Customized skincare that meets your unique needs
Sure, you can mix and match products to create the ideal regimen that addresses your main concerns, whether anti-aging, discoloration, loss of firmness and everything in between. But, there’s something to be said for a truly bespoke beauty routine that is tailored for your skin after a professional analysis. I was treated to this luxury just a few weeks ago courtesy of Spanish skincare (and haircare) guru Miriam Quevedo, and now there’s no going back.
The concept behind the new Black Baccara collection is surprisingly simple. It uses your lifestyle as the primary determinant for the products you’ll use—and how you’ll use them. The main “targets” are epigenetic factors (i.e. lifestyle factors and habits) such as sleep, stress, pollution and sun exposure.
Everyone starts with the cleansing ritual that consists of the Global Cleansing Milk (which is rich, creamy and super-effective for removing makeup, dirt and anything else you don’t want on your face) and Global Revitalizing Toner (which is packed with revitalizing and calming botanicals that purify and balance the skin). But then things get interesting…
Based on whether your skin is more on the oily or dry side, you get the Moisturizing Bio-Adaptive Cream, Soft Cream or Gel Cream (I got this last one). Based on your skin/lifestyle analysis, you then infuse your moisturizer with a certain number of drops of specific boosters.
My formula involves 2 drops of Youth, an anti-aging complex of HA, marine collagen and peptides to plump the skin and keep its natural renewal process going…
Then three drops of Energizing, an oxygenizing formula that purges toxins and feeds your skin the essential minerals and trace elements it needs… (This is ideal for those who get the occasional blemish.)
And three drops of Protection, which is an antioxidant powerhouse that pretty much defends my skin from everything. (There’s also a Comfort booster that helps soothe and reinforce sensitive skin.)
There are also two eye formulations that lift, firm and rejuvenate delicate skin. I got the Bioactive Uplifting Eye Gel (I absolutely love it), and there’s also the richer Bioactive Molecular Eye Cream.
In the morning, you top all of this off with the Softening Veil SPF 30, which is an amazingly velvety cream that has illuminating pigments that instantly minimize imperfections like enlarged pores, fine lines, dark spots and blemishes. Seriously, it’s like an Instagram filter for your face.
Five nights a week you stop with your boosted moisturizer—but on the other two you skip the boosters and moisturizer in favor of the Weekend Peel. This exfoliating serum contains AHAs, hyaluronic acid and amino acids to target dulling dead skin cells and dramatically increase skin radiance by morning.
It may seem like a lot of products, but you’re really just washing, toning and combining your serum and moisturizing steps (although you can technically do them separately if you’d like). The reason this simple routine works is the ingredients. The Black Baccara rose has a high concentration of antioxidants, and the Polar rose’s resistance to harsh Arctic conditions provides similar benefits for your skin. Of course there are plenty of other botanical extracts, oils and waters that have been selected specifically for their beneficial effects on the skin.
So what’s verdict after two weeks of sticking to this regimen? Amazing! My skin looks fresh and dewy, I haven’t had a single pimple, and truthfully, I love the whole process (even though it’s not THAT much of a process).
The line JUST launched here in the U.S. and SpaceNK is the only place you can get it. I highly suggest hopping over to your local Bloomingdale’s (if it has a SpaceNK store-in-store), but if that’s not possible, go online and use some common sense based on what you know about your skin. The formulas are pretty self-explanatory, and I’m confident you can figure it out! (Or you can email me and I’ll try to help!)