Oh how I miss the warm sunrises in Barcelona! This photoshoot was one of the last mornings I had in my favorite city and I love the pictures so much that I just had to share them! I’ve been planning my return to Barcelona for a while already, but I had to cancel for one important reason… I am moving to another city!
To be honest, I wouldn’t call myself a ‘beauty guru‘. After all, I’m so used to make-up artists doing the work – and the fact that I barely wear make-up in my free time – that I never really bothered to really get into the whole hair and make-up thing. However, when it comes to skincare I sure as hell do my research. Especially because I got such a sensitive skin after becoming a full time model (read more about it here). Anyways, that being said, let’s get to the main topic of this blog: last week me and some other bloggers got invited by SkinCeuticals to visit them and to learn more about the scientific story behind skincare. Am I very nerdy for getting excited about that? #maybe #sorrynotsorry
Did you know that:
- There is this thing called ‘oxidative damage‘, which arises when the skin is exposed to (for example) UV, Infrared, pollution, smoking and/or stress?
- This oxidative damage can destabilize molecules, which damages healthy skin tissue? That is the reason why we get spots, wrinkles and pigmentation!
- Our skin naturally has antioxidants to neutralize the oxidative damage. But because nowadays there are much more damaging elements (more pollution/ stress/ smoking etc.) it is not enough anymore?
- One of the most studied antioxidants is Vitamin C?
- In 1989 Dr. Sheldon R. Pinnell found a way stabilize Vitamin C, which has been a breakthrough for the skincare we know nowadays?
I certainly learned a lot during my visit to the SkinCeuticals event! It feels great to understand better why our skin changes, but also how to work on improving my skin from now on. The products of SkinCeuticals are based on antioxidants in order to strengthen the skin’s natural protection towards oxidative damage. I was very excited to hear that they will give us a small goodiebag so we can try out the products – and see if we notice a change in comparison with other skincare products.
When I’m unpacking the goodies I am happy to see that the instructions couldn’t be easier. SkinCeuticals has a very clear philosophy on how to support skin-health: Prevent – Correct – Protect. Let’s go through the details of each product quickly:
Prevent: with a high concentrate of Vitamin C SkinCeuticals wants to prevent the oxidative damaging of the skin. They gave me Phloretin CF Serum, which supposedly works better for the mixed-to-greasy skin type.
Correct: a re-texturing activator makes sure that your healthiest skin is on the top layer, which not only makes your skin more resistant, but also gives it a nice and healthy glow. This product also corrects existing skin problems such as pigmentation, redness, wrinkles, and so on.
Protect: the Ultra Facial Defense day cream has a SPF50+ factor, which protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
While enjoying a sunny Sunday morning in Generator Amsterdam I decided to go for the full-on Spa feeling with a nice hot shower and, skin cleanse (you need a clean skin before applying the products) and as a fun factor: white towels in my hair and around my body, just like in the movies. I am sorry for the not so charming pictures, but no-make up was allowed during the beauty process! But hey, we’ve all been there right?
The first impression: The products were easy to apply. The Ploretin CF Serum smells a bit weird – indeed more like something medical rather than the usual scented beauty products. I really do think that these products might actually be able to improve my skin-condition: in all my years as a professional model this is actually the first brand that has that much medical research behind its products, so they must know what they are talking about… right? If I don’t put any make-up on in the hours after the application my skin stays quite shiny, which shows that it keeps hydrating my skin pretty much all day long, that’s a plus!
One week later: I have been using the products of SkinCeuticals each morning and night now, just as they recommend. My skin is much more hydrated than it was one week ago – I don’t have any dry spots. Also some of the blemishes I had seem to recover more quickly than usual. However, since it is just one week it is hard for me to know exactly how well the products are working. I am supposed to get my period next week, which usually means that I get a lot of little bumps on my skin, which grow into spots. Now I also have some, but it doesn’t seem to be that bad. The re-texturing activator feels rather oily and I’ve been wondering if this will result in clogged pores – but so far so good!
I will keep trying the products of SkinCeuticals for the next 3 months and I will get back at you guys for my final judgement! Is anyone else familiar with this brand? What is your opinion? Let me know!
Lots of Love,