In the third part of our treatment video series it’s all about relaxing and individual care for the skin. Especially in stressful periods, such as, for example, now in the pre-Christmas season, it’s important to allow yourself and your body time outs: just linger a bit with beautiful and special skin care products – and in-between with a treatment dedicated to the body and skin’s needs.
It’s great when all of this can be combined, like with MDC Cosmetic, the cosmetics shop founded by Melanie Dal Canton in 2012 (with associated online shop) that also offers various beauty treatments.
When entering the small shop space, a wonderful selection of jars of creams, perfume bottles, tubes of shampoo and toothpaste, scented candles and hair brushes immediately spring to your eyes. Melanie greets me with a cup of herbal tea and introduces me to Elise, one of the two therapists responsible for treatments at MDC Cosmetic.
We talk about my skin and the problems that I sometimes have with it. It tends to be dry and has a sensitive reaction to certain aromas. Together we search the shop for products for the intended treatment. Melanie and her team put a special emphasis on individualized advice and targeted product selection.
Carrying Susanne Kaufmann, Josh Rosebrook, Transderma and Malin and Goetz, we head to the small treatment room adjoining the shop area. Elisa begins the treatment with a soft Cleansing Milk from Susanne Kaufmann. The lotion, enriched with rosehip oil, St. John’s Wort and Calendula, cleans the skin thoroughly yet gently. It’s followed by an alcohol free clarifying tonic, supplying the skin with plenty of moisture, rather than drying it out – and with it there’s a very refreshing smell of sage and chamomile.
After this gentle introduction is the deep cleaning. For sensitive and easily irritated skin, an Enzyme Peeling from Susanne Kaufmann is especially suitable. Instead of abrasive grains or beads, this product uses extracts from acidic fruits for the removal of dead skin cells. A slight tingling during its use clearly suggests that the enzymes are doing all the work. However, I find the feeling much more relaxing than the usual rubbing and chafing with peelings that usually unnecessarily stress my skin. Elisa massaged the product on with the help of two brushes for a particularly intense effect deep into the skin, and then removes everything with a warm, damp cloth.
Now comes the Cacao Antioxident Mask from Josh Rosebrook from a line that I’ve been excited about the whole time. Since it’s made of one hundred percent natural ingredients (a variety of herbs and, naturally, lots of raw cocoa), you could even eat the mask. It tastes like mint chocolate and not bad at all. The majority of the brown mass if distributed by Elisa with a brush across my face, of course. Cocoa is invigorating and stimulates blood circulation – perfect for rousing tired, stressed skin.
The mask is followed by a vitamin C serum from Transderma (here’s a link to the Editor’s Pick article on hey woman!). We recently presented products from the Swedish serum brand. Otherwise you can only by the serum online – but you can try them with a treatment at MDC Cosmetic. This highly concentrated vitamin C serum is worked into the skin with ultrasound, therefore penetrating deep into the layers of the skin, which intensifies the effect.
And what begins with Kaufmann, ends with Kaufmann – products from the line that builds on the gentle action of alpine flora, has a simple smell and does my skin good. The Kaufmann Day Cream Line T and the Eye Cream Line T round off the program and provide my skin with moisture.
At the very end there’s a dab of Lip Moisturizer by Malin and Goetz on the lips and the immediate effect is that my lips are plumper and softer. After the treatment, not only me, but also my skin, is deeply relaxed – and I can take my favorite products from the treatment with me from the shop.
translation: Alicia Reuter
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.