With hundreds of products and treatments in the market claiming to bring back the skin you once had, I am very careful in what I apply on my skin and what ingredients it has. I believe in preserving and maintaining the best form of what I have, that has been my goal since I started taking my skin care seriously. It is easy for anyone to get caught in all the hype and marketing unless you believe someone for their word of advice, maybe a person or a brand. Sisley Paris is one of the brands I always look forward to, to their vision, to their ideology, the passion in the way they look at the skin concerns and the research and implementation of the outcomes from the results to give the best of anything you are looking for. With fall already here and winter approaching soon, not just the season but as I approach my mid-30s next year, I am more and more interested in keeping the products, which give me results, in the rotation. Finding the right product is the first concern, so I have been testing these two new launches from Sisley Paris since July this year, called Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers and Sisley Paris L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum.
Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum
To give you a little background, Sisley launched Sisleya Global Firming Serum ten years ago, to provide a total solution for women experiencing loss of firmness. In 2016, Sisley introduced Sisleya Anti-Age, focused on the impact of epigenetic factors on aging, which refers to the significant influence our lifestyles and individual environments have on the visible signs of skin aging. This entire line is formulated with a combination of unique, key ingredients including Persian Acacia and Lindera extracts and a Soy and Yeast protein complex, for a comprehensive solution to address the visible signs of behavioral aging. In 2018, Sisley has gone even further in its study of epigenetics, exploring the very origin of behavioral aging at the cellular level.
Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum provides a firming effect by wakening elastin production at its origin and acting on all structural levels of the dermis to restore skin tension. Elastin synthesis is revived, leading to firmer, denser, and more toned skin. Tension forces are reactivated and the firmness and shape of younger skin are restored to the face.
The key features of Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum include:
- The innovative texture is derived from ‘gel trap’ technology, a water-in-oil emulsion with an especially high water content
- Micro-droplets of gelled water trapped in an oily phase provide a light and fresh feeling upon application with a silky finish
- The serum provides shaping and immediate firmness in a pleasant, comfortable texture
This double innovation from Sisley targets 2 new actions:
1. The awakening of the skin’s firming potential In addition to the inescapable effects of aging, lifestyle directly affects the proper functioning of elastin, which is responsible for the skin’s firmness. Sweet Marjoram extract, a new Sisley key ingredient, supports the awakening and boosting of the skin’s firming potential. Skin is visibly more firm, dense and toned in appearance.
2. Re-tensioning of the look of the skin Marking the passing of time, loss of firmness is also the result of the weakening of the skin’s tensional forces. Phyto-complex Pro-Firm 7, a unique complex with 7 powerful plant-based extracts, acts to promote the look of re-tensioning of the skin -> A true skin architect, Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum offers visible firming support and creates the look and shape of the more youthful skin.
Application – ‘Apply morning and evening to clean, dry skin on the face and neck by massaging gently until fully absorbed.
A special application technique is suggested with this product.
Step 1: Pat product all over face gently and evenly.
Step 2: Lift: Alternate the two hands on the same side of the face with deep smoothing strokes upward, starting at the neck and moving towards the forehead (avoiding the eye contour).
Step 3: Tone: Using the thumb and index fingers, gently and lightly press the skin all over the face and neck.
Step 4: Sculpt: Fold the index and middle fingers to form a “”V”” with the middle knuckles and gently press with upward strokes, starting at the chin and working along the contours of the face up the cheekbones and finishing at the forehead.’
My thoughts – With combination skin prone to congestion, most of the anti-aging products at some point are too rich for my already extra-oil-producing skin. My experience with anti-aging products is that for a few days, my skin looks and feels better but as I use it more, my skin starts getting oilier and hence breakouts. It may not be the case with you if you have other skin type or even combination skin like mine. With Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum, I have been incorporating it for over two months in my skincare routine and really feel something is getting better from within my skin. I use this as my main treatment serum either after pre-serum or just after toning my skin. It has a lightweight creamy texture, not runny. It spreads nicely on the skin and absorbs quickly without leaving any residue or oiliness. My skin feels tighter, tighter in the sense of comfortable yet tighter and lifted. My skin looks smooth, plump, and fresh. It is not something like I see the results next day, glowing and plumped, but as with the powerful botanical extracts and other ingredients, they work in synchronization to start treating the skin from the small scale to show the results on overall skin with time and to preserve the effects on the skin for longer time while using the serum. If you are looking for some serious anti-aging or just starting taking care of your skin, I would advise you to check Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum.
Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers
To give a little background about it, Sisley has included two face creams in its Comfort Extreme range to rescue dry to the very dry skin in the last 15 years. This fall, Sisley’s Research has combined this duo to create an entirely new formula capable of protecting by day when skin is exposed to oxidative stress caused by UV rays and pollution and repairing by night while targetting all of the factors that contribute to skin dryness.
Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers has rich yet soft, melting texture, relieves the feelings of tightness, reduces the redness, and revives radiance. It helps restore the lipidic balance of the dry skin, quenching the skin on the surface and reducing the water loss. The dry skin is nourished, hydrated, and protected against external aggressors that weaken and prematurely damage dry skin.
The key ingredients and their features include:
- Shea Butter is a well-known repairing active ingredient, regenerates the epidermis to increase its resistance to daytime attacks
- Buckwheat seed extract inhibits lipid oxidation to maintain the skin’s defense barrier
- Vitamin E acetate provides anti-free radical properties and strengthens the skin’s natural defenses
- A 100 percent natural fragrance with an accord of calming honey and orange blossom
I have known the benefits of Saffron since I was very young and in India, my father used the get the highest quality of saffron from the area near the Himalayas. Saffron was called a very precious herb used for a number of health benefits, I still sometimes boil the saffron threads in milk and drink, it is a source of energy as well as wellbeing. For the skin, it provides a cocooning effect that instantly relieves feelings of tightness and discomfort. Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers also has a combination of three oils rich in omega 6,7, and 9 to compensate for the absence of lipids in the dry skin as well as in the fall and winter, then the skin needs more care and nourishment. Cottonseed oil, Macadamia oil, and sunflower seed oil bring suppleness and comfort to the skin. The new active ingredient from Sisley called Japanese Lilyturf extract helps boosts skin’s barrier function. With some amazing ingredients, this moisturizer is an all in one you may need if you have dry skin or if you are looking for something that you can rely on during the fall and winter when a little extra is the need of the skin.
My skin is a combination type and as fall is upon us, it was the perfect time to test this as I did not want the extra moisture during the summer but fall and winter, my skin is more dry than usual. The cream is true to its name, it is velvety soft and makes the skin like velvet, smooth and soft. I do not feel it as oily or greasy on the skin, even though it is for dry skin types, it does absorb into the skin instantly making the skin comfortable and nourished. My skin does look plump and radiant. I have not noticed any breakouts as I was more concerned about my skin breaking out when I am adding a new product into my skincare routine. It works great as a day cream or a night cream. During the day, it is a nice makeup base too, makeup stays in place all day. Half of the skin’s concerns are resolved and blurred if the skin is hydrated, and if the moisturizer is a good one, you just need that one thing in your skincare routine that makes the other products work well, this is that kind of product.
I have been really enjoying both the Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum and Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers in my skincare routine. Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum and Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Sisley-Paris.ca
I still have the products from the holiday collection of By Terry on rotation and there is this new concealer highlighter which has been a really nice addition to my makeup. By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush is a medium to full coverage concealer to correct the under-eye area.
By Terry’s Touche Veloutee has a creamy texture, featherweight formula, and blends seamlessly. It illuminates and helps disguise dark circles, camouflage pimples and counteract signs of fatigue. The formula is enriched with ingredients that help combat shadows, puffiness, alongside ‘soft focus’ pigments to create a naturally flawless finish. I really like the silky brush applicator which glides over skin without irritating it.
The coverage is medium and longevity is good. It does not dries out or settles into the lines, unless you have very dry skin or your skin is lacking moisture. The finish is very natural radiant. I dab it directly on spots or the problem areas to create a flawless canvas or apply to outer-corners of the eyes to help fake ‘wide awake’ in an instant. Under the eyes, a one or two dabs work nicely to brighten the overall look. I may or may not follow with a setting powder, it works nicely both ways.
By Terry Touche Veloutee is available in 4 shades as mentioned below and 3 Beige suits for my medium tan skin with golden undertones :
1 Porcelain – Fair pink peach with a luminous finish
2 Cream – Light Yellow Beige with a luminous finish
3 Beige – Warm medium tan with a luminous finish
4 Sienna – Peachy medium tan with a luminous finish
‘To use: Click the pen to release product onto the brush applicator. A little goes a long way—you only need a dab to conceal under-eye darkness. Apply with a stroking motion and pat to blend. Sweep along the arch of your brow for an overall brightening effect.’
Coming to the two brushes I have been using as multi-purpose tools. The brushes are soft, dense, and very comfortable to use on my skin. Both work as described, applies and blends the product seamlessly into the skin.
By Terry Cheek Brush Angled 3 is an angled brush that provides precise and natural-looking application, allowing you to build color from a subtle glow to a more intense finish. It has a chic metallic handle which is elegantly patterned with By Terry’s distinctive logo. The Blush Brush Angled 3 has soft goat hair bristles, to pick up and distribute powder products perfectly. ‘It is made with the highest quality fibers and components, this diffuses blush and bronzing powder beautifully – or can be used to apply sculpting shades beneath your cheekbones and along your jawline – hugging the hollows of your face to create instant, fool-proof definition. A multi-tasking must-have, this creates an enviable, lit-from-within finish – building and blending product seamlessly for a naturally flawless effect.’
By Terry Pencil Brush Dome 3 is specially designed for applying and blending dense matte or shimmery eyeshadows with perfect dexterity and precision. It is perfect to be used for smokey eye, eyeliner, or kohl. It has a chic metallic handle, elegantly patterned with By Terry’s distinctive logo. The Pencil Brush Dome 3 has soft goat hair bristles, to apply and diffuse your powder shadows perfectly. ‘It is made with the highest quality fibers and components, this blends matte and shimmering eye make up seamlessly; the tapered tip nestles neatly in the eyelid crease for effortless contouring, and can be used to soften any edges to achieve an enviable, ‘soft focus’ effect. You can even use this to blur liner – just smudge over any ‘hard’ lines to enhance eyelids with a subtle wash of color. ‘
With combination skin prone to acne and scars since the time I remember, the acne, scars, pigmentation is something I still experience in my mid-30s. And the reason why I said that you need to check this brand is that when nothing else was working for my skin, SkinCeuticals products worked. The brand has been around for over two decades and was born from the skin cancer research that in turn led to some great discoveries in antioxidants which gave birth to some high potency formulas concentrated in pure actives and that penetrate optimally into the skin. The product range includes products to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.
I have been using four products from SkinCeuticals in my skincare routine and I think they all were good enough to give me results. I have been using LHA Cleansing Gel as a first cleanser in the morning and second cleanser in the evening, Phloretin CF Serum and Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
during the day. In the evenings, I have been using the serum Blemish + Age Defense Serum. I would say I am really impressed with the results and the products DO work on my problem skin.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser featuring a conditioning surfactant and a 12% concentration combining lipo-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbitol to remove excess oils and makeup while decongesting pores and brightening skin. It is specifically formulated for aging skin prone to breakouts. This deep cleansing gel gently refines the appearance of congested pores and helps to reduce blemishes without drying the skin.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is a daytime vitamin c antioxidant face serum which aims to deliver environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals. The formula is a combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid. It also helps improve the appearance of discoloration to improve overall skin tone. I have been really liking the effects of this serum, my skin looks brighter, even toned, and I do notice the quality of my skin has improved, including the discoloration from acne scars and redness.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is a physical sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection with a transparent finish. The formula is weightless and comfortable to wear. I have purchased this sunscreen few times in the past and works pretty well on my combination skin, never breaks me out. The consistency is fluid and is easy to apply. ‘It is formulated with 100% physical filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and enhanced with Artemia Salina, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is formulated with a plankton extract to help boost skin’s natural defenses to UV- and heat-induced stress, making it one of the best sunscreens for the face. This silky sheer fluid spreads easily and dries quickly, leaving no residue.’
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense is another genius product my skin has been really loving and giving me good results. This is the night serum I am using consistently for few weeks as I am liking the results like my skin is bright, my breakouts are way lesser and the new ones do not stay for long, even the painful ones. It is an oil-free face serum that reduces the formation of adult acne and improves visible signs of aging. I really like this targeted approach for the aging skin that is prone to acne, like my skin. ‘The acid blend combines 2% dioic acid with an optimal alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation to reduce the formation of acne and clogged pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.’
Overall, I am really impressed with the products I have tried, both the day and night serums are for sure something I would like to keep in my skincare routine and will repurchase once these bottles are over. I would recommend you to ‘Find a professional’ here to have a prescription of the proper skincare regimen needed by your skin. Or if you already have a prescription, SkinCeuticals products are available at Beautysense.ca.
*This is a sponsored post, all opinions and reviews are my own