Skincare has become a bit of an obsession lately. I have discovered a lot of new products and brands that I had never tried. I didn’t really know anything about French pharmacy brands, that was until I started watching Lisa Eldridge’s and A Model Recommends videos. That combined with the current 1/3 off at www.escentual.com/ and the 3 for 2 at Boots (finished on Tuesday) has meant I have now found my self with quite a stash of French Skincare.
Micellar Solutions are make up removers/cleansers, and in the bottle they jus look like water. Micellars are an oil in water formula which make make up removal really quick and easy. The most famous Micellar is the Bioderma Crealine H20, which I haven’t tried as it is very hard to get hold of in the UK.
I am currently using two Micellars; La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution and Vichy Normaderm Micellar Solution (For Imperfection Prone Skin). They both remove make up really quickly and leave my skin feeling clean and fresh. I use three cotton pads; one for my face and one each for my eyes. I leave the ones on my eyes on for as long as possible, so they can really break down the make up, and I then don’t have to rub my eyes at all.
Unlike face wipes (which I despise) they don’t just rub the make up and grime around your face, they seem to just hoover up all the product from my face! Although these are very good at removing make up, they are very gentle and suitable for all skin types.
I have sensitive oily skin that is also very reactive. If my skin doesn’t like something, I will know about it the next morning! I haven’t had any bad reactions to either of these, but I do feel the Vichy one suits me better. There isn’t a massive difference between the two but the Vichy Normaderm makes me less oily than I usually would be.
I usually use these before doing a second cleanse with whatever cleanser I am using (currently Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser) but if I’m so tired all I want to do is go to bed I will just use one of these. I have also used them for cleansing in the morning, when my skin is too sensitive to use water.
I will be doing a couple more of these posts about other types/brands of French Skincare I am loving, which at the minute is a lot as it all seems to work for my sensitive skin.
Do you use any French Pharmacy Brands? Let me know in the comments!