Firming up your skin with the French secret of grapes!

By Angeliz Venter

As a first-time mom the shock of my body looking different and feeling different post-partum was quite big. Even now, 14 months after the birth of our son, my body and skin still need some extra care to feel nourished and good. Luckily, I found Panier des Sens’s firming grape renewing oil and their active firming cream!

Panier des Sens was found in the South of France in the heart of Provence. Inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and know-how, they use the best of their region to develop natural, simple and authentic products. Their natural and vegan formulas are designed and manufactured in France by favouring short circuits and local partnerships. For 20 years, they have been developing their product expertise by relying on the unique know-how of Marseille master soap makers and Grasse perfumers. For more than 10 years, their formulas enriched with raw materials of natural origin have been clean. They respect a strict formulation charter with their face and body cosmetics also containing between 95% and 100% ingredients of natural origin.

Panier des Sens packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable! That is 20.5 tons of virgin plastic saved and 80% of aluminium recycled. They are also members of the 1% for the planet association, an international movement of entrepreneurs committed to a new economy, more respectful of people and the planet. This means they donate 1% of the turnover of their Green collection to environmental protection organizations: the Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels PACA, whose mission is to preserve the natural heritage of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. ‘Azure and France Nature Environment, whose aim is to reconcile man and the environment, to protect and manage nature in the territories. All the Panier des Sens solid soaps are certified RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). The palm oil produced, processed and used, meets the very specific requirements of the association in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility and Development Sustainable, and is traceable throughout the supply chain.

Now to talk about their body care products I so dearly love! Starting with the Active firming, renewing grape cream! This moisturizing body cream helps firm the skin and helps reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. The skin is supple, firmer and more elastic. I love the fact that 97% of the ingredients is naturally-sourced in France, it revitalizes, drains and firms the skin reduces the appearance of orange peel skin, contains organic grapes from Provence and it’s patented Active Firming Bodyfit™. This means the patented active ingredient that helps firm the skin is based on Glaucine, it favors the reduction of the orange peel appearance and improves the firmness of the skin. It activates lipolysis, and inhibits the appearance of new adipocytes, by regulating the flow of calcium and water in the tissues. Panier des Sens also did a study and 95% of women find their skin more hydrated.

So why use grapes in these two products? Grapes are packed with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols. This protects the skin from free radicals and helps preserve its youthfulness. It promotes cell regeneration and intensifies the firmness of the epidermis. Grapeseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, has emollient properties; it softens, nourishes and maintains skin hydration. Aa a recognized antioxidant, it preserves the skin barrier by neutralizing free radicals. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, grape seed oil helps to maintain the suppleness and firmness of the skin. Grape seeds reveal mechanical exfoliating properties to smooth the skin. The red vine leaf is rich in tannins, anthocyanins, flavonoids and vitamin C, and is known for its venotonic properties that helps to stimulate blood circulation and reduce the sensation of heavy legs.

For the body oil, it contains mainly the same ingredients and properties of the firming cream, but the active ingredient is sweet almond oil! It nourishes your skin, due to it being rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid, which is naturally also present in our skin. Sweet almond oil nourishes and protects the skin, thanks to its composition rich in saturated fatty acids. It softens the skin and protects it from drying out, giving it a velvety feel.

All in all, I love both these products and alternate between them. I like to use the Active firming cream after my bath or shower at night and the oil in the morning, especially now that summer is approaching and I want my skin to be as moisturized and smooth as possible! You can shop these items on Zando, Takealot and Bash!

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