Our Skincare Style Guide

*Photo by Seth Doyle on Unsplash

When it comes to skincare, style matters as much as it does in fashion.  Some people prefer simple skincare routines, while others love the look of collections of products lining their bathroom counters. Some prefer naturally sourced care, while others trust in science to care for their faces.

There are countless brands out there with different styles to suit everyone’s skincare needs.  I’ve compiled a skincare round up featuring some of the newest, coolest brands out there. Read on and see if you spot your own skincare style.

Classic, with a twist

Decleor

The story:

Decleor is the world’s largest aromatherapy brand. Founded in 1974 in Paris, France, the team behind Decleor included an aromatherapy esthetician, a doctor and a business man. Together they created an aromatherapy focused skincare line that was just as luxurious and effective as traditional skincare.

The Difference:

There’s nothing more classic than a French approach to skincare. Decleor’s expertise is in aromatherapy. The brand’s products focus not only on treating and caring for your skin, but on your health and well-being as well. All of their products contain carefully selected and high quality essential oils. Whether your skincare needs turn to anti-aging, hydration, or you just need some facial TLC, Decleor has you covered.

The faves:

I fell in love with the Aromessence Mandarin line.  I felt woken up in the morning when I used the Mandarin Smoothing Oil and soothed before bed when I used the Mandarin Night Balm. The citrus scent is just as invigorating as it is intoxicating. The line’s focus is anti-aging and refreshing the skin for a smoother appearance. My skin felt rejuvenated, hydrated and ever so pampered.

 

Internationally Trendy

Laneige

The story:

Laneige is one of the leading skincare brands out of Korea. They launched in North America in 2014 and  have fed our fascination for Korean skincare products ever since.  The brand itself has been on the market in Asia since 2004, and have made it their mission to provide the busy, modern women with effective skincare solutions ever since.

The Difference:

Brightening, hydrating, and nourishing: these are the pillars of the Laneige product offering. Laneige formulates all of their products with active ingredients that deliver whatever your skin needs, penetrating below the skin’s surface. Their Waterbank line is a particular fan favorite for its refreshing approach to skin hydration.

The faves:

While I’m definitely a fan of the Waterbank products (they really are the best to replenish skin’s moisture), I found myself addicted to two particular sets of products:

Deep Pore Cleansing Foam

I have gone to sleep with my makeup still on far more frequently than I care to admit.  Sometimes I can get away with it, but other time my skin rebels, big time. That’s when I reach for the Laneige Deep Pore Cleansing Foam. Its pore purifying complex lives up to its name; those sad little bumps and clogged pores disappear with a couple of uses of this power packed product. It’s truly a skinsaver.

Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask and the Multiberry Peeling Gel

These deliciously scented products work together to resurface and sooth dull, tired skin. I use the peeling gel first to remove dead skin cells and to exfoliate, then follow up with the mask to sooth and nourish. The multiberry complex smells divine and the Sogurty formula left my skin feeling fresh and healthy.  It’s a great way to make your skin feel fresh and happy again.

Scientifically Savvy

AlumierMD

The story:

AlumierMD (meaning to illuminate)  is committed to helping people achieve bright, clear, beautiful skin, and have spent years formulating products to do just that.  A team of top scientists used their research skills combined with medical grade ingredients to formulate every AlumierMD product to be gentle yet effective, and to help users achieve the skincare results they desire.

The difference:

The difference behind AlumierMD is a focus on the individuality of skin and the needs different types of skin have.   AlumierMD has a multifaceted and diverse product offering that caters to every type of skin, no matter what issues and concerns you may have.

The faves:

AlumierMD’s line is so amazing that picking only one favorite would probably make my brain explode. Every product is amazing, especially because they were chosen specifically to meet my combination skincare needs.  My deep, deep love has to go to the Bright and Clear Toner, the AlumniEye eye cream (it’s so brightening!) and the Sheer  Hydration SPF Versatile Tint. Between these and the other products, my skin feels hydrated, brightened, fresh and protected.

California Chic

Ujjayi

The story:

Founded by native Los Angelino Esther Levy, Ujjayi is a skincare line made for those with active lives and conscious minds.  The word “ujjayi” refers to a breathing technique used in a yoga practices. It’s also known as “the ocean breath”, because that’s how it’s mean to sound.  Esther is a devout yogi herself, and that practice and philosophy is at the root of everything Ujjayi.

The difference:

Ujjayi is not your regular skincare brand, it’s a Yoga Lifestyle Brand. Every product, from inception to delivery, is hand-crafted in Los Angeles. They’re all organic, all natural and yogi tested and approved.  The goal is to let skin breathe, because just s the breath is essential to yoga, so it is to your skin.

The faves:

The Youth Blossom serum literally reminds me of my own youth. The floral scent takes me back to the flower bushes around the house where I grew up so I feel like I’m breathing in youth as well as infusing it into my skin.  And the Wonder mask with matcha, eucalyptus, and avocado is a great wake up call for the mind and face.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet. Nadia has written for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada, and was a weekly columnist for Don't Believe a Word I Say. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder, Managing Editor and resident Music lover (and editor) for Addicted.

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