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From Snowstorms to Heat Waves: Changing your skincare routine with the seasons
From snowstorms in mid-March to England’s longest heatwave in five years, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is how you should be modifying your skincare routine.
This summer has reached record high temperatures for an unusually long period of time. This means your skin has been experiencing weather that it is not necessarily used to, including hot and humid environments to refreshingly cool air-conditioned spaces. So, what has this been doing to your skin and how should you go about protecting it?
Humidity increases the amount of sweat produced and released on to the skin, which can cause oiliness. Open pores increase the collection of dirt, oil and pollution particles, which can aggravate the skin. All of this can cause breakouts, eczema and even allergic reactions. If this isn’t bad enough for your skin, spending time in air-conditioned rooms also has its impacts. Air-conditioning reduces water levels in the outer layer of the skin, reducing its elastic properties, causing dryness. Sun damage has the biggest effect, drastically ageing skin, resulting in dark spots, dryness and wrinkles.
As a result of this, the first and foremost stage of your skincare routine should be cleansing. It is crucial to wash away any impurities and excess oil. Decléor's Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse is the perfect way to do so, leaving skin beautifully clean, smooth and plump.
To prepare your skin for sun exposure, use the Aromessence Solaire Face Oil Serum.
Before exposing your skin to the sun, it is crucial to apply an SPF cream. An ideal product for the height of summer is the Aroma Sun Expert Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 30 Face. Not only does it protect from UVA and UVB rays, it also prevents premature ageing.
Nobody really wants to be reminded that this scorching summer will come to an end at some point. However, as it does, temperatures and humidity levels will drop and the heating gets turned on. But, what does this do to your skin, and how can you protect it?
Throughout winter, your skin faces cold spells, icy winds and heating. Similar to summer, the drastic changes in temperatures from simply walking out of your warm house into crisp winter air has negative effects on your skin. Whether you crank the heating up inside or sit by a roaring fire, you expose your skin to very dry heat, leaving it in need of some serious TLC.
Yes, it is still crucial to cleanse your skin in winter, however, the most important step in your skincare routine should be moisturising. As a result of colder weather and dry heat, it is often wise to use a richer moisturising cream to repair dryness and prevent against further damage. Decléor’s hero, Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Rich Cream has moisture-boosting active ingredients to nourish your skin. For extra hydration, and optimal results, pair with an Aromessence Serum to suit your skin type. Aromessence Serums penetrate the skin to help nourish and restore skin for long lasting results.
But it’s not all doom and gloom: the sun doesn’t disappear altogether in winter. So, remember to apply an SPF 15 cream to protect your skin from the winter sun.
From when you first wake up in the morning, to when you get ready for a peaceful night’s sleep in the evening, one of the most essential steps to have in any skincare routine is a cleanser. Cleansing is all about letting your natural skin shine through and Decléor’s Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse perfectly meets this demand. Great for those who are on-the-go and want a quick and easy cleanse that delivers exceptional results – this cleanser is the perfect addition to your skincare wardrobe.
Why should I cleanse my skin every day?
You may think a quick splash of water with a spot of soap is enough to cleanse your skin, however to keep skin healthy and hydrated a cleanser is a must-have. Cleansers aren’t just used to remove make-up, they also have other amazing benefits such as removing dead skin cells, as well as the build-up of oils, dirt and pollution from the skin. Throughout the day your skin is faced with all these different environmental factors, whether that be pollution from cars on the road, or sweat from a tough session at the gym. Using a cleanser ensures your skin maintains its beautiful, healthy glow as it washes away the impurities that have built up over the day.
Why Decléor’s Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse?
Perfect for those with busy lifestyles, this rich, concentrated triple-action cream cleanser contains a combination of outstanding active ingredients to leave skin feeling beautifully clean, smooth and plump. Being a 3-in-1 cleanser, it offers the ultimate cleansing experience by:
- Deeply Cleansing
- Polishing and perfecting complexion
- Intensely Moisturising
If you love the feeling of water on your face in the morning and want a quick fix that leaves your skin looking flawless and smooth, then this is the cleanser for you.
How do I use Decléor’s Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse?
Stage 1: Cleansing Action
Squeeze one pump of the 3-in-1 Cleanser into your hands and add a small amount of water. Rub your hands together and you will see this rich, concentrated cream quickly lather into a mousse-like texture, creating tiny champagne bubbles. Apply the lather to your face and neck in circular motions.
Stage 2: Skin Polishing & Perfecting Action
Fruit enzymes and Japanese White Mulberry exfoliate and gently nibble away dull, dead skin cells to leave the skin crystal clear with visible clarity and luminosity.
Stage 3: Moisturising & Plumping Action
Using the power of Hyaluronic Acid - one of the iconic and most-loved ingredients in the skincare industry - this potent protein attracts and retains water to plump your skin giving it a soft, supple and youthful appearance. Néroli Essential Oil further enhances the skin by giving it a boost of hydration and radiance.
Stage 4: Remove Cleanser
Remove the mousse from your face with a warm damp muslin cloth or face flannel and see the instant results of clean, velvety soft, glowing skin.
What are the benefits Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse?
It’s no surprise that Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse is one of our Top 5 Most-Loved products with its instant, visible results. Your skin will be left enviably smoothed and radiant.
- Micro-exfoliation leaves skin looking refined. Your complexion appears smooth and visibly flawless
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a youthful-looking glow
- Deeply cleanses to leave skin silky smooth with a glass-like appearance
- Instantly skin feels healthy and glowing
Treat your skin to what it deserves and give it that added boost of radiance by adding the Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleansing Mousse to your everyday skincare routine.
There is a lot of buzz around Essential Oils but what are they and why do you need them in your skincare routine?
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are small but very powerful compounds - one single drop of Essential Oil contains 150 botanical actives.
Where do Essential Oils come from?
Essential Oils come from plants. They are grown in the heart of the plant but only 1 in 10 plants can produce them. They help the plant avoid disease, heal and defend themselves.
Why are Essential Oils good for my skin?
Because Essential Oils are only grown from the fittest of plants, they are incredibly powerful and are known to have the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin that other chemical compounds can’t. They are highly volatile and lipophilic and have an incredible affinity to the skin. So, it’s not just the skin of today that is benefitting, but the skin of tomorrow too.
Which Essential Oils are right from my skin?
To find the right Essential Oils for your skin type, you first need to understand what your skin goal is; are you looking for glow, to reduce blemishes, or to target signs of ageing? At Decléor, we have Aromessence Oil Serums, each with their own specific blend of Essential Oils, to target specific skin needs:
Essential Oils for Oily Skin
Oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum and it’s a common myth that using an oil-based serum will make your skin more greasy. Over-cleansing and using products that strip the skin will actually cause your skin to become oilier as the skin works to replace the lost oil. Try our Aromessence Ylang Cananga Oil Serum twice a day with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to reduce shine, improve skin texture and reduce blemishes.
Essential Oils for Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin affects most women at some time in the year. Often, your moisturiser works in the morning but by lunchtime, your skin can start to look dry again. Try our Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum to lock in hydration all day long, with Essential Oils of Sweet Orange this serum is clinically proven to protect against the signs of pollution whilst leaving your skin with a glow.
Essentials Oils for First Signs of Ageing
Our skin starts to age at about 25 years old, with the loss of collagen starting from 30 years old. It can be hard to know what to do when you start to see the lines and wrinkles appearing but it is important to target these signs of ageing when they first appear. Try our Aromessence Mandarine Oil Serum with Mandarine Essential Oil to target the first signs of ageing.
Essential Oils for Ageing skin
At certain times of the year and as we age, our skin can start to lose its plumpness and not feel as tight as it used to. Our Aromessence Lavandula Iris Oil Serum contains two key Essential Oils to counteract the loss of firmness: Lavendin Essential Oil to stimulate youth, limit collagen degradation & boost collagen; and elastin synthesis and Iris Absolute to reduce the cell degradation.
Essential Oils for Advanced Signs of Ageing
Many different factors can cause your skin to age, from genetics to environmental factors such as the sun, smoking, being outside in the elements, air conditioning and lack of hydration, all of which can cause your skin to age at different rates. Skin ageing is caused by a loss of collagen in the skin and Essential Oils can help to re-start the collagen production revive dull skin. Our Aromessence Magnolia Oil Serum contains Essential Oils to counteract the effects of ageing: Magnolia which initiates collagen production; Peony which works to re-plump the skin; and Lychee which reduces inflammation to revive rosy skin.
Explore all of our Aromessence Essential Oil Serums.
Want beautiful bronzed skin, but instead you’re left with burnt, parched skin?
Well, you’re in luck, at Decléor we have a full range of sun care protection to make sure you have a beautiful and glowing summer using Professional Grade Essential Oils.
Our anti-wrinkle sun creams and hydrating body milks give full spectrum UVA and UVB protection, which are ideal for all skin types including sensitive and mature skin.
Don’t forget to prepare your skin for summer with our Aromessence Solaire Face Oil Serum; A 100% natural serum to prepare all skin types for sun exposure and helps support your tanning ability.
This unique super serum with a refined, silky texture helps prepare the skin in advance of sun exposure, promotes an even, long-lasting tan and prevents skin ageing. Active ingredients include:
- Camomile and Geranium essential oils to help boost the skin’s natural defences
- Carrot Essential Oil to stimulate melanin production
- Argan and Rose Essential Oils to help reduce dehydration and preserve youthful-looking skin
- Rice Essential Oil which contains a natural SPF to protect skin from UV rays.
Apply this serum to face and neck after cleansing at least one week ahead of sun exposure, and also during periods of sun exposure underneath your protective sun cream, to ensure a perfect, glowing tan. Free from preservatives, mineral oils and parabens and suitable for all skin types.
Created specifically to provide effective and safe sun protection for all skin types, including those with fair, sensitive and mature skin types, our double-action anti-wrinkle sun range has a fresh summery fragrance and is light and quickly absorbed.
UVA and UVB filters work together with our unique DNA Protection Complex created from Vanilla and Jasmine extracts to protect and prevent premature ageing. Rose Essential Oil to boost the skin’s natural defences, and Rea from Tahiti reduces reactions caused by sun exposure, whilst our Sol-collagenine anti-ageing complex diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Apply regularly for an even, natural and long-lasting tan and suitable for all skin types. Ideal for the first days of exposure to the sun.
Is your skin lacking radiance?
Are you finding that you have dry/flaky patches?
Is your make-up not delivering the glow that you want?
Fear not, we can help guide you to make the jump from dull and tired skin to a glowing complexion with this step-by-step skincare routine.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Regular cleansing keeps your pores clean and reduces the chance of breakouts or a dull complexion. Make sure to use a cleanser that keeps the skin hydrated and supple!
We recommend our Decléor Hero, Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra-Radiance Cleansing Mousse. When in contact with water, this rich, concentrated cream quickly lathers to a mousse-like texture, creating tiny champagne bubbles that swiftly deep-cleanse and effectively remove make-up, whilst softening the skin to leave it clean and velvety soft.
STEP 2: PRIME
A serum is applied after cleansing and before applying moisturiser.These small but mighty products deliver targeted results for specific skincare needs.An oil mimics the build of your skin and can penetrate the dermis even deeper to deliver more effect results.
We recommend the Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum. This 100% natural face oil serum gives skin a hit of hydration and a boost of radiance, whilst soothing the senses.Using only the highest grade of Essential Oils, and cold pressed Botanical Oils, the result is a fine, silky texture, non-sticky, non-shiny and easy to apply.
STEP 3: HYDRATE & PROTECT
One of the most important steps in your routine, however often the most neglected.Dry air, central heating, air conditioning and the daily aggressors can leave skin dry and dehydrated, dull and lifeless.Long-term neglect can also means that those fine lines creep their way to even deeper lines.Avoid the long term effects but ensuring you apply a moisturiser daily.
We recommend the NEW Hydra Floral Everfresh Hydrating Light Cream. Experience instantly visible results and the heavenly fragrance of Neroli Essential Oil with this light, fresh cream that ensures skin is kept perfectly hydrated for up to 24 hours and protected from pollution and free radicals.*
STEP 4: OVERNIGHT REPAIR
Your body goes into ‘repair mode’ at night, working hard to fix the damage caused during the day and ensuring that we wake up looking refreshed.Your skin is the largest organ in the body and acts exactly the same, working hard to naturally rejuvenate overnight. Applying a product that will help this process along will ensure that you wake-up looking your beautiful best.
We recommend the Aromessence Neroli Amara Hydrating Night Balm. Small but mighty, this tiny pot of wonder is all you need at night. The balm dissolves into the skin to comfort even the driest of skin, leaving you with a supple, soft, smooth and bright complexion when you wake up.
STEP 5: MASK, MASK, MASK
Masks are the prefect skin care treatment to help you with your skincare concerns.They blanket the skin, helping the active ingredients to penetrate even deeper.Giving your skin that extra boost doesn’t have to be a lengthy affair.
We recommend the Prolagene Lift Contouring Lift Firm Mask.With Iris Essential Oil, Iris Pallida, this natural origin mask combats the effects of time while preserving skin’s integrity. The skin reconnects with its firmness and elasticity, face contours are like lifted, wrinkles are smoothed. The skin radiates an intense glow.
*Clinical scorage on 24 women.
Our busy lifestyles can take a toll on our skin, body and mind, and it is often our hydration levels that take the biggest hit. It takes a little more than a quick cleanse and moisturise to truly hydrate your skin, but we forget to build in the time to ensure we are fully hydrated. Worry not, Decléor are here to help and hydrate. Take a peek at a day in the life of a Decléor Hydration Hero to see how you can make small yet mighty tweaks to your lifestyle.
7am: Time to get up. I drink a large glass of water as soon as I wake up. I often pop a bottle of water in the fridge overnight with a few slices of fruit in (Lime and mint is my favourite!). The flavours infuse overnight, making the water a lot more appetising and refreshing.
7am: After a shower, it’s time to prep my skin for the day ahead. After cleansing, I use Decléor’s Neroli Amara Aromessence before moisturising. The serum is 100% natural and contains essential oils from the Neroli Amara flower, fruit, leaves and twigs for triple efficiency. My skin is hit with hydration. I then use Hydra Floral Rich cream on top for the ultimate power duo.
7am: Now my skincare routine is complete, I mix a few drops of my Neroli Amara Aromessence into my foundation to give my skin an extra glow.
8am: I’m running late, so breakfast will just have to be grab and go. Luckily, I’ve already prepared a big bowl of fruit salad for the week that I can pop in Tupperware. Upping your fruit intake is an easy way to increase your hydration levels as they are a great source of electrolytes and fluids.
9am: I arrive at work. Dehydration affects 95% of the population. For that reason, today I’m doing hydration tests around the office to increase awareness of the impacts of dehydration.
10am: I’m already feeling a little thirsty, so I keep a large bottle of water on me at all times.
1pm: My favourite part of the day –lunch time. If you don’t have time to prepare lunch, make sure you are still making smart choices. Reach for salads that contain nutrient and water rich foods like spinach, romaine lettuce, and cucumber. This doesn’t mean your food has to be boring – use the greens as a base to the foods that you enjoy. My lunch for today is a bed of spinach and cucumber, topped with roasted butternut squash, chick peas, and chorizo.
4pm: I’m beginning to feel tired, but the day is far from over. In times like this, I reach for my trusty bottle of Neroli Amara Aromessence once again. I apply 3 drop to my fingertips, inhale deeply to sooth my sense, and then gently tap across my face. Another hit of hydration, a treat for my sense, and my makeup even looks refreshed.
7:30pm: A quick H.I.T. session at the gym has got my heart racing. I reach for a banana before my workout to give me energy, and sip on water throughout.
8pm: Dinner time. I stick to a basic principle that half of my plate should be full of vegetables. Most vegetables have a high level of water content and therefore sticking to this principle will increase your water intake for any meal you desire.
10pm: Time to unwind. I cleanse my face, and follow with the Decléor Neroli Amara Night Balm. It has a calming scent which is perfect for relaxing the senses before you sleep. This 100% natural nourishing balm dissolves into the skin to comfort even the driest of skins.
The sunny days have finally returned… and with them, the happy days! There are plenty of reasons why we love the sun. The moderate exposure to sunlight actually boosts the level of serotonin, helping to improve the mood. It also provides vitamin D to the skin which is essential for binding calcium in bone. Finally (and maybe most of all), sun exposure can give the skin a beautiful sun-kissed glow. Yet, sun exposure can also cause skin damage and premature ageing. To make sure your skin makes the most of sun exposure while being protected, it is important to prepare it properly. Here is some advice.
TIP 1 – Before sun exposure, start stimulating your tanning ability
The sun emits UVA and UVB rays that are not filtered out by the planet’s ozone layer. As a consequence, they reach the skin tissue, stimulating one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms against UV rays - the synthesis of melanin. This phenomenon is what is responsible for skin coloration and tan.
Thing is: when the skin has not been exposed to the sun for some time, it has a very low level of melanin, which implies it is much harder for the skin to defend itself from the UV rays. To prepare your skin for sun exposure - at least one week before going on holidays, start stimulating your melanin synthesis and natural tanning to avoid sunburn and sun pigmentation. To do so, Décleor’s Aromessence Solaire Face Oil Serum (100% natural) is your perfect ally. This serum contains active ingredients such as Camomile and Geranium essential oils to boost the skin’s natural defences, as well as Carrot Essential Oil to stimulate melanin production. The Argan and Rose Essential Oils will also help reduce dehydration and preserve youthful-looking skin. Suitable for all skin types, apply this serum to the face and neck after cleansing, at least one week ahead of sun exposure and also during sun exposure underneath your protective sun cream, to ensure a perfect, glowing tan.
TIP 2 – Exfoliate your skin
Another good way to prepare your skin is to exfoliate your body before sun exposure to remove the dead cells that would prevent your skin from getting a uniform tanning.
For the face, Décleor’s Life Radiance Double Scrub contains three types of naturally exfoliating particles to remove dullness and restore radiance and vitality to the skin: Egyptian Luffa Fibres to gently buff away dead skin cells, Madagascan Cardamom Seeds to revive luminosity and Jojoba Beads to leave skin feeling soft and silky. For a milder face exfoliation, use Décleor’s Phytopeel Exfoliating Cream: with no exfoliating particles, it gently absorbs, eliminates impurities and renews your skin.
To exfoliate your body, use Décleor’s 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator. Enriched with Grapefruit Essential Oil and a combination of Pearl Sugar, Argan Shell and Orange Peel with Fruit Acids (Grape, Pineapple and Passion Fruit), our innovative gel turns into an indulgent oil during massage for easy application, and then turns into a milk upon contact with water for quick rinsing. Your skin is left feeling softer, smoother and refined, and your mind is invigorated, ready for holidays.
TIP 3 – Hydrate and nourish your skin
Hydrating your skin is very important after sun exposure but also before. A moisturising cream will not protect your skin from the sun, but it will help limit its damages. Indeed, dry skin is more likely to get sunburned as it is more vulnerable to UV rays. By deeply moisturising and nourishing your skin with a body lotion or cream before sun exposure, you will help to reconstruct its protective layer. Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk envelops your skin in a comforting and protective layer of moisture to not only re-hydrate the skin, but also improve skin elasticity and firmness enhancing the overall appearance of your skin.
Extra tip: before going on holidays, use Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Body Milk to intensely nourish your skin while gradually tanning your body. It contains naturally active ingredients like Magnolia Essential Oil to help protect your skin from free radicals and Narcissus Bulb to help prolong a natural or fake tan and preserve the skin’s youthful appearance. DHA – a sugar obtained by biotechnology – reacts naturally with amino acids in the skin to produce a gentle golden colour. Your skin will be perfectly prepared for the holidays: intensely moisturised with a radiant top-to-toe golden glow.
When your skin is ready to make the most of the sun - during your first days of holiday, it is important to expose your skin progressively – during several short exposures. The first time you expose your skin to the sun should not last more than one hour. And don’t forget: during sun exposure, it is important to protect your skin with the highest level of protection to keep it healthy, evenly toned, and younger looking and protect it from sun damages. Enjoy your holidays!
#FACEFACTS THIS SUMMER WITH DECLÉOR’S NEW POWERFUL PROTECTION AGAINST POLLUTION
Decléor launches NEW anti-pollution skincare range and professional facial treatment in collaboration with Nichola Joss, as part of our #FaceFacts campaign to protect skin from increasing pollution levels.
As the environment becomes more polluted, research is starting to reveal the potential health damage it is causing. At the start of 2017, it took London only five days to exceed its annual air pollution target (1). External factors such as pollution and UVs has been shown to clog the skin and cause premature ageing, as well as irritation, dehydration and uneven skin tone. Already 56% of women believe it’s necessary to protect their skin from pollution to prevent premature ageing(1). And with 62% UK women suffering from dehydrated skin(6), and £1 in every £5 spent on hydrating moisturizers(7), it is no wonder that pollution is one of the leading concerns when it comes to skin care.
We’re introducing two new targeted anti-pollution skin care products, a light day cream and eye gel – both powered by an innovative new ingredient, Baicalin, sourced from crystal clear lakes in China, known to protect against pollution and oxidation on the skin. Alongside the new skincare product innovation, Decléor spas nationwide will launch an anti-pollution facial designed in collaboration with Nichola Joss, for protection, hydration and radiance.
NEW DECLÉOR HYDRA FLORAL MOISTURE SHIELD ANTI-POLLUTION FACIAL
Designed by Decléor Skincare Expert, Nichola Joss, this signature facial uses three types of facial massage to help remove the harmful and ageing signs of pollution from the skin. The unique lymphatic drainage technique that Nichola is famed for, work to remove toxins and pollution from deep within your pores as well as on the surface, leaving skin deeply hydrated, glowing and radiant. Nichola feels passionately about the skin suffocation from pollution occurring daily to consumers in the UK, causing breakouts, congestion, dullness, slowing down oxygen levels and impacting cell renewal. This facial is Nichola and Decléor’s answer to protecting and replenishing the skin, while we clean up our air.
RRP £75 for 75 mins the Decléor Boutique & Day Spa and nationwide from June 2018
#FACEFACTS ON POLLUTION
Pollution is THE BUZZ-WORD when it comes to skin care. But what do we really mean by this and how does it affect the skin? When we talk about pollution we mean the particles and chemicals found in the air around us. These pollutants can build up on the skin and even penetrate through the upper layers. They can range from dirt, dust and everyday debris to airborne chemicals emitted from cars to cows! Some key offenders:
• Polycyclic Aromatic Hydro- carbons (PAHs),
• Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
• Particulate matter (PM) in different size and composition,
• Ozone (O3) on the ground level and
• Cigarette smoke
These particles are likely to stay on the skin until you cleanse. What's worse is that they can stick to the skin, its oils and of course creams and makeup to form a polluted film across the skin which suffocates cells resulting in:
• DULL SKIN, ACNE & BLOCKED PORES: Dirt & grime accumulate on the skin forming a fine layer of debris for dull skin, less able to breathe.
• IRRITATION & DRYNESS: Damaging the skin barrier or reducing the natural balance of the skin to function optimally, leads to irritated skin, dryness, discomfort but also eczema in more serious cases.
• LESS PROTECTION: Pollution cause free radicals, they attack the skin cells and prevent the cells working in the way they should, causing a depletion of the natural antioxidants.
• UNEVEN SKIN TONE AND PIGMENTATION: Some of the pollution chemicals and particles act on the melanocytes that increase the production of melanin in the skin, leading to uneven skin tone and dark spots.
• LINES AND WRINKLES: They also interact with our cells, damaging collagen and worsen the lines and wrinkles on the skin.
How to get the bridal glow by Celebrity Facialist and Decléor Skincare Expert, Nichola Joss
My golden skincare rules for brides
1. As the date moves closer, add essential lifting and toning facials into your routine. Decléor Yoga Lift Facial is a great treatment to see an immediate visable difference.
2. Teach yourself quick and effective facial massage techniques and practice them daily to naturally enhance your contours and give your skin a glow.
3. It is essential to take supplements for your skin. A probiotic for the body and gut health will help improve overall skin function too.
4. In your final few weeks stay away from acid peels, retinoids or aggressive facials. You should concentrate on massage with oils and balms to feed and nourish the skin and improve tone, texture and volume as well as adding radiance and luminosity.
5. On your wedding day, make sure you take time to treat your skin with facial massage. It will de-stress muscles removing tension and toxins. Your skin will look refreshed, toned and lifted.
The Bridal Kit
Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum - Welcome the bridal glow with just 3-drops of this 100% natural Oil Serum. Achieve bright, radiant skin when used every morning alongside facial massage.
Decléor Prolagene Lift 1 Minute Mask - For the morning of the big day to lift and firm your natural contours, smooth your complexion and give you a flawless base for makeup application.
Decléor Neroli Amara Night Balm - This plumping balm gives an all over radiance boost and evens the texture of the skin for a more flawless finish ahead of your wedding. Massage into the face before bed.
Say I Do
to the complexion of your dreams...
Top tips from Fiona Brackenbury, Decleor Education Director
Before you say I do, get your complexion wedding ready and perfect your pre-wedding day regimen from day one of the wedding planning!
Day one - Practice good skin maintenance from the get go:
"It's time to get serious about your skincare. Find the perfect routine that suits your skin and stick to it. Start with the basics:
cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day to see maximum results and don't forget your SPF!
Six months before - Schedule regular facials:
"Book in a course of facials to address any skin concerns, it's important to choose the perfect one for your skin problems, whether they are blackheads, clogged pores, fine lines or dehydration.
Fiona recommends: Decléor Vitamin Glow - a deeply cleansing, power-packed facial full of vitamins and anti-oxidants which leaves skin glowing with vitality.
One week before - Get some sleep:
"Over working, stress and lack of sleep may result in puffy eyes and dark circles. Try and get at least 8 hours per night to keep skin bright and under eye bags away!
Day of the Wedding - Create the perfect base:
"Hydrating your skin will make it glow, use a Hyaluronic Acid based product to plump fine lines and hydrate the skin creating a youthful glow.
Fiona’s Bridal Kit
Fiona recommends: Decleor Micellar Oil – formulated with fine oil particles which kick-start your microcirculation to boost radiance.
Decleor Aurabsolu Eye - infused with Caffeine to aid with last minute drainage and Orange Pigments deliver an instant illuminating effect."
Decleor White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate - an extra step in your routine to give you optimal hydration and radiance, whilst shrinking pores and brightening skin."
Wedding Skin Prep - Expert Tips
4 to 6 months before
- The best way to start the countdown is to begin having a facial; I would recommend our Award Winning Ultimate Vitamin glow facial. Power-packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, everything your skin needs to regain that flawless complexion. It is the perfect facial to leave your skin glowing with vitality and balanced to perfection.
- Remain committed to your routine. It is time to ensure you have a good skincare regime. An effective skincare routine should make your skin look and feel healthy. Make sure you cleanse effectively, it is one of the most important steps in your routine.If you can introduce double cleansing at night-time, the first cleanse is to completely remove all the makeup, dirt and grime that is on the surface of the skin. The second cleanse is to deeply cleanse removing all the pollution particles that adhere to the skin and deeply cleanse the pores. I would recommend the first cleanse with the Bi Phase Cleanser, which can be used to remove your eye make-up as well as face make up. For the second cleanse follow with either Micellar water if you want quick routine or Micellar oil or essential cleansing milk to ensure the skin is completely clean.
- Hydration is the one area of your skin care routine that can really transform your skin. If you have sensitive skin quite often when the skin is parched, it causes more redness and inflammation. It’s the same for combination skin, when the skin is dehydrated and lacking water the skin becomes blocked and this is why we get breakouts. I would suggest for the next 3 month before the wedding to use Hydra Floral Hydrating Light Cream. The intelligent moisturiser works where your skin needs it, capturing, locking and diffusing moisture where your skin needs it most.
- On the day you will want your skin to its best, beautiful bridal make-up is achieved when the skin is smooth and glass like. On the day, you will want your foundation to look perfect to achieve that a smooth you will need to ensure you exfoliate once a week for that barefaced beauty look. I would recommend that you start with the Phytopeel to ensure your skin is deeply cleansed and the dead skin cells are removed effectively and with skin integrity.
- Not only are going to pay special attention to your skin but you are going to want your hair to have that gorgeous mirror shine on the day. I would recommend that you use Satin Softening dry oil especially if you suffer with dry split ends. Spritz in the hair, paying particular attention to the ends and leave to work its magic overnight as an intensive treatment hair mask or can be mixed with your hair conditioner to make it even more nourishing. The Satin Softening Dry Oil is an amazing body oil too, so ensure you apply this daily to leave the skin soft and supple.
- It is now time to step the routine up and include a high level of exfoliation to refine the texture. I would recommend 2 months before the big day introducing Hydra Floral White Petal Skin-Perfecting Concentrate. The skin perfecting concentrate will refine the skin texture, smooth the appearance of fine lines and increase the hydration levels leaving it imperfection free and will deliver that perfectly smooth glass like texture.
- Tanning is always tricking, do you self-tan, and do you run the risk of it being too dark or too orange. Now is the time to start to practise and find the perfect tan. I would recommend the body firming and hydrating Gradual glow gives a natural sun kissed Mediterranean glow and a colour you are in control of.
Do not forget exfoliating on the body too. Exfoliating your skin regularly is one of the best things you can do for your complexion as it encourages new cell regeneration, which results in brighter looking skin. On the day you exfoliate your face why not combine and make it complete top to toe exfoliation. Perfect to ensure the back, the arms are smoothed and hydrated. I would recommend the 1000 Grain Exfoliater its double exfoliation thanks to the orange zest, sugar and Argan.
1– 2 months before
After completely the last 3 months, increasing the hydration levels, it is now time to boost the radiance and achieving the perfect complexion, that is looks fresh, hydrated and flawless. The Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream and Intense Glow Eye Corrector for a radiant youthful and airbrushed complexion and puts the sparkle back in the eye area all day long.
Boost weekly your hydration levels with Hydra Floral Ultra Moisturising & Plumping Expert Mask. Use to treat dehydration and plump out lines and wrinkles with Hyaluronic acid. Skin is flooded with moisture which is then locked into the skin and diffused for maximum moisture.
2 week before
- Time to have your last facial and then ensure you pick up the professional sheet mask, which is used in the brilliant Jasmin Glow Power Boost Facial. This sheet masks delivers the results of the skin looking like it has had 8hrs sleep, it leaves the skin stunningly radiant, rested and flawless. The hydrogel technology and cools and firms the skin In just 10 minutes. I would recommend you use this the week before and then the night before. If you have your bridesmaid with you the night before you could all apply the sheet mask on together.
- Don’t forget your lips! 2 weeks to go we need to exfoliate the lips and apply daily and particularly in the evening, the Intense Nutrition lip balm that will cocoon and drip feed the beautiful oils to the delicate tissue that forms the lips.
- There will be a lot of focus on your hands on the big day. Make sure you exfoliate the hands and apply your day cream as a mask whilst you sleep at night-time. Do not forget daily to apply hand cream to condition the hands and nails.
On the big day
- Keep your make-up looking fresh and achieve the long lasting results for those perfect wedding photos, spray the Aurabsolu refreshing mist over your make up once finished its sets make-up perfectly without the need to reapply and re-energises throughout the day. Contains Salicylic acid to refine skin texture and Mint flower water to refresh tired skin.
- Apply Aromessence Neroli Amara your super serum before you moisturise. Inhale this super serum before applying to get the added relaxation benefits of this incredible little facial oil. Clinically proven to increase your feeling of wellbeing by 96% when inhaled, great for calming any stressful situations on the big day! Apply before moisturising to ensure skin is hydrated and plumped so that it does not turn to your make up when looking for added moisture. It will also enhance the results of your chosen moisturiser to give you reliable results on the day when you need your skin to be in perfect condition for your make up to sit on.
- Use our Aurabsolu eye cream, which contains peach pigments to brighten and illuminate the eye area for the big day.
Double cleansing, a two-step ritual for a perfect skin.
What is double cleansing?
Cleansing twice is essential for cleansing the skin and removing all impurities. Using a mix of water and oil will make your cleanser more efficient. That is why oil-based cleansers are used to remove oil-based impurities: sebum, sunscreen and makeup. Whilst water-based cleansers gets rid of water-based impurities: sweat, old skin cells, bacteria and dust. Thanks to double cleansing, you’re only a few cotton pads away from clean and beautiful skin!
Which cleanser is right for you?
It is no secret that cleansing is the most essential step of a beauty routine – especially before going to bed. By addressing and removing every type of impurity, double cleansing leaves the face glowing and you can maintain beautiful skin, day after day.
For every skin type, from oily to extremely dry or sensitive, double cleansing is essential to include in your beauty routine. Find the cleanser that suits you best and try different water-based cleansers to test various textures: do you prefer a milk lotion, a creamy foam, a fresh gel, a micellar water or a micellar oil? You will find your perfect cleanser in our Aroma Cleanse range.
This two-step ritual also prepares your skin to boost the efficacy of the other products in your skincare routine. Apply your night balm, your favourite serum or any products you love from your skincare routine after double cleansing, to boost its benefits: you’ll see the difference almost instantaneously!
Nichola Joss, Decleor Skincare Expert says:
‘‘Cleansing is the most important part of your routine. Removing make up, grime, and pollution and deeper cleansing the skin to help remove toxins and congestion. Cleansing also encourages you to massage your skin which is also good for lymph drainage, de-stressing muscle tissue and building circulation of blood which is rich in nutrients and oxygen for feeding skin cells. I adore the new Bi-Phase Cleanser. It has the gentlest of textures which smooths onto the skin, easily absorbing and cleansing away make up and pollution but also encouraging a massage to deeper cleanse with the Bi-Phase Cleanser. It’s fantastic to use in the morning for a refreshing cleanse and then also in the evening as a double cleanse to remove the days make up and pollution. It leaves the skin beautifully soft and hydrated.
Morning cleanse is about removing any puffiness and dead skin cells. Lightly and gently apply the cleanser to a pad and sweep across face to awaken and cleanse. For an evening deeper double cleanse you can apply onto palms of hands and massage into skin really deeply cleansing. Remove with a warm damp muslin cloth/face flannel’’
As the days are shorter, the air is cold and the nights are long, the best thing you can do to keep your radiant complexion and healthy overall glow is adopt a relaxing routine with before you go to bed.
Take advantage of the longer nights by starting your beauty routine and going to bed early. After all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. While binge-watching your favourite series seems tempting when it’s cold outside, choosing instead to hit the hay early will reap impressive benefits.
Start out your evening wind-down by making yourself a herbal tea to enjoy as you completely rid your face of all makeup and environmental pollution with a deep cleanse. Decléor’s Aroma Cleanse range gently cleans and repairs skin, while the relaxing aromas help you to de-stress and get ready for a deep sleep. The Cleansing Milk is a light, silky cleanser that protects and softens all skin types. The light-textured, professional-strength lotion with a fresh sparkling scent, effortlessly removes make-up and impurities to leave your skin exceptionally clean and smooth. Active ingredients include detoxifying Green Tea Essential Water to help remove dirt and tighten pores for a clearer, more radiant complexion, Sweet Almond Oil to leave skin beautifully soft and comfortable, and heavenly-fragranced Neroli Essential Oil to help protect, repair and fight against dehydration. You can follow up with the Essential Tonifying Lotion to gently tone skin and reduce dryness as it moisturizes and awakens the skin. The gentle, paraben-free toner contains Néroli Essential Oil to protect and repair the skin whilst helping to fight dehydration, leaving skin moisturized and radiant.
Next, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and apply the new Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balm to your face gently massaging your face as you inhale the deliciously intoxicating essential oils that will regenerate your skin while you sleep and leave you with a glowing complexion when you wake. Pamper your tired eyes with Prolagène Lift Lavandula Iris Lift and Firm Eye Cream. Delicately massage the contour of your eyes as you apply the cream and don’t hesitate to gently extend this gesture to the area around the mouth, which like the eye area, has thinner, more fragile skin that tends to wrinkle faster than other parts of the face.
Disconnect From Tech, and Reconnect with Your Inner Vibrancy
Do yourself a favour, each night before bed, turn off your phone, tablet and television and take time for you. Relax and warm your muscles with light yoga or stretching. Gently massage your arms, legs, feet and hands to get the blood flowing and start an overnight healing process so you can wake up completely rejuvenated.
For those looking to renew dull, tired skin, Aroma Svelt Body Refining Oil Serum is perfect. The refining oil serum of 100% natural origin helps reduce the appearance of orange-peel skin and invigorate the mind. Follow up by covering your body with the Aroma Svelt Body Cream to nourish and beautify the skin. Associated with self-massage gestures, it helps improve skin firmness and elasticity. The skin appears immediately smoothed, soft and supple and feels more toned. Its fresh and floral scent associated with Grapefruit Essential Oil stimulates the mind. Night after night, the skin will regain its vitality.
And last but not least, relax bundled up in bed with a good book until your eyes can no longer stay open. After a good night’s rest wrapped up in Decléor, you will begin the next day beautiful, radiant and full of much needed vibrancy.
Everyone knows that the most important beauty essential is a good night’s sleep, but during these colder months sometimes that doesn’t seem to be enough. Just as winter is in full force and you feel like there is no hope for your complexion, Decléor has launched new products: Aromessence Night Balms. These 100% natural balms hydrate and revive tired-looking skin while you sleep. The unique formula gives a whole new meaning to beauty rest as the ultra-nourishing and self-protective natural wax structure is paired with powerful essential oils that relax and aid the body to drift into a deep, healing sleep. The result leaves you feeling invigorated and your skin rejuvenated. The new Aromessence Lavandula Iris and Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balms are real botanical powerhouses that will renew your skin. You’ll wake up with transformed skin: recharged, bright and fresh.
Night oils for glowing skin
The extraordinary thing about Decléor Night Balms are their abundant essential oils that not only do wonders for your skin, but also relax and calm you so you can enjoy a deep sleep. There are several Aromessence Night Balms to choose from, it’s best to find the right fit for your skin and sleep needs.
The Aromessence Magnolia Youthful Night Balm is part of the Orexcellence range. This night balm, made from 100% natural origin ingredients and formulated with botanical Shea butter, re-energises the skin throughout the night. The skin looks plumper and firmed, with a fresh and luminous glow. Magnolia Essential Oil has a relaxing effect and reduces stress and anxiety. It also is said to boost creativity and improve sleep.
The Aromessence Lavandula Iris Night Balm is an uplifting and revitalizing night balm that comforts mature skin at night when the skin is most receptive. This sensual and aromatic balm relaxes the senses before sleep and has a heavenly melt-in texture allowing it to be rapidly absorbed. It intensely moisturizes and comforts mature skin to leave it energised, toned, and facial contours redefined. Wake up to plumped, soft and beautifully rested skin. Key ingredients include essential oils of Iris to tone the skin and increase cell renewal, Geranium to soothe the skin and reduce lines and wrinkles, calming Camomile, relaxing Lavender, plus Wheat Germ to help reduce lipid deterioration and Borage to reduce dehydration.
Those with sensitive skin will appreciate the Aromessence Rose d’Orient Night Balm, a 100% natural night-time treatment to soothe and comfort sensitive skin types. With a gentle floral fragrance to relax the skin and senses, this tailor-made aromatic night-time treatment for sensitive and reactive skin types calms, softens and soothes. Its rich, sumptuous texture is easily absorbed by the skin leaving the 100% natural balm to work overnight when your skin is at its most receptive. Active ingredients include calming Neroli and Rose Essential Oils, Almond to protect against external irritations, Rice Wax to protect and improve skin structure, plus Beeswax to soften. Wake up to softer, smoother skin that feels rested, relaxed and calm.
Oily skins will greatly benefit from the Aromessence Ylang Ylang Night Balm, a 100% natural balm that purifies and rebalances oily skin types overnight. This aromatic balm has a dry touch yet an indulgent melt-in texture to offer the perfect night-time treatment for combination and oily skin types. A powerful concentrated blend of essential oils purify and rebalance the skin through the night so you can wake up to a cleaner, clearer, more radiant complexion with imperfections and inflammations visibly reduced. Active ingredients include Madagascan Ylang Ylang to tone and soothe, Clary Sage to reduce sebum production, Rosemary to purify, Lemon to cleanse and tighten pores, plus Lavender to help hydrate and repair the skin. A comfortable dry texture, especially formulated for combination to oily skin types using Vegetable Oils made from passion fruit, camellia and hazel nut. Ylang-ylang flowers, native to Indonesia, produce an oil that is effective in reducing anxiety and stress thanks to its sedative effects.
Dryer skins will thrive with Aromessence Marjolaine Nourishing Night Balm, an ultra-regenerating, luxurious night balm to repair and soothe. This meltingly soft balm with an uplifting, fruity scent helps repair and regenerate skin throughout the night so you can wake up to perfectly smoothed and supple skin that looks brighter and more radiant. Active ingredients include Marjoram, Myrrh and Lavender Essential Oils for their moisturizing and nourishing properties, Cocoa and Shea Butters to nurture the skin and envelop it in a cocoon of comfort, plus Cranberry, Argan and Avocado Oils to enrich the skin with vital nutrients and boost its natural protection. Deep sleep is assured thanks to the Myrrh and Lavender: you’ll wake up to a whole new you!
This winter, keep the chapped skin and fatigue at bay with the lovely essential oils in Aromessence Night Balms. Their exquisite texture, thanks to a unique formula combining powerful essential oils with natural waxes, is ultra-nourishing and protective.
Their delicate mixtures of essential oils will heal and relax you, ensuring the maximum amount of beauty sleep. The deep healing and relaxing properties will have you looking and feeling better than ever!
Aromatherapy skincare brand, Decléor announced today their ambassadorship with internationally renowned celebrity facialist Nichola Joss.
Nichola is the beauty therapist of choice for a host of A-list beauties such as Meghan Markle, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Gisele Bundchen and Elle Macpherson. Best known for her miraculous lymphatic drainage massage facials, Nichola is one of the few therapists who can literally tone and improve the texture of skin with a mere wave of her hands. Her signature hands on style is the perfect complement to Decléor’s renowned facials, improving the tone, texture and condition of the skin through professional expertise and exceptional Decléor products.
A leader in aromatherapy skincare, Decléor’s Skin Body Mind philosophy embodies Nichola’s own holistic approach to facials and skin care, that has seen her become one of the most famed facialists in the world.
Nichola Joss says, “I have been using Decléor for over 20 years and to this day will always make sure it’s in my kit. Good skin doesn’t happen by chance, and I trust Decléor’s Oils and Balms to help me transform my client’s skin!”
As a beauty therapist, Nichola combines all of her experience to offer well informed treatments that yield immediate results, and have her clients coming back for more. She believes in tailoring each facial and massage to the clients’ specific needs, carefully selecting the right products to achieve the right purpose.
Nichola’s Golden Rules to achieving healthy skin at any age
- Make sure you start with a good daily cleansing routine – so make it easy for yourself and try not to skip this step. It’s essential to make sure the skin is properly cleansed, especially if you are wearing makeup or in a polluted area i.e cities, to helpkeep skin healthy and youthful
- SPF is essential to protect the skin from damaging UV rays which when combined with pollution damage can increase the premature ageing.
- Touch your skin! Massaging the skin daily helps remove tension and stress and allows your muscles to stay as toned, healthy and contoured as possible. Massaging the skin will also keep you free of toxins and fluids reducing puffiness adding radiance glow and vitality
- Good skin also starts within, so it helps to have a clean diet. I add supplements and probiotics to enhance organ functions and keep me as healthy as possible, resulting in more youthful skin
Nichola’s favourite Decléor products for Spring
Aromessence Magnolia Youthful Oil Serum. It gives an instant glow and luminosity to my skin adding dewiness and energy, reviving it after the winter months.
Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balm. I am a huge fan of this balm as I love the texture and softness it gives to the skin. It melts on for easy massage and the natural floral fragrance is a bedtime treat for my skin and mind.
SARDINE: T H E Y O U T H - R E S T O R I N G F I S H
The nutritional benefits of oily fish like sardines are so massive that, when I eat them, each mouthful feels as though it’s doing me good. If you imagine all the oils concentrated in the flesh of these fish, those are the very oils that you need for your skin. Loaded with omega-3s, essential fatty acids that have to be obtained from the diet as the body can’t produce them itself, sardines are known to help promote collagen production, keeping the skin looking plump, smooth and hydrated. The nutrients in sardines offer a host of other benefits, including improved heart health, enhanced brain function and more stable blood sugar levels. They have been shown to help boost the metabolism and decrease inflammation, as well as minimise sebum production and reduce the congestion that leads to blocked pores – making sardines a bit of a miracle worker for the whole body. Nutrients include selenium, which helps to protect the skin from UV light and to repair damage caused by the sun – just the thing after a long summer. Sardines are also a rich source of vitamin D, essential for healthy bones and teeth and good for mental well-being. This vitamin is otherwise obtainable only from sunlight, making a food source particularly important during the colder months when there is less sun. So if it’s dark and chilly outside, tucking into a plate of vitamin D-rich sardines should put a smile back on your face – especially when you think of all those wonderful skinbenefiting omega-3s getting to work!
I keep tins of sardines in my cupboard to have as a simple snack – great on toast with a sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper. While they’re lower in mercury than other sea fish, it’s important to buy wild-caught sardines and opt for those packed in water or oil, rather than brine – you can always add the salt later. Even better, buy them fresh from your fishmonger. Bursting with flavour, they need very little to enhance them – just a few herbs and a squeeze of lemon.
280 Calories per serving
1. Place the flour in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and knead together to make a dough. (Buckwheat can be quite sticky so you may need to add more flour.)
2. Roll the dough into a tube and slice into four sections. On a work surface lightly dusted with flour, roll each piece out into a flatbread about 3mm thick.
3. Heat a little coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, add a flatbread and cook on each side for 2–3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate and cook the remaining flatbreads in the same way.
4. Meanwhile, cook the sardines. Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan and add the sardines, parsley and lemon juice. Season with a little salt and pepper and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through (see tip below).
5. To assemble, place slices of radish on top of each flatbread, top with a sardine and serve with extra parsley sprinkled over and a wedge of lemon.
The only downside of cooking fresh sardines is that they will stink your house out! To avoid this, simply cook outdoors on a barbecue.
• Fatty acids:
-All nine essential amino acids
Juicy sun-ripened figs remind me so much of summers spent in Majorca, where the fruit grows everywhere. I hated figs as a kid; my only experience of them was in dried form in the processed filling of fig rolls – a favourite of my dad’s – or something dried that you ate to make you go to the toilet. Of course, as a child I didn’t care about the importance of ‘being regular’. Oh, how things have changed since then! These days you’re able to buy fresh figs much more easily, especially in southern climes. I have a few glamorous friends – mentioning no names – with places abroad that have quite amazing gardens with fig trees growing in them. You don’t need to be glamorous to have fig trees, of course, and you don’t even need fig trees – just a good supplier. Figs are full of fibre, so I don’t feel guilty about eating the sweet fruit because it will flush through me in a day, and anything that moves through the body really quickly, allowing it to absorb other nutrients more efficiently, is always good. Anything that flushes through the system also helps to detoxify the skin, making figs excellent for treating skin conditions like psoriasis or acne. In addition to the roughage they contain, the fresh fruits provide natural sweetness, making them a brilliant way to sweeten dishes as an alternative to refined sugar.
230 Calories per serving
Good for detoxifying the system, figs add a touch of natural sweetness, providing a healthier alternative to processed sugars, which can be detrimental to your skin.
1. Break the burrata or mozzarella into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl with the figs. Add the rocket and mix well to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
2. Dress at the last minute, drizzling over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a zigzag motion and scatter over basil leaves to serve.
When it comes to makeup, those in the know will be quick to tell you that the best looks start with great skincare. It’s the step that can’t be skipped in the quest for natural looking radiance, but often the hardest one to nail. So when we saw Barefaced Beauty trending across the board at Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week, we knew the demand for fresh glowing skin had been set into motion once more! Barely There Makeup and Clean Skin took centre stage both on and off the catwalk, signalling the start of the Barefaced Beauty trend. Skin is officially in.
To get the Barefaced Beauty look, skincare is a must. Gentle cleansers, and soothing moisturisers will help even the skin tone and reduce redness or inflammation. Whilst keeping the skin hydrated is key for a clear complexion. Nourishing and hydrating Facial Oils continue to take the beauty industry by storm, and are an essential step in prepping the skin. Sheet masks have gone from niche skincare secret to A List essential and for good reason too! Think of it as an at home facial – in just 10 minutes your skin will be rejuvenated, and glowing with natural luminosity. We love our Decléor Aurabsolu sheet mask as it comes in two parts, so it’s fuss free and easy to use.
After skin is prepped and ready, a little extra coverage helps to accomplish the barely there look without feeling exposed. Choose BB creams, or light foundations – only applying on the parts of the face that need evening out and make sure you blend well. Tinted lip balms really make the lips pop whilst still looking natural, so opt for one that complements your skin’s natural undertones. If you’ve prepped your eye area with skincare and it’s really hydrated, your eye makeup will look less cakey and more fresh and natural.
Whichever makeup you choose to follow your skin prep, the real trick to this beauty look has everything to do with what is underneath it. So nail your skincare routine, and the rest will follow!
Read on for our Barefaced Beauty Decléor Edit.
CLEANSE WITH BENEFITS
The first step to barefaced beauty - always cleanse! Impurities can build up overnight, as well as during the day. So banish them for a beautiful, clean complexion.
The micelle technology in Decléor Micellar Oil clings on to dirt and makeup on the skin and dissolve them, leaving behind a clean, hydrated finish. Sweet Almond Oil, rich in essential fatty acids, helps to strengthen and soothe the skin
RECLAIM YOUR GLOW
Every barefaced beauty needs a face oil – to boost skin hydration, radiance and recharge your mind. Think you’re not a face oil person? Read on and think again!
100% natural, Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Hydrating Oil Serum is packed with the highest grade of essential oils (Néroli, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, Clary Sage), and cold pressed botanical oil (Hazelnut Virgin Oil). Non-sticky, non-shiny, the fine silky texture absorbs instantly. If following with makeup, you'll find it blending seamlessly, not sliding right off. What’s more, just three drops will do the trick for your entire face.
If you want to master barefaced beauty – you need to revive skin’s luminosity.
Using the purest form of Jasmine Absolute, Decléor Aurabsolu Mask Intense Glow Hydrogel Mask awakens skin and reveals a new radiance. Skin is imbued with vitality and glow is restored. Decléor’s Jasmine is harvested in the first morning light by hand to preserve the entire petal power.
HYDRATE AND PROTECT
Every Barefaced Beauty need protection. Pollution and emotional stress can accentuate dehydration, and irritate skin. Hydrate and protect simultaneously, with a veil of SPF protection and UVB filter.
The fresh, super light texture of Decléor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Fluid leaves skin feeling hydrated and comfortable. Drenching the skin with hyaluronic acid, it also plumps fine lines. Moringa Olifeira micro proteins protect against antioxidant attacks, pollution and free radicals.
BE BRIGHT EYED
Barefaced beauty’s listen up! If you’re going light on makeup, you’ll want to reduce dark circles, firm and revitalise the eye area.
No need for concealer, Decléor Aurabsolu Intense Glow for Eyes Dark Circle Corrector targets darkness and dullness in a delicate area prone to fatigue. Stimulating caffeine aids drainage whilst vitamins B3 and CG help to protect and brighten the eye area. Orange Pigments deliver an instant illuminating effect.
Your new handbag essential – it can even be used over makeup!
NEW HYDRA FLORAL WHITE PETAL
For brighter skin, also try our new glowing collection, Hydra Floral White Petal . This skin brightening and perfecting ritual gives a fresh and radiant look, using Pea Extract to reduce dark spots and Chamomile to help soothe the skin. Add our hero products to your regime, our Skin Perfecting Concentrate, apply before your Aromessence Oil Serum for a brighter complexion. Then our Skin Perfecting Hydrating Sleeping Mask , is a must have weekly treat, wake up to transformed and radiant looking skin!
1. Applying a face mask is one of the quickest ways to revive tired skin. I love Decléor’s Aurabsolu Hydrogel Mask; it is a fuss free sheet mask which comes in two parts which means it actually fits the face properly and unlike most sheet masks. You can actually move around and do things whilst you have it on. Sheet masks work to instantly plump, hydrate and brighten tired, lacklustre skin and is ideal for applying after a flight, après ski or before a party or special event as it only takes 10 minutes or so to see the results on the skin. Sometimes I will put the packet in warm water before I unwrap the mask so that I can use it as a heat treatment to deeply nourish and penetrate the skin - and other times when I want a refreshing effect, I will pop it in the freezer for a few minutes first and apply it as a cooling treatment mask.
2. Dark circles under the eyes are a real giveaway for tiredness. Try incorporating a spoonful of molasses into your diet, over time it can help to eradicate dark circles for a brighter looking complexion. For an instant effect try Decléor Aroma Lisse 2-in-1 Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser it immediately targets darkness and dullness, and Orange Pigments deliver an instant illuminating and glowing skin effect.
3. Facial massage is one of the best ways to pep up tired skin as it works to keep the blood circulating and flowing to the surface, helping to flush out toxins for a more lifted, brighter look. Spending time massaging the skin, especially working on the lymph nodes, is super effective and something I always make time for. You can easily incorporate facial massage into your routine by doing it whilst you cleanse, moisturise or even whilst using a cream face mask. Decléor’s Orexcellence Energy Concentrate Youth Mask is a great mask to apply before facial massage, especially for more mature skin - it uses Lychee and Peony which helps plump, firm and restore a glow to dull complexions.
4. People often forget about keeping their neck, décolletage and hands hydrated, but the skin is very delicate on these parts of the body so any signs of tiredness really show up. I love to use Decléor’s Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum after a workout as its 100% natural and uses a very high quality Neroli. I rub 3 drops between my hands to warm it up before inhaling and breathing in deeply from my diaphragm to ground myself for a moment. I press any leftover oil into my hands, chest, and around the back of my neck to make sure I don’t forget to take care of these areas
5. Whenever the body is tired or run down, it always shows in the skin on the lips which can become dry, flaky and chapped - especially in winter with the dehydrating effects of central heating. It’s really important not to forget to protect and hydrate the lips - try using Decléor’s Intense Nutrition Lip balm to deeply nourish the skin and keep them smooth and hydrated.
6. A refreshing mist is another staple for me when I want to quickly revive tired, dull skin. Often, mists just consist of water which doesn’t hold moisture in the skin, but Decléor’s Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist also contains a blend of essential oils which provide an instant boost of hydration to the skin and helps to lock in the moisture - perfect for reviving the skin on your face, body and even on your feet.
7. A balanced diet is so important when it comes to keeping the body functioning properly and boosting energy levels to combat the signs of tiredness, but it's something you have to stick to - there's no shortcut. Iron is really important for combating tiredness and is really important for healthy skin and hair. Eggs, kale and dark chocolate are all good sources.
8. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost the skin - it sends the blood rushing to the skin which gives a luminous glow. It's one of the best things you can do to energise your skin and body- even just 20 minutes will make you look more awake!
Our Decléor Skincare Specialist Fiona Brackenbury knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Here she shares with us the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.
“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful part of the pant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power packed ingredient.
Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.
Essential Oils can enter the body through application to the skin or inhalation.
Inhaling Essential Oils take 4 seconds for them to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply on of our Aromessence oil serums , take a deep breath and inhale the before applying it to the skin.
So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.
Best Essential Oil for my Skin Type
For Dehydrated Skin:
Neroli Essential Oil is at the heart of many Decleor products. Known for its benefits to increase hydration levels and improve the complexion of the skin it also leaves skin glowing. Neroli is ideal for those who have a dehydrated skin type or find that skin is lacking lustre and looking dull. Neroli Essential Oil is obtained from fresh flower buds of the bitter orange tree, cultivated in Tunisia. The fresh flower buds are harvested in late April/early May. Harvesting is delicate due to the risk of frosts before and during the harvest. 1 ton of flowers yields 500g of Neroli Essential Oil. Its composition comprises 120 molecules.
For Skin that’s lacking firmness, with slackened skin or wrinkles:
Iris Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Iris Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces the glycation ageing (the sugar damage build up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Iris Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.
For Sensitive, Fragile, Reactive Skin:
Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skins protection barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering with sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress, hereditary) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity, soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.
Very Dry Skin:
Marjoram is the Essential Oil of choice for those suffering with dry to very dry skin. Due to its natural affinity with the skins fluids, the Essential Oil can penetrate into the dermis and influence the genes of the skin (the genes can alter the way our skin behaves). Marjoram encourages your genes to make more lipids (oils) to lubricate, nourish and soften a very dry skin, treating the heart of the skin condition from within.
Oily and Combination Skin prone to Breakouts:
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering with breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for an oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).
First Signs Of Ageing (expression lines, dehydration):
Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.
For Mature Skins (Loss of contour, loss of density, loss of colour and definition):
Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts like a support mattress for a more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to re shape, re cushion and re densify the skin.
For Anti-Oxidant Protection and Release of Mind Tension:
Sweet Orange Essential Oil is rich in antioxidants which help to protect our skin against harmful Free Radical Attack. It is also proven to help decrease wrinkles brighten the complexion, increase the circulation and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is also proven to help ease anxiety and has a beneficial effect on people suffering with mind tension.
Discover our full range of Aromessence Oil Serums , which consist of masterfully blended Essential Oils ready to help treat any skin type, pick yours today. Also watch our skincare expert, Fiona Brackenbury share how to apply your Aromessence each morning.
Decléor Beauty Expert: Wendy Rowe
Wendy Rowe is an internationally renowned makeup artist and author, with a passion for skincare and wellness. A pioneer with skin, she is famous for popularising facial massage – something she does religiously with all her clients. Wendy believes in caring for the skin from the inside as well as the outside, and has a very holistic approach to skincare. With a host of A List clients including Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevigne, Sienna Miller and Anja Rubik, her work draws a constant stream of beauty questions from everyone she meets. Honest, frank and trusted – Wendy is both inspiring and down to earth. Wendy has adored Decléor since first discovering Aromessence Neroli, and her favourite body oil Aroma Nutrition Oil.
“I believe that beautiful skin comes first. I work with people at the highest level within their field, who have to look their absolute best every day, so learning how to achieve great skin has become a big part of my life.”
Decléor Skincare Specialist: Fiona Brackenbury
Fiona is Head of Training and Education, Treatment Development and Product Development for Decléor. After working in the industry for over 25 years, Fiona has a wealth of skin science knowledge and has been credited for giving superstar singer Adele her signature glow! The face of Decléor for QVC, she is a trusted voice in the industry due to her supreme understanding of what skin really needs. As part of Fiona’s role, she has not only developed products for the brand such as Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra-Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse, but she also develops Decléor treatments too.
“Beauty and well-being are intrinsically linked, and I believe caring for your skin, body and mind is the key to flawless looking skin. A plant maintains its balance by selecting the best elements from its environment. Likewise, our skin also has its own natural ecosystem.”
Decléor Massage Development Specialist: Chico Shigeta
Acclaimed by the Paris elite, Chico Shigeta is the mastermind behind Decléor’s new spa protocols. As a devoted admirer of Solange Dessimoulie, the founder of the Decléor, Chico didn’t hesitate when she was given the opportunity to develop massage rituals for both Aroma Blend Refine & Firm and Facial Pilates. For months, in a laboratory, the Japanese masseuse perfected the customised rituals in association with essential oils, resulting in treatments that transform silhouettes and facial profiles. Working out of Paris, Chico is also a naturopath and author of books on detoxification. Chico Shigeta has trained managers of Decléor spas by teaching them about the importance of breathing to relax the body, and in working on aligning the body.
“For me, beauty cannot exist without a balanced body. Massage techniques allow us to activate the body from within, revealing a healthy foundation.”
Decléor Aromachology Expert: Patty Canac
Aromachologist Patty Canac’s olfactic journey began working with perfumers, testing and researching raw materials and mastering the world of scent. Her teachers passed on their knowledge which enabled Patty to develop her sense of smell and look deeper into the power of active scents to deeply re-balance emotion. Professor at the Higher Institute of perfume Versailles (ISIPCA) since 1991, Patty Canac also does public speaking on the subject.
“My life path has taken me from the realm of fragrance testing to that of Essential Oils and their olfactory properties. I have learned to open my mind and breathe in the very soul of the plant.”