Marie Depoulain, facialist & Gua Sha expert
Marie has been trained in Japanese Kobido and practices exclusively facials. She has developed her own techniques based on a holistic and personalised approach to skincare. Depending on the personality and needs of her clients' skin, Marie adapts and customizes each protocol. A treatment with Marie is never exactly the same, but the feelings and results are always extraordinary. She has succeeded in creating a real bubble of well-being within her Parisian institute. It does takes a little patience to get the Holy grail appointment though!
Tell us about your background and your incredible experience, how does one become a star facialist?
I had a great interest in facials during my aesthetic studies and particularly in shaping forms. After several years of performing some institutional protocols for big brands, I wanted to create an exceptional treatment, placing the gesture and the techniques at the core of my concept, along with the benefits of the cosmetic products to deliver visible results. My job is exciting and always requires to achieve perfection. I’be been trained in Kobido, face sculpting, facial shiatsu, facial Osteo and Japanese reflexology, this enabled me to acquire a wide range of techniques in order to create bespoke skin treatments.
Where does your passion for Gua Sha come from and what make these energy stones so interesting?
Originally, I started working with Gua Sha to accompany and work on the sensoriality of my treatments. Using stones and crystals offers an interesting dimension to reinforce drainage, smoothing, sculpting, while enjoying the freshness and softness of Jade, not to mention the energetic power it delivers. Lithotherapy is a fascinating discipline.
How did this collaboration with C27 Gua Sha happen ?
It all started with my meeting with Michèle Evrard. A passionate woman with whom I share a common philosophy of skincare. Cosmetics 27 is a trusted brand that matches my values both in terms of approach and formulation. I also have a passion for its signature ingredient: Centella Asiatica, known for its exceptional results on the skin. Passionate about cosmetics, it was an obvious choice to collaborate with Cosmetics 27. As soon as Michèle mentioned the idea of developing a Gua Sha tool, we thought of creating a protocol combining the power of the products with the benefits of Gua Sha. White Jade, a cold, purifying and beneficial stone, came like an obvious choice.
What are the essential gestures and practices you would recommend on a daily skin routine to maintain a beautiful and healthy skin?
The massage is a fundamental step, it allows not only to relax the muscles but also to promote drainage which helps to eliminate toxins. It is a real asset in addition to the products that we apply every day. In the evening, after a deep cleansing, make large smoothing movements on the face to stretch out all the tensions accumulated during the day, to encourage relaxation and a better sleep. The morning routine always begins with the application of a lotion like Mist 27, to rebalance skin pH. I advise putting it in the refrigerator before applying. When you wake up, spray it twice on the whole face; the cold is vasoconstrictor, it helps to provoke hyperhaemia. Then, create small tonic pinches on the whole face to stimulate the microcirculation. As a complement, I also advise head down postures, present in yoga, which have amazing anti-aging virtues! As for food, I recommend everything that is anti-oxidant, enriched with omega 3 and 6, and I also have a lot of Vitamin C present in citrus fruits among others. My ideal drink for detox : ginger, lemon, honey and mint or nettle.
Summer tip : apply a moisturising mask 3 or 4 times a week to replenish the skin reserves with water.
What is your go-to C27 product?
Baume 27, of course.
A perfect texture, a complete skin treatment, a clean composition, a formula selected to repair, nourish and regenerate the skin.