Our top 5 beauty favorites in March are here: Get inspired by beauty editor Julia Alfter’s well picked products
Early in the morning, I mostly see a somewhat disheveled version of myself looking back at me in the mirror. Today it was different: Even though I looked tired, my skin looked all the more awake for it. Smooth, fresh, and – I would say – it even appeared luminous, and that’s just after waking up. The reason why – I would now like to make an abrupt claim – is one product that I used the evening before, an overnight care product. This face mask, which you apply in the evening before going to bed and develops its full effect during the night, is just one of the new additions to my bathroom. In addition, I’ve been won over by beautifully packaged organic supplements, a spring-fresh face spray, a very effective foot scrub, and – true to what they say, a little shimmer always works – a nourishing and glossy primer.
My most trusted cosmetics store, MDC Cosmetics in Berlin, has just started carrying Emma S., a Swedish brand founded in 2007 by Emma Wiklung and Nora Larssen with the aspiration to create skincare products that are both easy to use and highly effective. Up until now, I’ve applied the Treatment Overnight Repair Mask twice a week after cleansing to dried skin. The creamy texture fully absorbs into the skin after a short treatment time, so I can go to bed quickly without it affecting my sheets or having anything else to do but just sleep. This nourishing mask regenerates and relaxes your skin overnight. I actually look fresher and less “creased” the next morning, and this feeling sticks around after morning cleansing. Tip: After applying it in the evening, don’t wash the extra off – rub it into your hands. Then you get the same result there in the morning, too.
2. From Within
I actually don’t really believe in nutritional supplements. You can get the vitamins, minerals, and other things you need wonderfully through real food and sunshine. And, without being packaged in capsules (mostly made of gelatin) or enriched with other fillers and additives. The exceptions are spirulina and chlorella tablets, of which I take a few every day. And starting recently, also one or two tablets by Ogaenics. This vegan supplement made from 100% natural ingredients was developed by Suse Leifer and Claudia Seehusen in Hamburg after they had searched for such a product in vain. I’ve been trying two of the complexes for a while now and take one tablet daily of the Inner Beauty Timeless Skin Complex, which has vitamin C, silicon, and amino acids to help build up collagen and protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. And also one tablet of the Mrs. One-A-Day Multivitamin Complex, which covers your daily requirements of B vitamins, folic acid, and biotin as well as vitamin C and E, iron, zinc, chrome, and selenium.
All ingredients come from organically sourced fruit, vegetable, and plant extracts.
It would be lying to say that you see results immediately but, for me, an altogether better sense of well-being set in – and a good feeling is often what it’s all about when it comes to looking good.
At the moment, the On The Rise Refreshing Toner by Keweko is my ultimate morning pick-me-up. After showering and drying off, the first thing I do is spray a facial tonic on my skin. This spray – enriched with rose water, aloe and bergamot – refreshes in a flash and cares for your skin in one first step. The wonderful citrus-floral scent is invigorating and calming at the same time, the ingredients almost 100% natural and mostly organic at that.
The London-based brand Keweko is Cosmos-certified and aspires to produce organic and highly effective care products that make you “happier and healthier.” The other products – a cleanser and a moisturizer – can also speak for, and above all be felt for, themselves.
4. Home Pedicure
Barefoot days are certainly still a little way off, but your feet still might need some extra care – and maybe even especially – when they’re still tucked away in thick socks. The Black Diamond Scrub by Révérence de Bastien contains natural ingredients like black volcanic sand, mother-of-pearl, and nourishing essential oils like thyme and sage. The raven-black, coarse mixture can definitely cause a mess in the shower. But it’s a mess that’s worth it: This scrub thoroughly removes dead, dry skin on your feet (but also on elbows, knees, and hands) and leaves skin soft, clean, and scented. Unlike other, oil-based products that often leave an oily film behind, the result after using this scrub is something else: Soft, optimally cared-for skin and no product residue that, especially on the feet, can make for an unpleasant feeling.
5. Care & Shine
How practical: As a dermatologist with your own laboratory, you can easily serve up missing care products all on your own. The Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer was developed by Dr. Barbara Sturm alongside makeup artist Monika Blunder to improve the optical effect of your makeup while caring for your skin with nourishing ingredients at the same time. I don’t use makeup, so all the rather shimmering care products.
Silky and light in consistency, this primer provides the skin with an optimal level of moisture using antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and Purslane (a telomere-protecting substance which can be found in most of Dr. Barbara Strurm’s skincare line; telomeres are regions of repetitive sequences at the ends of chromosomes and are important for DNA stability) and preventing skin aging. Just the shimmer caused by the pearl pigments alone makes skin appear smoother. The small tube is perfect for travel – you have a moisturizing cream and highlighter in one!
Translation: Melissa Frost
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.