A beauty routine is much more than skin deep. At Odacité, our French roots believe it is a delicious way of taking care of yourself - an act of self care and self love.
When you ask Odacité Founder Valérie what the secret of a French skincare routine is, she answers, “Well it is just that: a routine.” And then she adds, “The second secret is not to think of a routine as being a boring chore but instead as a way to honor your femininity and the beautiful body and skin you were given.” She refers to her morning and night routine as “a rendez-vous with myself.”
Today we are starting our beauty routines from scratch. With hundreds of seemingly necessary steps and thousands of products on the market, it can feel overwhelming to build a skincare regimen that works for you. Which steps are actually necessary? Which ones are more Instagram trendy than actually effective?
We’ve broken it down to the basics every French Woman follows: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, Treat, and Masque -- the 5 must-haves to build your very own rendez-vous with yourself:
Cleansing may be the most important step you can take to maintain vitality of the skin, and is absolutely non-negotiable at night. Proper cleansing will not only remove all surface impurities and damage from environmental assault, it will also help slow down the signs of aging.
Choose a cleanser that suits your skin’s unique needs, whether you’re oily, dry or somewhere in between. By doing so, you’ll make sure you sweep away makeup, excess oil, dirt and other pore-clogging impurities without disrupting the delicate oil-water balance of your skin’s uppermost barrier.
Black Mint Cleanser: Fabulous for oily, combination, acne-prone or congested skin.
Green Ceremony Cleanser: An all-in-one treatment cleanser that’s also a potent mask.
Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser: Ideal for anti-aging, sensitive and/or dry skin
SkinCoach Tip: You may want to use a deep cleanser (or double cleanse) in the evening, especially if you wear heavy makeup or spend a lot of time outdoors.
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Toners of the ‘80s and ‘90s tended to strip skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and triggering breakouts. Now, toners serve as a complete and important beauty step by creating a damp environment for rapid, deep penetration of following skincare treatments and restoring skin PH.
Spritz on right after cleansing and rinsing, or anytime your skin needs a pick-me-up.
Aloe + Immortelle Hydra-Repair Treatment Mist: Care for mature, dry and sensitive skin with youth-boosting actives.
Rose + Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist: Brings back life to combination, sensitive and normal skin.
Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist: Ensures a clear and matte look to oily, breakout-prone skin.
Cleansing is the founation of any skincare routine as it creates the ideal canvas for what's to come next: targeted serums. We like to think of this step as taking a supplement for an extra efficacy boost to your skincare.
Applying serums right after toning—when skin is still damp and most absorbent—saturates your skin with the highest concentration of actives to target specific skin concerns.
To find the perfect one for you, explore all of our SERUM CONCENTRATES.
SkinCoach Tip: Have more than one problem? You can layer your serums, mix and match, or use one in the morning and the other at night.
Moisturizing is vital to the appearance of healthy skin—even if you’re oily or acne-prone. This step allows your skin to replenish its natural storage of hydration and moisture to maintain a strong barrier, prevent water loss and maintain balance.
In the morning, use a lightweight moisturizer full of antioxidants, hydrators and age-defying ingredients to protect your skin as it’s ravaged by stress and environmental aggressors. Try Beautiful Day Moisturizer or Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème.
In the evening, use a moisturizer that will help your skin reinvigorate itself as you sleep. Try Night Time Antioxidants Repair Serum.
Skin Coach Tip: Mix 1-2 drops of any Serum Concentrate to customize your moisturizer.
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The art of masquing is definitely anchored in in any French Beauty regimen. Masquing will enhance all the benefits of your daily skincare routine.
For an ALL IN ONE treatment, try our Synergie Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque, made with potent ingredients that work in synergy to DETOX, PEEL, BRIGHTEN & FIRM the appearance of the skin.
Skin Coach Tip: Customized your masque treatment with natural ingredients found in your pantry. Check #MYSKINCOCKTAIL for some great recipe ideas.