Can the effects of stress appear on the skin, such as increased wrinkles, dryness and dullness? It’s hard to imagine a new treatment designed to restore stress-prone skin that could work so beautifully and so powerfully until you infuse a few silk drops, taken in scents of rose, chamomile and sandalwood, and testify to remarkably hydrating and smoothing results. What this new (and exclusive) serum from UK TCM practitioner, facialist, and acupuncturist Annee de Mamiel (above) does externally is to make dull, dry and problematic skin appear smoother, calmer, and brighter.
How these results are presented is one of the most unusual about this topic: The serum goes beyond standard methods, and works in ways not commonly targeted by topical products to help counteract the negative physical effects of stress on the skin.
“Stress – either an increase or a more steady release of the stress hormone cortisol in the body – affects us on an emotional and cellular level. I attribute loss of firmness, thin or tired skin, breakage, premature wrinkles, irreversible dehydration, and other problems to stress,” Says de Mamiel, whose treatments at the Dermatological Clinic in Hertfordshire focus on calming. Mind as they do in a skin therapy (they combine elements from the face, massage, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture in a so transformative experience that there is a long waiting list). “But the way in which pressure appears on the skin depends on the individual,” says de Mamel, who began ruminating on this idea thirteen years ago. “Since people respond so differently, how this serum was made was a real mystery. I knew I wanted something that addressed both skin and mind.”
De Mamiel knows something about stress: she completely changed her life and career after she was diagnosed with cancer Six months to live Twenty years ago, she and her company started as a result.
De Mamiel carefully selected every ingredient in First Fix to fortify and rejuvenate the complexion and work synergistically with different skin types. Neurophroline, extracted from wild indigo, supports skin tone in the eye area. Basulin, a concentrated distilled from maracuja oil, leaves the skin soft and supple; De Mamel added sea buckthorn, a source of fatty acids, to help support skin’s firmness and appearance in the face of stress. Something called round-headed bush clover boosts radiance, while a blend of intensely nourishing oils – prickly pear, khayi and pomegranate – bathes the skin with protection from moisture. (In independent clinical trials of women who identified stress as a lifestyle concern, 80 percent of participants said their skin looked brighter, while 88 percent said their skin became smoother after two weeks of using the serum.)
How you use it is just as important as the ingredients, says de Mamiel: “Warm three or four pumps of serum in your hands and inhale deeply before massaging it into your face – aromatherapy is very important to help calm the mind, which in turn helps the skin.”
Her skill in aromatherapy is well established; De Mamiel’s Rising Oil – an inhalation elixir that combines all sorts of amazing oils – is a bestseller on viscosity, and the bath salts she’s now made based on the formula is an aromatherapy dream. “take a shower!” Says. “There is very real studies On the link between showering and reducing stress. ”Soaking in a soak of lavender salt, pine nuts, lemon and mint scented with lavender and pink mint in the Himalayas and Dead Sea salt seems like a meditation in itself.“ The next time you’re in the bathtub, immerse your shoulders For twenty to thirty minutes and you’ll feel the difference. ”(Her body oil is also an irresistible, albeit completely different, form of aromatic paradise.)
goop, $ 48
A high oil bath
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Revitalizing Body Serum
goop $ 110
The aromatherapy at First Fix, perhaps not surprisingly, is next level: The psychometric test found that a combination of precious essential oils – including sandalwood, chamomile, rose, and vetiver – significantly affected the positive feelings of the test subjects.
On top of the great clinics, the serum receives the same active treatments that all de Mamiel products use: every bottle is meditated, chanted, bathed with music, and charged with crystals before it goes out into the world. The unusual process seems unscientific as it is, but we firmly believe it helps explain why her treatments so amazingly light up our skin.
For best results, use the serum morning and evening, says de Mamiel. It’s easy to add to any routine – we’ve just added it to our routine, instead of switching something up for it. It also gave us a simple four-step routine that works on all skin types to get glowing, smooth skin, not to mention a remarkably calm psyche.
“ I recommend a goop 5% glycolic peel – it’s really effective, and all my skin can handle. ” De Mamiel says of the once-a-week glow-boosting treatment that brightens and re-smooths even sensitive skin while you sleep, less is more when it comes to exfoliation, And you have to know the limits of your skin. “Your skin sensitivity changes all the time, whether you are going through your period or just feeling stressed.” If your skin is more oily and thicker, you can handle more exfoliation, as is the case with the peeling strength of 15%.
Moisturize while cleaning
“The blend of oils here – camellia, mango, and baobab – removes dirt, nourishes and plumps up dry and normal skin types yet also helps detoxify breakout-prone skin,” she says. “And the aroma! The aromatherapy side helps you pause during the massage.”
Boost radiance with serum
Any treatment you apply after cleansing or peeling is more efficiently absorbed by the skin, so you improve the soothing concentration and good hydration in the serum when you apply it to more absorbent moist skin.
Plump face oil
“Regardless of my routine, if I don’t finish using the face oil, my skin is as dry as a desert,” de Mamiel says. “The oil gives your skin a wonderfully dewy look, and when you put it on before bed, it nourishes the skin with what it needs to replenish itself overnight. My winter oil is made with fatty acids to give a boost to dull, tired skin.”