• “Unlike the usual over-the-counter TREATMENTS, this takes into account how your SKIN changes”

    results from its six-month skincare program. The process begins with an in-depth analysis of your skin – assessing its condition, the way it reacts to certain products and levels of exposure, as well as its cell activity – after which you are prescribed a mix from 60 ultra-active ingredients. These formulas arrive each month in the form of two creams and up to eight individually created serums, while regular bespoke facials and further skin analysis monitors your progress. Unlike the usual over-the-counter treatment of skincare, the updates take into account seasonal rhythms, day and night cycles and how your skin changes as it responds to treatment (biologique-recherche.us).

    Starting from $37,000 for six months, this is in no way a bargain solution to skincare concerns. So for those seeking to spend a little less, scientist and engineer Dr Jean Michel Karam created the IOMA Youth Booster system – a super-serum with record levels of active ingredients from botanical formulas to antioxidants – which

    uses Sphere technology (employed by NASA when searching planets for water and signs of life), to read hydration levels in skin. On its cap is an infrared scanner, which calculates your current hydration and dispenses exactly the dosage you need (ioma-paris.com).


    While beauty companies have now extended their foundation colors to cover a broader range of skin types, there remains a constant search for the perfect match. Cult brand Prescriptives offers the closest thing to perfection, with a "Custom Blend" service where, a little like mixing your chosen paint color from a swatch, experts would formulate your foundation using your skin as a guide. When the company reduced its distribution in 2009, fans were bereft, but now it is relaunching the skin-matching assessments for everyone via a video-chat consultation. Just be careful to stand near a natural light source so that your makeup mixologist can make an


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