Before I became a mom, I remember preaching that I would always make time for myself. My beauty routine was my daily spoil, when I could pamper my skin and take a moment to pause. Then my baby girl was born and I realised that her needs were a lot more full-time than I could have imagined.
My day involves a 5am wakeup to get her fed and changed, I have to pump milk and get to work on time and head back for her lunch feed and back to the office and shop for groceries and head back for her afternoon feed and prep her meals and feed her dinner and give her a bath and put her to bed before cooking dinner for myself before catching up on emails and heading to bed.
Now me-time involves spoils like eating a hot dinner, going to the bathroom in peace, and catching up on much-needed sleep. I’m still serious about taking care of my skin but I don’t have time or energy for an overly complicated process. I need minimum products with maximum results.
This was the challenge I put to the team at Optiphi and they delivered a line of high potency products that really meet my skin needs. I have been using a range from the Optiphi Delta line, which was developed as a collaborative project between plastic surgeons, aesthetic practitioners, chemists, geneticists and biomedical engineers, led by Dr Markus Depfenhart, a prominent German plastic surgeon and key opinion leader for aesthetic procedures.
I have always struggled with dry, sensitive skin and since I’m dipping into my 30s, ageing is becoming a growing concern of mine. They recommended their Delta Urban line, which tackles the stress caused by UVA/UVB exposure and pollution, and daily stressors.
The routine starts with the multi-tasking Optiphi Delta Exfoliating Cleanser, which works to gently cleanse and also refine any rough texture by removing dead skin cells. This preps the skin for the active ingredients in the following products. At first I was worried that a daily exfoliating cleanser would leave my skin very dry but this product is super gentle.
The Post Stress Serum is applied twice a day after cleansing and before moisturizing. It’s one of my favourite products in this line, working to reduce redness and irritation and helping to counter the damage caused by UVA/UVB rays and pollution. Not only does it soothe my skin, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
Next in line is the Daily Hydration Moisturiser, which boosts moisture levels and also helps to support the skin’s barrier function. I suffer from eczema, which means that my skin barrier is often very thin, and moisture easily escapes. This moisturiser made such a difference, strengthening my skin’s barrier with a combination of lipids, fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. It also further boosts antioxidant activity to protect my skin against free-radical damage.
The Eye Gel has been another lifesaver. It targets dark circles and helps to reduce puffiness, boosts collagen formation to strengthen the skin and reduce those early signs of ageing. The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, which is why the first signs of dehydration and ageing usually show here first.
And last but not least, SPF. I’m a firm believer that you should invest in the best quality sunscreen you can afford. You want to look for something that offers sun protection activity with powerful antioxidants that can neutralise free-radical damage in the skin. The Protection SPF 30 is especially clever, with a combination of physical and chemical sunscreens, and antioxidants, which all work together to protect the skin against UVA, infrared radiation, and pollution.
I can honestly say that my skin is in such a happy place since I started using these products.
After only a month I’m already seeing such a difference. My skin feels more balanced and comfortable, and I’m noticing that healthy-looking glow.
I’m excited about the fact that the range is uncomplicated but powerful, while tackling the specific concerns I face. It’s exactly what this busy mama needs in her life right now.
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