The forgotten beauty gestures
Our cosmetic routine is based on several mainstay products and is well oiled. However, there are certain gestures that deserve to be better known. Lotions, masks, SPF ... This month, a look at these forgotten steps that boost beauty rituals!
Often mistakenly considered as a watery product devoid of active ingredients, lotion has evolved. At Oh My Cream, we only refer to treatment toners, loaded with moisturizing, purifying, soothing or anti-aging active ingredients. A real treatment, the lotion is used after the morning cleansing (or as a replacement for it, when the skin has no specific problems) and after the double cleansing in the evening.
Whether sprayed on the skin or applied to a cotton pad, the lotion helps neutralize the limescale in the water. It completes the cleansing process and leaves the skin clean and comfortable, ready to receive its care. For normal to combination skin, Grown Alchemist 's Balancing Toner Rose, Ginseng & Chamomile gently refreshes and tightens pores, all without alcohol. Susanne Kaufmann 's Tonic Soothing will be the choice for normal to dry skin to soothe redness.
By moistening the upper layers of the epidermis, the lotion also plays a role as a penetration vector. The strategy for long-lasting skin hydration is to water the epidermis in two or three stages to gradually and effectively impregnate each layer of cells (it's a bit like watering very dry soil: you have to add water in several stages if you don't want it to stagnate on the surface). Thus pre-hydrated, the skin will also be less greedy for moisturizing care.
As a bonus, you can repeat the gesture during the day, even over your makeup, to rehydrate the tissues instantly. We like the practical format of the Moisture Boosting Facial MistAlpha H, a real antidote for dehydrated skin, to be sprayed as often as desired.
The eye contours are often areas that are neglected. However, it only takes 20 seconds to take care of this fragile area of your face.
Use the size of a grain of rice of a product and divide into two on each index finger. Apply at the temples of the eyes and move towards the hollows at the inside of the eyes. Then, move onto the inner angle of the eye, smooth over the eyebrow and back to the temple. Continue this movement until the product has soaked into the skin and then just perform a soothing action on your eye contours from the hollow of the eye back towards the temple.
The eye contour is the area where the skin is thinnest.
It is also the area most exposed to external aggressions: time, temperature, work on a computer screen, not to mention the 30,000 or so daily eyelash beats... Very fresh, the Active 7 Eye Contour Gel by Ren Skincare is a decongesting gel that boosts microcirculation to eliminate dark circles and puffiness. Also good for the office, to refresh tired eyes.
Its thinness also makes it vulnerable to the marks of time: it is the first area of the face that will undergo skin aging. Once installed, the small wrinkles of dehydration will then fix themselves and become fine lines and wrinkles. This is a good habit to adopt from the age of 30 and we even think of applying a drop of product to the lip contour, for example with the Multivitamin Power Firm from Dermalogica, a melting treatment that smoothes and blurs the signs of aging. And for eyes that can't tolerate any formula dedicated to the look, theEchium & Argan Delicate Eye Cream from Pai Skincare is a friend of sensitive skin. It nourishes and delivers its youthful active ingredients with great gentleness.
1 - Apply the product to the temple and the top of the cheekbone, stretch it inwards then towards the eyebrow and back towards the temple.
2 - Drainage from the inside to the outside: 1 or 2 times.
Winter sun protection
It is important to keep moisturising when it is grey outside because UV rays are still able to pass through a cloudy sky (only infra-red rays – the rays responsible for the presence of heat – are absent).
Only 20% of skin-aging occurs from our genetic make-up. The dose of UV rays that we encounter on a daily basis plays a large role in the quality of our skin (the uniformity and the appearance of spots and also wrinkles). Protect yourself everyday by just applying a bit of SPF in the morning on your skin.
Often enriched with antioxidants, these products are ideal for urban skin living in polluted environments or overheated or air-conditioned office atmospheres.
These agents work like shields to provide long-lasting protection for the skin. For those who have a favorite day care product (and don't want to change it), the Solar Defense Booster SPF50 can be used alone or mixed with your favorite moisturizer, for an SPF between 15 and 20.
And this sun protection knows how to be forgotten: with it, no white, greasy or sticky film! And for those who like a quick and effective routine, the Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50 Alpha H is the perfect protective moisturizer for city women, and has been adopted by all Australian women. Once applied, its dry touch allows a fast make-up.
Lack of time, lack of results...
if the "mask" box is really necessary. And yet, this galenic has evolved. More and more specialized and loaded with active ingredients, it is the trick to wake up your complexion in 5 to 10 minutes. Our tip? Apply your mask during breakfast, then jump into the shower to rinse it off. You can also leave it on while brushing your teeth.
A real bath of active ingredients, the mask recharges the skin's batteries. It is the SOS gesture to do the day before an appointment or an event. Practical, it also allows you to optimize your routine without changing all your products. For uncomfortable and dry skin, the Moisturising Mask by Susanne Kaufmann is a creamy mask, "superfood" for the skin, boosted with fatty acids, vitamins and trace elements.
It's also the quick answer to a problem.
Whether your skin needs nutrition, soothing, anti-aging or a deep cleanse, the mask is the perfect trick to boost the results of your skincare routine. For those in a hurry who want to exfoliate and cleanse at the same time, Dermalogica 's Charcoal Rescue Masque contains charcoal and volcanic ash to detoxify, brighten, revitalize and refine skin texture instantly.
For those concerned about anti-aging, Esthederm's Instant Repulp Mask fromEsthederm thoroughly moisturizes and smoothes the features.
And for skin that is prone to reactions and moments of hypersensitivity, theEvercalm Ultra-Comforting Soothing Mask by Ren Skincare is a bit like a yoga session for the skin: it calms things down immediately while giving you strength!