Initially posted in April 2018, revised in March 2019
I feel like finding the right skin care routine is the adventure of a lifetime, especially when you suffer from rosacea or redness in general. Here are the products I’ve been using for a few months (a few weeks for a couple of them) and I’m going to ramble about them because this is what this blog is about.
- Redness Relief Dermo-cleansing milk, Avene: this cleanser can be used to gently remove makeup (although it’s not that effective on eye makeup), but I mostly use it to wash my face in the shower (I like living dangerously). I’m not sure about the redness relief part, to be honest. It does the job, doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin and that’s all that matters. Huge pros: the price point (somewhere under 15 EUR) and the size of the bottle (300ml will last you for months).
- HydraPlus Cleansing Milk, Naobay: Naobay is a Spanish brand whose name stands for Natural and Organic Beauty and You. They pride themselves on making clean and organic products. I use this in the evening as a second cleanse and the smell is just lovely. I find it better and even more gentle than Avene’s cleansing milk. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase it as I’m trying to use up all my cleansers so I can finally start using the bloody REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk I bought two months ago.
- Glow Tonic, Pixi: it took me weeks, maybe even months, to realise how life changing this toner was. I was very skeptical of it at first. Despite using it twice a day, I didn’t see much improvement initially. Then it gradually dawned on me how amazing the Glow Tonic really is. It has made my pore less dilated, my texture less apparent and the general aspect of my skin much better. I know that redness often means sensitivity and a lot of people find the word glycolic acid (because this is what it is) terrifying, but don’t worry: this is very gentle on the skin and it is formulated in a way that it won’t cause any damage. Everyone and their mother has talked about and reviewed the Glow Tonic and I have yet to hear someone say it was detrimental to their sensitive skin.
- Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, Darphin: this one has been a huge disappointment. I’ve almost used up all of it and, after almost four months of use, I can confidently say that it hasn’t made the slightest difference. It’s very pricey and I won’t be repurchasing it. Come on, French pharmacy, you can do better!
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, The Ordinary: this is the reason why I don’t have any blemishes for my Glow Tonic to deal with: this serum nukes them into oblivion. Definitely recommend this if you have acne and/or oily skin. You can read my full review here
- All about eyes, Clinique: Not a mind-blowing product but it does what it says on the tin. Would love to give its ‘rich’ counterpart a go. Donations are welcome.
- Moisture Surge, Clinique: Hi, my name is Catherine and I’ve been addicted to Clinique for 23 years. This is by far my favourite moisturiser EVER. It is perfect before makeup because it’s absorbed by the skin in seconds, smoothes it and keeps it hydrated for the longest time.
- Skin Rescuer, Kiehl’s: I’m unfaithful sometimes. This is the moisturiser I use when I know I’m not going to put on makeup. It feels much richer (almost greasier) than Moisture Surge, but it does give the skin that hydrated glow that only Kate Middleton can pull off two hours after giving birth.
- Thermal Water Spray, Avene: now, this is the shit. A couple of days ago, my rosacea flared up without any kind of reason (maybe a slight change in the air pressure in South Korea, god knows) and just a few sprays of the thermal water calmed it the duck right down. This is the most successful short-term solution for rosacea I’ve found so far.
I realise, as I’m revising this post that my current skincare routine is very different from what it was in 2018. Click here if you are interested in knowing what products I’ve been using this year.