the moisturizer that changed my skin

bb avene 1.jpga bold claim, i know, but stay with me here.  for as long as i have had issues with acne, i have used the cetaphil tub moisturizer on my face – at least in the winter.  and come summer, i would switch to just an oil or something lighter, and my skin would clear up, which i assumed was because of the sun or saltwater or just relaxation that came with the summer months.  and then, a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that the one constant in my skincare routine has been the cetaphil tub.

i am so lucky to be able to regularly see a dermatologist, but i always take her advice with a grain of salt.  for example, the warning that all oils clog your skin.  from my own thorough research, i know this is not true.  but when she recommend the tub all those years ago, i took that piece of advice with dedication.

long story short, this thick cream, while great for the body, is pure shit for my face.  it actually has an oil (take that, derm!) in it, as well as petrolatum and dimethicone.  i can now see how not only was this product wreaking havoc on my face because of the ingredients and most likely the thickness, the oils i would layer on top during the winter probably aided in the clogging of my skin.

after this realization, i immediately ordered the avene skin recovery cream – a lightweight but moisturizing lotion that is ideal for overly sensitized skin and skin that is post procedure.  because i use two acne topicals, one that is a retinal as well, my skin is definitely dry and definitely sensitive.  the avene skin recovery cream, while i am going through a period of dryness because i no longer have that petrolatum in my routine, is moisturizing without being heavy.  i am able to layer my beloved leo oil or indie lee squalane without any clogging (i don’t do this every night and day anymore to save my skin from too much excess).bb avene 2.jpgimmediately following the end of the tub and the beginning of the avene i have noticed such a change in my skin, from reduced redness and clogging to all over evenness.  i don’t know if i will stick with the avene forever – it’s very expensive for the small size you get and the ingredients are that “clean” – but for now it is my very special friend.bb avene 3.jpglast night i used the la roche posay cicalplast baume b5 for something a little heavier and different almost as a treatment, but i know as soon as a move away from such a dry climate a lighter lotion like the avene will be enough for me.  the la roche posay is an excellent, very very gentle balm that i use on my eyelids and lips when they are dry and cracked (does that happen to anyone else’s lids?!  UGH!).  i also now see the importance in mixing up what i’m using, as in notthe same oil and lotion combo day and night, to make sure my skin doesn’t get too clogged from something extra heavy day in and day out.  my baby wash cloths are still on hand for gentle exfoliation, as well as masks and other items.  my main goal with my skin is to be extremely gentle but still performance-driven, but i really do have sensitive skin and need to treat it with care.bb avene 4.jpg. . .

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french pharmacy favorites

bb french pharmacy1.jpgok i know you’re rolling your eyes at the title of this post, but don’t leave me just yet!  it’s such a cliche post these days, but it’s true – these are some of my absolute favorite products, and they happen to come from the “french pharmacy” as well.  at the bottom of this post, peek some of my favorite posts and videos in the same vein as this one.bb french pharmacy2.jpgbb french pharmacy3.jpgembryolisse lait creme concentrate // i have had this moisturizer on hand for years.  it’s a very simple but effective product and intensely hydrates the skin without being greasy or overly sticky.  i usually use this in the morning for hydration and as a dewy primer before makeup, but i have used it as night in a pinch as well.  this product doesn’t have the best ingredients and i hate that it contains mineral oil and fragrance, but i can’t deny the effectiveness.bb french pharmacy7.jpgklorane dry shampoo // this is quite honestly the only dry shampoo i have ever tried.  i’m not a big dry shampoo user, but it’s a product that i need to have on hand, just in case.  this gives the hair not only a clean feeling but a bit of oomph and volume which i definitely need when i’m foregoing a wash.  i will occasionally spray it on damp hair which gives the hair a nice amount of grit and volume, a trick i found thanks to this post on the file.bb french pharmacy4.jpgavene eau thermale // i have mentioned this product a looot, so i won’t bore your ears/eyes, but it is now a staple for me that i don’t ever want to be without.  i spray this after showering and washing my face to remove the minerals in my water that irritate my skin.  it’s also excellent as a mid-day refresher and to take the powderiness away from your makeup.  this is going to be aaamazing come summertime so i am going to purchase some of the travel size bottles to keep in my bags and car.bb french pharmacy5.jpgbioderma sensibio h2o // another product that i mention quite frequently, but it’s just that good.  it’s the perfect first step to a nighttime routine, especially if you don’t wear a ton of makeup.  it’s just a staple and beautifully basic!  i switched over to the garnier micellar water some months ago because it’s easier for me to find, but i did pick up another bottle of bioderma for when i finish the garnier.  yes, they are pretty much the exact same product, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little bit more fun and french, yeah?

bioderma sensibio mask // i have mentioned this mask before, but i originally bought it when i finished my second tub of the glossier moon mask.  i was really just looking for something new to replace the glossier, and this turned out to be sooo much better!  i feel like it hydrates my skin for days to come, versus the less permanent results of the glossier.  extremely soothing, takes away redness, and gives my skin a lift.  it’s also great as a hand mask!  i have previously tried the light moisturizer in this line as well and can honestly say bioderma has some great basics.bb french pharmacy6.jpgand, if you’re not bored yet, peek these french ladies:

jeanne damas // vogue interview

sabina socol // into the gloss interview

french travel essentials // into the gloss

french girl beauty // the file 

alice moireau // the file interview

charlotte gainsbourg // the file interview

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