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August Favourites

This is probably my first monthly favourites post that includes only skincare products! Ok, one of them can be seen as both, skincare and makeup item but as I’m still trying to find a way to bring back my skin to its normal condition, I haven’t been using that much makeup lately.

When you’re not really sure what’s going on with your skin and feel like crying, the key word must be “calming”. I’ve mentioned in my previous blog posts that I had a bad reaction to sunscreen and in addition to that, the high temperatures caused me blocked pores, so I’m dealing with something like a rash/sun allergy and still can’t seem to be able to tackle that. Not even the topical antibiotics have helped, so far.

My skincare has been quite minimal these past few weeks. I don’t want my skin to get even more stressed out and as much as I’d like to use acids a few times a week, the only two I’ve been reaching for are Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid. To gently exfoliate my skin, I’ve been relying mostly on this budget-friendly Zdrave Acne Stop Enzyme Peeling Mask. Enzymes provide a bit softer and lighter exfoliation but still unclog pores, even out the complexion and remove dead skin cells.  Enzyme exfoliants have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable even for sensitive skin (not always, sadly but that needs a bit more time to be discussed). This mask contains Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes and soothing ingredients such as D-Panthenol and Vitamin PP. I use it a couple of times a week, it’s very easy, I cleanse my skin and then apply a thin layer of the mask all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and then simply wash it off with lukewarm water. My skin feels fresh, soft and smooth afterwards.

In this blog post I shared with you my current favourite soap-free cleansing gels which are both affordable, as well. I love the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel for Face and Body (this is a new bottle, I’ve used up a couple already) because it calms my skin, doesn’t leave it feeling tight and I love it as my morning cleanse. It contains Zinc Gluconate to calm the irritation and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe my troubled skin. If you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin, I’d highly recommend giving this one a go.

There a couple of mists that I’m using at the moment as toners but also as facial sprays during the day. The Serozinc from La Roche-Posay is an old favourite of mine, I use it to heal blemishes quicker and to mattify my skin without drying it out. It’s once again soothing and calming and I’m incredibly happy I can now find it in my home country. My love for floral waters is no secret by now but a couple of months ago, I tried the Damascena Juniper Water for the first time in my life. It has a delicate natural scent, it feels very soft on the skin and it tones oily skin, prone to imperfections. I love how refreshing, calming and still purifying it feels. The only downside is the actual spray but these waters seem to always have such harsh sprays, so most of the time, I’d saturate a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face.

I received this miniature Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry as a complimentary gift with a purchase, it’s a very popular product from the brand and I’ve been carrying it around with me all the time. The rosy colour brightens up my face without being too obvious, it’s sheer and has subtle sheen that looks very pretty. The formula is fragrance-free and contains Mango Butter and Shea Butter, it’s really nourishing and soft on the lips. I love Clinique and their lip products and skincare, this is a combination of both and it’s simply amazing.

Simple and soothing, these are the words to describe my August favourites and I’m hoping for better luck with my skin in September. Hope yours is doing muuch better than mine!

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Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant

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Another skincare review, another French pharmacy product. It’s just what I’ve been trying lately and also, what my skin needed, apparently.

I’ve been using Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant for over a month now and I really wanted to share more about it because I think it’s a great morning cleanser for the winter time. I say morning cleanser just because I prefer something a bit more balmy or creamy for my evening cleanse.

First of all, it’s called ‘foaming gel’ but it doesn’t really foam up which is great, it just kind of emulsifies and feels very gentle on the skin. The product comes in a cute pink bottle with a pump that makes it very easy to dispense.

I have combination skin that tends to get a bit of redness around the cheek area, T-zone is shiny but dehydrated and the rest of the face can be even dry. Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant is specially designed to help sensitive skin prone to rosacea and redness, leaving it clean and fresh but also, hydrated.
You might have seen the post where I shared that I’ve been trying to bring back my skin to its normal condition for months because of all sorts of medicines that I was prescribed and I have to say, this gel has been one of my saviours. It just calms my skin and purifies it but without being aggressive. The formula is soap-, fragrance-, colourant- and paraben-free and is enriched with Coco Glucoside that mimics the skin structure for lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.

After I use the Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant, my skin feels comfortable, clean and soothed. There isn’t that feeling of needing to apply a moisturiser right after cleansing your face because it’s strippied and dry. I’m just left with soft and hydrated skin.

I really want to find a travel size of this gel because it’s so gentle and soothing that it would be perfect to have whenever I travel and my skin starts freaking out thanks to all the changes. If you have sensitive, dry, combination, irritated or blemish-prone skin, I’d suggest you find a mini of Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant and try it. I needed less than two weeks to see results and I’ll keep using it in the winter.

Mixa Anti-Imperfection Series

DSC_0693postSeveral weeks ago, I was on the hunt for a new toner when I noticed that the French pharmacy brand Mixa had a new line released. Mixa is known for their products suitable even for sensitive skin but I never seemed to find anything for myself from them as most of the products were for dry skin.
The new series is called Anti-Imperfection and is made for people with oily/combination and blemish-prone skin.

They had 4 products and I picked up 2 of them, the Alcohol Free Purifying Lotion and the Soapless Purifying Cleansing Gel. I was curious about the DD Cream, as well but there was only one shade which was too dark for me.

Both of the products are paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and with neutral pH.
The lotion and the cleansing gel have similar scents although the lotion smells much stronger and many people find it unpleasant. I might be weird but I love how the lotion smells, it’s clean and fresh.

The Soapless Purifying Cleansing Gel comes with a pump which is great because you can dispense the amount that you need. For me half a pump is enough. The texture is very light, it’s not too foamy, it doesn’t strip my skin and my face feels very soft after cleansing with this product. I haven’t noticed major difference in my skin condition after I started using the cleansing gel but I had a couple of hormonal breakouts and the added Zinc really made them less angry. I don’t remove make-up with this product, I use it only in the mornings and I can’t report how it would perform but I always think it’s better to double-cleanse at night anyways.
It’s a gentle cleanser and I’m happy with it at the moment.

After cleansing my face with the cleansing gel, I use a cotton pad with the Alcohol Free Purfying Lotion all over my face and neck. It removes what’s left from the impurities on the skin and mattifies the skin. That’s actually what surprised me because even if a toning product is said to mattify the skin, it never does it for me but this one actually mattifies my skin. It also leaves it soft and clean without drying it out. Remember that you have to shake the bottle before using the toner. I apply it day and night on cleansed skin and it feels refreshing and soothing.

I really like the combination of these two products at the moment, my skin’s condition is pretty good and I’d like to try the body products from Mixa now.
Have you tried anything from the brand?