After catching myself in the mirror the other night, make-up free and noticing how dry, red and blotchy it looked, I decided right at that moment that I needed to overhaul my skincare routine and really start making an effort. We only have one face after all, eh?
So, I’ve officially declared it skincare week. For me, anyway.
Each day, for one whole week, I will be reviewing three skincare products on my blog. Three different products which I have trialed and tested myself, and then at the end, I will choose the best three to keep as my new ‘skincare’ routine products. Hopefully, you’ll help me decide!
Yves Rocher 24H Comfort Nourishing Cream
During my recent trip to Paris with Em (see here), I came across the wonderful Champs Elysees branch of Yves Rocher. Very similar in style and design to The Body Shop (but 100 times better), Yves Rocher stocks a variety of gorgeously scented body sprays, skincare products, haircare products and make-up. It didn’t occur to me during the trip to buy a moisturiser, but when I looked online and spotted they had a brand new range for dry and dehydrated skin, I simply had to give it a try. The 24H Nourishing Cream is designed for ‘dry to very dry skin’, a category my skin most definitely fits into. It’s hydrating, nourishing, doesn’t leave skin feeling heavy and sinks into skin quickly. Everything I love in a moisturiser basically. I’m not sure I can give it up for the rest of the week!
For more information about the product, or to give it a try yourself – visit the Yves Rocher website – here.
Yon Ka Gurana Scrub Exfoliant
The common misconception with dry skin is that you shouldn’t exfoliate because it only makes the skin drier. However, I’ve found that twice a week exfoliating sessions actually help, especially with regards to softening skin and preparing it for make-up, as those dead skin cells need to be removed somehow and exfoliating (gently) is pretty much the only way. On my search for a delicate exfoliator, I came across Yon Ka, another Parisian brand that uses natural ingredients in its products which won’t interfere with sensitive skin. Gurana grains remove any dead cells and impurities, revealing much more radiant skin underneath. I’ve found it works best if you leave it on for 3-4 minutes before rinsing. Massage gently into your skin, with focus on the t-zone and cheek area for best results.
For more information about the product, or to give it a try yourself – visit the Yon Ka website – here.
Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire
Before now, my only ‘make-up’ removal was in the form of a make-up wipe, which I’ve found isn’t really sufficient if you want to remove all of the dirt that can clog up your pores. I’m not a huge fan of cleansers (they’re cold and don’t seem to do an awful lot), so I was pleased to discover Bioderma (which I now love), as it is a plain, simple, great make-up remover which can be easily used before bed and in the morning before moisturising. It is absolutely scent free, so luckily for me, there is no chance of reacting to the product and it doesn’t make your skin oily or greasy feeling, it simply does it’s job – removes make-up, cleanses and leaves you feeling refreshed. I was a little disappointed that I only bought a travel sized 100ml bottle whilst in Paris, as Bioderma is quite hard to get hold of here in the UK, however I read on Essie Button’s blog (I think) that the brand is soon to be coming to the UK (yay), so I am going to investigate this further and write a whole post on it, as it is something every skincare/make-up lover should try.
For more information about the product, or to give it a try yourself – visit the Bioderma website – here.
What do you think about today’s products? Have you tried any of the above? Can you recommend any brands I can try during skincare week?