I am a sucker for personalization.. Be it a lovely monogram on purse, an annoyingly customized GrubHub order, or my wedding anniversary or daughter’s birthday emblazoned on everything from jewelry to albums and artwork, it’s those little personal touches that make all the difference. You’d think that with something as utterly personal as skincare, there would be more options for a totally customizable product out there — made specifically for your skin, with your chose ingredients, but alas, this is nearly impossible to find. And it’s not easy to find a face cream for my combination, large-pored, breakout and redness-prone skin that’s starting to show signs of age. So you can imagine that I got positively giddy when I discovered Hekate Cosmetics, an Italian company that allows you to create totally personalized face cream.
You start by giving your cream a name, which comes engraved on the beautiful, mahogany wood jar. Then you dive into creating the perfect cream for your skin. There are sliders so you can prioritize between moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, and anti-acne. Then you pick 1-5 characteristics to describe your skin (things like dry, oily, red, acne, deep wrinkles, etc.) and 1-4 characteristics you’d like your cream to have (think purifying, soothing, antioxidant, etc.).
From there, you go on to the fun part, selecting your ingredients. Based on the preferences you stated, there are several ingredients that are recommended for your skin, but you’re free to go rogue and select what sounds best to you. You pick up to 4 active ingredients from a list that includes skincare superpowers like seaweed and argan oil (for anti-aging), amino acids and aloe vera (for moisturizing), and natural azelaic or salicylic acids (for anti-acne). The benefits of each ingredient are described in detail, so you know what you’re getting into. Then, you pick up to 3 botanical extracts like rosehip, mallow, and bilberry — again, totally customized for the skin you have, and the even more awesome skin you wish you had. Lastly, you pick your natural fragrance (admittedly my favorite part). There’s something for every nose — from fruity and floral notes, to more unisex woodsy and mossy scents.
And voila! You have your very own, completely customized face cream.
For my skin, I picked the following perfect storm of skincare superpowers:
- Argan oil
- Seaweed anti-aging
- Red vine
- Fruity Amber
I received a heavenly, thick, luxurious and delicious smelling cream in a lovely, reusable black mahogany jar. I use it every night and have noticed my skin looking and feeling more hydrated, smoother, and more radiant when I wake up. I love that I know exactly what’s in my face cream, why it’s there, and that every ingredient is perfectly suited for me!