Interview

The Radiance Wizard Paris-based skin expert Philippe Simonin

Paris Skin Care specialist Philippe Simonin reveals the basic beauty routine that all Parisian ladies swear by.

Paris Skin Care specialist Philippe Simonin reveals the basic beauty routine that all Parisian ladies swear by.

BWB: What should we know about our skin and how to look after it?

Your skin is similar to a house with a brittle roof; in order to protect it, you cover it with a tarpaulin – a moisturizer. Be cautious when doing peelings and scrubs at home – they make the skin more susceptible to dark spots and rosacea, and lead to early aging of the skin. The “healthy glow” post-exfoliation is misleading.

Scrubbing the skin removes 3 layers each time; a single layer needs 48 hours to be recreated, therefore almost a week for 3 layers!

BWB: Why is that?

A fair skin is made up of 12 layers of epidermis – 8 around the eyes. Scrubbing the skin removes 3 layers each time; a single layer needs 48 hours to be recreated, therefore almost a week for 3 layers!

BWB: What would you advise?

I would recommend cleansing the skin thoroughly before going to bed. Use a moisturizing mask once a week (but a clay-less one). Adding an air humidifier in your room also helps keeping your skin hydrated throughout the night.

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