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Travelers, you need the utility player of skincare: Phytomer Hydracontinue Gel

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When you're traveling, you want -- and need -- your beauty products to be able to do double, triple, even quadruple duty. After all, that 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag has to be able to zip. Phytomer's 12 Hour Hydracontinue Moisturizing Flash Gel is like a baseball team's utility player. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!

This cooling, soothing, sea-water colored gel from the French luxury skincare company is applied with a pump dropper and then, you can use it to:

  • be a moisturizer on its own
  • layer under moisturizer
  • mix with foundation or cream cosmetics

I think it's genius for making your own "BB Cream". I have a very expensive foundation that you can only get at about 2 places in the US. It's perfect for photos, making one look like a porcelain doll. However, many times I'm not in the mood to apply something so carefully, stippling with a sponge or brush. A drop or two of the Hydracontinue Flash Gel, and I can then slap on some sheer, moisturizing coverage.

This is what they say about it:

Scientific innovations


Weaving Algae are Laminaria brown algae, notably found in Brittany. PHYTOMER has developed an algae farming program on cords in order to control the use and quality of the resource and to ensure its natural survival.

PHYTOMER scientists discovered the exceptional power of Weaving Algae to keep water deep within the skin and thereby prevent dehydration. They restructure skin's water reservoir for a better storage of water and an ideal diffusion throughout the epidermis. The moisturizing results are exceptional: skin is ideally hydrated after the first application. After 2 weeks skin is perfectly irrigated, as if its thirst is quenched.
Active ingredients

Weaving Algae: Restructures the skin's water reserves to enable optimum diffusion in the epidermis and prevents dehydration.
Hydra-8 Complex: Designed to form a protective film on the surface of the skin and enhance the ability of the epidermis to trap and retain water.

Immediate and lasting moisturizing effectiveness
• After 15 minutes: +105%* moisturization
• After 12 hours: +43%* moisturization


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