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What is natural beauty? A striking face, regular features, anyone with a cosmetics-free complexion or someone who radiates inner beauty? The jury is out on that one, but one thing is sure: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What one person finds beautiful, another will find utterly unattractive – in the same way that the rose-tinted glasses of love can make the plainest face beautiful. But we can all agree on one thing: an even toned, well hydrated and vibrant skin without marks, spots or imperfections is prettier than a dull, grey complexion. Not everyone is blessed with radiant, glowing skin. There are all sorts of factors that influence how your skin looks, such as diet, stress, hormones and lifestyle habits. Plus, your skin changes as you age. Wrinkles, pigmentation spots and reduced elasticity are the most familiar signs of skin ageing. We cannot escape it, but there is a lot we can do to look as fresh as possible.
A healthy lifestyle is very important for good skin. Avoiding stress, eating healthily, sufficient exercise, plenty of water, protection from sun damage and sleeping well all have a positive impact on your skin and slow down the ageing process. In terms of a beauty regime, it’s simple: first cleanse your skin thoroughly and then take good care of it. With the help of the right skincare products, you can be the best version of yourself.
Cleanest in the land
So, effective facial care starts with clean skin. Make-up, sweat, dust and dirt particles, free radicals, sebum and dead skin cells must be removed. The cleaner the skin, the more readily the serum or moisturiser is absorbed. If you have enough time, you could follow the challenging ten-step Korean ritual – although despite its fame, it isn’t actually the holy grail of cleaning. If you have other ways you’d rather spend the evening than on endless cleansing, massaging, scrubbing and moisturising, then you might as well omit a few steps. What do you need to do for optimal facial care?
Peachy skin plan
1. Cleansing: twice a day to prevent clogged pores and reduce the risk of spots.
2. Toner or lotion and eye make-up remover: restores the pH balance of your skin and removes any remaining facial cleanser and/or make-up.
3. Exfoliate (three times a week): removes dead skin cells.
4. Hydrate: moisturise, moisturise and moisturise again to maintain hydrated skin. Use a moisturiser, serum, ampoule, booster, mask, eye cream (with SPF), and day and night cream.
Skincare product tips
Let it bubble!
Bioré is the American pore expert. This scrub has a powder-to-foam formula with natural baking soda that effectively combats the blackheads, dirt and grease that clog the pores from deep inside. Use the scrub two to three times a week together with your daily cleanser. The concentrated powder is activated by water and dissolves rapidly so that you don’t over-scrub.
Concentrated active ingredients for tired, dull skin. Your skin is intensively hydrated and light-reflecting pigments give your face a youthful glow and even skin tone. Cacao peptides protect against blue light – from the sun, LED lighting and screens -, which can cause pigment spots, and prevent premature skin ageing.
For the times when your skin needs a real boost. To be used as a ten-day cure. Suitable for women from around forty years old (hello, here we are!). Reduces fine lines and lets your skin glow. Contains a high concentration of vitamin C (15%), combined with moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid.
- Naïf Moisturizing Cleanser, € 17,50
Made from natural ingredients. A mild cleanser that you can use in the morning and evening. Gentle on your skin thanks to a combination of linseed and sunflower oils. The milky cleanser with its lightly foaming texture both removes impurities and hydrates.
This mask, which includes calendula and aloe vera, has calming and revitalising properties and gives your skin a fresh, hydrated and soothing feeling after only five minutes. It can be used up to three times a week but is also effective as a booster after a long flight, busy workday or sleepless night. Also contains blue agave extract, which stimulates natural hyaluron production in the skin.
This lightly foaming cleanser gently removes dirt particles and impurities, resulting in smooth, silky skin. Has an instant hydrating and exfoliating effect and gives the skin a healthy, natural glow.
Powerful and calming
A powerful, exfoliating product with peptides and ceramides that combat skin ageing and sun damage and rejuvenate the skin. Features a milky, gel texture that can be quickly absorbed by the skin. Do not rinse off! A mild formula that means you can use it as often as you like. Contains liquorice root extract, which has powerful antioxidant and calming properties, to smooth an uneven complexion.
Mild, alcohol-free toner based on natural plant extracts, including white meadowsweet. Lets your skin glow. Toners ensure that serums and creams are better absorbed by the skin.
Bodyguard for on the go
Hydrating antioxidant spray that protects against air pollution and UV radiation. A non-oily, non-sticky, light protective spray for when you’re on the move. Contains chlorella, an algae that is valued for its detoxifying properties, which you may know better as a dietary supplement.
Cooling and conditioning eye gel that reduces puffiness and hydrates the delicate area around your eyes. Enriched with hydrogen, which gives the skin cells a huge energy and hydration boost. Tip: put the bottle in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect.
A serum lotion that restores the natural glow of the skin. The formula has a lightweight, silky texture and gently removes dead skin cells, refines the appearance of large pores and restores the natural glow of the skin. Has a velvety, non-sticky finish that ensures your make-up stays impeccable all day long. Enriched with apricot for instant hydration without greasiness.
- Dior Lift Sculptor, € 97
Thanks to innovative ingredients – including extracts of green and white tea – this serum has an instant and long-lasting lifting effect. Smoothes wrinkles, improves radiance and helps the skin regain firmness and elasticity.
Creamy as a cream but also fresh and light as water. Helps the skin to regain elasticity and glow. The water-in-oil emulsion penetrates deep into the epidermis and ensures long-lasting hydration. Contains black rose, Alpine rose and May rose, which make the skin smoother, softer and more radiant.
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