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Our Skincare - The Lowdown

 

Guiding our whole range of skincare are the ideas of gentleness, simplicity and efficacy. It’s also really important that our skincare works with your makeup, so you never have to choose between the two, rather, you can have your beauty cake AND eat it!

There is so much choice in beauty now, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. At Cosmetics à la Carte we aim to make it really easy to develop and maintain an easy skincare routine day after day that will keep your skin looking its best, most radiant and youthful self.

Morning Ritual

 

Cleanse away the residue of sleep with a splash of Rosewater Tonic on a cotton pad. Incalculably gentler than soap and water and leaves skin feeling fresh, hydrated and balanced.

For normal to oily skin we recommend award-winning Rose Dew as a primer and moisturiser in one. The hyaluronic acid delivers oil-free hydration without overloading the skin. It works superbly with makeup, promoting longer and more flawless wear to your usual base.

For the eyes, Hydralift Eye Serum is a saviour for puffy eyes. The botanicals from the bark of the ash tree work to improve microcirculation and bring oxygen to reduce puffs and shadows, and Niacinimide ensures skin is as resilient and healthy as possible. Unlike a lot of eye creams on the market, this oil-free hyaluronic gel aims to reduce puffs, rather than “swell” the skin to hide wrinkles. This leaves eyes feeling and looking fresher, and means any concealer you wear to brighten away shadows, stays in place! Keep in the fridge on warmer days for a cooling, soothing bonus!

To supercharge your healthy tones and lit-from-within radiance, apply Complexion Enhancer just before or blend with your makeup. This “healthy-skin-in-a-bottle” formula has a light serum texture and a subtle shimmer that gives you a well slept healthy glow.

Evening Ritual

It all starts with cleansing. Makeup wipes are not only an environmental disaster, the ingredients don’t do much for your skin either. Avoid at all costs!

Instead remove makeup and impurities effectively from the eyes, lashes and face with Total Lift Off rose cleanser. This sulphate-free pH balanced formula uses a botanical cleansing agent from Meadowfoam Seed Oil to remove impurities gently and quickly, without drying out the skin.

If you are wearing longwear or waterproof products, use the tiniest drop of Double Duty Makeup Remover on those targeted areas, but we do not recommend a dual phase cleanser for all over the face.

Treat skin to a moisturising and fortifying deep cleanse with Creamy Deep Cleanser. Sweet Almond Oil and natural beeswax give this formula tremendous natural richness and it gives skin an instant revitalising glow. And it’s the perfect medium for a spot of relaxing, glow-boosting facial massage.

Finally, refine soothe the skin gently with Rosewater Tonic. It’s essential to follow the creamy cleanser with this alcohol-free toner to prevent breakouts and dullness. Made from distilled water and the pure essence of rose otto, distilled with steam not chemicals from rose petals, rosewater also rebalances the pH of the skin to keep its protective mantle in tip-top condition.

Then apply Superglow Serum. Packed with Vitamin C to promote resilience and barrier function, pro-collagen peptides for firmness and tautness, Antarctic marine algae and a telomere-protecting active molecule to boost the youthspan of your skin. Add to that Rose and Camellia Oils and Hyaluronic acid and you have a serum that packs a real rejuvenating punch.

Created by our founder as a serum she would want to wear herself, and include all her favourite proven age-resisting ingredients in one formula. Let it sink into the skin before applying moisturiser. In the summer this may be enough hydration for most skin types but in colder weather follow with one of the following moisturisers.

For normal skin, award-winning Skin Treat Moisturiser. In this light, but effective lotion formula, botanical extract Evodia Rutaecarpa, long used in traditional Chinese medicine, increases skin micro-circulation, boosting the flow of oxygen and nutrients, for a finer skin texture and a more luminous and even complexion. Added to that. Acerola Cherry fruit extract, from a shrub that grows naturally in the forests of South America, is packed with naturally occurring antioxidants Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C, to add brightness and work to reduce dark spots.

For mature skin, that wants to tackle wrinkles, Hydrasmooth, which is a light but effective age-resisting night cream. The botanical extract Acmella Oleracea was originally used against toothache, as it has a gentle muscle relaxing action. This comes into play in minimising surface lines. Peptide Matrixyl encourages the skin to synthesizes collagen I, III and IV and fibronectin, leading to plumper skin and reducing wrinkle density and volume.

For very dry winter skin or mature skin, who wants to focus on restoring suppleness and ‘repairing’ skin, and showing it some love, choose Skin Comfort. Delicately scented with rose and citrus, this rich buttery cream deploys antioxidants Echinacea and Green Tea to resist environmental stressors and promote skin resilience by targeting free radicals and reducing inflammation. All the while a peptide matrix boosts dermal collagen and restores skin suppleness and firmness.

For fans of natural oils who want to create their very own “home spa”, or for those with sensitive skin, which does not respond well to active ingredients or to the emulsifiers of a cream formula, get your moisture boost from Radiance Restoring Rose Oil. The high level of linoleic acids mean breakouts are very unlikely, even on oily sensitive rosacea prone skin, while the Rose Hip oil works to soothe and calm skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t your skincare include SPF?

None of our skincare contains chemical or mineral sun protection. We agree with the vast body of research that protection from the sun is the single most important thing you can do to prevent skin ageing, but we are cautious about the long-term/lifetime impact of daily exposure to chemical sunscreens, especially considering sedentary and indoor lifestyles, and wish to enable people to make a personal choice about the use of sunscreen on a daily basis. In direct sunlight and outdoors we strongly recommend use of broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, especially in children.

Why doesn’t your skincare include Retinols?

This well-publicised ingredient does have documented impacts on skin rejuvenation, however it increases UV and general sensitivity, requiring very diligent use of sunscreen to manage the effects. We believe it is too potent an ingredient to be available over the counter and recommend any of our customers interested in this ingredient to consult with a dermatologist.