- September 22, 2021
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An expert guide to combining the most effective product pairs to solve your complexion queries.
As far as skincare products are concerned, it’s always better to work in pairs. Despite our desire for there to be one magical cream out there that can address our myriad skin needs, the reality is in order to most effectively care for skin, we need to partner up our products. Combining two complementary formulas that work synergistically is the most beneficial way to see results.
But with so many combinations to choose from, finding the best duo for your skin can be a daunting process. Fortunately, the skin experts at Natura Bissé—a family owned, luxury skincare company that fuses pioneering technology with personalized care—have dedicated their considerable resources to doing just that.
Widely known as the “World’s Best Spa Brand,” Natura Bissé’s aestheticians have identified their picks for skincare game-changers. After performing over seven million treatments worldwide annually, they’ve chosen 10 products they swear by as at-home essentials for a spa-quality routine. These globally awarded products have been combined into custom duos that target specific skincare concerns and lifestyles.
We spoke with Natura Bissé’s International Aesthetician Cynthia Aguilar and the brand’s Laboratory Team to learn more about these products and how they achieve their incredible results. Whether you’re hoping to keep your skin looking more youthful or managing an overabundance of oil, here are the pro selections that are best for you.
For dryness, rough texture, and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this age-defying duo consists of two of the most advanced formulas in Natura Bissé’s signature line. “Diamond Life Infusion is an extraordinary product—it really turns back the clock,” says Aguilar. “And Diamond Extreme is an anti-aging smart cream that is one of our most popular products.” When paired together, they help to moderate visible signs of aging—restoring a revitalized complexion to help it look younger.
Diamond Life Infusion is an anti-aging lifting serum that’s packed with cutting-edge ingredients like the proprietary Bio-Magnet Nanosomes, which helps to rejuvenate the skin without sensitivity or dryness. Telomeryl Shield is a lipid that helps to promote the visible appearance of a more supple, rejuvenated complexion Diamond Extreme. Natura Bissé’s signature age-defying “smart” cream, helps to increase skin’s moisture levels overnight thanks to an ingredient called Artemia salina, which is rich in DGTP (Diguanosine Tetraphosphate). According to the brand’s lab team, DGTP helps invigorate your skin to revive dull and prematurely aged complexions. Because of its rich, thick texture, Aguilar recommends it primarily as a night cream (those with very dry skin or those who prefer a richer textured cream, she says, can use it A.M. and P.M.). Apply after Diamond Life Infusion to seal in hydration and help the serum do its work.
If you want your skincare to do a little of everything, Aguilar says Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye and Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream is the duo for you. Together they help abate the look of signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagginess, and dullness while also hydrating the skin. Both also have a subtle tint for a lightweight, no-makeup makeup effect.
With the skin under your eyes being so much thinner and more fragile than the rest of your face, using these VIPs together helps reduce the appearance of damaging effects caused by pollution, daily environmental skin stressors, and device screens. And when used as primers or sheer makeup, they’re designed to work in tandem without caking up or settling on top of each other.
Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye contains water lily, says Aguilar, which helps soothe and address the appearance of under-eye bags, as well as Nature Bissé’s unique Detox Complex, with extracts from peony roots and a natural trehalose sugar from Vietnamese and Thai yucca starch. It also contains vitamin PP (also known as B-3), a derivative of yeast that may help minimize the look of darkness and puffiness under the eye. It’s an all-in-one eye contour cream that’s like concealer, but so much better.
Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream is the equivalent of the eye cream, but for the face. It provides a radiant, dewy finish while also helping to conceal imperfections. It uses powerful hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and Aquamagnet that not only helps hydrate but also function to enhance benefits and reveal a softer complexion. It also contains the SIRT-AP peptide complex, derived from rice, which can help to soften the appearance of fine lines. “For a super refreshed no-makeup look, I love applying the Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream and allowing it soak in for a few minutes to see where I can add any needed coverage,” says celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern. “It sets the stage for less makeup.”
For more firm-looking and radiant skin, this professional-grade pair is tops. According to Aguilar, when you follow the Diamond Glyco Extreme Peel with the Essential Shock Intense Complex, users have reported seeing an immediate lifted appearance on the skin. The exfoliating action of the peel actually helps tee up the complex.
“The Diamond Glyco Extreme Peel has 50 percent alpha-hydroxy acids,” says Aguilar. “Five different acids [exfoliate] the cells on the surface of the skin and that helps the products you apply afterward be better absorbed.” A unique buffering system in the product maintains the pH to be similar to the skin’s, allowing it to be applied with a low chance of causing redness or irritation from the formula. It also automatically neutralizes the peel after 15 minutes. The payoff? Aguilar says it can help with texture, tone, appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and encourage a lifted look.
Essential Shock Intense Complex enhances those potential firming benefits with a blend of collagen, elastin, vitamin C, and isoflavones–a plant-derived compound. Together they help reduce the visible appearance of dryness and sagging, helping to rejuvenate facial contours and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. “We call this line ‘Essential Shock’ because it’s like shock therapy for your skin,” says Aguilar. “It includes collagen peptides, which can help to make the skin firmer.”
Double masking, or the practice of using multiple face masks on different areas of the face in order to address specific concerns and customize your results, gets a supercharged upgrade with the Stabilizing Cleansing Mask and Essential Shock Intense Mask.
On oily areas like the T-zone, the Stabilizing Cleansing Mask is an all-in-one cleanser and mask that cleanses pores with salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and kaolin clay. It absorbs excess oil and helps visibly mattify skin for a satiny look and feel. If you have occasionally oily or combination skin, use it as a spot treatment on those areas.
“For myself and my clients,” says celebrity makeup artist and beauty influencer Nam Vo, “I love to apply Natura Bissé’s Stabilizing Cleansing Mask (especially on the T-zone area where oil can easily buildup) prior to a red-carpet event to prime the skin and properly set makeup. It’s the perfect mask for a deep cleanse, it helps control shine, and enhances your natural glow under makeup to allow for a flawless finish.”
Every skin type can benefit from the Essential Shock Intense Mask, according to Aguilar. With mask #1 on the T-zone, you would then apply the Essential Shock Intense Mask on your cheeks, your neck, and décolleté. Its star ingredients are antioxidants green tea and pineapple.
Now that you have your selection of dynamic duos, choose which pairs best meet your top complexion concerns and upgrade your routine. Your skin will thank you later.