As you might have guessed from its name ending with leÿa, that’s right, it’s one of the top premium ranges from Sisley, which also means an eye-watering price for after-sun care.
If you have been hesitant using after sun care products simply because of its traditional light texture or its usual simple soothing function. It also could be because your main interests are rooted in delaying skin aging. If you want something different and wouldn’t mind investing your money, you should try Sisley Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care.
My man and I have been sharing Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care since 2011, and it has been very successful we should say. Of course, it should work considering the price that we’ve been spending :P. As you’ve seen from the photos before, my man has a very pale, easily sunburned and reddened eczema prone skin, whereas I have a yellow toned light to medium skin with normal to dehydrated skin most of the times of the year except in boiling hot humid summer, which both us tend to get a bit oily around our T-zone area.
Scent & Consistency
To compare with other Sisley moisturisers, Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care is in between their emulsion and cream consistency with a light herbal aroma scent. It penetrates into skin fast and hydrates very well, without leaving any greasy residue behind. That’s the main reason why my man and I have been enjoying very much together. Skin feels very silky smooth on touch.
If you have a very dry skin though, it might not be enough. You probably want to add another layer of Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care on top. You can also add a few drops of very basic hydrating soothing oils such as jojoba, olive and sunflower if you feel that your skin won’t react to them. If you have an oily skin, you might want to test at your nearby counter first. You might like it if you suffer from dehydration, but if you really have oily skin without the issue, then you might rather prefer gel or emulsion-type after sun care products like Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel.
Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care combines the benefits of a repairing treatment with a high-performance, anti-aging formula to help maintain younger-looking skin. An exclusive combination of active ingredients is designed to repair skin after sun exposure (andiroba oil and shea butter) and reduce sensations of hot skin caused by the sun (peptide extract from marine microalgae). It also prevents external signs of skin aging, thanks to a cocktail of active ingredients of mineral (rhodochrosite extract), plant (alkekengi calyx extract) and vitamin origin (vitamin E). To fight against dehydration, a source of fine lines, ingredients have been selected to combat dehydration (a source of fine lines) and restore the moisture to the skin, leaving it supple and radiant. Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care repairs the skin for sun exposure the next day (white willow leaf extract). Its fine, refreshing, luscious texture soothes immediately and responds to all the skin's needs after sun exposure. Non-comedogenic.
- Peptide extract from marine microalgae: soothes and reduces sensations of hot skin caused by the sun
- Shea Butter: repairs, nourishes, soothes, protects and softens
- Plum Oil: nourishes and protects
- Andiroba Oil: soothes and regenerates
- Alkekengi Calyc Extract: boosts collagen fiber synthesis, anti-free radical
- Vitamin E Acetate: antioxydant, reinforces the skin's natural defenses
- Rhodochrosite Extract: anti-free radical action promoting SOD activity
- Einkorn Extract: anti-glycation action
- Vegetable Glycerin: moisturizes
- Pro-Vitamin B5: maintains moisture and softens the skin
- White Willow Leaf Extract: anti-colagenase and anti-elastase action, stimulates the skin’s natural defenses
Usage & Efficacy
Although the Sisley counter manager told me that using it alone is sufficient, my man and I have been using it slightly differently. Well, I guess we have been a bit more creative playing with it :).
Whether you go for sunbathing or skiing, there’s always an occasion where you want to feel a bit more special than non-vacance days such as dining with the special one. For your skin’s faster recovery, you shouldn’t really put on a normal silicone primer on your sensitised skin. In fact, I would avoid drinking and putting on make-up, but if you can’t, then you can use Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care as a make-up base instead under your foundation or any complexion products that you use.
It doesn’t typically control oil production or hold make-up longer as it isn’t designed to be used as a make-up primer. However, the whole point is to give your sensitised skin a bit of TLC while you enjoy your dinner while looking fabulous :). One thing though, please try to avoid heavy coverage foundations as it interrupts your skin's ability to breathe. If you go out during the day, then I would suggest you use something that gives reliable high SPF.
Seasonal S.O.S Treatment
I don’t normally get sunburned, but my skin feels quite sore and dry after sun exposure during summer. So I’ve been enjoying Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care in conjunction with Innisfree Aloe Hydro Gel Mask, which cools and hydrates skin instantly. And they’ve been working great together so my skin doesn’t get patchy or overly sensitive anymore XD. I’ve also noticed that my skin doesn’t look that tired or lifeless a night after using Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care.
I wouldn’t say it completely controls melanin productions since that’s something that you need to rely on religious SPF application and incorporating lightening skin care. However, I saw a huge difference in my skin tone and texture when I didn’t take it to my holiday vacation in Florida, which made me feel awful even thinking about it….:( Regardless, lesson learned! :)
As for my man, he loves jogging, so he uses Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care almost every night whenever he feels that he needs that skin regenerating boost to normalise his sensitive skin, unlike my seasonal usage. He also gets wrinkles very easily from the sun, but it somehow has been helping him getting less deep. That being said, Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After-sun Care is preventative, not corrective. I don’t think it’s anything to do with eczema, but it has been working well on my man’s skin condition without any irritation.
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