Thanks to retailers like Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue, a popular French skin care line called Lierac has made its way to American shores. So far, Lierac is only available at a few locations of the two retailers, but it is also available online at Sephora. Ales Group, which develops, manufactures and distributes Lierac, also brings us Phytologie and Phytotherathrie, two of the most highly sought after hair care lines in the world.
(Phytologie is the professional line, while Phytotherathrie is distributed at retailers like Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus and other large department stores.) Ales Group also distributes SA Parfums Caron, Yardley perfumes, and manufactures pharmeceuticals. The group also developed a line of hair care products for the Jacques Dessange salons. Whether it’s hair care, skin care or vitamins, Ales Group prides itself on its extensive use of highly effective and highly concentrated botanical formulas.
Lierac Cosmeceutical Skincare is a comprehensive line merging advanced scientific research with the pleasurable quality of cosmetic beauty care. The line is extensive, with over 50 products available to the U.S. market, and even more available in Europe. So, no matter how your skin is (mis)behaving, Lierac has just the product to give you the complexion you’ve always wanted!
Although the line seems a bit daunting at first it is actually fairly straightforward. It’s divided into 3 groups Basic (your daily routine of cleansers and toners), Ethic (targeted treatments for particular areas and/or problems) and Specific (for specific skin types and for antiaging regimens.
Basic/Les Basiques – Essential products for your daily beauty routine.
Cleansers and Toners
Gentle Makeup Remover Lotion/ Lait Demaquillant Douceur
a soothing, nonaggressive formula containing hyaluronic acid, papaya and calendula to gently cleanse and soften the skin.
Gentle Toning Lotion/ Lotion Tonique Douceur
The toner contains a high concentration of moisturizing and desensitizing plant ingredients to soften and revitalize the skin.
Refreshing Makeup Remover Lotion/ Lait Demaquillant Fraicheur
(for normal or combination skin) Gentle cleansing agents and extracts of grapefruit and burdock regulate sebaceous secretions, leaving skin clean and shinefree.
Refreshing Toning Lotion/ Lotion Tonique Fraicheur
This toner contains a high concentration of balancing and clarifying plant ingredients to leave skin clear and healthy. It is an essential complement to the cleansing milk.
Cleansing Water for Face and Eyes
(for all skin types) Rich in soothing and moisturizing botanical extracts, this cleansing water gently cleans even the most delicate skin and the fragile eye area.
Moisturizing, Repair Velvet Mask/ Masque Velours
For overwrought skin, this concentrate of pampering ingredients plumps the skin from within to replenish and moisturize in depth.
Exfoliating, Purifying and Clarifying Mask/ Masque Clarte
For dull, uneven and lackluster complexions, this mask contains ultragentle microspheres to purify and clarify the skin, leaving it refreshed and clean.
Stimulating and Firming Beauty Mask/ Masque Lifting
Ideal for fatigued skin, this mask is formulated with tightening agents and natural extracts to instantly smooth features, tone and rejuvenate the skin.
Tonic Exfoliating Care for Body/ Soin Exfoliant Corps
To deep cleanse the skin and refine its texture while helping stimulate cell renewal. These formulas contain papaya, peach, althea, matricaria extracts as well as allantoin.
Exfoliating Radiance Care for Face/ Soin Exfoliant Lumiere Visage – Refining scrub for face.
Refreshing Body Care
HydroTonic Shower Gel/ Gel Douche Eclat Corps
Invigorating botanical shower gel.
HydroTonic Treatment Spray/ Spray Eclat Corps
Use gel first to gently cleanse the skin, leaving it satinysoft and delicately scented. Then use the spray, formulated with antistress ingredients for firmer, moisturized, satinsmooth skin. The spray, which does not use denatured grain alcohol like most fragrances, can even be used in the sun.
Specific/ Les Specifiques
Targeted skin care products that help preserve the youth and beauty of skin at any age.
Antiwrinkle phytocosmetic treatments for wrinkle prevention and control age 30+. The Deridium line contains almond oil, coneflower, squalene, lady’s mantle, and horsetail extracts to prevent and control fine lines and wrinkles. Alchemilla, ivy and horsetail stimulate cell renewal and smooth away wrinkles, while plantderived moisturizers boost and maintain optimal skin hydration. Vitamin E and coneflower extract also provide extra protection against free radicals.Deridium Cream for Dry/Over Dry Skin/ Deridium Peaux Seches
Enriched with botanical moisturizing agents, this intensive nourishing cream counteracts the causes of visible signs of skin aging.
Deridium Cream for Normal/ Combination Skin/ Deridium Peaux Normales
This complete day and night cream includes a high concentration of botanical extracts in a cream with a light, smooth texture.
This serum is a 20 to 30 day intensive program for all skin types. It helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin smooth, taut and toned.
Essential from the age of 40, Coherence is a skincare system based on collagen III accelerators. The action of these vectors give the skin a true firming and moisturizing boost. Coherence is a complete program that helps rejuvenate and firm aging skin and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. Coherence is wrinkle control, rejuvenation and firmness for age 40+.
Coherence Skin Firming Care (dry skin formula)/ Coherence Nutri – Enriched with vitamin C and calcium.
Coherence Rejuvenating Skin Firming Day Care/ Coherence Jour- This formula, rich in Coherence Vectors and vitamins, helps the skin to look smoother, firmer and radiant. The Coherence line contains squalene, cholesterol, lecithin, vitamin E and shea butter to protect and rejuvenate the skin.
Coherence Lip Contour Lifting Care/ Coherence Levres – A lip contour “lift” formula to help protect the youthful appearance, plumping them and enhancing the staying power of lipstick.
Coherence Rejuvenating Skin Firming Night Care – At night, Coherence Vectors and a synergy of magnesium and potassium hyaluronate help repair the skin.
Coherence 21 Day Lift Effect Cure/ Coherence Concentre Absolu – A 21 day program for an intensive lift treatment.
Coherence Neck Firmer/ Coherence Cou – Incorporating a high concentration of Coherence Vectors, this creamgel is an advanced tightening and firming treatment for the neck and decollate. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing formula leaves skin feeling smooth and supple.
Care for reactive or sensitive skin. Apaisance products are formulated with celandine, horse chestnut, arnica, helichrysum (all of which reduce the size and redness of capillaries) and LindenFlower Proanthocyan that has strong antiinflammatory, antihistaminic and antifree radical properties.
Apaisance Couperose – Specific care for redness and visible signs of couperose. An extremely gentle formula, with instantly visible results due to the presence of green pigments which minimize red skin tones. Helps prevent sensitive reactions while reducing the appearance of redness. This calming formula contains macadamia, linden, arnica and almond protein extracts as well as Sodium PCA.
Highly Recommended: Apaisance Spray – Desensitizing Spray an “SOS formula” to instantly calm, soothe and refresh sensitized skin. This also contains Alpha Bisabolol, that instantly soothes inflammations. This is excellent for post waxing and post-peel procedures.
Regulance for oily or acne-prone skin.
Regulance Clarifying Lotion/ Regulance Lotion Clarifiante – Incorporating an advanced AHA complex, this hightolerance lotion evens out and clarifies dull complexions, while helping to prevent shine. Orris root, glycolic and lactic acids make this formula perfect for smoothing uneven complexions.
Regulance ShineControl Emulsion/ Regulance Emulsion Matifiante – This fluidcream protects, moisturizes, and instantly controls shine to leave skin matte, fresh and supple.
Sequissimo – for dry and dehydrated skin. Cocoglycerides, almond extract and camellia extract work to counteract dryness and prevent dehydration. This puts the supple, deeply hydrated feel back to the complexion.
Sequissimo Gentle Moisturizing Fluid/ Sequissimo Fluide – This fresh, lightweight fluid formulated with moisturizing factors (3%) helps fight dehydration and leaves skin delicately scented. For normal/ combination skin.
Sequissimo Velvet Soft Cream (for dry skin)/ Sequissimo Creme Onctueuse – Enriched with moisturizing factors (5%), this silkysoft cream helps restore the skin’s natural hydration system to increase radiance and softness.
Sequissimo Extra Rich Moisturizing Cream/ Sequissimo Creme Tres Riche – Formulated with a high concentration of moisturizing agents (7%), this rich cream provides longlasting moisture. Skin is ideally rehydrated and protected against environmental aggressions.
Sequissimo Intense Moisturizing Balm/ Sequissimo Baume Intense – Applied sparingly of used as a mask, this balm works like a “moisturizing bandaid” to replenish the reserves of severely dehydrated skin.
Sequentiel Radiance Rejuvenation Nutrition Program – A complete skin recovery treatment, this age and fatigue-fighting program is presented in two complementary formulas (day/night), incorporating a high concentration (88%) of rejuvenating, restructuring, smoothing, moisturizing and stimulating ingredients. After a 24day treatment, skin looks younger, and glows with health and vitality.
Highly Recommended: Diopti Skin care targeted for the delicate eye area.
If you try no other products from Lierac – try these! There are few lines (with the exception of Talika, perhaps) with such specialized care for the eye area. The best part is that the sub-range really delivers and is, in fact, one of the best loved segments of the line.
Diopti Lotion – Eye makeup remover liquid for sensitive eyes. Both makeup remover lotions are formulated with chamomile, cornflower and rose water to soothe the delicate eye area.
Diopti Fluide – a milky eye makeup remover fluid for removing waterproof makeup.
DioptiCreme – Rejuvenating cream for reducing wrinkles around the eyes. This wrinkle controlformula contains a high concentration of rejuvenating ingredients to help prevent and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
DioptiGel – Reducing gel for bags under the eyes. This gel helps combat undereye puffiness with botanical extracts like alchemilla, ivy, horsetail, and chamomile.
DioptiCalm – Soothing balm for the eyelids. Licorice and witch hazel are combined to soothe and decongest the eye contour area, leaving it fresher and less fatigued.
DioptiCerne – Beauty care cream for dark fatigue circles. This formula contains arnica, vitamin E and butcherbroom to gradually help reduce unsightly dark circles. Also available in tinted version. The arnica, with its famous antibruising properties, stimulate blood vessels to reabsorb the wayward blood molecules that contribute to all sorts of circulatory aberrations, while the vitamin E and butcherbroom reinforce the capillary walls.
DioptiLisse – Ultrafirming eye care with an instant smoothing effect. This fresh, transparent gel “lifts” the eyelids in just a few minutes to give a more youthful, rested appearance to the eye area. Used daily, it has a longlasting firming action and helps prevent drooping of the eyelids.
AquaD Radiance Continuous Hydration – An instant radiance booster, AquaD contains a rejuvenating ingredient exclusive to Lierac (ProD Actif) and a highly concentrated moisturizing complex (15%). With daily use, this refreshing creamgel helps skin look smooth, youthful and illuminated. This very concentrated formula contains glycerin, sweet almond protein, glycosphingolipids, castor oil, vitamin E and Sodium PCA.
Long Lasting Moisturizing Body Lotion/ Lait Corporel AntiDessechement – This very rich body lotion provides skin with continual moisture throughout the day. Neither sticky nor greasy, it is uniquely formulated to maintain skin’s optimal hydration levels.
Intensive Moisturizing ‘HydraOil” for Bath and Body/ HydraHiule AntiDessechement – On the skin or in the bath, this fine, delicate oil provides longlasting hydration and beautifies the skin leaving it satinysmooth, silky and glowing. Ideal for summer use to enhance tanned skin. These formulas contain honey, squalene and Sodium PCA to hydrate and smooth the driest skin.
Highly Recommended: Arkeskin Skin Revitalizing Cosmetic Replacement Therapy/ Soin Creme Antiage Substitutif – This is a key product from Lierac and one of it’s most popular. Employing the active ingredient in motherofpearl, cytonacre sp, Arkeskin has a targeted action to promote a return to younger looking skin. Cytonacre sp regenerates skin cells by releasing chemicals that target the melanin distribution and the synthesis of keratin, collagen and elastin. Other hydrating and revitalizing ingredients include wheat germ oil, squalene, glycerin, almond protein, sesame oil and Sodium PCA. Arkeskin is a complete program that increases hydration, firmness, elasticity and regulation of pigmentation. Arkeskin is available in two formulas one for face and one for body.
Phytolastil – for reduction and prevention of stretch marks.
Phytolastil Gel – This gel strengthens the fibrous support system of the skin to prevent the appearance of stretch marks during high risk periods like pregnancy, puberty, weight loss or gain.
Phytolastil Ampoules – The highly concentrated active plant synergy in Phytolastil ampoules, an intensive Phyto(botanical)cosmetic program, visibly helps to reduce existing stretch marks. In 48 weeks, stretch marks tend to diminish in depth, width and color.
Phytophyline ampoules Intensive Phytocosmetic Program for Cellulite – a highly concentrated, intensive treatment helps reshape and sculpt unsightly body curves when used twice daily for 68 weeks.
Highly Recommended: UltraCool Spray Leg Refresher/ UltraFraicheur Jambes – Formulated with decongesting, refreshing and invigorating ingredients, this convenient spray provides instant relief for tired, swollen legs.
Body Contouring Products
Reshaping Cream Abdomen/ Carytide Ventre – Achieve a superfirm abdomen with this firming treatment. Formulated with energizing and contouring agents, this cream works to sculpt, shape and define the abdomen and restore the soft, supple feel of the skin.
Body Lift Refining, Firming Gel – Body Lift is a bodycontouring and firming gel with a concentration of superactivated caffeine (7%). It’s instant tightening effect works to smooth and enhance the skin, sculpting the body contours and minimizing the orange peel aspect of cellulite.
Sensorielle Drainage Body Cream – A high concentration of active ingredients to drain and contour and cyclotella to infuse the skin with sense of relaxation. With an amazingly smooth and multisensorial texture, the cream is pleasurable to use for massaging on a daily basis or as intensive treatment to combat water retention.
Products for Bust
Phytrel Ampoules Intense Phytocosmetic Program Bust Firmer – Containing a high concentration of firming, astringent and toning active ingredients, these ampoules provide an effective solution for a slack, sagging bust when used twice daily for 68 weeks.
Bust Lift Firming Spray for Bust and Decollete – This firming and astringent spray tones the bust and beautifies the skin while helping to prevent the appearance of unsightly brown spots on the decollete.
This line can be overwhelming with its myriad products for everything under the sun – but its well worth spending the time to investigate. The products deliver what they promise and very concentrated, providing good value for the money.