Dermalex for Rosacea and Couperose
I was sent this product for review and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it. Look at the name: it’s like it was made for me!
Dermalex is a specialised cream that is designed to help alleviate all of the horrid rosacea-associated side effects: redness, dryness, spider veins and the dreaded itch.
Avene Anti Rougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate
This has been a really tough week for my poor skin: super crazy hours at work which means a lot of stress; weather that can’t make up its mind; no sleep; a leaking roof… You name it, it has gone wrong this week! And the first thing that happens when I have a crazy week? My rosacea plays up. I know my skin so well by now that I can feel it happening before it even flares up and thankfully I have tried enough skincare to know what to do straight away.
I bought the Avene Antirougeurs Fort cream in France and it has seriously rescued me this week. I put it on every evening when I get in from work after cleansing my face. Like all Avene products, this contains Avene thermal spring water which is non-irritating and very soothing for skin that feels red raw. It is designed to reduce redness while taking that awful prickly, tight and hot feeling out of your cheeks.
This stuff is truly genius and I highly recommend it to anyone who has rosacea or sensitive skin. You can buy it HERE from escentual who have great sales fairly often.
Avéne 50 plus SPF Cream
I love summer, but it doesn’t tend to love me. I am very fair and burn if I even look at the sun, so I am very careful with my skin protection in the summer months. I have tried lots of different face creams with high SPFs, but they have all aggravated my rosacea by being too heavy or full of irritants.
This is a very high SPF cream which protects my hyper-sensitive skin from burning, but Avene products are also rich in Avene thermal spring water, which means it’s soothing and non-irritating. I wear this every day in summer, in other seasons I wear it if I know I’m going to be outside for an extended period of time. It isn’t a super lightweight cream but I didn’t find that it made my skin feel too heavy or smothered. They also do an emulsion version, which in hindsight would have been better for my oily skin, I think the cream version is aimed at dry skin types.
It is quite white and you do have to rub it in to make sure you don’t have white patches – however I’m very pale so maybe that would be more annoying or noticeable if you are more tanned.
This comes in a 50ml size, so you can throw it in your hand luggage if you’re going away for a sunny weekend. It also has a pump dispenser which I much prefer to a squeezy tube, which tend to explode all over me on planes!
This was another French pharmacy purchase. I usually wait for Escentual to do one of their amazing sales (you can buy it HERE), or wait to stock up when I go over to France.
Have you used any other Avene products? What’s your summer skin care saviour?
Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Water
Bioderma Micellar Water has been a secret weapon of many make up artists and knowledgable skin care obsessives for a long time but it was only available in France. Luckily, it launched in the UK this year to much fanfare! It’s still a lot cheaper in France so I stock up whenever I go over. Bioderma hoarding formed a big part of my French parapharmacie haul which you’ll be seeing a lot more from on the blog in the coming weeks.
Micellar water is a gentle cleanser with microscopic oil molecules. It doesn’t foam, it doesn’t need to be washed off and you can do it in bed. What more could you possibly want? You apply it to a cotton pad and it takes off all make up in a few swipes (even stubborn mascaras and eyeliner). Washing my face with normal, foaming cleansers aggravates my rosacea sometimes so this option is wonderful.
I think you can get this for about £10 at Boots but this was about 5 euros so I am still going to stock up whenever I nip over to France!
Has anyone else tried Bioderma, or any other micellar water cleansers?
Since doing my post on my rosacea (you can find it HERE) I have had lots of recommendations on products that can help and/or cover up the persistent redness. I was sent a demonstration kit from Veil who make camouflage make up and I was so excited to try it! Want to see my thoughts on the Veil Cover Cream – Rosacea Coverage included? Read on…
Rosacea: What I’ve Learnt So Far
As I described in my last blog post, my rosacea is largely under control at the moment. I have altered my diet, habits and reactions to stress to accommodate it.
However, even when I’m not having a flare up, my skin is always red. This is partly due to my natural complexion but also down to the broken veins that come part and parcel with rosacea. Every time you flush, veins break in your face and these cannot be healed (they can be removed with scary lasers which I have accepted I will have to do at some point in the future).
Therefore I am on a constant quest to find cosmetics that 1) cover my redness without 2) aggravating my rosacea. This is a lot trickier than it sounds. Hopefully the following advice/tips will be helpful to anyone with rosacea or sensitive skin.
I’ve been thinking recently about the problems I have finding cosmetics and products that suit my skin. I thought I could look for advice here and also share my rosacea story and how I was diagnosed.
I have rosacea. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a skin condition that to some may look like harmless blushing. However can then turn into more persistent redness, broken veins and bumps on the face. It is more common in women (but more severe in men) and people over 30.