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?
La Roche Posay Serozinc
I have been lusting after Serozinc for ages but it’s not available in the UK (update on this below!). So it was the first thing on my list when I got to the French pharmacies. La Roche Posay Serozinc is a toner in an aerosol spray. I use it after cleansing and if my skin is ever feeling tight due to my rosacea. But Serozinc can apparently be used on any kind of skin irritation, including razor burn and sun burn: everyday’s a school day!
And the best part? This was under 5 euro! Perfection. I have already put my repeat order in with my parents. I can’t ever bear to be without it.
Have you tried Serozinc?
EDIT: Amazing news! La Roche Posay Serozinc is now available in the UK! Rejoice! Alert the Elders! You can buy this wonder product HERE.
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?
French Pharmacie Haul
Today I bought £125 worth of stuff for €70!! Eeeew! French pharmacies are so incredible, they really take their skincare seriously over there.
Reviews coming soon…