Mademoiselle Nature

Natural beauty and well-being

11 November 2018

How carotenoids can help your skin

Today, I am opening a NEW series on the blog. Every month, I will be talking about a very specific molecule or family of molecules and broadly explain their role for the skin in general. Today, I am super happy to kick off with my first "candidate": CAROTENOIDS.


What are carotenoids?
Carotenoids are fat-soluble plant pigments which can be found in veggies or fruits. They are part of a big family of molecules that comprises many members such as β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids, especially β-carotene, are considered to be major anti-oxidants that help to fight free radicals resulting from UV exposure. Carotenoids cannot be synthesized independently by the body and must be provided by food.


What can carotenoids do for the skin?

They can do a lot.
  • They protect the skin against damaging UV rays at a cellular level.
  • They help to reduce premature signs of aging.
  • they may help to improve the skin suppleness.
  • They indirectly improve skin glow and resistance.

What food are rich in carotenoids?

Food high in carotenoids include veggies and fruits with a strong and vibrant color such as peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, oranges, tomatoes, grapefruits but also carrots and sweet potatoes to name a few. Eggs are well-known to be rich in lutein.

What about carotenoids in skincare products?

Research studies have investigated the topical applications of carotenoids and all seem to lead to the same conclusion: carotenoids (especially lycopene and β-carotene) play an important role in skin health. Investigations have focused on the concentration of carotenoids stocked in the epidermis and their respective distribution following topical application and/or oral intake. Both topical application and carotenoid rich-food intake seem to result in an accumulation of carotenoids in the skin which is good news!

"So, it clearly sounds a good idea to incorporate in your beauty routine skincare products that contain carotenoids in their formulation."

There is a carotenoid that generates a lot of buzz in the skincare industry and I thought it clearly deserves a mention here. It is called Astaxanthin. According to research, Astaxanthin is a promising carotenoid which claims to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, displays potent anti-inflammatory properties, is incredibly moisturising, and is able to scavenge free radicals generated by UV rays. Sounds good, isn't it?

A few beauty ranges have already included this fabulous compound in some of their range such Oskia city life range, Mahalo, Marie-veronique or Maya Chia.

The things you need to remember

Aging is natural. But if you want to help to decrease and minimize any signs of premature ageing, a healthy diet rich in carotenoids is one of the best strategies you could follow in addition to an effective skincare routine using actives- and vitamin-packed products

Always remember that once the skin is damaged by UV rays, even a change of liftestyle/high anti-oxidant diet won't be enough to repair 100% of the damages. 

So my golden rules are:
. use sunscreen (this ONE is my favorite)
. enrich your diet with a powerful anti-oxidant fruits&veggies
. invest in the right skincare products (see HERE)

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26 October 2018

How to update your beauty routine this Fall

Let's be honest: Autumn is finally here with its colder temperatures and shorter days. Apart from a few days of harsh wind, I have been pretty lucky here in Amsterdam as the temperatures were kind of mild until a few days ago. We definitely had a beautiful Indian summer!
As the weather is slowly but surely changing, I want to share with you my the top beauty tips in order to transition smoothly to the cooler season. Read below!



SKIN

As the temperatures drop, the lightweight moisturizer you diligently used to apply during the Summer is not heavy enough to bring a decent protection. The skin needs a bit more cocooning than usual. It is time to invest in a good moisturizer that not only can keep your skin moisture's in balance but also protect the skin barrier against environmental challenges.

Another important change to implement in Autumn is to get some health complements. Getting supplements is actually not needed if your diet is balanced and if you are in good health. But if you think you need that little kick, then, a daily vitamin C boost intake, for example, can have great results as it will help stimulating the defense mechanisms of the body while having positive effects on the skin.
     
Products recommendations //  Kimberly Sayer Anti-oxidant cream SPF30
                                                    Esse sensitive hydro-moisturiser

BODY

As the humidity escapes the air, the skin may become a tad itchier or drier- with red areas appearing in particular zones such as the knees or the elbows. I swear by a good and quickly absorbed body cream that deeply hydrates, protects, and restores my skin suppleness. I like to apply it on damp skin after the shower as it keeps the moisture levels up throughout the day. My preference goes to lotions that are not greasy. I usually reserve body oils for the weekend as I have more time to enjoy the application ritual.

 Product recommendations //  Weleda skin food
                                                    Weleda Calendula moisturising body cream


HAIR

Autumn is the perfect season to reassess your haircare routine and transition to a more caring and nurturing one. I have long and curly hair and I often get compliments on how my hair looks. I am quite "shy" on Instagram but I may post soon a picture of my hair so you can clearly see what they look like. I like using sulfate-free shampoos that are rich in conditioning and softening oils such as Coconut oil or Argan oil. Weekly deep conditioning is also an essential beauty step as it helps to detangle matted hair while preventing breakages or other damages. Coating my hair with a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner make them stronger, more manageable, and undeniably soft.

   Product recommendations //  Rahua Color full shampoo
                                                        Infuse my color Treat conditioner



What do you think? What are your top Fall beauty tips?

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05 October 2018

Beauty crush: discover Rosalena skincare

Before the summer, I came across a very cute british natural beauty brand via Instagram : Rosalena skincare. Rosalena skincare was founded in 2016 by Maya and Helena, 2 busy mama's turned beauty entrepreneurs.
They gently sent me a trial package to discover their skincare line....And today, I am super excited to tell you what I think of 3 of their products!



The Goodness and Tonic Face toning mist (£22.00 for 50ml)
The gorgeously scented face mist is a refreshing potion made with the addition of some the most aromatic essential oils such as Sweet Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit oil and Bergamot oil. The scent is so gorgeous that I could mist my face all day long with it. The invigorating and vivifying effects are really noticeable and I just love how the ultra-fine toner quickly melts into my skin leaving a ultra-thin layer of moisture on the top of it. It is really lovely and refreshing and it is definitely a step I would not miss in my routine!


The Frank & Sense oil (£42.00 for 15 ml)
This could be the ultimate face oil to boost a pale looking skins, to decongest tired skins or repair devitalised skins. The unique combo between some top linoleic acid rich-botanical oils (Safflower oil, Pumpkin oil, Evening Primerose oil or Grapeseed oil) with calming ingredients such as Bisabolol and top hydrating & regenerating molecules such as Hyaluronic acid and Coenzyme Q10 makes this elixir a perfect all-year round evening treat. The texture of the oil blend is absolutely divine: the oil melts onto the skin letting its precious nutrients and goodness sink into it. The scent is lovely and the packaging is also maxi- cute! A few drops on this golden elixir each evening and my skin wakes up happy and rested the morning after. The price is quite steep but this luxurious oil is totally worth the purchase despite the small contenance. Love it!


The lip conditioning balm (£18.00 for 10g)
This is one of the cutest lip balms I have ever seen! With its waxy and nurturing texture, the  petroleum-free lip balm softens immediately the lips while leaving a refreshing and cooling effect due to the presence of Peppermint and Lime essential oils. I use it every evening before bedtime. It is nourishing and repairing and just so good! I love the stunning Pink packaging as well. This is a big big favourite! The balm is also not cheap but ... what a winner!


All in all, Rosalena skincare is certainly my 2018 beauty coup de coeur. If you are looking for that special and luxurious skincare natural beauty brand that delivers awesome results, there it is!

 Visit Rosalena website HERE.

Have you heard from this brand? Did you tried any products?

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28 September 2018

2 french natural beauty products everyone needs to know

I love discovering new products (who doesn't like!) especially when they come from my native country France. This summer,  I have spotted many new products or products that went under a redesign from brands I usually use such as Melvita, B com Bio or So' Bio Etic.
Today, I want to talk about 2 lovely bodycare products I have been reaching all summer and that really need to be discovered by all of you.


So' Bio Etic shower cream Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers (€ 4.00 for 250ml)
If you are looking for an affordable sulfate-free shower body wash that gently cleanses and nurtures the skin, do not look further, this is it. The delicate and milky Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers emulsion slathers really well and gently dissolves all impurities to leave to skin soft and hydrated. The highlight of this shower cream for me is definitely the scent- it is absolutely LOVELY -calming and flowery and this is by far my favorite scents of all the shower cream ranges. So'Bio Etic is an affordable brand so if you do not want to spend too much, this is a great choice!
If you are new to green beauty and want to introduce natural greener choices to the all family (including children), then I recommend you to check their whole range. You can also read a more detailed review HERE. I'm not too sure if all the products are available in the UK/US, but in case you take a trip to France, you will find them at any local supermarkets. Always nice to see that organic beauty can also be on budget!



BioSphere natural Delice Body milk* (€19.00 for 200ml)
Biosphere natural is a natural beauty company created in 2011 by Dana. You can read her story here.  I was sent the body lotion a while ago so I had basically all summer to use and abuse of the lotion. The packaging appeared at first a bit blend, but I did not let myself fool by it: the body milk is actually awesome- soothing, repairing, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy! I used it almost everyday just to nourish and it kept my skin supple after the long sunny days: it really did a fantastic job! Composition-wise, it features nourishing Cocoa butter and some softening botanical oils such as Sesame or Sunflower oils that bring vital lipids and nutrients to the skin. The scent is really subtle and pleasant, nothing too overpowering. All in all, I have been pleasantly surprised by the body milk Delice and really enjoyed using it. I would love to see a little packaging revamp in the future, I think it would had a bit of charm and strenght to the product.

Discover So'Bio Etic HERE and Biosphere Naturel HERE.

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16 September 2018

September: 3 beauty things to do for your skin

 If holidays already seem far away, the light sunkissed tan I still have reminds me of the relaxing (and not always relaxing- mummies will understand ;-)) time I had throughout the summer (aka school holidays). So, how do you care best for your skin after a whole summer of intense heat, swimming sessions and perhaps hectic diets?
Read below the simple and easy beauty tips to have a glowing skin in September!


1- Gently exfoliate
If you think exfoliation is too harsh or may remove your holiday tan, then you may think twice. In addition of smoothing the skin out by removing dead cells and impurities, exfoliation helps to uniformize the suntan while helping the skin to look fresh and glowing like a baby skin. Best is to use a gentle and non-abrasive scrub for the face and the body but make sure to not overuse it.


                             My picks    Absolution La Creme gommante 
                                                  Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender face scrub
                                                  Madara Peel mask
                                        Bodhi&Birch Himalayan Pink salt scrub
                                        Patyka Revitalising body scrub


2- Generously moisturise
Slather your skin (and any dry areas) with a body cream will not only keep it hydrated and smooth but it will also strench your tan survival time. You need a cream that locks the moisture in the skin while naturally replenishing rough areas. For your face, opt for a cream or an oil that is able to quench your skin while supporting its natural functions.

                            My picks     Biosphere naturel body lotion
                                       Ellovi body butter 
                                       Weleda sensitive skin lotion
                                       Madara Smart antioxidant cream


3- Daily protect
The sunny months of July and August may be gone, but that does not mean you need to forget suncare and UV sunscreens. September can still have his fair share of nice weather! Needless to say, the skin needs to remain healthy and protected against UV exposure and this is why you still need to use a suitable SPF cream.


                          My picks      Kimberly Sayer ultra-light moisturiser SPF30
                                                 Madara Plant stem cell sunscreen SPF30


Remember: be kind with your skin.

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08 September 2018

2 sunscreens tried and tested this summer

This summer was one of the hottest summers I have experienced in the Netherlands. Actually, all Europe was hit by "the" heatwave, isn't it?
Anyway. So, despite being sweaty and dreading being in the water all day long, the other important thing for me was to find great suncare products to protect my skin against the sun rays. I had the opportunity to test 2 sunscreens*-the Eco Cosmetics sunspray 30 and the Green People sun lotion SPF 30 and have thoroughly used and re-used them during the whole summer. Read below my thoughts about these 2 suncare products!


Eco Cosmetics SPF 30 sunspray sensitive* (£31.95 for 100ml)

Housed in a spray tube, this sunspray is a gentle emulsion that massages well on the skin. Not too heavy nor too light, it glides without leaving a strong white cast. Silicon derivatives- and alcohol- free, the formulation is specially designed to protect sensitive skins against UV rays thanks to the Titanium dioxide/Zinc oxide duo it contains.
What I really like about this product is that it is mess-free, broad-spectrum, super easy to apply, and leaves the skin hydrated without that heavy white cast. In addition to the mineral sunblocks, you can find Canola oil and Glycine Soja oil to nurture and soften the skin.
All in all, I have reached the Eco cosmetics cream many days during the summer and I have been left quite impressed by its performance. I will definitely repurchase it.

Green People Sun lotion SPF30 scent-free* (part of the starter kit retailing at £14.50)

Included in the suncare starter, the SPF 30 lotion is a scent-free emulsion designed to protect the skin against UV radiations. If your skin tends to be sensitive or reacts to strong fragrance, be reassured: this lotion is scent-free. The generous sample size (30ml) is ideal to get a great feel for the product and gives a pretty good idea of how the emulsion delivers in terms of results.
 If you look at the ingredient list, the formulation includes Titanium dioxide and Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate. Titanium dioxide is a mineral sunblock protecting against UVB and short UVA but can't be considered broad-sprectrum. Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate- also known as amiloxate is a chemical UVB absorber. Although the Green People blog has stipulated that the latter also blocks UVAs, I have yet to find scientific references/articles that support these claims. I have contacted Green People to comment about it and I am awaiting their answer.
Application-wise, the lotion is quite quick to absorb and non-greasy plus "water repellant" which is always a bonus in summer.
All things considered, the sun lotion is a great pick for anyone whose skin and nose are reluctant to strong scent yet provide an effective protection against UV rays.


Bottom line// While both suncare lotions did a effective job at keeping my skin protected and smooth, the trophy goes to the Eco Cosmetics sunspray for its great performance and its ease of application.
                                     

What do you think? Have you tried them? What is your favorite sunscreen?


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31 July 2018

LoveLula July Beauty box: do not miss it!

It is the end of the month and it is never too late to introduce you the July edition Lovelula green beauty box. I am very excited to talk about it because it is one of the best and probably one of my favorite boxes. Having said that, some of the previous editions (link here and here) were really not bad too!
Worth more than £52.00, you only pay the amazing amount of £13.95 and get all the products below.


Ooh! Oils of heaven organic Hemp oil (£19.00 for 30ml)
I'm really excited about this one. Hemp oil is a precious oil for combination and troubled skins as it helps to balance the sebum production while restoring the natural moisture level. This is due to the exceptional content of the oil which is naturally rich in Linoleic acid (Omega 6).
I love applying a couple of drops in the evening and gently massaging it into the skin as an overnight treat. The smell is quite nutty but I like it. The oil absorbs really well and leaves the skin incredibly soft. This is the perfect beauty oil if your skin tend to misbehave.

Chobs Aloe face sheet mask (£4.10)
Another lovely surprise- this time from the Korean natural beauty brand Chobs. I have to confess that I have never tried any sheet masks. Why? I find them quite expensive in general and I am not sure if they bring " more results" than any traditional masks. Anyway I can't wait to try this one. Stay tuned for the results, I will try to post it very soon!


My. Haircare Colour treat conditioner (£18.00 for 250ml)
I always like to use a good conditoner, especially in the summer to help soothing and providing additional moisture to my hair. I have long (and kind of curly) hair, so a good conditonner is for me a product that is able to repair while not weigthing down the locks too much. I will be putting this conditioner over the test in the next coming weeks as well. This is a new haircare brand and I am glad to discover it.

Balm Balm Tea tree organic face balm (£8.95 for 30ml)
I am probably going to keep this one until Fall arrives as I find the weather is too hot to use it on the face at the moment (I usually stay clear of heavy/ greasy textures during the Summer months) Featuring antiseptic Tea tree oil, Shea butter, and Calendula oil. I imagine this balm to be perfect to nourish the skin while keeping the sebum production in balance thanks to the Tea Tree essential oil it contains. I really like the tube countenance and the packaging is really handy to carry the balm in the handbag if needed.


Apple&Bears Bergamot & GreenTea hair & body wash (30ml)
This multitasking hair/ bodywash is ideal to gently wash hair while cleansing the body leaving its delicate, refreshing, and flowery scent all over. It is really nice to use despite the gel not being too foaming. I will definitely be happy to sample a bigger size!

D'alchemy age cancellation booster (sample)
I have yet to try this sample, so I cannot really comment about it. At first glance, it seems like a great skincare product designed to improve skin appearance while diminishing signs of inflammation at the same time.

John master organics Rosemary body milk (sample)
The generous sample was wonderful at deeply moisturise the body. It has a fresh Rosemary hint which is very pleasant. The texture is lovely as well. My skin was left really supple and nourished and is perfect if you have dry skin. I really liked it!


Another fantastic box from LoveLula! Hurry and sign up HERE.




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18 July 2018

Natural french beauty brands on the test: Patyka and Absolution

Hello Summer! Can you believe it is already mid-July? Honestly, I can't! Anyway, today I'm excited to talk about a couple of skincare and body care products from French brands I wanted to try for ages: Patyka and Absolution which are popular french high-end natural beauty brands. Thanks to the online boutique Jolie, I had the pleasure to test these few Made in France goodies while holidaying in Dubai and also here in Amsterdam. Read my thoughts below!

Patyka marine crystals revitalising body scrub* (€25.00 for 125ml)



I have reached for the Patyka body scrub mainly before my holidays to prepare my body for the oncoming beach sessions (and I'm currently finishing off the last bits this week). The gentle and revitalising body scrub looks like a creamy gel- very pleasant to use on the skin. With its very fresh scent, the formula is enriched in soft Poppy grains and marine crystals that lift away dead cells and impurities. The scrub produces a slight foam upon contact with water making the application very easy. I absolutely love how my skin is left smooth, firm, and feels like completely revitalised and glowing afterward. Bare in mind the presence of "parfum" in the formula if you are someone that rather want to stay away from it. As an overall, this is a really great body exfoliator from Patyka and I would be super keen to try the rest of their body range.

Absolution La creme gommante* (€31.90 for 100ml)

Absolution is a French beauty brand that has been on my radar for a while now so I am glad to be able to test the face scrub. La creme gommante is an Aloe vera juice based- rich cream displaying an interesting formulation combining nourishing botanicals oils, fruit extractsand flower waters. The exfoliating actions are due to the presence of fine particles of Diatomaceous earth and the AHA's found in the Blueberry, Lemon, and Sugar Cane extracts. You can also find Bentonite that brings clarifying properties to the scrub.
The texture is very unctuous and concentrated so I don't need much to reveal a much brighter and radiant skin. At the end, this is an absolutely lovely face scrub designed to illuminate, restore the skin glow, and softens at the same time. Suitable for all skin types (which is nice!).

Absolution Le serum anti-soif hydrating serum* (€38.00 for 100ml)



Housed in a very smart and hygenic pump dispenser, the serum Anti-soif is a wonderfully lightweight gel/creme that instantly melts into the skin when I apply it. Formulated with plant hydrosols, flower extracts, fruit extracts and botanical oils, the serum leaves the skin soft and moisturised. It also contains the top natural healer Aloe vera. Whereas Sage and Mint hydrosols bring some tonic and antiseptic properties while keeping the sebum production in balance, healing plant extracts (Elderberry flower, Wild Pensey) aim to improve the skin texture. It also features Fucocert, a plant polysaccharide praised for its highly calming and moisturising properties. This serum is really a superb skincare discovery. It really stands up to its claims. Forgot to mention that it can be used underneath your daily cream or makeup as it leaves no greasy residues. Worth the try!


Have you tried these brands? what are your thoughts?

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