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This is the full skincare routine prescribed to me by expert facialist Ewa Berkmann. You can find all of the Anne Sémonin products, and more information, on their website here.
Using cotton wool pads moistened with Botanical Toner, cleanse the eyes, face, neck and décolleté.
The important part of the facial routine is the use of the Anne Semonin masks: Cream Mask, Gel Mask or Mineral Mask. It is an absolute MUST for ultimate best results. The Anne Sémonin philosophy is made to measure beauty for each individual. Hence the use of Anne Sémonin products including the masks is not only based on the type of the skin but very importantly on the condition of the skin at any given time. So I will suggest the use of the masks in few different scenarios:
a) After a sleepless night, the skin is grey,tired and lacks radiance: Use Mineral Mask, applying a small amount (half a coffee spoon) mixed with few drops of Botanical Tonerand massage into the face, neck, décolleté for about a minute or two and around the eyes area for 30 seconds. Wash off with water and follow up with Botanical Toner.
b)The skin feels sensitive, dry or/and withsome redness or red patches; use Cream Mask mixed with Soothing Intensive Complex (two drops of Essential Oil and two drops of Trace Element) with (one flat tea spoon) of the Cream Mask and apply to the face, neck and décolleté. Leave for 10 minutes or more until well absorbed into the skin. Wash off with water and follow with Botanical Toner. This step can be moved to the evening routine after cleansing and toning.
c)The skin feels dry and devitalized; mix Cream Mask (half a tea spoon) and Gel Mask (half a tea spoon) and apply to the face, neck and décolleté leaving it for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash with water and follow with Botanical Toner. You can apply only Gel Mask in the evening before a night out as a pick-me-up and in order to achieve glow and radiance.
Continuing the morning routine; on a clean face apply Miracle Eye Contour around the eyes and Phytarosa Serum on the face, neck and décolleté. Phytarosa Serum, what Anne Semonin brand calls a “little bottle of sunshine”, contains vitamin E, macadamia oil, beta-carotene and others. It is used pre and post-holiday for the perfect tan, it prepares for sun exposure, is tan prolonging and gives an instant glow. The Phytarosa Serum, while it’s speeding up the tanning process will protect the skin from premature ageing and sun damage. However it is vital that you apply SPF30 on top and do not expose yourself to the sun for a lengthy period of time. I recommend the sun in moderation. If, however, you are spending most of the day outdoors, I recommend the use of Active Serum, followed by Extreme Comfort Cream and sun protection 30 instead of Phytarosa Serum.
Before you achieve your healthy glow and a gentle sunkissed look through the use of Phytarosa Serum you could apply the new (launching May) Anne Sémonin Glow on top of your day products. Don’t forget your SPF!
Cleanse the face, eyes, neck and décolleté using cotton wool with Botanical Milk. This gentle cleanser of laminaria seaweeds and hazelnut oil will remove impurities and make-up. I try to avoid using tap water; how often one has to remove lime scale from the bath, sink and taps and it is no different when applying water to the face. Therefore the next step is imperative in order to remove any residue of water: Botanical Toner.
Cleanse the face, eyes, neck and décolleté with the Botanical Toner until cotton wool comes away clean.
Every second day use Exfoliating Mask, applying to the face, neck and décolleté (avoiding the eye area), leave for 2 minutes until slightly dry then, in a circular motion, remove the mask by gently rubbing off. Rinse with water, pat dry and immediately remove any residue of the water using cotton wool moistened with Botanical Toner. Once a week or every ten days use Resurfacing Peel Mask for a more profound removal of dead cells, avoid the eye area. Work on the face, neck and décolleté (gently on the décolleté as the skin is more sensitive) in a circular motion for about two minutes and wash with water following immediately with Botanical Toner. If it is more convenient, you can incorporate this step in your morning routine after cleansing the face with Botanical Toner.
Now the face is ready for intensive night treatment. Apply Miracle Eye Contour to the eyes area and Soothing Intensive Complex, three drops of Essential Oil and three drops of Trace Element mixed in the palm of your hand. Massage the face, neck and décolleté until absorbed by the skin avoiding the eye area.