SOS Dry Lips!

The cold dry winter season always sees an increase in chapped lips. This is because your lips do not have oil glands, so they’re almost always exposed to the elements. People have chapped lips throughout the year, but in winter, dry air indoors, wind and cold weather outside contribute to worsening conditions and chapped lips end up sore, inflamed and at times can lead to infection. This can easily be prevented by taking care of your lips in the same way you take care of your face. 

A simple routine is to apply a lip balm daily, especially at night, when you start to experience dry lips. Most lip balms have petroleum gel, mineral oil or dimethicone as their base and some people can be irritated by these, more so when additives or known irritants like eucalyptus oil, camphor and menthol are added to the mix. Be cautious of using lip balms with a lot of additives.

If you have dry, irritated lips and are noticing a sting when applying your lip balm, it might be one of these additives in the product that is aggravating your condition. In this case, you can either choose to make your own or buy a product that is 100% natural and certified organic such as Phyt’ssima Lip Balm.

Do you want to make your own? It is effortless and here are the steps and ingredients to do a beautiful balm in less than 15 minutes. 

The following formula will take less than 15 minutes to make and will last you a whole winter season. 

• 5 ml (1 tsp)shea or cocoa butter
• 15 ml (1 Tbsp) avocado or jojoba oil
• 15 ml (1 Tbsp) local beeswax (grated or pastilles) or soy wax
• 1 drop vitamin E oil (optional)
• 5 drops essential oil — peppermint (optional)

Melt first three ingredients in a metal bowl over a pot with 50 ml (1/5-cup) water. Let the mixture melt on low heat. Stir. Remove from heat. Stir in optional ingredients. Cool. Store in an air-tight container.

Note: For fragrance, best is to avoid lemon, lime, grapefruit or bergamot essential oils which can react with sunlight. 

Anti-Pollution Reviderm to the rescue of urban skin

Today, the consequences of urban air pollution on skin health are increasingly recognised. Fine particles from exhaust gases and other pollutants penetrate the pores of the epidermis and cause allergies and heightened sensitivity. Unfortunately, exhaust gases only represent part of the problem: ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides from cars, sulphur oxide and lead from industrial waste have a profound oxidative impact on skin cells. 

All this pollution, whether we spend our time indoors or outside, leads to a cascade of skin problems. Cellular turnover slows down, the complexion becomes duller, too much sebum, dead skin cells thickening the epidermis, dehydration etc. Eventually, these problems result in the appearance of pathologies such as acne or eczema, in the formation of lines and wrinkles, dark spots and premature skin ageing in general. 

If airborne pollution affects the health of your skin, there are simple and useful things you can do to not only rebalance how your skin looks and feel but also protect it effectively from further exposure and damage.
Here is how and why:

  1. Cleanse
    First, you can adopt a healthy skin care routine by cleansing your skin morning and evening with our Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel. Please do refer to our previous blog on this exceptional product. It is one of our favourites and will leave your skin soft and cleansed from pollutants and other debris. Such a cleanse is particularly essential in the evening if you wear makeup so that your skin can breathe properly during the night. 
  1. Regenerate and Protect
    Keeping in mind the polluted environment we have in our urban environment, make sure you opt for skincare offering effective shields to protect the skin from fine particles. Our Anti-Pollution Cream has been especially formulated to revitalise, oxygenate and protect skin from exposure to airborne toxins. To reinforce the action of the cream, combine it with Anti-Pollution Concentrate.
    At night, boost the regeneration process of your skin with Anti-Pollution Serum formulated with powerful plant extracts known to fight free radicals. 
  1. Repair
    Once or twice a week, use Anti-Pollution Mask for an express beauty treatment. This mask is the perfect instant skin radiance boost for busy city people.

What makes Anti-Pollution range particularly useful at fighting pollution are the ingredients selected for their efficacy as a barrier or screen between pollutants and the skin:

  • Brown algae extract excels in that role, protecting the epidermis by   preventing adhesion of fine particles to the skin while stimulating oxygenation of skin cells.
  • Rice extract acts as an invisible shield against air pollution and boosts the defence system of cells.
  • Pink pepper extract improves skin microcirculation.
  • Finally, plankton stimulates cell renewal.

These ingredients work in synergy with hydrating Aloe Vera, brightening Acerola, nourishing Hazelnut oil and Chlorophyll of natural origin to stimulate oxygenation. 

The Reviderm Anti-Pollution ritual is simple:
– morning and evening, cleanse your skin with the anti-pollution cleansing gel
– then give your skin an oxygen boost with a thin layer of the anti-pollution concentrate.
– Complete your ritual with the anti-pollution cream in the morning and the anti-pollution serum in the evening.
– Use the flash mask one or twice a week, and voila, you are ready to face the day knowing your skin is prepared to fight back!

How to keep your skin healthy when wearing a protective mask?

Skin redness for some, pimples or pressure ulcers for others… These are some of the issues that can appear as the result of wearing a protective face mask for long periods.

Our skin is not used to being covered for an extended period. The reactions are often the same: redness, especially on the cheekbones, and small pimples on cheeks or chin. There are also bruises, irritations and sometimes scarrings caused by constant friction on the nose and cheeks near the ears. These symptoms are not a sign of allergy but irritation.

Why?

While the masks themselves may not be heavy, the pressure they create is concentrated on a small area of skin due to the small surface area of the mask’s edge.

Nurses and healthcare professionals wearing an N-95 mask, for instance, can also develop ulcers around the mouth or under the nose because of its very tight facial fit which forms a seal around these areas.

Vapour and sweat are trapped inside the mask modifying the skin pH. This permanent humidity creates the perfect environment to develop skin problems such as pimples or pustules.

Pre-existing acne or rosacea can be aggravated by the rubbing of the mask against the skin and the lack of air circulation.

Some skin will react differently and become too dry or inflamed because of the constant irritation.

What to do?

Wearing a mask is an essential step in protecting you and the people around you, so keep using it when necessary. To minimise skin reactions:

1)   Clean your face morning and evening with a gentle cleanser to remove sweat and debris. Use lukewarm water, not hot or icy. Pat dry the skin (rubbing could add to the irritation). Avoid using harsh scrubs or chemical exfoliators.

2)   Because the skin barrier has been compromised, soothe and protect your skin with a moisturiser formulated for the particular skin issues that you have. Apply your skincare at least 30 minutes before wearing your mask to let the products penetrate.

  • Dry skin could use products containing hyaluronic acid to increase hydration.
  • People with pimples or aggravated acne should use moisturisers with a lighter texture.
  • Irritated skin will be better off with products formulated to soothe and calm the skin. Try applying a barrier cream on the areas most irritated before you start wearing your mask.

3)   If you are using a moisturiser with added sunscreen,  it is best that you only apply it on areas of the face that are not covered by the mask.

4)   Make-up: if you want to use foundations or powders, keep it very light to avoid clogged pores or pimples. Use preferably non-comedogenic products to prevent blackheads and let your skin breathe when you don’t have to wear a mask.

If you develop permanent severe skin irritations, seek the help of your doctor.

We may have to wear a mask for an undetermined period. Still, we should remember that the benefits of wearing this facial protection when shopping or in crowded environments outweigh the risks of not wearing one.
Looking for naturality in products? Check Phyt’s organic face skincare – all made with 100% ingredients of natural origin for healthier skin.

The best treatments for your hands

Your hands tell a story and like all stories, they can reveal much about who you are, what you do, how healthy you are and of course, how old you are. Anatomically, your hands are the first thing people notice (through waving, a handshake) after your facial features.

When it comes to our face, our anti-ageing routine is a well-oiled machine: sunscreens, hydrating creams, wrinkle-reducing serums and the whole nine yards. Our hands? Not so much. In fact, we do not give our hands a second thought until they start showing ostensible signs of ageing that very soon clash significantly with the more youthful look of our facial features.

There are many factors contributing to the skin of our hands ageing faster than the skin on any other part of our body:

  • On the back of the hands, the skin is very thin by nature and does not contain much fat. As the normal ageing process takes place, collagen and elastin break down over time. In body areas where the skin is very thin, or when the skin becomes very thin due to illness for instance, the breakdown of the already very thin layer of collagen and elastin fibres has a very pronounced and noticeable impact on your hands
  • As fat and connective tissue (made up of collagen and elastin fibres, among other things) are lost, the skin starts to look thinner and transparent. Veins become more prominent, and in some cases actually appear to be bulging.
  • Brown spots start appearing. The funny thing about age spots is that they actually have nothing to do with age. They are the result of sun exposure and since our hands are exposed all the time, brown spots become almost unavoidable and do contribute to the skin on the hand looking ‘old’.
  • How and how quickly your hands show your age is not all doom and gloom. With a bit of awareness and diligence, a few simple but effective hand-care strategies can help us preserve or maintain a youth-looking hand skin and healthy nails.

By hand-care we mean how we look after and take care of our hands. So when considering a hand-care routine, we should start from where it all starts: our daily routine. What we’ll find is that most of the time, at-home hand-care is limited to the regular washing of our hands, usually with a harsh detergent (dish-washing liquid, soap, scrub) sometimes followed by the application of a hand moisturiser. This is enough as far as hygiene and basic care are concerned but to maintain or give your hand a more youthful appearance more targeted and consistent care is needed.

1) Moisturise

Your hands need more moisture than any other part of your body because they are exposed to the elements much more and they tend to get washed frequently with products that tend to damage the skin’s protective oil mantle.

Because moisturisers work more effectively when applied on damp skin, apply it right after hand wash. Each time you apply a face serum or moisturiser you can also rub the excess onto the skin of your hands without forgetting the cuticles. Do the same when you exfoliate your face, use the excess product to exfoliate the skin at the back of your hands rather than waste the scrub on a terry towel or tissue.

When you apply a cream to your hands also include your nails in the routine. Simply lightly massage some of the cream into the edges of the nails to treat them at the same time. Check Phyt’s certified organic Hand & Nails Cream.  

While a moisturiser will not create new collagen, it will leave the skin of your hand looking plumper and more youthful. Select a hand cream that contains nourishing and protecting ingredients.

2) Sun protection

Repeated sun exposure without protection can lead to early signs of ageing of the hands, such as dark brown spots. People spending a lot of the time driving are often seeing the early appearance of dark spots. The best way to keep your hands looking young is to avoid direct sunlight. Each time you go out, remember to apply a good sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure; and reapply as often as necessary. If you drive a lot in sunny climates, wear driving gloves.

3) Always remember your nails and cuticles

Healthy nails are part of youthful hands. Pay attention to signs of yellowing, fungus or dark spots on the nails. If you use nail polish, consider giving your nails a break by letting them free of polish for a few days and use this time to pamper them.

Cuticles are also a key part of nail health because they protect your nails. Cutting your cuticles can lead to infections as well as painful and unsightly wounds; and it makes the skin grow back rougher and more uneven.

To keep your cuticle soft use a quality cuticle cream and/or oil. If you use a cuticle oil, put a tiny drop of oil on the base of each nail and gently rub the oil into the skin around the nail. You can also gently push back the skin surrounding the nails with a little orange or wooden stick of the like you find at the chemist or supermarket to really get the oil under the cuticles.

For a deep treatment, you can massage the oil into the nails in the evening before going to bed, then apply a hand cream and wear cotton gloves. This will provide extra moisture, strengthen the nails and keep your cuticles softer. Phyt’s has the perfect nourishing and softening oil treatment for nails & cuticles.

4) Hangnails

If we do not advise you to cut your cuticles, we do think it is necessary to carefully cut hangnails. It is very tempting to bite them or pull on the skin which makes them inflamed and can result in infection (and they are painful).  

As soon as you feel them, cut them carefully so that there is no skin hanging off, but without digging into your skin. Follow with the application of a cuticle cream or oil to re-hydrate the area.

5) Intensive treatment

An exfoliation of the skin at the back of your hands is particularly effective because it removes dead skin cells and improves blood circulation, making your hands’ skin look more youthful.

A body scrub will do the job or, alternatively, you can use a facial exfoliant. As mentioned earlier, keep in mind that as you exfoliate your face, you can use the excess products on your hands.

Follow the exfoliation with the application of a rich hand cream (or oil) and give them a quick massage. You can start from the fleshy part of your hand near the base of the thumb, and then work each finger from base to tip.

If you have very dry itchy hands, tight skin or cracks, use a very rich cream such as Phyt’ssima Zones Rebelles with nourishing oils of Argan, Hemp and Shea butter. It will calm the irritations and nourish the skin. Then when the skin feels better, switch over for a hand cream.

Give your hands a regular treat by having a hand treatment with a beauty professional. You will be surprised at the effect this relaxing treatment will have on your hands and nails without mentioning the overall relaxing benefit you will enjoy. The hands, like your feet (and ears), are extremely rich in nerve endings so massage and pressure points can have significant health benefits.

Hand care is very similar to any beauty routine: consistency is the key.  

 

 

Best exfoliants to prepare your skin for winter

Autumn brings different colours to our life; the temperature becomes colder, the days grow shorter, and everything in nature seems to slow down. The most visible and universal sign that winter is upon us is that trees shed their leaves.

Skin is a biological system and its rhythm follows the seasons. Where most people find that summer skin glowed from natural sunlight and increased Vit D, they also report that autumn skin is often rougher and dryer. Autumn is an ideal time for adopting a gentle but thorough skin exfoliation routine.

For those unfamiliar with biological processes, here is a little bit of background on exfoliation. Your skin is continually producing new, healthy skin cells to replace the old, damaged and dead cells. As we age, the skin natural exfoliating process slows down, resulting in a rougher, dryer complexion. The good news is that with little effort, we can accelerate this natural biological process. We can help increase cellular turnover, which in turn will result in a glowing, younger-looking complexion.

Phyt’s face exfoliants are a gentle yet effective part of a healthy cleansing routine. They help free the upper skin layers from impurities and dead cells and help moisturisers or serums penetrate deeper for maximum effectiveness. Different skin types may require a different intensity in this mechanical exfoliation process, and that is possible thanks to 2 products: Gommage Contact+ and Activ’Peel Scrub.

PHYT’S EXFOLIANTS:

1 Gommage Contact+ – this exfoliant is particularly gentle. So gentle in fact that it can be used on all skin types but it is particularly recommended for dry skin or skin that is slightly sensitive. The main exfoliating ingredient is plant cellulose with added Ylang-Ylang and Clove essential oils.

ABOUT GOMMAGE CONTACT+

Gently removes impurities & dead skin cells. This creamy texture is applied like a mask: a thin layer that you let dry up for a few minutes before rubbing it away with small circular motions. The result: a smoother, brighter & refined complexion without stripping the skin.

Main active ingredients:
Exfoliating ingredient: Plant cellulose. This ingredient adheres to dead skin cells. When you rub the exfoliant away, the dead cells are lifted and removed. The pores are decongested & impurities are drawn out without causing irritation. Your complexion is smoother and brighter.

Ylang-Ylang essential oil – This oil is extracted from the flower of the Cananga tree. It aids in reducing inflammation and has antiseptic properties. It helps brighten the skin for a more radiant look.

Clove Oil – Extracted from dried flower buds of clove. This oil has potent antimicrobial properties. Eugenol, found in clove oil, has also rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which help increase blood flow to the skin and make it look radiant. It is known to lessen the effects of ageing, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and blemishes.

Sunflower oil: Oil extracted from the seeds of sunflowers. A great source of Vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is useful for combating skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. Sunflower oil has also emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture.

2 – Activ’Peel – This exfoliant presents a different texture and is more like a gentle scrub. It can be used on all skin types and is particularly great for combination skin or those with a tendency to oily skin, or those who like to exfoliate under the shower. The main exfoliating ingredient is Bamboo extract with added Aloe Vera and Grapefruit, Rose Geranium and Lemon essential oils.

ABOUT ACTIV’PEEL SCRUB

A gentle exfoliant to remove impurities & dead skin cells. Best used under the shower as it needs to be applied on wet skin and removed with water. The result: a smoother, brighter & refined complexion.

Main active ingredients: 
Exfoliating ingredient: Bamboo extract. A finely powdered ingredient mixed with Aloe Vera leaf extract helps lift and remove impurities and dead skin cells. The pores are gently decongested for a smoother and brighter complexion.

Aloe Vera: Extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Barbadensis plant. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to help alleviate skin dryness and irritation. Aloe vera contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. Perfect ingredient to hydrate and soothe the skin.

Grapefruit and Lemon essential oils – These oils are extracted from the peel of the grapefruit and Lemon. They have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the management of oily skin issues. They are astringents and help minimise pore size. Also, perfect to brighten the skin for a more radiant look.

Rose Geranium Oil – Extracted from dried geranium flowers. Thanks to its qualities as an astringent and all-round healer, Geranium Essential Oil is a highly active anti-ageing ingredient with potent cellular regeneration properties. It is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to help purify and soothe the skin.

Exfoliation is best done once or twice a week. There is no need for more as over-use of exfoliants can weaken or damage the skin’s barrier and cause sensitivity as well as increased sebum production. Finish your ritual with one of our moisturisers. For a more in-depth treatment, use a serum in combination with the moisturiser.

Enjoy the experience and feel confident about your skin feeling fresh, healthy and ready to meet the colder months ahead.

Phyt’s offers a complete range of certified organic skincare of natural origin

Phyt’s Multi-Vita Firming & Tensing Serum

A FEW FACTS ON SKIN AGEING 

A fact of life we can hardly ignore is that until science and technology allow us to do otherwise, as we grow older biologically so does the part of us most visible to the external world: our skin. As we move through time, our skin loses the vitality, energy and tonicity it once had. Despite billions of dollars invested in the quest for the eternal youth we have been able (yet) to stop the biological ageing process, however, from all the research and discoveries made along the way, we learned that there is one aspect of ageing we can influence with great success and it is extrinsic ageing.

Extrinsic ageing refers to all external factors that accelerate the natural ageing process: exposure to UV light on the one hand but lack of natural sunlight on the other side, tobacco, alcohol, hormonal deficiencies, diet, constant stress, lack of quality sleep, EMF and more… In fact, dermatologists estimate that 90% of cutaneous ageing is due to external factors that boost the production of free radicals – skin’s number one enemy.

A free radical is a molecule that has either gained or lost an electron, making it unstable and highly reactive. This molecule will then attempt to either steal or release an atom from or to another nearby molecule. This phenomenon creates a chain reaction known as oxidative stress. It can cause damages to the organism and skin tissue in particular. The body has its defensive system to neutralise damage linked to these free radicals. But over the years, this neutralising system becomes deficient: skin is left more vulnerable to external factors increasing the need for antioxidants.

As for ultraviolet rays, they are responsible for 80 % of skin ageing. Ultraviolet rays release their energy in the skin, creating free and harmful radicals. This oxidation alters cells and fibres. We believed for a long time that UVB rays alone were responsible for premature skin ageing with sunburns. We are realising now that UVA rays are more dangerous in the long-term. They penetrate more deeply in the skin, reaching the dermis where they weaken collagen and elastin fibres, provoking a loss of density and skin sagging. Ultraviolet radiations also increase the expression of enzymes that damage the collagen matrix. Unfortunately, these damages start from early childhood and accumulate with age.

Can we make our skin more resilient to these extrinsic factors and boost its ability to fight back while reducing the visible signs of biological ageing?
The good news is that yes, we CAN control many of these factors through smart, educated lifestyle changes. Better nutrition, exposure to natural sunlight, to fresh air, to nature, more and better sleep, physical exercises, mindfulness, meditation and other spiritual practices, all this will influence positively not only our psyche and how we age. Can we help our skin in the same way? Yes again.

At PHYT’S we’ve been focusing for over 45 years in the art and science of minimising the effect of extrinsic ageing on the skin. How do we do that? By removing the use of toxins and other harmful substances in our skincare range (professional and home care) and using expertly blended active ingredients to nourish and protect the skin so that it remains healthy and resilient to harmful environmental factors.

SERUM MULTI VITA was born out of a vision to bring a synergy of powerful natural ingredients to tackle the signs of extrinsic ageing successfully.

Multi Vita is an aqueous anti-ageing serum which has an instant firming and tensing action on the skin. It contains a cocktail of multivitamin active ingredients, including Cévéblé®, a patented complex of lipids extracted from wheat seeds that mimic the natural ceramides found in the skin.

Ceramides are critical for proper skin functions. They are the multilamellar lipid membranes that surround corneocytes (dead keratin-filled cells) in the outer layer of the skin. The role of ceramides is to prevent excessive water loss from the body and prevent the entrance of undesired substances from the environment. To ensure this protective function, the composition and organisation of the lipid membranes are highly specialised. The primary skin barrier lipids are ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol.

Phyt’s does not use synthetic ingredients, so Phyt’s Labs found a way to produce these ceramides out of the plant world, precisely out of wheat seeds. These specific ceramides are called ceramides glycosides.

As a complex, Cévéblé® helps diminish wrinkles and fine lines. It has a tensing, smoothing and anti-free radical effect making Serum Multi Vita so useful around the eyes area.
This ingredient alone reinforces the supporting tissue of the skin by slowing down the deterioration of elastic fibres and protecting collagen. The skin is firmer and more radiant, wrinkles are less visible and reducing in width, length and depth over time.

Multi Vita serum is best used at night, on a cleansed skin. Apply a few drops to the face and neck area. Once the Serum is fully absorbed in the skin and you feel your skin becoming tighter, apply one of PHYT’S Aromalliance Anti-Ageing cream (Absolue or Phytonagre).
Multi Vita can also be used as a one-month deep treatment, and in this case, apply twice a day (morning and evening).

Main Active Ingredients

Cévéblé®: contains anti-age ceramides. Helps to smooth lines and wrinkles
Carrot beta-carotene: accelerates cell renewal
Yeast: regenerating
Red seaweed: moisturising
Acerola Vitamin C/Vitamin E: antioxidants
Sunflower virgin oil: nourishing, maintains hydration
Gentian essential oil: toning, improve skin radiance
Lavandin essential oil: soothing

Phyt’s Treatment for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are quite a challenge to treat as they are a form of scar tissue. They occur when skin is abnormally stretched and expanded quicker than normal. When this happens, collagen and elastin fibres which are part of the skin’s support structure, break down or rupture, leaving “tears” in the dermis (the middle layer) of the skin. 

Once formed stretch marks are very difficult to treat, so prevention is definitely better than cure.

The best way to prevent any stretch mark is to maintain or improve the elasticity of the skin so that the collagen and elastin fibres do not break.

Stretch marks creams are designed to improve firmness and skin elasticity. They also top up skin hydration levels and by applying these creams with a massage you increase blood circulation too. To resume, we need to help the skin help itself.

PHYT’S EXPERT VERGETURES

3-in-1 treatment formulated with active ingredients that work on the prevention of stretch marks: 

  • Boosts collagen synthesis
  • Keeps skin smooth and supple
  • Reduces emerging stretch marks

Let’s look more closely at the active ingredients:

Manilkara leaf extract: improves skin firmness, increases the skin’s regenerative and renewal process, stimulates collagen production, strengthens the skin extracellular matrix network.

Centella asiatica extract: rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals Centella improves circulation as well as the synthesis of collagen and skin tissue. It is especially beneficial for improving skin elasticity. It also boosts antioxidant activity at the site of wounds, speeds healing and helps prevent scarring such as stretch marks.

Alpha-bisabolol: an active component of chamomile; it has anti-inflammatory and healing properties

Aloe vera: healing, rejuvenating, hydrating – perfect to soften skin

Argan oil: rich in Vit A & E and essential fatty acids to encourage the growth of healthy skin cells, to nourish, to soften and to protect skin

Sunflower oil: rich in linoleic acid and omega 6, both of which are excellent at repairing skin, also in Vit A, E & D that are great at nourishing the skin

How to apply Expert Vergetures?

Thoroughly massage the cream into problem areas (hips, tummy, breasts) morning and evening.

Tips: Knead the skin to break the collagen fibres and force them to realign themselves. If your skin is dry, follow with a rich moisturiser to add more nourishment and hydration.

You will get better results if you use Expert Vergetures for 3 consecutive months. Lines will start to fade and the overall texture of the skin will change, becoming smoother and more supple to the touch.

 

Phyt’s Panacée for Mothers Day

This Mothers’ day will be very different from others. For those who might have become overnight teachers of home-schooled kids as well as working from home, celebrations will go ahead almost as normal.
For others with mothers living in a different state, this day of celebration might trigger a more acute sense of separation.

In today’s environment, anxiety shows up in many aspects of our daily lives and many of us are under a lot of stress. Stress deregulates the biological life cycle of cells. This behavioural dimension (the third dimension of ageing) has more effects on the skin of our face than genetic or environmental ageing. A high level of emotional stress ages us faster.
Self-care and self-nurturing become particularly important for helping us stay calmer in this unprecedented chaotic context. It also helps preserve our youthful look.

Self-isolation and social distancing will force us to think creatively how to celebrate that special day. If you are considering giving something that might help your mum enjoy a day of self-celebration and self-care, why not offer her  Phyt’s limited edition of Panacea gift set? The pack contains a jar of Panacée Cream and a Body Mist Spray infused with the same floral fragrance found in the cream.

Panacée Cream is a result-driven product that takes into account genetic and environmental ageing, as well as behavioural ageing. As an advanced multi-tasking and restructuring formula, Panacée helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet and heaviness around the eye. This breakthrough formula provides regenerative and restructuring active ingredients to help nourish, firm and smooth the skin. 

From the first few applications, lines are smoothed, the skin is plumped and durably moisturised; signs of fatigue are reduced. After 4 weeks, wrinkles are visibly reduced; the face recovers firmness, density and radiance. After 8 weeks, the skin is visibly more glowing.
Panacée can be used morning and evening.

The limited edition of Panacée Body Mist can also be sprayed on hair. It leaves a delicate floral scent on the skin and has moisturising properties. Free from heavy artificial fragrances and preservatives that can irritate sensitive skin and nose, this natural body mists contains instead floral and herbal extracts as well as essential oils to minimise the chance of sensitivity.

Which face cleanser is best for you?

Which face cleanser is the best for you?

Removing makeup, dirt, and grime from the day might not seem to be the most significant step in a skin-care routine, but it is actually the most important. Facial cleansing is not ‘just’ about removing particles from the skin, it is about preparing it for the products that follow – as a painter would work from a fresh canvas.  In the morning, cleansing allows toxins expelled overnight to be removed so that the skin benefits from your moisturising and protecting routine. At night, that same step helps the skin profits from serum and more nourishing products.

Just like you choose your skin care according to your skin type, you should select a facial cleanser that suits the needs of your skin.
Phyt’s offers a wide range of facial cleansers to let you choose the one most suited to your skin, and also the texture you like best, from gel, to milky or creamy. 

Lait Nettoyant – Creamy Cleansing Milk for dry skin
This creamy cleanser gently and effectively removes makeup and cleanses the skin leaving it smooth and soft. Use cotton pads to remove it (you do not need to use water).

Lait Hydro Nettoyant – Cleansing Milk for normal to combination skin
This water soluble light creamy cleanser dissolves make-up and cleanses the face leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed. Rinse off with water.

Gel Pureté Visage – Cleansing Gel for all skin types
Light gel cleanser that gently eliminates impurities and cleanses the skin, leaving it freshened, purified and radiant. Great for normal, combination or oily skin. Perfect if you prefer to wash your face while you shower.

Aromaclear Mousse Nettoyante Pureté – Cleansing Purifying Foam for oily skin prone to acne
Blemishes, excess sebum, shine are all characteristics of oily skin. Aromaclear Foaming Cleanser is a soap-free product that eliminates impurities and excess sebum gently. Purifying essential oils, gentle surfactants and natural astringents are at the heart of this formulation. Mousse Nettoyante Pureté is perfect if you have oily skin with blemishes, or tendency to acne. Needs to be rinsed off with water.   

Gelée Nettoyante Anti-Pollution – Anti-pollution Cleansing Gel
This gentle cleanser belongs to Phyt’s Anti-Pollution range. Its 3-step texture  turns from gel to oily emulsion on application, and finally to milk that needs to be rinsed off with water. The perfect tool to remove pollution particles from the skin.

Aqua Phyt’s Eau Micellaire – Micellar Water for Dehydrated Skin
Gentle 3-in-1 lotion to cleanse, hydrate and tone the skin at the same time – no need to rinse. Micelle molecules work together to attract impurities and make-up leaving the skin cleansed, hydrated and refreshed. 

Sensi Eau Lactée Apaisante – Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin
Another 3-in-1 micellar solution especially formulated for sensitive skin. With a texture halfway between milk and water, this hypoallergenic and fragrance-free cleanser-toner leaves the skin softer and smoother.

White Bio-Active Lotion Eclat – Micellar Water for Brightening Treatments
Micellar lotion to cleanse, tone and brighten the skin. It belongs to Phyt’s White Bio-Active range – a comprehensive series of products that should be used together to brighten the skin. 

Men’s Gel Nettoyant Désincrustant – Exfoliating Cleanser for Men
Formulated for men’s skin. A refreshing cleansing gel to eliminate impurities and limit the formation of ingrown hair thanks to exfoliating Bamboo extract. 

Men’s Gel Nettoyant Oxygénant – Oxygenating Cleansing Gel for Men
Very gentle cleanser formulated with refreshing and revitalising essential oils of Mint, Ginseng and Tea Tree. A boost for the skin!

One skin care product we tend to forget

Facial masks play an important role in the management of your skin. They are designed to complement the products you use daily, especially if your skin does not feel at its best.  

Masks can be used as an instant pick-up before going out or for targeted benefits since they are formulated with skin types in mind as well as a broad spectrum of concerns.
Since they are used occasionally, they are also cost-effective at enhancing your skincare routine.

PHYT’S MASKS
A facial mask is a skincare treatment formulated to target specific skin types and areas of concern. Masks are loaded with beneficial active ingredients and can vary in form, texture, concentration and results. For most of Phyt’s masks, the texture is usually thicker than a cream. This thickness creates a barrier between the skin and the elements, enhancing hydration and the penetration of active ingredients into the skin – that’s why you need to leave them on a little bit longer to do their job. 

MASK BENEFITS
A mask can be just a relaxing pampering experience, or a highly effective answer to specific skin concerns. When you select a mask, it’s best to look first at your skin type and what results you would like to achieve. You can use a mask as an instant pick-up or see it as part of a longer-term skincare routine for the health of your skin.

Most of PHYT’S skincare ranges include a mask. These masks have been designed to address and correct specific issues: lack of vitality, water loss, airborne pollution, lack of firmness, dull complexion, excess sebum or inflammation.
Masks complement and enhance the benefits of moisturising creams and serums and contribute to your overall skin health. They are formulated to work in synergy with other products of the same range.

SKIN TYPES AND PHYT’S MASKS
Oily skin will benefit from the Aromaclear mask formulated with Amber powder and charcoal for gentle exfoliation and to draw out impurities from pores.
Dehydrated skin should try the Aqua mask formulated with two different molecular weight hyaluronic acids to instantly boost the water content in the upper layers of the skin while significantly reducing water loss from its surface. Your skin will look plumper with less visible lines and wrinkles.

Mature skin will experience a visibly improved tone and texture with the Aromalliance mask. This mask is formulated with nourishing Hazelnut oil, regenerating essential oils and plant extracts. End results: the skin is smoother, softer, plumper.

Extremely dry skin will benefit from the nourishing and soothing oils of Phyt’ssima comfort mask – a concoction of repairing Argan and Hemp oils.  This particular mask can also be used as an after-sun treatment.

– Those who live in polluted urban environments have not been forgotten and can restore radiance to their skin with Phyt’s Anti-Pollution Reviderm mask.

Skin sensitivity and redness due to inflammation can be visibly calmed down by Sensi hypoallergenic mask formulated with soothing ingredients.

– For dull skin with pigmentation try Phyt’s White Bio-Active mask which contains a patented blend of plant extracts and essential oils that work on restoring skin brightness and radiance.

– Finally, there is a mask specifically designed to refresh and tone eye contour affected by dark circles and puffiness: Phyt’Sublim Mask 

WHEN DO I USE A FACE MASK?
See masks as an opportunity to pamper yourself and give your skin a chance to restore itself. Apply your chosen mask once or twice a week while enjoying this time to relax and unwind – perfect if you find yourself stuck at home during a rainy day.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY A FACE MASK
For optimum results, any type of face mask should be applied to clean skin, so be sure to cleanse your skin first. You can use your fingers or a brush (you tend to use less product with a brush but some masks need to be applied thickly, so check the instructions).
Most of Phyt’s masks have to be left on for 10 to 15 minutes (do not leave them on for longer, just because they are 100% natural and organic does not mean that they are not very active) and leave the ingredients to work their magic.
All Phyt’s masks are best removed with a warm damp cloth (not hot) in gentle, circular motions, but they can also be rinsed off under the shower.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MASK WORK HARDER
Most of Phyt’s skincare ranges include a serum (powerful concentrate of active ingredients) – do not hesitate to use them under your mask to enhance results (in that case, apply the serum first) 

There is something both routine and ritualistic about applying a face mask. It can provide you with that extra skincare boost when your skin needs a little TLC. If you never seemed to make time to use face masks in the “good old days”, use your “stuck-at-home” time to treat yourself … your skin will love it.