I've been spending a lot of time learning about herbs and botanicals and how they relate to skincare. It's an exciting newfound passion that I discovered and any time I learn something new I get excited to pass the info on to you. I recently discovered a new brand, Erborian, after I spent time in Maui walking through the bamboo forests just completely in awe of the things nature gives us. Fortuitously, an email landed in my inbox after introducing me to the Korean-French brand and seducing me with talk of ancient herbs, a routine that is meant to detox and replenish my skin, and that one of the products even focuses on the skin benefits of bamboo. There's been a lot of attention on Korean skincare recently and one of the biggest attributes of Korean skincare is that it's about routine. There's a step process that Korean women focus on that layers products on in the right way, letting products truly soak in and produce results. Pretty sure I've mentioned this before but my skin is incredibly dry. I made a ton of changes to my routine by incorporating more botanicals and also incorporating more oil. Sounds counterintuitive but it's made the biggest difference in my skin. That said, none of the things I can preach to myself will make any difference unless my skin is constantly clean and detoxed.
Using oils to cleanse is one of the most effective ways to remove impurities and make-up gently. Erborian's solid cleansing oil stood out because it has 7 soothing traditional herbs (including rosemary and chamomile) and coconut oil (which we all know is pretty much magic). It also is pretty unique for an oil cleanser as it starts as a solid, turns to oil on the skin and then foams into a frothy lotion once it comes in contact with water. It's also made with plant oils, not mineral oils, and is made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. This is all important information to consider in skin care items if you're considering making the transition out of using more harmful ingredients. *Also I need to point out that oily skin is usually a side effect of dry skin where the body overproduces oils to compensate so implementing more skin oils, like in this case, will help balance the skin overall.
A second crucial step in replenishing the skin lies in hydration. My skin freaks out this time of year as the weather starts to change and I find myself in different climates trying to acclimate to the dry, wintery air. As I looked up at the giant bamboo stalks in the Maui forest I never thought that I would be standing in front of something that can be incredibly helpful to dry skin. I believe knowledge comes to you when you need it most so when bamboo comes calling, I'm going to listen. Bamboo has incredible moisture properties. The sap contains hydrating amino acids and the bamboo fiber contains proteins and lipids, essential beauty building blocks for strong, resilient, hydrated skin. The Bamboo Waterlock mask has a complex that includes both of these factors so I like to let mask sink in overnight and wakeup feeling extra plump.
So, I know it's a lot of information to take in but the overall lesson is cleanse thoroughly and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
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Bamboo Forest Photos: Marianna Massey