Saturday, June 6, 2015

Skincare Update: My Mila Moursi Ritual for Face

Above: My Mila Moursi skincare ritual.
Happy weekend! I have been referencing this impending skincare routine update for the last few weeks and am happy to finally have the post come to fruition.  To put this process into proper context, as a beauty blogger, I am privileged to try a host of products on any given day; while this is heaven for a lover of all things beauty, putting absolutely everything on my face the moment it arrives is clearly not prudent, especially for one with extremely sensitive skin.   Additionally, skincare trials are tricky...I am of the belief that one must always give due diligence to the testing period, preferably four to six weeks of consistent use when possible, before officially weighing in on the efficacy of a new routine.  

That being said, I also relish the chance to mention new products in my rotation--especially masks, cleansers and sunscreens--on both BP and Instagram to maintain dialogue on the relentless flow of interesting releases.  Consequently, some of my skincare posts are more “in the moment” (e.g., here are my initial thoughts on this but more testing is necessary) while others, especially those involving my “routine,” are the culmination of weeks of carefully-monitored experience. This brings me the brilliant Mila Moursi line (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK)   I first reviewed the body care from this streamlined, luxe brand HERE and was thrilled at the opportunity of trying a specialized regimen from the line, selected just for my skin type and concerns. 

Kindly scroll on for more details and images as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Mila Moursi Cleansing Foam, pH Balancing Toner, Dual Action Serum and Rejuvenating Serum.
In order to determine the correct products for my “ritual” (a term Mila Moursi uses to signify the nearly sacred need to suitably care for one’s skin), I took a “skin quiz” on the Mila Moursi site and identified that I am most concerned with anti-aging skincare for normal to combination skin.  In turn, the products selected for me were:

(1) *Mila Moursi Cleansing Foam (also available at Space.NK)......a silky cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and makeup while leaving the skin feeling hydrated and balanced.  I use this morning and night!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfoacetate, Glyceryl Monostearate SE, Stearic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca, (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trepenone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide 7, Distinctive Phytostem Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, 1, 2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Fragrance (Parfum).

(2)*Mila Moursi pH Balancing Toner (also available at Space.NK)...I follow this with two sprays of the clarifying toner which further balances out my skin and prepares the pores to accept the skincare to come.

Ingredients: Water, Tridecyl Isononanoate, Sodium Lactate, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trepenone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide 7, Distinctive Phytostem Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoceteth-3 Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, 1,2 Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Octoxynol-12, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract, Fragrance (Parfum).

(3)*Mila Moursi Dual Action Serum (also available at Space.NK)...I then apply a single pump of this skin-nourshing, silky serum (both day and night); my skin loves it and it is absorbed immediately.  In terms of the effect, my skin is smoother, brighter and younger looking (fine lines plump up upon contact) and, because this serum encourages a gentle form of cell turnover, the glow of fresh, more youthful skin is apparent each morning. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Rhodendron Ferrufineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Hyaluronte, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Isomalt, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isopraffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Mica, and Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

(4) *Mila Moursi Rejuvenating Serum (also available at Space.NK)...finally, I rotate between the Dual Action Serum and this equally potent formula to keep my skin on its toes.  Designed to plump up hollows, crevices and fine lines on the face, this serum is remarkably effective for giving skin a more youthful appearance.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8-Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trepenone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide 7, Distinctive Phytostem Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate.

Above: I had the chance to spend some time with the radiant Mila Moursi as well as her key facialist at the Mila Moursi Private Spa Room at Barney's NY Beverly Hills, Nari, and Mila Moursi Director of Sales Marissa Tan Sanchez.  What an incredible afternoon of wonderful women and skincare bliss!
Some things I learned from my brief conversation with with Mila at Barney's NY include:
  • Skincare should be simple and consistent...product usage should be kept to a minimum for efficacy.
  • Skincare should feel like a sacred ritual...take your time and enjoy the experience.
  • Many individuals are overdoing their skincare routine by using too many products in any given period of time and their skin is being clogged by this excess; this can result in tired, puffy looking skin.
  • Mila's serums are also designed to be used on the orbital area but should be pat on carefully, about a centimeter away from lashes because all face products have the ability to migrate; additonally, they can be applied to the neck and decollete for benefits below the face!
Above: With my trusty Mila Moursi Dual Action Serum...my mom is also using (and loving) is product!
Overall, I am incredible impressed with the Mila Moursi skincare line.  The products are high quality, apropos for sensitive skin and immensely effective.  

In the six weeks I've used the line, I have been asked countless times by readers and subscribers to my YouTube channel what, if any, changes have been made to my skincare as they could notice differences in the smoothness and clarity of my skin.  

As one who is intent of fighting the signs of aging as vigorously as possible (without resorting to surgery or, at this point, injectables), the Mila Moursi line could not have come into my life at a better time!

Above: Mila Moursi...just in time! 
Above: The Dual Action Serum is an excellent place to start when trying the Mila Moursi line. 
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Mila Moursi skincare line (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) is truly excpetional; the simplicity of the ritual and potency of the performance make this stunning collection of products an absolutely worthy pursuit and I look forward to watching my skin transform with continued use!

Have YOU tried Mila Moursi?  Thoughts?

Because skincare discussions can get so wordy, I have a Part II of this post scheduled for later on this weekend; it will be focused on specialized skincare products (e.g., masks, eye creams, sunscreen etc.) that are a perennial part of my overall routine.  Stay tuned! 

Finally, if you are in the Southern CA area this weekend, consider swinging by the Patchwork Festival in Long Beach this SUNDAY (June 7th) from 11 AM to 5 PM to check out my brother Seth's handmade bags (featured HEREHERE and HERE on BP).  

He has some incredible designs that he'll be debuting at the show tomorrow and, if you love handbags, then seeing them is a must (keep an eye on my Instagram for a preview!).  The show is free and is located at Marine Stadium at Appian Way...tell them the Beauty Professor sent you ; ) 

Have a beautiful weekend...xx,

--The Beauty Professor


** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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10 comments:

  1. Tequila MockingbirdJune 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    It's so nice to see a toner sans alcohol denat (fatty alcohols are good for skin, which is a completely different animal), which is the most abundant ingredient in many, many toners in spite of how drying it can be. It's also nice to products formulated to be the proper pH; wrong pH can undermine the effectiveness of a product even if such a product is loaded with proven ingredients. I, myself use alcohol-free toner, albeit more like a faster-absorbing moisturizer or what's commonly categorized as "essence" in Asian skin care, rather than as an additional cleansing step, since piling on multiple cream formulas often rolls into "pills" atop my skin whenever I put on makeup or sunscreen.

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    1. I totally agree, TM! Truly, I couldn't be more pleased with the performance of this particular toner...superb!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Tequila MockingbirdJune 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    PS - I like how the following ingredients are included in the toner formula as well:

    * Sodium hyaluronate - hyaluronic acid's literally little sister, who, due to the molecular structure can be absorbed more easily into the skin while still holding many times its weight in water.

    * Lactic Acid - the most gentle ingredient I often find in AHA exfoliants

    * Allatoin - a good "skin soother"

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    1. Such a good rundown of the key elements...thanks for sharing!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. You have great skin Rachel, flawless! I can not wait to see a full skin care routine. Hope I can get a few new impressions on what is working! My skin needs some TLC, too much sun, too much chlorine and salt water...and no matching foundation at the moment in my collection...It is time for a round up!
    Greetings from Germany
    Susanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Susanne! What an amazing compliment. Currently working on the Skincare Round II post this weekend ; )

      Living by the beach, I, too, know all to well what can happen to the skin with too much sun and salt water!

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Your skin is flawless. I have not tried this line but it surely sounds promising and quite tempting. I have my eyes on the rejuvenating serum ;)
    Have a happy week BP!

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    1. Thank you, my friend! I am endlessly pleased with the Mila Moursi line...both serums are divine!

      Hope your weekend is going well...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. I keep getting error messages so my apologies if these get posted more then once.
    Love your blog!
    As all of you have mentioned the ingridiesnds are great. But why include fragrance . It can't be naturally derived as there is no notation near it, which means is alcohol. A beauty product doesn't have to list alcohol as such if used in fragrance. Can you please say more about that.
    Thank you :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Anon...I cannot speak to the fragrance element as I haven't personally formulated the products. All I can say is that the fragrance is light and in no way irritates my very sensitive skin and my skin has never looked better since using the Mila Moursi line over the past 6 months.

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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