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. These 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 what is?), 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).
- 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.
- 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 I bought two months ago.
- Glow Tonic, Pixi: I don’t mean to be controversial, but this is not as life-changing as every review said it would be. I’ve been using it for 6 weeks now and I don’t feel like much has happened so far. I don’t typically have blemishes, so maybe that’s what I’m missing? Maybe you’re supposed to drink this? I don’t know.
Edit: after six weeks, I’m starting to see how much my skin has improved and can finally agree with all the raving reviews.
- Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, Darphin: I’ve only been using this for three weeks so I’m not going to have a definite opinion on it just now. Also, I intend to write a full review on it (with pictures and all!) in a few weeks. All I can say so far is that it’s very liquid and therefore not that easy to apply sparingly. Love the smell, though.
- 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. My pores are and have always been enormous, so I don’t believe this problem will ever be solved. Definitely recommend this if you have acne and/or oily skin.
- 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.