Monday, May 30, 2011

New season? Try an Osmosis Medi Facial


New season often means new skincare for me, even if it’s just a few products added or changed out here and there – it needn’t be a big expensive overhaul, just a careful re-think or a series of regular, active facials. I recently had one of the latter using products from the Osmosis line, tucked up under a duvet in the careful hands of Maryse at Lucy & The Powder Room at The Department Store.
Osmosis has a different focus than most skincare lines, and creator Dr. Johnson (of Cosmedix fame) believes in building a “partnership with the skin”. This partnership includes utilizing ingredients that the skin recognizes, maintaining the epidermal barrier while focusing most of the attention on the dermis, virtually eliminating inflammation during repair and feeding the skin through increasing blood flow. The combination of these strategies and the ability of the products to penetrate the skin without harming it make this line one of the best in the world at restoring skin health and restoring its youthful verve.
Most skin care goes only about 5 per cent into the deeper layers of the skin, where signs of aging originate. Osmosis' liposomes are proven to increase penetration by 1000 per cent (yep, that’s one THOUSAND times more) as well as protect against sun damage and environmental toxins. Rather than the traumatic exfoliation common to many high performance skincare ranges, Osmosis stimulates and feeds the skin from the bottom up to “restore a more youthful appearance” by naturally nourishing and stimulating the skin. And like everything else you’ll find at Lucy & The Powder Room and The Marr Lab downstairs, Osmosis products are all natural with no artificial colours, preservatives, fragrances or other artificial irritants, no sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol. They are simply plant-based and are not tested on animals.
My hour-long Osmosis Medi facial was customized according to my skin’s own particular needs, working to replenish the nutrients that repair and protect the skin by increasing delivery of antioxidants, lipids, proteins, enzymes, growth factors and more. Essentially, it was designed to help to restore an ample supply of potent antioxidants and immune boosters by delivering them to the deep layers where they are needed. It also repairs the epidermal barrier, which increases hydration as well as reducing aging and skin cancer risk.
The goal of the treatment was four-fold: to restore antioxidant levels, remove toxins and superficial dead skin cells, restore capillary flow and increase elasticity, using a combination of homecare and in-salon products. These included the beautiful Gentle Cleanser, Polish (a great exfoliant), Immerse (a lipid-rich anti inflammatory moisturiser used for massage), an organic mixed berry mask to infuse active powders and Mend, a dose of Vitamin A.
For a corrective-type facial it was all too relaxing as well, so I left with a boost to both the skin and the mind and cannot recommend it enough.

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