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Category : Skin Care

Interview with Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever

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TB: Before your family founded the brand, did you know you’d follow your parents into this industry? If so, when and why?

 AP: I started working in my father’s dermatology practice when I was 10 years old – so I really grew up in the family business. It always seemed natural to me, and yes, as far as I can remember, I always wanted to join the family business. Or I should say, “one of” the family businesses. The first business my parents opened together was an art gallery. As an art history major in college, I always thought that would be my path. It wasn’t. Then I thought about opening a Forever Laser Institut in the US, expanding our spa business. That was not my path, either (at least not yet…). Then I thought about bringing the best that my father created to the US through these little jars…and decided that Alchimie Forever was indeed my path to making a difference in the family business!

TB: Alchimie began by developing products that meet the needs of post-procedural skin. What has this research taught you about skin care in general?

AP: The fact that the first Alchimie Forever products were created in our medical spa, Forever Laser Institut, to help heal the skin after the treatments my father would perform on his clients (initially mostly laser treatments) led to a formulation philosophy that is very much based on reducing inflammation, which is a scientific way of saying healing the skin. Indeed, post-procedure, the skin cannot tolerate anything too aggressive. Instead, it needs ingredients that will quell redness, cool heat, calm, and soothe. I have learned throughout the years how much of a pro-ager inflammation is – too much inflammation will lead to more rapid aging – which after all is what we are working against. I think there is confusion in the mind of the consumer, with the idea that if a product doesn’t tingle, make you peel, or induce redness, it is not doing anything. Such products certainly have a place in the market, but they must be balanced by products that reduce inflammation. That is what is at the core of our formulation strategy.

TB: What differences do you see between attitudes towards skin care and regimens in The US vs. those in Switzerland? Is there anything one can learn from the other?

AP: There are definite differences! In Switzerland (and France, and perhaps a few other European countries), skin care is considered as essential as dental care. My grandmother took me for my first facial when I was 15, now that “I was becoming a woman” and told me that bi-annual facials were a must, just like getting your teeth cleaned by a professional twice a year. Really, it is not because you brush your teeth at home (just like you wash your face) that you don’t go to the dentist for a cleaning (the equivalent of a facial). Also, you don’t wait for your teeth to rot (the equivalent of wrinkles) to go see your dentist (i.e., Don’t wait for your skin to look old to go to the aesthetician or dermatologist). I wish American women would spend more time and money on their skin – in particular as opposed to their hair! Look into the vanity of an American woman and it is mostly hair and makeup products. A European woman will have mostly face and body products in her bathroom, with just a bit of hair and makeup.

In contrast, American women seem less patient with their skin care expectations. They want that brown spot fixed yesterday. Even though it took years in the making. They want a miracle in a jar.

TB: In the midst of your busy life, which includes a lot of travel, what are your “must do everyday” beauty essentials?

AP: I love this question. A big part of Alchimie Forever is the true belief in “self care through skin care” – that is, the idea that taking care of one’s skin is as essential is a way of taking care of one’s self. I do travel about 75% of my time, which takes a toll on my skin. Here are my top 6 must dos (travel or not…):

  1. I start my day with a big glass of water and a Super Orange EmergenC. I stopped drinking orange juice many years ago when I started counting my calories, so this is my replacement. Plus I never drink enough water during the day so I feel that at least my day is starting off with water. And the vitamins are essential, especially if I am not able to eat as healthily on the road as I would wish to.
  2. Alchimie Forever Daily Defense SPF 23 every day on face and neck, every morning. No matter the time of year, no matter the weather. I feel like that way I am protected from anything that will come my way.
  3. Alchimie Forever tightening eye contour gel, every morning. This is technically one of our men’s products (although I think I might change that when we redo our packaging) yet I love it – it is like a shot of espresso for my eye contour. As I tell anyone who will listen, if you are old enough to drink, you are old enough for a great eye contour cream!
  4. Trish McEvoy mascara. I won’t leave the house without mascara, let alone meet with anyone without it!
  5. Aveda Stress Fix body lotion. I love the lavender scent, it does melt away my stress. And I have this in travel size too!
  6. Twice a week, I use our Antioxidant refining scrub and Kantic brightening moisture mask. At home or on the road, I feel like these two products remove the “plane” from my skin – my skin is once again bright, hydrated, and glowing.

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Yasmine Djerradine Shares Expert Skin Care Advice

Travel Beauty’s Exclusive Q & A with Yasmine Djerradine of Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beauté.

TB: What do you love most about what you do?

yasmine-djerradine-expert-skin-care-adviceYasmine: So many things…I love to take care of people. There is something intimate about caring for another’s skin. I like to customize each treatment.

People often call me and describe their skin over the phone and ask me to recommend a regimen for them. I always tell them that I need to see and touch their skin in order to understand their unique health and beauty needs.

TB: What is the single most important, best piece of skin care advice that you give your clients?

Yasmine: Please don’t overdo it! Your skin is an organ, and your body’s first line of defense against the elements. Many harsh procedures actually strip your skin of what it desperately needs to protect itself! Focus on cleansing and hydrating, and your skin will always be there to protect you.

Customization in skin care is also crucial. Everything has to be “sur mesure”, or made to order. Everyone ages differently and responds to the elements and pollution uniquely.

TB: If you had to recommend a few essential skin care products that you would encourage people to splurge on, what would they be?

Yasmine: Today people are living longer and so we need our youthful complexion to last indefinitely. It is more important than ever to take care of ourselves as we age. If you think about the adverse effects of collagen collapse, sun or wind damage, cancer, etc., all of these issues can be traced back to the various ways we have neglected our skin. We must utilize a serious moisturizer during the winter to protect ourselves from the cold and wind and the best sun protection when we are in the sun – basically all year round.

TB: What defining moment in your career had the strongest influence on you?

Yasmine: I have defining moments all the time! I am constantly discovering new products, working with new clients and experimenting with new treatment technologies. This is why, even after 30 years, I am still so passionate about skin care. It is my hope and vision for the future that each new experience will be insightful and exciting. I strive for every moment to be the next “aha” moment!

Read more about Yasmine on her Travel Beauty Expert Page.

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The Power Peel Facial for Summer

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The Best Seasonal Skin Care Facial

As we enter the warmer spring and summer months, it is important to stop and recognize that our skin is recovering from the brutal cold and dry weather of the harsh winter we’ve just trekked through (it may already seem like eons ago). Our skin is now in the process of acclimating itself to the warmer temperatures (finally) that accompany this time of year.

The Power Peel: Your Spring Facial Solution

The ideal skin care treatment for this time of year is a non-chemical power peel facial. I recommend undergoing this treatment twice a year. Now, as the weather gets warmer, to not only exfoliate the gift of dry, dead cells that winter so kindly bestowed upon us, but also to eradicate sebum deposits from the dermis. Ideally, you would repeat this treatment again right after the summer, in September or early October. It is the perfect way to care for skin after months of sitting in the sun or simply being outside at a time when we are exposed to sun on a regular basis. The peel will lighten dark spots or discoloring of the skin that may have occurred due to regular sun exposure. It will also help immediately clear up congestion, or clogged pores, often caused by the SPF products you applied daily.

Polishing the Skin

Keep in mind, this is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure. Micro aluminum crystals are applied to the skin to exfoliate it. Think of it as a gentle sand paper that vanquishes dead cells, irregularities, acne scars, sebum and even fine lines. A new, radiant, fresh layer of skin is instantly revealed, with none of the downtime that comes after a harsher chemical peel.

Out With the Old, In With the New

The Power Peel device actually reveals a before and after effect. You can see, in one glass tube, the white color of the crystals that will be used on the skin, and in the other tube, the color of the dead skin cells that have been exfoliated from the face (usually a sandy skin tone). You will feel and look refreshed, like you have finally shed the heavy burden of winter and can look forward to a glowing summer.

Take-Home Facial

power-peel-facial-machineCan’t make it to the spa or need a quick touch up in between treatments? Try Elemis’ Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask. It contains retexturizing enzymes that exfoliate and smooth out the surface of the skin. You can feel it activate immediately upon application causing a tingling sensation. Juvena Pure Lifting Peeling Powder is an effective exfoliating cleanser, perfect for daily use, that will polish and refine skin texture to leave skin smooth and luminous.

Your Smart Summer Skin Care Routine

Make sure to take care of your newly polished skin over the summer by using a protective sunscreen, like Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair SPF 20 for Face and Adaptasun Sea and Tropics Body Lotion SPF 20. Always make sure to apply a serum under sunscreen applied to the face. Serums like Cosmetics 27′s Essence 27 and Emma Hardie’s The Midas Touch Face Serum are light, making them perfect for warmer months. On top of all the anti-aging benefits these serums have, they will also help prevent congestion, namely blackheads and sebum buildup, that can occur due to applying sun care products directly onto skin.

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Overnight Beauty Essentials

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Even a simple overnight trip can turn disastrous if you suddenly discover you’ve forgotten to pack one of your beauty essentials. We are here to save you from ever suffering this unfortunate fate! Travel Beauty has curated the ultimate collection of overnight beauty essentials in one convenient travel kit. Use this product guide as your packing list and you’re guaranteed to have a gorgeous getaway every time. Hitting the beach? Be sure to check out our beach bag beauty essential guide specifically for the sand and sun!

Overnight Essentials: Shower with Power

Starting your day off with a sub-optimal shower can dampen anyone’s spirits, so a fragrant shower gel and body cream duo is a definite overnight beauty essential. We love Compagnie De Provence travel size shower gels and body milks. They come in a variety of scents, but you can never go wrong with Olive and Lavender Shower Gel and Incense Lavender Body Cream. The petite size makes these products perfect for a quick overnight trip.

Overnight Face Essentials

Sometimes an unfamiliar (and/or uncomfortable) bed can lead to us suffering through a night of broken sleep. But you’d never know it by looking at our faces! How do we keep our skin looking fresh no matter what? By packing our favorite essential face products. We keep skin clean with travel size Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash and follow that with Institut Esthederm E.V.E. Serum Source and Juvena Specialist Skin Nova SC Eye Serum. No overnight travel beauty kit is complete without these. This product trifecta will keep skin smooth and bright, even after a rough or restless night.

An Overnight Essential for Beautiful Hair

You may choose to skip the shampoo on your overnight trip, but your hairstyle will nonetheless need refreshing at some point. Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence is an overnight beauty essential for hair you’ll always find in our travel kit. It protects, conditions, tames, smoothes and adds shine…with just a few sprays. We especially love Daily Damage Defence to protect our hair from those high heat hotel hair dryers.

We’ve kept this overnight essentials travel kit intentionally pared down. Think you need to round your own bag out with a few more products? Shop Travel Beauty’s entire collection of luxury beauty and grooming products now.

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Negative Ion Water: Benefits for Beauty

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Where do I begin? Vine Care Water is negative ion water that was first developed in Japan for NASA to clean the lenses and mirrors on space bound vehicles and satellites. Bacteria cannot live in a pH 12.5 environment, so it was made as a germ-killing cleanser.

Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than water, so on its own it provides moisture. Used in conjunction with hair and skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver – so it boosts the effectiveness of products used subsequently.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair Care

The negative charge of the water is attracted to – and bonds to – hair.  It helps strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments or styling aids to amplify the benefits of these products. It can also be mixed with your shampoo or conditioner at a rate of 10%, or can be sprayed onto hair, roots to ends, before leave-in conditioners or styling aids are applied. This is a fabulous tool for thick, curly hair as well; read more here about how to use it.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Skin Care

Care Water works great as a skin toner or clarifier that also adds moisture (most products that clarify tend to dry the skin). Many of my clients have had success clearing up some forms of acne with Care Water as well. Layered with other products, it boosts the benefits of those products. Here’s an easy experiment to give you an idea of what Care Water does:

  • Put a few drops of oil into water. You will see it separates.
  • Then spray the oil and water with Care Water.
  • You will see it actually reduces the size of the oil drops so that the water and oil mix together.
  • This is the same way Care Water breaks up and clears away oils on the skin.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Scrapes & Cuts

Sprayed on scrapes or cuts, Care Water cleans the wounds (by killing bacteria) and moisturizes, therefore promoting healing. It’s currently being used in research at burn hospitals in Japan with very positive results.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Teeth

Care Water also works for brushing your teeth – both cleansing and whitening. Read all about our smile-cleaning secrets here. Don’t swallow it, though! It is not for internal use. The pH is too extreme for that.

Care Water is the ideal multi-tasking travel companion. You can find this cure-all wonder water in travel size here at Travel Beauty.

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