While down with the flu this week, I watched a lot of YouTube. surfing YouTube, I came across a great video with world-renowned French-born epidermologist (what she calls herself), Isabelle Bellis. She has amazing skin, so perhaps this is how I should start cleaning my face every morning/night. My way has always been similar, but without all of the facial massage. The French seem to rely a lot on facial massage, ritual, and discipline and I must say it seems to work for them!
The “How to Clean Your Face” instruction videos with skin care specialist Isabelle Bellis has two parts and I suggest you watch them both. After watching the videos, I have started incorporating facial massage into my morning & nightly rituals. I do think it makes a difference in how products are absorbed and how I feel overall after cleansing my face.
I especially like how Isabelle says, “You need to enjoy this moment…this is your moment…this is how you connect with your body. Do that with love.”
I went to Ms. Bellis’ website and looked at her products. They are way out of my price range at the moment, but I am sure they work very well, as Ms. Bellis has amazing skin. You can tell that she takes very good care of herself. Many French women will save up and buy the best products they can for their skin. I read in an article (I do not remember which one) that they spend more money on skin care than makeup. I tend to agree. I have noticed that the older I get, the less makeup I am using.
Here is my current skin care regime:
1. I spray my face with Caudalie Organic Grape Water. If you watched the videos (or have read anything on how the French adore Thermal Waters), you’ll notice that Isabelle Bellis sprays her face before & after cleansing with a Thermal Water. This is not something I’ve always done. It’s new to my regime. I like this, but I’d also like to try the Evian thermal water or popular kind by La Roche Posay. I do like the smell of this. It’s pleasant and the pleasant smell reminds me of walking through a vineyard.
2. Next, I use my cleanser. I tend to change my cleanser frequently. Currently, I switch between Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Gel or Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. Work about a quarter-sized dab of the product into face, neck and chest. Rinse off with tepid water.
3. Next pat dry with a clean wash cloth or towel. Time to add serum & eye cream. Spray your face one more time with a thermal water to help your skin absorb the product. Next, I use Avon Anew Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid. I love this because it’s similar to microdermabrasion, but without the harsh effects. It makes my skin really glow, too. The eye cream I use is Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser Eye Treatment. I like to use this prior to moisturizing, so that I can really work the product in.
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4. Lastly, it’s time to moisturize. Do not forget your neck and chest area. Another thing that I do with my serums and creams is rub them into my hands if I have a bit extra left over. And, why not? Hands begin to show age before our face and if I’m trying to protect my face, I protect my hands as well. The moisturizer combo I am currently using for daytime is Simple Replenishing Moisturizer and L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil. I put about a nickel-sized dab of the Simple Replenishing Moisturizer in my palm and about 4-5 drops of the L’Oreal Facial Oil on top of that. I mix them in my palms and massage into my skin, neck and chest.
For my nighttime, the only thing I change is the moisturizer. I am using Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing and Brightening Cream. I like a heavier moisturizer for night and this smells divine. It makes me feel very pampered. When I run out of this, I plan to try the Avon Elements Youth Restoring creams. They make a great anti-wrinkle cream for day with SPF 20 & a night cream.
In the current Avon C-4 Brochure on page 85, you can buy the Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller, Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream & Anti-Wrinkle Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 as a set for $22.50. That’s a bargain, considering that I spent $35 on the Korres cream alone. I plan to buy these with my next order and I will let you know what I think.
And, that’s it! I repeat morning and night. As you can see, I’m not completely loyal to one brand. I tend to mix things up a bit. I buy what’s on sale, or if I receive a gift card, I’ll buy whatever tickles my fancy at the moment. You can get great products at Avon/Mark, CVS, Walmart, Sephora…just stay within your own budget. The important thing in all of this is to care for yourself because if you don’t, nobody else will!
What’s your skin care regime look like? Do you plan on incorporating any of these tips into your own skin care ritual? The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your skin. Makeup is fun, but you can’t cover up years of wrinkles and abuse with cosmetics. If you do not have a regime and would like to start one, contact me via this blog or my AVON website and let me know how I can help you get started. I can recommend products to fit all budgets. I would love to help make your skin glow! 🙂
Drink lots of water (with lemon to detoxify the liver), take care of your skin, take long walks, get plenty of sleep and be happy!!! Smile!!! 🙂 Laughter really is the BEST medicine!
Have a wonderful week!