In collaboration with Biossance I designed a new skincare regime to fight all extremes from the outside, with the goal to really treat my skin well during these hectic times in which I’m not always drinking enough water, eating as healthy as I should, and sleeping more than a minute every night…
Of course there’s several courses of treatment for tired skin, because eventually that’s what it is; my skin gets just so “exhausted” during fashion week. I feel and see it very clearly. I get dry, I get weird red spots, pimples suddenly come peeking through, and no matter what I do, the usually very effective steps I take to bring it back to life – such as drinking more water, sleeping an hour or two more, or simply not putting anything on it for a day – are just NOT effective during these days. So, there’s no other way, I HAVE to take more extreme measures. I have to go all in!
A little more about the brand, because in a world flooded with established – and new – skincare brands, it’s often hard to decide what’s worth trying, and what’s not. And what’s even more interesting is that there are more – then you wish you would know – dark sides to the beauty industry; animal testing, harmful ingredients, and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the beauty industry, but the worrying part is, is that in the US – compared to other Europe – there’s only a few ingredients that are banned, because they are considered bad, or even dangerous. Meaning, there might be things in your current day cream that are radically bad for your skin, or even health… Yup, that’s creepy. Anyway, so what Biossance made sure of, is that they eliminated over 2000 “bad” ingredients, resulting in a clean beauty commitment they call No Compromise Beauty, which by the way even brought them to Capitol Hill as one of the 20 companies lobbying for higher legislative standards…!
So, starting off in the morning, there’s three products I’d like to tell you a little more about, starting with their 100% Squalane Oil – which comes from plants only, and improves the moisture balance and elasticity to heal chapped and cracked skin. I’ve done some research, and Squalane promises to diminish the production of excess oil, which is a welcome effect when you are having issues with acne. It should also help diminish post-operative scar tissues, which s particularly important to me, post-thyroid cancer, which left me with a pretty big scar on my neck. I apply it on my face and neck, but for the skin around my eyes, I’m using their Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel.
This eye gel helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eye. Now I’m personally genetically blessed with great and often dark bags under my eyes… so I’m not sure if it will do what it promises, for me – especially since it’s genetic – but I do believe that this hectic fashion week it helped reduce puffiness in the morning. I know it will never go entirely, but every little bit helps. And the best part it the way the gel feels: rich and hydrating, but not as a “layer” on my already thick feeling eyes.
Followed by the last step, as soon as the oil is set into my skin, after 15 minutes or so, I use their Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. I love how well hydrated my skin looks and feels throughout the day – after these layers of skincare you are very sure that your skin is hydrated, I promise you that – even if you are like me, and not the gel texture kind of girl.
Then, after a cup of coffee and a big glass of water, the products have set well into my skin, and it’s ready for my day makeup…
Which, of course, at night has to come off… This is, and will probably always remain, a huge hassle to me. Because by the time I’m ready for bed, I’m so ready, that I don’t have a single bit of energy to clean my face. But, the promise that after cleaning it, I’m able to apply a skin oil, heavily, is worth going the “extra mile”. Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil is 100% my favorite product at the moment. And I’ve tried many oils! It’s promising to brighten, tighten and even out my skin, I think this needs time. I can’t tell over the time span of a week if things changed. But what I can tell is that it’s the loveliest feeling at night, heading to bed with this rosy oil on my skin. It’s almost therapeutic and it helps me fall asleep happy!
This post is a sponsored partnership with Biossance, all opinions are my own.
Photography by Shelly