What is Aromaphytocare & Its Benefits?
The skin holds so many secrets, especially that of the body. When the body, mind and soul are in synergy, the skin will naturally reflect that, hence the existence of beauty regimes that focus on a holistic approach when it comes to managing the skin’s health.
This holistic approach is typically executed through aromatherapy, which has essential oils as the main star. While many still do not understand the idea of aromatherapy and doubt its usefulness, this treatment can really be beneficial in more ways than one. But first, let’s take a look at what aromatherapy really is, and how it can help with healing inside out.
What is aromatherapy?
This treatment employs the use of natural plant extracts distilled into essential oils to boost health and wellbeing. Ancient civilisations were known for incorporating aromatic plants into their medicine, balms, cosmetics and even religious purposes. Naturally, these plants gained a reputation for having both physical and psychological benefits.
Although science has come a long way in establishing more medicinal products and methods to treat ailments and diseases, aromatherapy still is recognised for being effective in treatments.
In this modern day and age, aromatherapy is typically used in diffusers, inhalers, bathing salts, essential oils for skin and body, and more as it works through the sense of smell and skin absorption.
The benefits of aromatherapy
Medical manuscripts and ancient notes on aromatherapy products have proven that the method is effective in managing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing stress and anxiety, soothing soreness, treating headaches and migraines, easing discomforts, fighting bacteria, improving digestion as well as boosting immunity.
Sandalwood essential oils, for example, have calming and relaxing properties, while Rosemary essential oils help to tone and purify the skin. Essential oils’ benefits are truly endless.
What Clarins’ Aromaphytocare is all about
Over 65 years ago, Clarins’ founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins coined ‘Aromaphytocare’, a portmanteau of aroma, phyto and care. This concept is essentially a combination of the stimulating power of essential oils and its fragrances, the beneficial properties of plant extracts and a skincare product that promotes not only healthy skin but also wellbeing. It is a true experience of both physical and emotional upliftment.
This entire idea was produced in a physical form, through the brand’s Face and Body Treatment Oils collection, which houses a selection of products that do not erode the true beneficial ingredients of pure plant extracts at all.
How you can incorporate Aromaphytocare into your skincare routine
If you are beginning to experiment with essential oils, or would like to start incorporating the concept of Aromaphytocare into your routine, take the first step by determining what your top concern is. Is it combination or oily? Do you experience redness or breakouts on the daily, or is it dull, dry or filled with fine lines? The best way to figure this out is to head to the Clarins site, wherein you can customise your routine.
The most potent of all extracts lies in the Plant Gold Nutri-Revitalizing Oil-Emulsion, a 2-in-1 moisturiser that contains 100% natural ingredients. Skin is comforted, revitalised and radiant. By combining Clarins’ iconic Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil and patchouli essential oil with a lotion, the skin is immediately nourished, toned, hydrated and softened. To top it all off, the sense of smell is also stimulated, resulting in a general feeling of health and wellbeing.
There are several face treatment oils available, such as the aforementioned Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil which works to fix dehydrated skin and restore radiance; the Lotus Face Treatment Oil which is formulated with Rosemary, Geranium and Lotus extracts to moisturise, tighten pores and prevent fine lines; and the Santal Face Treatment Oil which rescues extremely dry skin.
How you can incorporate Aromaphytocare into your body care routine
Taking care of the face is one thing, but it is equally important to nourish the skin on the body. After all, they too show signs of neglect and ageing. Before applying any treatment of your choice, it is important to start with an exfoliator such as the Tonic Polisher which is formulated with Rosemary, mint, sugar and salt crystals to scrub the flakes away and reveal the polished, glowing skin underneath. Then, follow up with a product of choice based on your skincare concern.
Saggy skin, for example, would benefit the most from the Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil, which specifically eliminates toxins, firms the skin and improves elasticity. The Tonic Body Treatment Oil, which is the brand’s best-selling firming body oil, also works to improve elasticity while reducing stretch marks — making it ideal for pregnant ladies or new mothers.
However, if you feel like there aren’t any pressing concerns with your regards to your body, but prefer to indulge in a little ‘me’ time, there is also an essential oil for that in the form of the Relax Body Treatment Oil. Made from Geranium, Petit Grain, Camomile, Basil and Hazelnut Oil, this relaxing body treatment will help relieve fatigue, stress and muscle pain. That aside, it would make the perfect accompaniment for a spa day at home. As a finishing touch, lather the body with the Tonic Body Balm which will soothe dryness and promote the appearance of toned skin.