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!
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.
Pollution, aging, lack of sleep… To fight the beauty enemies, Decléor has 3 secret weapons.
And that secret is the Aroma Duo. What is it? A day cream AND a serum. The equation is quite easy to understand: together is better. “In the seventies, we applied a moisturising cream and we realised that it evaporated quickly,” comments Solange Dessimoulie, brand ambassador. “So we needed to offer a serum incorporating the wealth of vitamins and omega 3’s that botanical plant oils possess to be both vector and carrier for the essential oils. That’s how the Aroma Duo was born” Forty years ago the first Aromessence Oil Serums were elaborated by Decléor, a pioneer in the research of botanical heroes. And now Decléor has developed three winning combinations to fight the main beauty enemies: “Detox Angel Pollution,” “Wonder Youth” and “Sleep Saviour”.
“Detox Angel Pollution” is dedicated to fighting pollution with intense hydration. How? Aromessence Neroli Serum softens, relaxes and restores skin’s radiance, while Hydra Floral Hydrating Light Cream drenches skin with 24 hour moisture and refreshes with its delicious floral fragrance. A real anti-pollution barrier, Hydra Floral is made of 3 botanical pillars: Wild Pansy, Neroli essential oil and Moringa oleifera that specifically protects the skin from micro-particules.
Losing resilience? “Wonder Youth” concentrates on firming skin and gives all of the benefits of Iris, Rose, Egyptian Geranium and White willow (against sagging). Iris Concrete reboots skin’s internal youth mechanism while Prolagene Lift - Lift and Firm Day Cream improves elasticity, lifts contours and visibly reduces wrinkles.
“Sleep Saviour” focuses on giving skin a rest. Tired looking, dull skin? Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream renews and revitalises skin’s resplendence, evens the complexion, and is a real anti-fatigue weapon with the help of Jasmine absolute which helps to normalize the skin tone. A perfect match with Aromessence Neroli !
Great news, ladies, here are two fabulous offers! When you purchase one of the botanical wonder hero duos you can enjoy a 15 minute Acupressure Points Massage created by the famous beauty guru Chico Shigeta. Stop by for a consultation at your Decléor retailer, go home with samples to test and find your perfect botanical heroes!
Long work days followed by late evenings out. We all want to look our best and shine throughout the night. But we all know the struggle when it is time to get rid of our foundation and eye shadow that has been piling up on the skin. Do you dream of easy cleansing? Well double cleansing is definitely for you. And it’s easily included in your aromatherapy skincare routine.
What is double cleansing?
This Asian skin-care trend has recently known a peak of popularity among South Korea beautistas seeking the perfect skin. But it goes back a long way – in Korea, but also in Japan, from where the ritual might originate centuries ago. It was supposedly born out of necessity, to get rid of the oshiroi, the white powder the Japanese women covered their faces with to enhance their beauty. This very sticky, paint-like make-up was impossible to clean off with the usual cleansers while still preserving a perfect skin.
And so double cleansing was born. The effectiveness of this two-step face wash is a simple question of chemistry. Keep in mind that water and oil don’t mix: to remove one, you can’t use the other. That is why the oil-based cleanser is used to remove oil-based impurity: sebum, sun cream, make-up… And following this first clean-up, the water-based cleanser gets rid of water-based impurities: sweat, old skin cells, bacteria and dust. Thanks to double cleansing, you’re only two cotton pads away from a pure and perfect skin!
Aromatherapy skincare & double cleanse
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 maintains a perfect skin, day after day.
For every skin type, from oily to extremely dry or sensitive, double cleansing is an essential step to include in the beauty routine, and in the aromatherapy skincare routine in particular. Find the cleanser that suits you best. Our water-based cleansers come in various textures: do you prefer a creamy mousse or a micellar water? Our oil based Micellar Oil attracts and removes impurities and is perfect for all skin types. You will surely find your happiness among our Aroma Cleanse range.
Besides making it pure and flawless, this two-step ritual also prepares your skin to make the most out of the other products of your aromatherapy skincare. The pores are neat and clear, and all the active ingredients are quickly absorbed, penetrating deeply and efficiently in the epidermis. Apply your night balm, after double cleansing to magnify its benefits: you’ll feel the difference almost instantaneously!
Invented by Decléor in the 1970’s, the Aromessence range incorporates the fundaments of aromachology to performing skincare. Aromessence Neroli, the first serum-oil created, paved the way for the six other Aromessence. It also managed to break down the barrier that made people weary of using oils during the skincare ritual.
100% pure, natural and active
Made up from a careful balance of 100% natural essential and botanical oils, the Aromessence are quickly absorbed and leave no shine or residue on the skin. The botanical oils used have a natural composition close to skin’s sebum, which helps essential oils and their active molecules penetrate the epidermis. Skin is left feeling soft and velvety.
Fusion of mind and body
Thanks to its floral fragrance, Aromessence Neroli acts upon the nervous system to help unwind and relax while rebalancing the epidermis, preserving the skin’s natural ecosystem and boosting the effects of usual skin care. Visible radiance and a soothed spirit leave you glowing inside and out.
Beauty tip: Warm a few drops in your hands to release the natural olfactory molecules that act upon the senses for total relaxation.
Essential oils of elemi, saro, lemon and carrot are key ingredients to maintain that rosy glow and help your body ward off a dull complexion.
A healthy glow is a sign of a good cleansing routine: remove your make-up thoroughly in the evening and, a step that is often overlooked, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week in the morning. To remove dead skin cells and boost radiance, treat yourself to a little massage. Apply the Life Radiance flash radiance mask scrub using small circular movements, pressing lightly with your fingertips, to infuse your skin with the benefits of invigorating essential oils of elemi and saro.
A healthy glow from your plate
To promote a healthy, glowing complexion, opt for red and orange fruits and vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene. For a beautiful complexion, create some vitamin-packed menus flavoured with essential oil of lemon to help flush away toxins.
A lighter complexion
Finally, as extra protection against a dull complexion, take two drops of essential oil of carrot in a teaspoon of honey at breakfast time. Carrot’s extraordinary detoxifying properties are very useful for eliminating toxins and strengthening your defence system. Repeat for a maximum of 10 to 15 days. Never take ingestible essential oils for any longer than this to avoid fatiguing your body.
Essential Oils are the key to fabulous skin so…
Revitalise your complexion
Some things simply get better with age – and our multi award-winning Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum is no exception. This 100% pure, natural and preservative-free elixir may have been born in the ‘70s but it’s still topping the beauty charts almost 40 years later, having just scooped InStyle Magazine’s Best Aromatherapy Facial Oil Award for six consecutive years. Loved by beauty editors, skincare gurus and women of all ages, this potent concentrate skillfully blends Petitgrain, Neroli, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry and Sage Essential Oils to actively decongest, calm, tone and revitalise every type of skin, all with just a few precious drops. How? Essential Oils are renowned in the industry as one of the most powerful ingredients with the ability to deliver their potency straight to the source to help regulate any imbalances thus maintaining the skin’s equilibrium for optimum health. Famed as the experts in aromatherapy, DECLÉOR has always been at forefront of developing products that can dramatically increase not only wellbeing, but also complexions of every age making Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum a beauty essential that no bathroom shelf or bedside table should be without.
Nourish from within
Although they are instantly comforting all year round, certain Essential Oils have the added bonus of being deeply nourishing, making them perfect for moisture-sapped summer complexions. Even if our British climate doesn’t guarantee endless hours of sunshine, even a small amount of UV light (especially when combined with air conditioning) can leave skin drier and less resilient than usual. Aromessence Marjolaine is the perfect remedy. This ultra-nourishing Essential Oil cocktail contains cranberry, argan, babassu and advocado to give skin an instant moisture surge. Blended with Hazelnut, vitamin-rich Avocado and Wheatgerm Plant Oils it helps slow dehydration to leave skin super supple and silky smooth – the perfect start to a glowing summer.
Go for Gold
We’ve said it before but our Aromessence Solaire really is your best friend if you’re planning to spend time in the sun. With a combination of Essential Oils that can boost your skin cells’ natural resistance to damage from sunlight, this tan activating serum can be used all over face and body for significantly more resistant skin – and a gorgeous, longer lasting tan. With specially selected Camomile, Geranium and Rose plus nourishing Carrot and protective Argan Plant Oils, simply start applying a few drops under your usual moisturiser up to a couple of weeks before your holiday and then every day while you’re away. We think you’ll be amazed by the results.
Discover the Light
Sun exposure is vital for the production of Vitamin D (essential for healthy hair, teeth and nails) but we all know UV light is also responsible for ‘age’ spots and pigmentation marks. As we get older – and especially during pregnancy – our complexions are particularly vulnerable to photo ageing. If your skin is showing tell-tale signs then try Aromessence White. This expertly blended cocktail of naturally whitening Essential Oils including Parsley and Lemon gently lightens dark spots and kick-starts cellular regeneration in the process. With Cassie Essential Wax and protective Muscat Rose Plant Oil our radiance-enhancing concentrate leaves skin tone more even, more vibrant and even a little younger looking too.