The aforementioned highly favored shea butter powers The Balm alongside toning algae extracts and balancing raspberry seed oil. According to Boston-based board-certified dermatologist Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, M.D., any great barrier cream is spiked with this ingredient to help prevent and repair skin damage, maintain the lipid barrier, and provide protection from irritants. Czech was adamant about shea butters inclusion because it’s the key for preventing broken capillaries and rosacea when in freezing cold climates. It also helps seal in all the amazing hydration from prior steps in the Joanna Czech Skincare regimen.
The Balm is far from greasy, in my experience. It becomes one with your skin as you melt it in with your hands. I can’t wait to coat my skin with it on the coldest, driest day this winter. It’s really like a cashmere blanket for your skin. Plus, “Any skin condition and skin tone can use it,” Czech adds — even those with oily, acne-prone complexions, like me. “Because oil dissolves oil.”
The Cleansing Wipes
Although The Kit doesn’t include a cleanser, The Cleansing Wipes make an appearance. Twelve different face wash formulas are in the works for a future Joanna Czech Skincare launch, Czech says, but these biodegradable cloths took priority because they are easiest to use while on the plane. (And you can just as easily slip your favorite cleanser into the extra compartment in the shimmery navy puffer coat-like toiletry bag that The Kit is housed in.) “I don’t like using face wipes as a cleanser,” Czech shares. “Face wipes are not a replacement for cleanser — this is to be practical.”
The Face Wipes are infused with essential inflight ingredients, like depuffing rosemary extract, calming chamomile extract, antimicrobial echinacea extract, and exfoliating lactic acid.
The Face Mask
Last but not least, Czech also added a sheet mask to the mix. In the past, she always found herself throwing in a hydrating sheet mask or two for her clients when putting together their bespoke travel skin-care routines, so she knew she had to make her own — complete with moisture-inducing hyaluronic acid and sunflower seed oil, as well as antioxidant-rich red marine algae and oil-absorbing bentonite clay — for them to slap on while on the plane or after they land.
Before we say our goodbyes, Czech reminds me all of the products in The Kit, which you can shop for $1,320 starting November 18 on joannaczech.com, should be slathered on from the nipples up. Noted.
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