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Get a gorgeous complexion this winter with Finnish brand Lumene

Updated on December 25, 2015

A selection of Lumene skincare

What are Lumene skin care products like?

It's a misnomer that beauty products coming from near the Arctic Circle would be heavy, greasy or waxy. After all, Finns also enjoy indoor gatherings, saunas, etc. Weighty skin care would clog pores, not protect! What's good for Arctic sled dog's noses is not what people need. So, even if you live in a more temperate climate, know that the line will still work beautifully for you.

Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam is for all skin types. You pump it out and it foams up like a shaving cream. You can smell the Vitamin C qualities in its light fruity scent. It gently, but thoroughly cleans your face. Many cleansers that purport to be for winter climates are too rich to cleanse; they seem more like moisturizers. It boosts your rosiness, but not in an irritating way.

Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer is a primer. After moisturizing, you apply a pea-sized amount to smooth rough skin and leave a matte finish. It's rare to be able to find a primer that allows you a shine-free complexion without drying (and irritating) your face. You'll look more elegant with a poreless look. Your makeup will apply easier and last longer. The tube is perfectly sized for 3-1-1 carry-on travel/TSA compliant bags.

When you need more of a helping hand to have a smooth, line-free complexion -- such as when you get older -- Time Freeze Ultra Firm Elixir is for you. It has encapsulated "beauty pearls" in a gel formula that pumps out. The tubular bottle is sized for 3-1-1 carry-on travel/TSA compliant bags. Its formula concentrates the already potent lingonberry, helping with collagen and elastin synthesis. So, not only the surface of your skin is firmer and smoother, but also, the skin beneath the surface tautens. Try this product on stubborn jawlines and browlines that have "gone south".

Points of difference with Lumene skincare

Finland's location offers challenges to keeping a youthful, pretty complexion: the Arctic Circle passes through it, winters can be harsh, there's a distinct lack of sunshine for part of the year, fresh veggies and fruits are expensive and harder to obtain. And yet, they as a whole have beautiful, porcelain complexions. Women there -- like in neighboring Russia -- adore the "glamour" look.

Stockmann is Finland's high-end department store, which I have visited. Along with the most luxurious brands from around the world, they carry Lumene. I was glad to be hosted to experience it! Here in the US, we are fortunate to be able to purchase this European line at such easy to access (and sometimes open 24 hours) places as Meijer grocery stores, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and even online at Amazon.

Interestingly enough, I feel I gained understanding about Lumene when dining at fine dining restaurants in Helsinki: I learned about the wild fruits and herbs and their nutritive properties. Plants that can survive the Arctic, that can take in bits of sunshine and still go through photosynthesis, are hardy indeed. Berries in Finland are tart, but full of Vitamin C, for example. Lumene uses plants like Arctic lingonberry, cloudberry, sea buckthorn and blueberry in its products.

Also, in the wilds of the Arctic, these plants are not subject to the levels of industrial pollution that they would be in other parts of the world.


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