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Why the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is perfect for the complexion

Why the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is perfect for the complexion
Team LF
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The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018 has been named as Ultra Violet, or 18-3838, which is a stunning purple shade designed to brighten even the darkest of January days.

With this in mind, we're looking past its colourful facade and delving into what makes violet a great skincare ingredient.

Violet in skincare

Extracted from the violet plant, violet essential oil is a concentrated essence added to many skincare products to help improve the tone and appearance of the complexion.

Super gentle on the skin, it's suitable for even the most sensitive skin types and helps to soothe and calm down any inflammation, making it perfect for post-party complexions which can appear puffy and red. In addition, because it acts as a mild anti-inflammatory, it can work wonders on skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

It's also great to use if you have dry and dehydrated skin, as its naturally conditioning properties act as natural treatments to restore the skin's moisture balance.

1. Cleanse

REN's No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm contains a chamomile and pink violet infusion, which helps to soothe stressed-out winter complexions.

We love how rich and indulgent it feels without feeling oily on the skin; it's the perfect skincare treat when the colder weather takes hold.

2. Mask

Keep the skin hydrated, plumped-up and free from redness with the Origins Violet Flower Fusion Sheet Mask.

It's great to use post-party or mid-flight when your skin really needs an instant pick-me-up thanks to its nourishing and glow-getter properties.

3. Moisturise

Do an overnight moisture mask with Shiseido's Ibuki Sleeping Mask; a rich and nourishing formula designed to counteract all signs of dehydration and skin fatigue.

It contains a vitamin cocktail, as well as violet extract for complete complexion perfection.

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