My Beauty Ritual for the Past Twelve Years
- I start by washing my face with the « cleansing oil/make-up remover » (Just like a mechanic uses oil to clean his greasy hands; only oil can deeply clean without irritating or drying out skin)
- Then, I rinse my face
- Afterwards, I mist with Rose or Neroli Flower Water (Men should Try Rosemary); this « tonic » prepares my skin for the serum.
- While my skin is still moist, I apply the serum.
- It is important to moisten the skin, to ensure that it effectively absorbs the serum. The humidity creates a « soaking membrane », where the cells are saturated with water, enabling the serum to penetrate deeper layers of the skin cells. The oil in turn prevents the floral water from evaporating which facilitates the absorption of the vitamins and nutrients present in the serum.
- Take a plant for example: If you sprinkle fertilizer onto dry soil, nothing will happen! In fact, when cell are dehydrated, water stored in deeper cells will be « pulled » to the surface, resulting in further water loss.
- Thanks to these simple steps, our skin will absorb all the beneficial components in Floral Waters and Plant Essential Oils.
- My serum is made with a special blend of precious plant and essential oils:
- Musk rose oil is a must-have for its healing and rejuvenating properties. It is very rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6, I even drink a teaspoon of it! To lengthen shelf-life, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator.
- Evening primrose and borage oils boast several regenerative properties, including the restoration of the impermeable barrier between skin cells (which prevents water loss - great for dry skin!) and cellular regrowth in cases of premature aging.
- Sea buckthorn oil, is a lesser known mighty antioxidant, with more than fifteen different types of carotenoids, that have potent anti-wrinkle properties, especially after sun exposure. Among all the essential oils that have earned acclaim for their powers of rejuvenation, we use rose and sandalwood.
- Rose is highly esteemed in aromatherapy, it also contains a unique vegetable wax that has cell renewal properties.
- Sandalwood essential oil is one of my favourites; it has been widely used for hundreds of years in India and Indonesia to treat wrinkles.
The Combination of Essential and Plant Oils Creates Exponential Results.
Did you know that you lose up to 90% of Vitamin A (carotenes), just 24 hours after intense sun exposure? All the more reason to apply sea buckthorn oil to your skin immediately after sunbathing. The benefits don’t stop there! The seed oil from these pretty, little yellow-orange flowers contain phytosterols, essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Omega-7 (rare essential fatty acid), that have exceptional healing properties. There are reports of Russian cosmonauts who have used it to effectively treat their skin after cosmic radiation burns. The berries can also be added to smoothies (see « The Fighter Recipe »).
Spread the news: whether you are from Italy, Spain, or Quebec, putting oil on your face nourishes the skin without making it oily or clogging pores (unlike mineral oils that are used in a multitude of commercial facial creams). In fact, the reason why the skin absorbs plant oils so well is thanks to the enzyme system found on the surface of the epidermis. The enzyme system acts like thousands of small scissors that cut open the oil molecules, enabling them to be absorbed by the skin. The plant oil, once « cut open » and absorbed, helps to rebuild the natural integrity of the epidermal structure. In this way, the plant oil restores elasticity to the skin, and by retaining water in the outer layers prevents the formation of wrinkles. You can rub the oil leftover on your fingertips into the ends of your hair to prevent split ends.
Wishing you a beautiful ritual!