Want skin that is saturated with moisture? Skin that is well hydrated, plumped with vital nutrients, perfectly nourished? Healthy, transparent skin that radiates and resembles youthful baby skin?
We all known that healthy skin cells are bathed and nurtured in oligo nutrient enriched extracellular fluids. When skin cells are plumped with vital moisture, our skin looks its best.
We religiously treated our skin with 3 steps skincare routine, namely cleanse, tone, moisturise.
Have you ever think of cleanse, moisturise, tone and repair? Yes, that is step 1, 3, 2 instead of 1, 2, 3.
Albion is a Japanese skincare brand thats believes in preparing the skin with moisture milk / emulsion; before rehydrating the skin with toner / tonic or repairing products.
If you have used Clinique before, you will be familiar with their cleanse, clarify & moisturise programme.
Albion’s regime is not dissimilar to Clinique – it’s all about preparing the once purified skin for optimal absorption of subsequent skincare products.
Instead of exfoliating the skin with lotion to reveal the healthier / younger skin cells underneath, Albion believes in nurturing and enhancing skin absorbance with emulsion.
Most ranges in Albion skincare have ”moisture milk” to be used prior to toning the skin.
The philosophy behind this is simple – saturating skin with a balanced hydro-lipidic emulsion will enhance its moisture retaining capability, not to mention the de-keratinising & circulation boosting massages one had to perform when applying these moisture milk with a cotton pad.
Albion’s moisture milks were formulated to improve water transportation amongst & within the keratinised skin cells and form a moisture retaining network on the surface of the skin; the application technique was meant to “iron out” creased epidermis, thus larger surface is available for absorption, flatter layer to reflect light strategically and old, keratinised cells are removed.
I had been trying a few of their moisture milks. The Exage range is formulated for people in their 20s. It claims to improve the efficacy of moisture circulation & utilisation in younger skin.
The main ingredients of Exage moisture milk are aqua, butylene glycol, glycerin, dimethicone, meadowfoam seed oil, mineral oil, propylene glycol, aoruscalamus root extract, trehalose, soybean extract, macadamia seed oil, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, sambucus nigra flower extract, sodium PCA and tocopherol.
As you would notice, this emulsion actually contains a blend of alcohols, organic and mineral oils, plant extracts. Those of you whose skin could not tolerate mineral oil should be cautious.
I find this emulsion helpful in rebalancing my skin; i has less oily breakthrough when i am using it. Make up applications were effortless after i had prepared my face with it and my foundation seems to last longer and less likely to oxidised / turn darker. I use a generous amount of this moisture milk with a good quality cotton pad and follow this by padding my skin with Albion’s skin conditioner. I usually skip the remaining steps ( moisturiser /nourisher ) in the morning; yet my skin looks healthy & balanced.
In case you wonder, I don’t believe that the Exage range will halt or reverse chronological ageing of the skin. However, the moisture milk is great at making my skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and plumped.
I still have my wrinkles & the occasional lumps & bumps, but less noticeable fine lines / laugh lines, blotchiness / flakiness, high colour / redness.
The prices of Albion’s product over the internet are somewhat ridiculous, search the web carefully before purchase!
Illustration posted here is by Danni Shinya luo.