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Liftra by Dr. Jart

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        At what age should you start anti-aging beauty products? Not everyone agrees on that, mid 20s?, late 20s?, early 30s? later than that?? And which product to start with? I'm still in my early 20s but I'm starting to think about these questions because I believe prevention is the best way to deal with anything. When I was a teenager I only used one cream (Embryolisse) and I didn't really care about other skincare products, I sometimes even went to bed without removing my makeup and woke up with a panda bear look! It's the bad side of having a naturally good skin: I was lazy. But now I realize I was born lucky and instead of taking it for granted, I should take care of my skin -I only have one after all. This is why I created The French Glow and it's also why I will tell you today about Liftra by Dr. Jart that I had the chance to try.

 

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        Liftra is a line of only 2 products and 1 tool: a contour cream, a contour fixer and a contour shaper. The contour cream is the first thing of the kit you use, after cleaning and drying your skin. You don't need to use much as it has a rich texture that stretches a lot on the skin. It has collagen and peptides that help plumping the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while maximizing skincare penetration. The second step of the kit is to massage your skin with the contour shaper using upwards motions -from the chin to the ears, from the cheekbones to the temples and from the lower part of your neck to the earlobes (I also used it a bit on the forehead and under the eye just because of the relaxing feeling it gives me). And you finish with the fixer by simply spraying it on your face. It also has collagen and peptides as well as a hyaluronic acid complex that helps hydrating the skin with no sticky feeling.

 

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        So, what do I think about it? To be honest I didn't see a huge difference before and after using the kit BUT you have to remember that I use it for prevention (I'm only in my early 20s, therefore I don't have yet wrinkles to treat) and that even the best skin care isn't magical: no cream can really take you back in time. But I did notice a few things happening; I felt that my skin was more plumped, firm after using the contour cream, and that the little "expression marks" around the eyes and around the mouth (you know, the ones that only show some days) were softer and my skin was less feeling like "pulling". I also felt like the whole kit with the contour shaper makes you think more about how gentle you should be with your skin. Now even when I use makeup remover and other skincare products, I am careful to make the movements upward, not pulling the skin, as it has a lot to do with how your skin will age too. I also found the massages on the face and neck really relaxing. It doesn't just lift the skin it relaxes your muscles and improves blood circulation that is important for a healthy skin. The fixer feels fresh and I like that you can use it for everything, like fix your makeup, refresh your skin, finish your skincare routine... In the end, I am really satisfied with this kit, and I feel like it's a nice introduction to simple anti-aging skincare, and you can use the contour shaper forever! It's not the cheapest, but for a whole kit I think that it's really affordable compared to other very expensive creams (without tools).

 

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Japanese beauty tips

When I was in Tokyo, I noticed that many women I saw in the subway or the streets had perfect skin, almost as if they had no pores ! We also often say that Japanese people age better than occidental people, and of course a part of it is due to genetics but they also make a big effort to keep good skin condition. And as I said before, Japanese people inspire me by their ability to do everything so well, including skincare. Since I could experience daily a few of the Japanese beauty rituals, I wanted to list the ones that are not too hard to follow.

 

Massages

When you're a model who works in Japan you experience the craziest work hours (3am call time, yes ! And I even had a 10pm-8am night job). But the hair and make up moment is makes you forgive the clients for the lack of sleep : the skin preparation is almost like going to a spa. The one thing that the make-up artists often do is an energetic face massage, that stimulates the blood circulation and helps to get rid of dark circles, puffiness and tiredness. Not only you look better, but you also feel better : they press key points in the neck, under the ears and on the jaw muscles, the temples of course but also under the brow line... It reminds me of Shiatsu massage and it sure helps to eliminate stress and relax while feeling more energized.

What you can do is a 5min massage in the morning while applying your day cream, starting from the middle of the face and going towards the edge (from the chin to the jaws, from the nose to the ears, and from the center of the eyebrows to the temples), and pressing gently on the temples and the jaw muscles.

 

Green tea

They drink it all day, hot or cold, but especially after lunch and dinner to help digestion. Green tea is also know for helping to flush toxins, so it's a great ingredient to include in your daily health routine. I am not talking about the bitter green tea you find in any supermarket, but the herbal one from Japan with a soft taste. Matcha is also one of my favorite Japanese teas (and I love that you can use the powder in smoothies, and desserts too) !

 

Avoid the sun

I've only been to Japan during summer, and you probably already heard about it or seen it, but the Japanese will prefer to protect themselves from the sun with umbrellas, gloves and hats instead of using sunscreen. They do it mostly because they love the look of a pearl white skin, but the effect is undeniable : sun causes skin aging, so those who hide from it keep a young, baby-like skin longer. I personally cannot live without sun, it's also a good source of vitamin D and I love a little tan but I try to limit my exposure and always use sunscreen, as it's a good compromise between care and fun.

 

Warm eyelash curler

If you hate the eyelash curler and you always pinch your eyelids with it, this is the one Japanese makeup tool you'll love ! It's like a small hair curler - less hot of course and with protection - that you will use to curl your lashes with the heat. Almost all Japanese makeup artists use it on shoots.

The pros : no pinch and you can use it after putting mascara on. The cons : even if it's pretty safe, I would say be careful not to burn yourself and I find it less convenient that it's electric and not mechanic.

You can find it on Amazon for 15,99$

 

Only one layer of nail polish

It's funny how in 50% of my shoots in Japan they used only one layer of nail polish. The first time I didn't really like it as I was wondering why putting nail polish if it's not to cover completely the nail and leave it slightly off. And I always associated nail polish with perfectly done nails. But I finally really liked the lighter look of a more romantic nail and not pop. Like when you apply a little bit of glossy eye shadow and want it to stay transparent. I like how it goes well with fall colors - light purple, kaki green and grayish blue.

 

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Photography by Shun Sasaki for Vogue Japan

Photography by Shun Sasaki for Vogue Japan