetics.com

www.exuviance.com

www.neostrata.com

www.indeedlabs.com

Korean 7-Skin Method

A short while back I wrote a post about the 10-step Korean skincare routine. While this is the most mainstream routine in Korea, there is a trend that’s getting more and more hype, called the ‘7 Skin Method’. When I read about this, I was very intrigued, because this new skincare routine only involves 1 skincare product. I thought ‘how can a skincare routine only include 1 product?’ I would love for this to work because using only 1 product means it’s cheap!!!
So I decided to try this method out for myself to see if it can provide my skin what it needs with just 1 product, and if so, how does it compare to the regular 10-step skincare routine? 

What is the 7-skin method?

The 7-skin method is a way of increasing and maximizing hydration and plumpness by layering up to 7 thin layers of toner (or a watery essence) onto the skin. The idea behind this is that by layering your toner multiple times, your skin gets to absorb more of the hydrating ingredients, leaving you with that healthy, radiant, glowing skin. By using this method, your skin gets to soak up the toner in 7 small portions, instead of 1 large amount, drenching your skin with hydrating goodness.
Btw, this method is called the 7-skin, because in Korean the word for toner also means skin, so a 7-toner method.

How to do the 7-skin method?

So how exactly do you do a 7-skin method?

Step 1: Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser as you normally would.
Step 2: Let your skin air dry and when it’s only slightly damp, apply the first layer of toner using a cotton pad or your hands. Pat the toner into your skin on your face and neck. Let it absorb.
Step 3: For layers 2-7 you don’t need a cotton pad, it would be too abrasive for your skin. Pour a dime-size amount (not more, you only need small amounts for this method) of toner into the palms of your hands and press the toner into the skin.  Wait for your skin to absorb the product and move on to the next layer.
Step 4: if you find that your skin is hydrated and moisturized enough after the 7th layer of toner, you can leave it at that. If you find that your skin can benefit from a light layer of moisturizer, you can also apply a thin layer of moisturizer after the 7-skin method.

You can start by only applying 3 layers of toner and see how your skin reacts to it. If your skin is agreeing with this method, you can work your way up to 7 layers (or more). I know that
applying toner 7 times can be quite time consuming, but you don’t need to do this method every day. Some do the 7-skin method once a week, some do it every other day. Personally I do the 7-skin method 2-3 a week, or whenever I have time on my hands, but trust me, the results are worth the time. Your skin will be so hydrated and will look so glowing after using this method! My mom even commented on how great my skin looked. She said I looked transparent XD. Also, if you’re scared you will run out of toner 7x faster, don’t worry, this method actually takes only 3-4x more toner than regular routines, because every application takes less product than it would if you’d only do 1 layer.

What products to use for the 7-skin method?

You can use any hydrating toner or lightweight essence that you like. Just make sure that it doesn’t contain any alcohol or fragrance that could irritate your skin. Also those toners that have cleansing properties, like a 2-in-1 toner-micellar water, are not appropriate to use in a 7-skin routine, because those can strip your skin of oil and be irritating when applied too many times. I personally used my favorite essence, the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist.

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Other suggestions according to your skin type:

-Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner (Deep rich) for normal to dry skin.
-Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner (Original) for normal to oily skin.
-Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin for acne prone skin.
-Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner for sensitive skin.
-Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner for all skin types.


Review & Comparison with Regular Routine

Now how does this routine compare to a regular 10-step skincare routine that I usually follow? It definitely takes more time, as mentioned earlier, but it really does make your skin more plump and glowing (or transparent to quote my mom). However, I don’t see myself doing this every day, I wouldn’t recommend others doing that either, because your skin needs more than only hydration. But it’s a very good spa-like treatment you can give yourself a couple times a week. I’m definitely going to keep doing this weekly because it really works and I love how my skin looks after!

Have you tried the 7-Skin method? What toner did you use and what did you think of the results?

This is an article published in the blog of the Korean brand Little Wonderland, https://www.littlewonderland.nl/en/

This article is reposted in my blog under permission from “Little Wonderland”. 

FRAGANCE IN COSMETICS

One of the most discussed subject in cosmetics, is undoubtedly “fragrance”. No other subject in cosmetics has been more discussed, argued about and researched.

In order to give you – my readers – some clarity on this subject, here’s my personal opinion.

In order to discuss this topic, it is important first to define, what fragrance exactly is. In cosmetics, fragrance is a substance, or a mixture of substances, meant to perfume the product OR to mask unpleasant odors from (active) ingredients.

So, this means a fragrance can be used for marketing purposes, but also to make a product acceptable for its consumers. Because, what you should know, is that many cosmetic ingredients do NOT have a nice smell. This goes for NATURAL es well as SYNTHETIC ingredients.

This also means that “NATURAL” as well as “CLASSIC” cosmetic brands, use fragrance in their products in order to make them pleasantly smelling to their public. 

Fragrance can also be used to “neutralize” odors. A product that “has no smell” could very well be fragranced !

Fragrance can be both natural (ex : essential oils) or synthetic, and can also be a mixture of both.

Now let’s come tot he crucial point : is fragrance BAD FOR SKIN ?

In my opinion (shared by many skincare experts, I’ll just cite Caroline Hirons), the answer is : NO, unless you have an ALLERGY to the product. 

I personally DO NOT believe that fragrances can lead to skindamage (like Beautypedia tells us) or are harmfull in any way. It is only bad for you if YOU are allergic to ONE (or more) fragrance ingredients.

The EU has made up a list of 26 fragrance ingredients, that are considered to be more “suspected” when it comes to the frequence of allergic reactions. Again, this means :  only for those who are allergic to the said substance. 

A few examples, like they are mentionned on the INCI (Ingredients) list :

  • Amyl cinnamal
  • Eugenol
  • Coumarin
  • Alpha isomethyl ionone
  • Hydroxycitronellol
  • Linalool
  • And more …..

The ONLY WAY to know what you are allergic to(be it a fragrance or some other type of ingredient), is to have it TESTED & CONFIRMED by a DERMATOLOGIST. Since we live in an era of “contains no parabens, synthetic fragrance and blabla blabla”, it has become very “fashionable” to have some self-invented allergies (or “highly sensitive” skin).

The funny thing is, that most of the “suspected” allergens are from NATURAL sources, being the essential oils. Meaning that natural-led products are more likely to give you allergies than the synthetic ones. Surprising, isn’t it?

CONCLUSION :

In my personal opinion, fragrance should not be a problem when used in acceptable dosage in skincare products.If you are, however, allergic to a certain fragrance ingredient (or group of ingredients), you will have this black on white from your doctor and you can read ingredient lists in order to select your cosmetic products.

Although a nice fragrance in a product has nothing to do with its purpose (namely : skin care), it can add an extra dimension to the product. What would a luxury cream be without a nice smell !!

Fragrance is absolutely not a necessity(unless the product would smell bad because of certain ingredients), and if you want to avoid, there are plenty of unfragranced products on the market.

Remember also that fragrance is not the only culprit when it comes to allergies and that cosmetics are often made of complex formulas in order to meet our skincare needs.

THE BOTTOM LINE : LET’S ENJOY OUR FRAGRANCED PRODUCTS  ! 

WHAT VITAMIN C CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”could be true for your skin too. Not that it means putting apple juice on your skin, but speaking in term of vitamins ; your skin needs them too.

After Retinol (Vitamin A), vitamin C is likely the most important vitaminwhen it comes to skincare. Recently, newer – more stable forms – of vitamin C have been found for use in cosmetics, which means that we nowadays have the possibility to supply a good portion of vitamin C to our skin topically.(Meaning by putting skin care on our faces).

Surely, your daily intake by mouth is very important too. It is, in fact, the basis for all. Did you know, that our organism needs vitamin C in order to produce COLLAGEN, our skin-buiding fibers, that decline over the years ? A good dosage of vitamin C could actually keep them fit & healthy! Fruit, vegetables, consumed either raw, lightly cooked (cooking “kills” part of the vitamin C), in a smoothie or simply, in a nice, fresh made soup, will keep your vitamin levels up.

On our skin, we could very well do with an extra supply, as our skin gets served LAST when it comes to nutrients absorbed through our digestive system.

Vitamin C can be applied as either a serum or a cream and I would advise you to look out for a serum, because the vitamin C will generally be MORE CONCENTRATED in a serum. Furthermore, it needs to be absorbed DEEP into your skin, and that is exactly what serums are meant to do.

You can use vitamin C either during the day, or at night. You can even MIX UP SEVERAL SERUMS TO GET ALL THE BENEFICIAL INGREDIENTS from several serums, in case you’re a real “beauty freak” like me.

Not only does vitamin C have COLLAGEN BUILDING properties, it will also help keeping SUN SPOTS & AGE SPOTS at bay (aren’t these two things the same ?). That’s why vitamin C is also considered to be a SKIN BRIGHTENER.

Good forms of vitamin C are :

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Ascorbyl Glucoside

And Ascorbic Acid being the pure, unaltered vitamin C, that is, however, quite unstable in many cosmetic formulations, because it is very sensitive to air (oxygen) and light. That’s why it is sometimes presented as a powder, ready-to-mix with a liquid, before application on the skin (Clinique Fresh-Pressed).

My favorites of the moment :

  • Clinique Fresh-Pressed
  • Mad Hippie vitamin C serum
  • Nazan Tastan vitamin C serum
  • Helena Rubinstein Force C serum

So have your apple, but don’t forget your skin : it will thank your for it !