Skin Care

By Patricia Wersinger

Taking care of your skin has always been the most important rule of beauty in France. Going for a facial at the Institut de Beauté is for French women as usual as getting fresh bread at the bakery. Women in France particularly believe in the healing powers of thermal water to benefit both their health and the youthfulness of their skin. Just look at all the ads for water imported from France and you’ll know what I mean. For centuries the benefits of spring waters rich in minerals have been carefully examined, recorded and experimented in treatments to heal skin and beautify its appearance. Some of the best anti-aging doctors’ brands such as La Roche-Posay, VIchy and Avène have integrated the benefits of thermal water to the latest scientific breakthroughs of skin care research creating a mix of the best of nature and science that delivers exceptional results,.

La Roche Posay, a company based on the natural resources of a local thermal water spring rich in selenium, now offers an anti-wrinkle firming moisturizing filler treatment inspired by the popularity of injectable hyaluronic acid fillers. It is called Redermic and formulated with active ingredients including 0.1% of fragmented hyaluronic acid, 5% pure vitamin C, Mannose a sugar molecule known to stimulate epidermal activity. I love this product as it is weightless, fast absorbing and I immediately felt the active ingredients at work filling in the skin, improving its texture, lifting it and giving it radiance. Redermic is the other breakthrough product in Laroche Posay’s newest collection, it contains 0.1 % pure retinol which works synergically with a booster complex to enhance its efficacy and lipo – hydroxy acid that offers six times the exfoliation of salicylic acid. The treatment is especially beneficial on upper lip, forehead and crowfeet wrinkles over a period of eight weeks but if your wrinkles are shallow, you will notice an immediate smoothing. Recommended by dermatologists.

Available: http://www.laroche-posay.us.com, select CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Duane Reade

Vichy was created in 1931 by Dr. Haller from Vichy and is anti oxidant water spring rich in 15 minerals. Today the water is combined with a new generation of Retinol and a time-released form of vitamin C. The latest innovation, LiftActiv with Rhamnose targets the papillary dermis, the layer below the epidermis recently discovered to play the most important role in stimulating collagen and elastin production and thus helping the skin to heal and renew itself. The naturally derived plant extract Rhamnose has proven effective on reducing wrinkles and helping to rejuvenate the skin. From my own experience, it improves the skin’s texture and tightening it slightly and smoothing out light lines even after the first application. I especially like the Liftactiv Serum 10, the new star product and the Vichy Liftactiv with Rhamnose 5% Night. Suitable for sensitive skins.

Available at CVS/Pharmacy, Duane Reade, Walgreens and http://www.vichyusa.com

The bacteriologically pure thermal water of Avène is rich in silicate and trace elements with a low salt mineral content adapted to sensitive even intolerant skin requirements. Eau Thermale Avene has a very efficacious new product Rétrinal + 0.05 that reduces wrinkles with the added benefice of illuminating the skin. Rétrinal is formulated with Rétinaldehyde, the precursor of Retinoic acid and patented Pre-Tocopheryl, a photostable form of Vitamin E. It works gently on my skin to deeply moisturize it, improve areas of uneven tone, tighten it and add a healthy radiance. It is also known to fight photo damage efficaciously.

Available at http://www.Aveneusa.com, http://www.amazon.com and select Duane Reade stores

The power of these three French brands stems from the mineral content of the thermal water they use and the depth of scientific integrity at the basis of their discoveries. If you are looking to seriously repair your skin whether by correcting some nascent wrinkles, improve tone or tighten the skin these brands will deliver results safely and efficaciously. All three are recommended and used by dermatologists. When it comes to caring for the essential things such as a good skin, good food and good wine the French are the experts.

Originally published December 2012
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