GETTING FIGGY WITH IT
Deliciously fresh and in tarts, figs are much more than a fruity Mediterranean treat. They are one of nature’s most powerful sources of antioxidants, containing vitamins A, C, and E. Good for you and scrumptious, did you know that fig oil and fig extract can also be beneficial to your skin? The naturally-occurring antioxidant vitamins in figs help fight free-radical damage, which causes aging and other degenerative diseases. Figs contain other skin-friendly vitamins like niacin, folate, as well as omega 6 fatty acids that keep skin moisturized and hydrated from within. From body butters to buffing cloths, figs can be effective in any body product. Here are a few of our favorites.
A rich and luxurious cream enriched with shea butter and fig extract, Korres Body Butter ($29) is beautifully scented to help rejuvenate the skin. Fig extract is rich in minerals and vitamins so it works to revitalize the appearance of your skin while toning and rejuvenating. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, helping to improve skin’s elasticity and overall smoothness. Shea butter and quince extract soften and moisturize. The body butter can be used all over the body, especially dry elbows, heels, and knees. We recommend you apply it to warm and damp skin after a bath or shower to seal in moisture.
The natural effects of figs can also be seen in your beauty routine. Givenchy Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser High Definition ($30) is a dual-action makeup removing marker for the eyes and lips. Convenient and easy-to-use with three spare tips, this eraser can instantly remove all traces of eye and lip makeup, including waterproof formulas, because it is formulated with a coconut-derivative anionic surfactant. The skin-soothing and softening products of fig extract keeps the skin on your lips and eyes feeling balanced and refreshed.
And what about the rest of your face? Enter Darphin Refreshing Cleansing Milk ($40): effectively and delicately removing traces of makeup and impurities, this milky lotion refreshes and revitalizes skin. Fig and banana flower extracts act as softening and refreshing agents. Apply in small circular motions to your face and neck both mornings and nights and remove any excess product with a quick rinse or cotton pad.
After cleaning your face, try Murad Environmental Shield Intensive-C Radiance Peel ($49.50) to brighten, smooth, and hydrate your skin for a radiant and naturally glowing face with just one treatment. The peel is formulated with vitamin C and Indian fig to protect against free-radical damage while improving skin clarity and luminosity. Glycolic acid exfoliates to increase skin turnover and eliminate dullness while improving skin texture while myrtle extract supports the body’s natural collagen production to keep skin looking youthful.
The shower is an excellent time to implement the skin-saving elements figs have to offer. Dermalogica The Ultimate Buffing Cloth ($13) is safe for all skin types since it contains no artificial fragrances or color. This creamy and lightly foaming body scrub dramatically smoothes, polishes, and energizes your skin. Fig, date, and olive seed pulverized powders gently exfoliate and remove dead and dulling skin cells without stripping skin, leaving your skin naturally glowing and radiant. Rice bran and papaya enzymes slough off other impurities while stimulating skin cell renewal. The essential oils of lavender, orange, sandalwood, and rosemary purify, condition, and invigorate the body.
Take care of your legs with Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy BodyCare Legs Beauty Formula ($170), which targets circulatory problems, water retention, and cellulite. The gel-like formula refreshes with essential oils and is safe for all skin types. Fig extract is used to smooth and soften skin. The gel is also formulated with red vine, witch hazel, and pine extract to decongest and drain while vitamin P shrinks the look of spider veins. Guarana extract tones and slenderizes your legs in conjunction with cyclolipase complex (cyclic AMP, caffeine, lipase), which encourages your body to naturally eliminate fat and cellulite.
Project FIG, a new range of intimate shaving products is formulated to be pH balanced, cruelty-free and vegan. Safe for all skin types, each product is made without synthetic colorants, fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or gluten. We like the Project FIG Shave Gel ($18), a lightly foaming gel that features a blend of hydrating and hair lifting amino-acid based cleansers. The fig extract—high in vitamin A and beta-carotene—provides skin hydration while monoi oil soothes and protects your legs. Project FIG also includes a serum, exfoliant, and Hair Inhibitor ($24), which soothes and prevents ingrown hair. Combining jojoba beads and bamboo stem powder, the polishing grain whisks away dead cell build-up gently.
Fashion a relaxing after-work or bedtime environment with a Diptyque Figuier Candle ($60) in fig scent. Created in France, this lovely packaged candle will transport you back to warm summer days in Greece, where the smell of ripened figs fills the air. With a 50 hour burn time, this is a quick way to escape the cold winter in a second.