In partnership with Dermalogica
There are certain things we know about life that are unequivocally true. The sky is blue, the ocean is salty, paper comes from trees, and we need oxygen to survive. The latter – that we need oxygen to survive – is a fact that extends beyond our lungs, and applies to our skin, too. It's the largest organ that we possess, and it needs oxygen to perform in the best way possible. As time ticks on, and the gift of ageing falls upon us, our skin's ability to take in oxygen dwindles.
There are certain things about this fact that can have a negative effect on the skin, like fine lines, wrinkles, and an overall appearance that is dull, tired, and depleted, due to environmental factors, pollution, and poor sleep. To combat this, Dermalogica are making like the plants do with the introduction of their Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream which breathes new life into ageing skin. It's a firming and lifting liquid moisturiser that utilises a blend of oxygen-optimising botanical actives, including one derived from a plant that thrives in low-oxygen environments, to help skin better absorb oxygen – firming, revitalising, and plumping to leave skin looking smooth and strong.
For florist, creative, and the face of these images, Christelle Scifo, hydration is the key to having a healthy skin routine, even when you're waking as early as she does to make it to the flower markets before dawn each morning. "I have warm water with lemon, a cold shower, a hot face towel, loads of hydration for my skin, then coffee," she tells us.
Incorporating the Dermalogica Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream into her wellness and skin routine – which involves monthly facials (like the ones you can find at Dermalogica's Skin Treatment Centres) and extractions, red light treatment, ocean swims to start and or end the day, working out 4-5 times a week, cleansing and rinsing regularly and after saunas and workouts, always using clean, natural and minimal products – has been a no brainer. "I love how light it feels on the skin leaving the skin feeling fresh, it's an easy application pump able to take with you all day and it smells beautiful too." She continues, "Hydration is key, sun protection and wearing a hat are vital, so is drinking plenty of water and eating or juicing loads of greens."
As important as consuming vegetation is for our inner health, our skin needs plant power, too. In Dermalogica's Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream, High-altitude Ligustrum Lucidum seed, Glycogen, and hand-harvested Nasturtium Flower help oxygenate the skin’s surface by hydrating its upper layers for a smooth, energised appearance. On top of this, Adaptogenic Astragalus, extracted via eco-friendly subcritical water technology smooths and tightens for a lifted look, while Luffa Root and Squalane visibly firm, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To top it all off, antioxidant-rich Rose of Winter soothes and boosts skin’s resilience.
These ingredients, and their purposes, in tandem with regular treatments from Dermalogica’s treatment room touch therapy offer a new frontier of skincare from a results-driven perspective. Dermalogica’s treatment room touch therapy helped form the inspiration for the new Phyto Nature Oxygen Serum. Through the oxygenation process that occurs during the touch therapy portion of a Dermalogica treatment, this helps oxygenate the skin thanks to increased circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis – breathing new life into skin.
Mostly, it's just about giving your skin the attention that it needs as we enter new phases of life. For Scifo, it's not about being afraid of ageing or trying to reverse its effects in any artificial kind of way, it's just about looking after it as it looks after us, day in, day out. "Age gracefully, embrace all the parts that make you, you, less is more and natural is best – you’re only as old as you feel."