With her “Natura e Scienza” vision, Irene Forte is the founder, leader and driving force behind Irene Forte Skincare.
As the Wellness Consultant of Rocco Forte Hotels, Irene has always understood the importance of a holistic approach to beauty. This is reflected in her constant emphasis on nourishing, organic ingredients.
Here Irene shares how she celebrates Christmas and her tips for nourishing dry and stressed skin during these cold winter days.
What does your perfect Christmas day look like, where you can relax mentally and physically?
Christmas is all about family coming together; so my perfect Christmas day is spent with the family. We usually spend it in Surrey at my parents' house, and overeat with delicious food, have a massive Christmas tree decorated by my mother, beautifully-wrapped gifts, and we're just together. It's a day spent away from my computer, enjoying the love of the people around me, which ultimately ensures I can relax mentally and physically.
Munich is especially cold in winter, what products do you recommend for dry and stressed skin during this cold season?
During the winter, normally healthy feeling skin can start to feel dehydrated. It’s generally much more dehydrated than the summer months, so you need to change up your routine a little. I’m a firm believer in layering up.
You want to cleanse your skin with a cream-based, non-stripping or drying cleanser, such as my Almond Cleansing Milk.
You also want a moisture-attracting serum; serums with different molecular-weights of Hyaluronic Acid are great, such as my Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum and my Hibiscus Serum. Sometimes I use the Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum first and then follow with the Hibiscus Serum. The Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum is clinically proven to hydrate the skin over 12 hours, after just one application. The unique triple weight blend is proven to immediately plump the skin and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With breakthrough ingredient Myoxinol™, the Hibiscus serum is clinically proven to deliver visible wrinkle reduction when used in a regime with the Prickly Pear Face Cream and the Hibiscus Night Cream.
Don’t forget to then add eye cream; the skin here is thinner and thus more susceptible to colder climates, so it needs to be kept hydrated and protected. I use our brand new Olive Eye Cream, which is clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration, driven by a B Vitamin Complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Leaf Juice.
Finish with a cream or an oil, which are designed to create a barrier on the skin and prevent moisture loss. Ceramides are a critical element of the natural moisture barrier, and we produce fewer and fewer as we get older. As the cold sets in, it’s always a good idea to include Ceramides in your skincare routine. We have them in our Hibiscus Night Cream (and our Hibiscus Serum). Finish with an SPF! I use my SPF50, which is paraben, colorant and silicone-free, and full of omega-rich oils which are perfect for the winter months.
Will special Christmas treatments/products be available?
All of our treatments are already perfect for the festive period; they're designed to be indulgent and help you relax, but also to achieve results.
In terms of special products, we have our Essenziali Rigeneranti Kit, which is a luxurious box containing our six regenerating essential products, designed to give a taste of the best of our brand. We also have our Winter Skin Saviour Hamper, which is a thoughtful and luxurious hamper. It includes four of our moisturising products for an extra hydration boost this festive season – the perfect beauty gift for the cold winter months.