To get your skin looking fresh and ready for summer, Patricia Faucher, Beauty Chef at Strøm Nuns’ Island, explains how to achieve a face treatment at home which will feel good and do good to your skin. Enjoy!
Step 1: The cleansing
It is important to cleanse your skin daily, preferably in the morning and in the evening, to get rid of impurities. This is done either with a cleansing milk or a foaming cleanser, depending on your needs.
- The cleansing milk is recommended for removing makeup. It also helps to get rid of impurities accumulated during the day, such as pollution and dust. It is recommended for all skin types, but especially for dehydrated, mature and sensitive skin.
- The foaming cleanser, on the other hand, allows a deeper cleansing by removing excess sebum, dead skin and impurities accumulated during the day. It is therefore recommended for combination, oily or acne-prone skin.
Step 2: The toner
Once rinsed, the skin may sometimes feel tight or dry. This is due to an imbalance in its pH. The application of a toner will restore and preserve the pH balance of the epidermis. It is important to choose the right product for your skin type, as there are different toning lotions adapted to each. If the skin toner does not come into a spray bottle, it must be poured onto a cotton pad and rubbed all over the face.
Step 3: The scrub
Exfoliation, or scrub, consists of removing dead cells from the surface of the epidermis. It is recommended to do it once a week, as cell renewal takes place every month. The cells, when they die, remain on the surface of the skin, and if they don’t fall off naturally, they contribute to the appearance of dull, rough skin. Scrubbing helps to refine skin texture, smooth features and brighten the complexion.
Two types of scrubs exist on the market: the enzymatic exfoliator (chemical), and the granular exfoliator (mechanical).
- Enzyme exfoliant, which is suitable for all skin types, is often what we recommend. It is composed of fruit enzymes that work to detach dead cells from the epidermis. We apply the product all over the face and let sit for the time indicated on the product, then rinse thoroughly. A tingling sensation caused by the action of the enzymes can sometimes be felt during the application time: this is completely normal.
- If you prefer the more abrasive sensation caused by a textured product, a granular scrub, also known as mechanical exfoliant, is what you need. We apply it all over the face using circular movements, then rinse thoroughly. Be careful not to choose a product containing overly abrasive particles, which can damage more sensitive skin, or plastic granules, which, in addition to being harmful to the environment, can cause microlesions in the epidermis. Jojoba or bamboo grains, which are softer and more ecofriendly, are to be preferred.
Step 4: The mask
The mask, although sometimes neglected, is an essential part of the beauty routine that should be done once a week. It is in a way the SOS product to “recharge the batteries” of your epidermis. Containing many active ingredients, it helps restore vitality and radiance to the skin. It will act as a very effective complement to the products you already use to purify your skin, prolong its radiance or delay the appearance of the first signs of ageing. By applying a serum or oil to your face before the mask, you can even help the active ingredients penetrate even deeper. Apply the mask in a thick layer all over the face and leave it on for the time indicated on the product.
Step 5: The moisturizer
We finish the beauty ritual by applying a moisturizing cream. It is important to do it twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, as it is the key to a healthy skin. The moisturizer, on top of moisturizing the epidermis, can also treat skin conditions when chosen accordingly. It also acts as a shield against the external aggressions encountered throughout the day.
If you don’t have all these skincare products at home, but would like to take care of your skin, you can simply start with a cleanser, a scrub and a moisturizer. Once your routine is well established, you can add the toner and mask. We look forward to seeing you again so we can continue to help you care for your skin, and to introduce you to Strøm’s first ever skincare line, called Boréal, which will meet the highest quality standards and put nature first, both in terms of ingredients and manufacturing. The range is expected to be launched in the coming months.