It isn’t often that I fall in love with skincare products, but this time I have and just have to share my new found loves – ok, one of them isn’t really new to my skincare regime but nevertheless, an absolute must-have for those who suffer from that annoying occasional break-out.
The first two products are from France, and you know how the French are with their skincare lines – superbly magnificent!
- Bioderma Crealine H2O rrp$39.95 250ml
Yes, you read it right – H2O – water. Although it isn’t really water, it’s what I call “miracle” water. Made from glycerine esters that have a specific propriety to have a double affinity for water and fats, the Crealine H2O promises to remove all traces of make-up without causing tightness that some cleanser can create. It looks just like water, but it’s not. It’s got these special esters that instead of sticking to your skin when you cleanse it, grabs the dirt and grime on your skin.
To use this, simply pour a little onto a cotton pad and swipe your face with it. That simple. What I do love about this is the fact that it has been made especially for sensitive skin – so yes, no chemical, or any other ingredients that might cause a reaction to your skin plus, it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy nor tight after cleansing. Being in my mid to late 30s, means that my skin is slowly changing so I have now stuck to products that have been specified for sensitive skin to minimise any dire effects. Having break-outs at my age is no fun, and yes, I will cover how I manage that later in this post.
I do have to admit that even though the Crealine H2O does not require you to rinse your skin with water afterwards, I’m just so used to the fact and I still do that. Plus wearing full make-up all day means that I do need to do a double cleanse. The only gripe I have is that it’s only available at pharmacies and via dermatologists. But, thank goodness they’ll be available online soon! Just a thing to take note though, there are counterfeits out there, so to be sure that you’ve got the real thing, make sure you can’t unscrew the lid of the bottle. If you can then yes, it’s a fake. And it’s probably just water in there. Email email@example.com for a stockist near you!
- Uriage AquaPRECIS Eye Contour Care rrp$39.95 15ml
Uriage, another French skincare line that is only available via pharmacies and dermatologist is another new found love of mine. Its ingredients include the thermal water located in Uriage les Bains, at the heart of the French Alps. What is thermal water? Well, think hot springs – you know how they’ve got these amazing natural healing properties right? So does the thermal water from the Uriage thermal station. It has been recommended by dermatologists in France to help with major skin conditions and I could go on and on with how great the French health care system is but that would just cause you to be sh*tty and hate your life, so I won’t. Anyway, back to this amazing eye care I’ve been trialling. It’s not often that I share something I’ve only tried for a week and a bit, but when it does make a difference, I just had to share. I had this on sometime last week, thought I’d give it a try because really, as far as eye creams go you can’t tell the difference when you’ve tried so many.
It was that one day when I didn’t get enough sleep from the night before and was feeling dead tired. First, the feeling of the gel on the skin underneath my eyes – A-MAH-ZING! Like having cucumber slices placed on your eyes. I’m not exaggerating – it felt FRESH! Then, it was my encounter with someone from school when I said I was feeling tired. She then shared that I sure didn’t look it. Ding ding! Another thing that made my day! I don’t know what it was that caused those effects but I believe it’s the silanol, a decongesting silicon derivative that’s also helping to decongest the bags underneath the eyes and not to mention the thermal water!! The formula is also made for sensitive skin and is safe to use for contact lens wearers.
And to proof to you, here’s an image when I was at MBFWA on Friday, with little sleep from the night before. Yes, I did have some concealer on but, you can see for yourself how “bright” I look!
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So what’s been getting me through my stupid bout of that occasional break outs? This drying lotion by Mario Badescu. I actually discovered this skincare range quite a while back, a few years ago when I walked pass the Kit Cosmetics counter over at Myer in Chadstone and saw the sign, “Do you want to get rid of your blackheads?”. Then I started using their skincare line and then also decided to try out their drying lotion to manage those “awesome” break outs.
The drying lotion is just like calamine lotion. There is the creamy bit at the bottom and the clear solution at the top. DO NOT shake the bottle to mix them! So how do you use it? Simply dip a cotton bud right through to the bottom and dab it onto your pimple. Then simply wash it off the next morning. What it does is help soothe the fiery pimple and shrink any whiteheads or in my case pimples. Yes, you read it right, you can also use this on your whiteheads. What I also like about this product is the fact that it acts quickly – soothes the pimple right away and is great for sensitive skin – doesn’t dry your skin out like some other acne treatments. And it doesn’t hurt when there are some big name celebs from Martha Stewart to Charlize Theron and right down to even P.Diddy that love the brand. Not that it matters to me really.
*I was given the Bioderma Crealine H2O and Uriage AquaPRECIS Eye Care for consideration in accordance with the site’s Disclosure Policy.