Skincare Ingredient Secrets: Angelica
For many of us mere mortals, looking at the ingredients list on a prod box is like trying to work out codes in the matrix. What we are wanting to slather on our mugs reads like a science experiment gone awry. And most of us failed chemistry, yes? So it is no surprise that we slather and smear ourselves with formulations we have NO IDEA about. And the cheeky buggers in marketing spin different words and label certain ingredients with terms like ‘patented’ and ‘miracle’ and ‘award winning’. It generally succeeds in encouraging us to part with our hard-earned dosh which is silly if we have no idea what is in it. For all you know you could be paying for glorified sorbolene. So that’s where I come in. Over the next few weeks I’m going to give you a few lessons in ‘skincare ingredient secrets’ that will make you a much smarter and savvier skincare shopper.
Lesson One: Angelica. My fave new source of hydration.
The Angelica flower hails from Provence, France, and boasts a unique relationship with water. The Angelica plant draws water from deep in the ground to hydrate itself, growing to improbable heights with this hidden talent. Once blended into beauty formulations, the Angelica plant activates the aquaporins, or water channels within the skin. Products with Angelica water, extract or essential oils are perfect for anyone with dry, dull and dehydrated skin; bringing a youthful, hydrated glow to even the sallowest of complexions.
My fave ‘Angelica’ prodz…
This recovery shampoo is perfect for fine, dry or broken coloured hair. (Could be an ad description for my hair if we replaced fine with boofy.) I’ve been in love with the KEVIN.MURPHY ANGEL.WASH since I saw the man himself using it on models backstage at RAFW; the models hair had so much crap and prod residue in their hair that they needed a good shampooing before he worked his magic. Enter ANGEL.WASH. It cleanses the hair without stripping the colours or natural oils resulting in clean and silky locks you’ll fall in love with. Angelica root extract keeps the strands hydrated whilst the essential oil of grapefruit does a cleaning job Nan would be proud of. ($29.95 Available at selected hair salons nationally.)
Left my hair feeling soft and without that horrendous ‘squeaky’ feeling so many shampoos seem to deem appropriate to leave on my head. I love massaging it deep into the roots as it prolongs my need to wash for a few extra days.
Here is a quick way to test the hydration levels of your skin. Between your thumb and your forefinger push the skin on the apples of your cheeks together. Do you get a crêpey almost papery look to the area? Yep you like the majority of everyone else suffer from DEHYDRATED not DRY skin. And the result is a sallow complexion without the warmth and radiance we so desperately wish to obtain. Say hello to your new bestie; L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream, a gem that has only JUST been released to the Australian market. Provides long-lasting hydration and leaves a fresh and silky face thanks to the main ingredients of angelica water (found in the plants roots) and angelica essential oil.
At first I turned my nose up at this baby due to it having a rather noticeable ‘green’ (aka grassy) scent. Not my cup of tea. However after reluctantly trying it I realised the scent was gone in seconds due to the fast absorbing and non-greasy BRILLIANT formula. Leaves my skin feeling smooth and supple whilst creating a hydrated base for me to work with each day. For me, another added bonus is that it doesn’t clog my pores and create pesky pimples as plenty of rich creams on the market tend to.
Keep this divine hand and body wash in your own private bathroom because the delicious scent will have your whole household pumping for more. MOR Classic Collection Hand & Body Wash – Snow Gardenia has a gentle formula and is suitable for use on sensitive skin. The formula is enriched with refreshing aloe, angelica and chamomile to leave skin feeling soft, and features fragrant notes of gardenia, juniper berry, ylang ylang, vanilla and sandalwood to linger on the skin. Angelica, a key ingredient, keeps the wash from being to drying and helps keep the delicate skin nourished. ($29.95 Available from most major department stores and selected pharmacies nationwide.)
Bless Bobbi Brown and her clever concoctions. The Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 is a moisturising treatment foundation that combines the intensive skin nourishing benefits with daily sun protection. The super emollient formula gives skin a fresh, dewy and healthy looking glow and also helps undo the visible signs of ageing by smoothing out lines, while firming and lifting skin’s appearance. The foundation contains sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, willowherb and evening primrose oils to deeply moisturise and condition skin. Shea and muru muru butters strengthen skin’s natural barrier, improving its ability to lock in moisture and prevent future damage. It also includes angelica and chamomile to calm and soothe, vitamin E to protect against free radicals and treated pigments to deliver natural-looking medium to full coverage that lasts without settling into liner or pores. A truly genius product. ($132 Available from David Jones.)
Lalisse Anti-Spot Skin Serum No.2 provides deep penetration to help treat cystic and hormonal acne. (Big bumps under the skin that generally sit on your chin and jaw line.) It works to improve circulation, clear pores and help boost the body’s natural defenses. It contains apricot, peach and gingko seed extracts to kill off the infection; together with angelica and sanchi root extract to keep the area hydrated. The best thing is that this serum kills the suckers without drying out the skin. Nothing worse than a flaky looking zit hanging off your chin. ($22.95 http://www.lalisse.com/acneno2.html)