I just came home from traveling in Israel and within a day, my skin was reacting in agony at the tough journey. Desert sun, dehydration, lack of access to sufficient water, summer heat, salted foods, wine, cocktails, jet-lag, long-haul plane travel, unfamiliar laundry detergents in linens, lack of sleep, lack of my usual green drinks all contribute to an imminent disaster.
Yet, when your skin is at its worst -- hives, sunburn, breakouts -- it's hard to know what to use on it. Have you ever given up and just used nothing? There's no need to throw in the towel; there is effective and soothing skin care out there that soothes and re-hydrates your complexion. GM Collin to the rescue! I was very happy to be hosted to experience it. They're incorporating olive oil into several of their products to add nourishment and moisture.
First thing you do, give yourself a spa evening to relax and replenish. Drink lots of water with cucumber or chunks of fruit in it. Then, for 15-20 minutes, apply the Bio-Organique Energizing Mask. It dries to a soft dry and rinses off easily. I rinse it off with warm water, then cooler water. Here's what they say about it:
Immerse yourself into the perfect hydration that only nature can truly provide with the zest of Energizing Mask.
The Mask soothes, invigorates, and protects the skin from environmental stressors, returning its brilliant glow naturally for a revitalized complexion.
- Barbados Cherry: helps diminish the signs of aging and fight the look of wrinkles
- Apricot: alleviates dry skin and tones the skin by moisturizing
No mineral oils, alcohol, parabens, or silicones
This mask soothes, invigorates, and protects the skin from environmental stressors, returning its natural, brilliant glow for a revitalized complexion. Formulated with all-natural ingredients such as citrus oil, olive oil, and grape seed extract, the brightening mask hydrates and oxygenates the skin with highly potent antioxidants that protect and bring a healthy radiance to tired and dull skin. ($35, GMCollin.com for spa locations nationwide and Skin1.com)
Daily Ceramide Comfort capsules would be perfect in a 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag. Inside, is this silky oil-liquid with a deep floral bouquet. You use them under other treatments and they boost the repair and replenishing! Use them on your throat, decollete', face. Here's a secret: I even use them on my hands, which really look old and worn out after traveling.
This replenishing and nourishing skin care is a time released daily nourishing care that helps prevent the visible signs of aging. The combination of sophisticated and unique ingredients, such as olive oil and vitamin E, improves the skin's epidermal moisture barrier and provides skin with an instant and incredible comfort. This highly practical capsule with exquisite texture and scent will give the skin a silky smooth texture and a remarkable softness, while preventing wrinkles and fine lines and protecting the skin against environmental aggressions. ($98, GMCollin.com for spa locations nationwide and Skin1.com)
They should hand out Hydramucine Optimal Gel on airplanes. Seriously, why not have a little spa that uses this product on long-haul flights? I'd love that a million times more than watching old movies on a tablet. It's perfectly sized for a 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag. This pump-gel gives you back that moisture without the greasy-itchy-heavy feeling that comes with too-rich creams. After all, dehydrated is not the same as dry, aged skin. Here's what they say about it:
G.M. Collin innovates by allying, for the first time, pomegranate with Bamboo, Lotus Flower and Water Lily extracts, to improve the skin's water retention.
Hydramucine Optimal Gel
- Offers a light and ultra-fresh texture to meet the hydration needs of normal to oily skin
- Enriched with vegetal peptides and chrono-energizers, for a quenched, soft and radiant skin
- Alcohol-free and oil-free formula, with a pleasant scent, that favours an optimal level of hydration
This light, alcohol-free, ultra-fresh formulation is designed to increase the skin's water content and balance the natural oil secretions of normal to oily skin. This irresistible treating gel bathes your skin in moisture and tantalizes your senses with the enticing scent of green tea, tea flower, jasmine, olive oil and tangerine. A recognized pioneer, G.M Collin is the first to combine pomegranate extract, which stimulates the skin's natural channels of hydration and cellular renewal (aquaporines 3) with the Asian plants bamboo, water lily and lotus, which increase the capacity of the cells to retain water. ($62, GMCollin.com for spa locations nationwide and Skin1.com)