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Asia seems to be the breeding ground for the next big developments in skin care—producing hits like BB and CC creams. And though it often takes time for these beauty innovations to reach our shores, once they finally do arrive, it seems that every brand jumps on the bandwagon. Such is the case with the Far East’s interpretation of lotion. In the States, a lotion is typically an oil-in-water emulsion that is creamy in consistency. In countries such as Korea, China, and Japan, however, the lotion label is applied to products that are more akin to the American concept of toner—minus the drying or stripping side effects. These weightless, water-like formulas are designed to be patted into your complexion post-cleanse but before applying a thicker moisturizer. Think of them as a “face conditioner,” said aesthetician Kate Somerville (who launched one under her namesake label in September). Companies like L’Occitane, Artistry, Shiseido, Dr. Jart, and Hada Labo Tokyo (which sells a bottle every two seconds in Japan) brought versions to market in the past year, and a slew of others (including Chanel) are scheduled to follow suit in 2014.
To take a look back at more of 2013′s biggest beauty hits, read 2013: The Year In Beauty.
Skin that looked vibrant, nourished, and healthy three months ago has likely declined into sallow, temperamental, and bone-dry territory. And while the side effects of winter are far from pretty, this cold-weather season is the perfect time to press the reset button on your complexion. Arriving just in time to salvage an abused dermis are two new launches from May Lindstrom, a line of “earth positive” products housed in noncrunchy, sleek black packaging. The Honey Mud, a puddinglike cleanser/mask combo, uses raw honey (which boasts antimicrobial properties), white halloysite clay, and witch hazel to gently draw out impurities. To replace moisture usurped by an overheated office or a weekend spent on the slopes, try The Blue Cocoon—a sweet-smelling balm that relieves irritation with one of the formula’s star ingredients: blue tansy oil. Used to treat everything from burns to muscle aches, this azure-colored elixir is also said to have aromatherapeutic benefits, helping to induce relaxation and ease stress. And who doesn’t need a little bit of that during this hectic holiday season?
The Honey Mud, $80, The Blue Cocoon, $160; maylindstrom.com.
That time-honored advice to wash your hands is, without question, an effective way to ward off winter germs and viruses. But it’s also a surefire way to wind up with extremely dry skin. With a number of cold strains already passed my way (having two kids is great!), I have recently stepped up my hand-washing game, scrubbing almost every hour. At this point, my hands resemble those of a professional dishwasher or fishmonger: They’re beaten down and raw. So after some deep research on remedies, here is what I’ve learned and put to good use: First, pat your hands really, really dry after lathering up. Any dampness left behind will evaporate, pulling precious moisture from your skin along with it. (Note: Be sure to slide off any rings, since water can get trapped under them and lead to chapped skin.) Second, you’ll need a nourishing cream. Preferably one that delivers long-lasting hydration, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t make you feel slathered in butter. For me, it’s actually not a hand lotion but a body cream that did the trick. Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Body Balm Lotion is blended with Galen’s wax—the old-world equivalent of beeswax—along with calendula to relieve inflammation, and mallow extract to soothe dry patches. Given that it’s meant for limbs, you’d think it would be too greasy for hands, but the texture is amazingly fluid yet not too slippery. Plus, the bottle looks pretty sitting on the sink, right in your line of sight, which is exactly where you should store your moisturizer for a foolproof way to ensure you’ll use it (and often!).
The French word retrouvé signifies a reunion, a reconnection with something or someone you love. For Jami Morse Heidegger—third-generation Kiehl’s heiress, beauty visionary, and lifelong Francophile—the name has layers of personal meaning. “Once we sold Kiehl’s [to L'Oréal in 2000], I thought I was really out of the business,” she said at a small luncheon in Paris recently. “But making beauty products is who I am, it’s what I love, and what I’ve done my whole life.”
During the decade she spent composing high-concentration beauty creams for herself, Heidegger passed some samples along to friends. “I saw that she was having fun with it, and more and more friends kept asking her for it. So I finally said, ‘Just do this,’” added her husband, Klaus.
Today, Heidegger’s hobby, Retrouvé—an upscale “essential skincare line” of four products for women and men—launches today at Nose, the niche fragrance and skincare boutique in Paris. (For those who reside outside of the City of Light, nose.fr ships internationally.) Style.com spoke with Heidegger about her return to beauty and what Retrouvé is really about.
How did Retrouvé come about?
It was honestly a very personal project. When we sold Kiehl’s, my children were young, I wanted to take care of my family, and I thought I was done. But I also knew what I wanted for myself—what ingredients and which concentrations would be the most effective for my own skin. So I worked with my chemist on formulas without any price constraints because it was just for me. We had total freedom. I never stopped following what was happening in beauty, so I would try a little of this or that. There were many incarnations.
What finally convinced you to return to the beauty business?
Klaus knew what I was doing, of course, and then friends started asking me what I was using these days, so I would give them an extra bottle, and word just got out. It’s pretty much the same thing that happened when I started making baby products at Kiehl’s. I just wanted to use fragrance-free products for my baby, and then her pediatrician asked me for some for other patients, and it just took off from there.
Retrouvé is also for my children. My elder daughter was so attached to Kiehl’s—she would come and hand out samples at Christmas. When we sold the company it was devastating for her. I began to think that maybe I could do something small, keep it fun. My daughter is in grad school now, but if ever she wants to circle back to it, she can. In that sense it’s sort of a legacy.
What are the special ingredients in this skincare program?
There’s no one magical ingredient. It’s more about combinations and how we create the entire formula. Retrouvé is very cutting-edge. But every year or two there are incredible advances in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. A couple years from now we might have to adapt the formulations because it’s such a fast-evolving world.
What sets Retrouvé apart?
For lack of a better word, it is “gookier”! That’s not necessarily a great marketing term, but I like a heavier texture. My skin tends to be dry, so I knew that I needed something with greater hold, and I’m never in a rush to apply makeup. One of the taglines I wrote at Kiehl’s was “Throw away your makeup, please!” Makeup is wonderful, of course. But we shouldn’t rely on it to cover up problems. You don’t buy high fashion just to dress up an exterior. The idea is to look as good as possible nude, and then wear nice clothes. What cosmetics need to do is help the skin be the best it can be. So I take an extra ten minutes to let the cream soak in. I mean, is it really the end of the world if you look gooky for ten minutes? I’m not afraid of doing something funny or silly if it makes sense to me—I’ve been going my own way my whole life!
Like what other silly things?
I live in L.A., and I know people who would rather get a facelift than use sun protection—even today. But back before sunscreen caught on, I was the one out there wearing my favorite ugly floppy anti-UV hat, my face slathered in zinc oxide. People always thought I was a little out there. Now everyone is finally onto floppy hats.
Retrouvé is a little like that: It requires a few extra minutes, but those extra minutes will make more of a difference in the long run in terms of protecting and preserving the skin. It’s just one of many ways to take care of yourself.
The line is high-end. If a customer were to choose only one product, what would it be?
The Nutrient Face Serum is the foundation of the line and our philosophy—it also happens to be the product that is most universal. The Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is the one I focused on for myself, for its anti-aging effects. That’s the gookier one; it’s the most unique.
What does luxury mean to you?
Worrying is the bane of my existence: I worry about the ozone layer, about the water supply, about food scarcity, about my children, about radiation from electrical wires. Luxury for me is not having to worry.
Retrouvé may not be for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. I figure that if people like it, great. If not, we’ll just divvy up the products amongst ourselves!
Nutrient Face Serum €391, Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer €440, Revitalizing Eye Concentrate €410, Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream €385; www.nose.fr.
As a longtime Dermalogica acolyte, I have always adhered to their double-cleansing credo: Before you cleanse, you must pre-cleanse. The brand’s PreCleanse, a lightweight oil, is meant to remove any traces of makeup, sunscreen, or excess sebum before switching over to face wash—helping it penetrate into the skin and allowing you to achieve a deeper clean. Now Dermalogica’s hit formula is available in a highly portable, biodegradable wipe form, which means you can stick to your routine the spill-proof way when you’re on the road. Soaked with aloe, apple amino acids, and apricot-kernel oil, the wipes will effectively expunge any traces of makeup, stop oil slicks, and soothe delicate complexions. Consider this skin-care genie officially out of the bottle.
Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes, $18, www.dermalogica.com.