Throughout this week, I’ve been chatting a lot about Bielenda, a new skincare range to be introduced to Ireland.
Primavera Beauty, the official and exclusive distributor of the range in Ireland, celebrated its first birthday just a few weeks ago and until now, has been offering only professional beauty products. But they reckon it’s the perfect time to introduce their retail product range here too and so to round up my recent blog posts, I stole five minutes of Sylwia Chlebowska’s time to talk about her beauty regime, the importance of anti-ageing products and how much water we should be drinking daily!
What’s your anti-ageing mantra?
I believe the secret is in the combination of balanced diet, proper sleep, exercise, right daily skincare regime supported by professional treatments at recommended beauty salons.
I know that’s not an easy one to achieve when you work full-time, have kids, a home to look after and the day is only 24 hours long, but it’s well worth the effort as the results will be amazing.
At this point of my life treatments and skincare products containing Mandelic Acid as well as micro-needling work best for me and it’s my biggest discovery in the recent years.
Once a year, during Autumn, I get a series of treatments that involve both the Mandelic Peel and Micro-needle – it gives fantastic comprehensive, instant and long term results. The difference in tone and pigmentation after being treated is amazing, break-outs are reduced and pores less visible – that’s how chemical peels work. The micro-needling will lift your skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars are getting less visible. Maybe the treatment is little bit painful but no pain no gain ladies, we know that well don’t we?
What does your daily skincare regime involve?
My skin wouldn’t be the easiest to deal with since I have combination skin with occasional break outs, spider veins and as I’ve passed the magic 30 J also first mimic wrinkles.
As you can see it’s quite a busy list but thanks to the modern skincare products that help me to keep the skin in relatively good shape.
In the mornings it’s usually (due to time constraintsJ ) just a quick use of cleansing foaming gel, toner and light moisturising face cream with hyaluronic acid and SPF15. During sunny days I use face cream with SPF50.
The evening skincare regime starts with eye make-up remover and cleansing foaming gel, then I apply toner, serum and face cream that contain Mandelic Acid.
Once a week I do what my husband calls a “Beauty Day”, it’s not exactly a day, but about three hours when I apply face and body scrubs, masks and give myself a manicure – in general it’s time for me to relax and spoil myself a little bit.
We hear conflicting views on how much water we should drink regularly, how much is enough for our skin’s needs?
I think it all depends on what lifestyle you have and what weather conditions you are living in. For example if you are very active and do a lot exercise or when it’s hot then you need more liquids, preferably water.
Six glasses which is 1.5l of liquids per day is the minimum but that can be water, green tea, coffee. On top of that we are also getting water from food we eat. Remember that when you feel thirsty your body is begging for water and you should avoid getting to that point.
If you don’t provide the required level of liquids to your body, your skin will reflect that. It will get very dry, flaky and the fine lines will be more visible.
What age should we start thinking about using anti-ageing products on our skin?
My personal view is the earlier the better. People often don’t understand what anti-ageing is all about and what it means at each stage of our life.
When you are in your twenties anti-ageing means using a good moisturising creams with protecting filters against UVA and UVB rays. I know that at this stage of your life, when wrinkles seem like an absurd concern, that’s exactly the time when you decide through the right skincare how your skin will look like in the future. The sun damage that you make when you are young will be visible after 10 years and that’s something you won’t be able to fix.
Then when you start seeing the first mimic wrinkles, you should start introducing some active ingredients like Hyaluronic, Mandelic, Glycolic and Lactobionic Acid, Collagen and others- all of them will help you delay the deep wrinkles. Also, you can’t forget about the sun protecting products, you can pick from a big range of creams and foundations that contain protecting filters.
For mature skin with deep wrinkles, anti-ageing will mean using skincare products with ingredients like Retinols, Colloidal Gold, Caviar, Diamond and Pearl. They will help you out to rejuvenate, bright up and lift your skin as well as smooth the wrinkles.
What are the most important ingredients to consider when choosing the right skincare?
I would say that we should look for active ingredients and how much of them you can find in a Product you are looking at. The active ingredients are the ones that can work for your skin in the way it’s needed. For example retinol would be something you are looking for mature skin but if there is only 0.1% of retinol in the face cream you are looking at, will that product meet your expectation? I don’t think so.
I also think it’s worth mentioning what ingredients we should avoid. For example a high %age of Alcohol in Skincare products is NO. There is this perception that skincare products for acne prone skin should be based on alcohol – it’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make and by using them you are just one step away from the disaster.
Everyone has different skin types. For those of us who are unsure what skin type we are, how do we find out what type of skin we have?
It’s a very good question, that’s exactly where you start with your skincare and once you find your skin type you are half way to having beautiful skin.
You need to remember that there is a small percentage of people that have only dry, normal, oily or combination skin. Usually it’s a mix of different types which make things that little bit more complicated but not impossible to manage. Also, women’s skin can change during the month due to hormones and perhaps change from normal to oily.
It’s crucial that you observe your skin and see what triggers the changes: like hormones, weather, food, (Did you know that milk is one of the main causes for acne?), stress etc. Once you have that knowledge you can start finding out the actual type of skin you have. There is a lot of on-line self-assessment questioners that you could use but I would recommend to go to qualified beautician and ask for skin mapping. Usually you can get it for free with a beauty treatment. You will be asked couple of questions (your observations will be needed here) and then the beautician will remove your make-up and have a proper look at your skin under a special lamp. The mapping will identify what type/types of skin you have and what treatments and products you should be using. We have a list of beauty salons that do free skin mapping and we can assist with some recommendations.
What are the latest trends in Beauty industry?
Definitely the biggest trend of the last decade is for the retail skincare products to move towards the products that are used in beauty salons. High concentrations of the active ingredients and DIY Beauty Treatment Kits is the combination that allows us to perform effective Beauty Treatments at home. Using them in conjunction with regular visits to your beauty salons will ensure spectacular and long term results.
For more information, see www.primaverabeauty.ie.
So where can we buy the products?
Sylvia says, “The project is still quite new and you are one of the first to know about the Brand presence in Ireland.
The first Products are now available in our Ebay Store www.stores.ebay.ie/Passiona-Beauty and more are being added as we speak. In the middle of September all the products will be also available in our on-line Store www.primaverabeauty.ie and we are hoping that by the end of this year, you will see the products in pharmacies nationwide.”
In the meantime, see Bielenda Skincare Ireland on Facebook.