April 21, 2014

French Pharmacy Skincare

French Pharmacy Bioderma and La Roche-Posay

The best thing I ever did was switch to a French pharmacy skincare routine.  While my skin does still get breakouts every now and then, I've finally found products that work well for me and actually make the skin care process enjoyable.  I thought I'd share a few of my favourites from two brands: La Roche Posay and Bioderma and what you need from these brands.

Lets start off with Bioderma.  I'm sure most of you have heard of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water which is the most gentle makeup remover out there.  It deserves all the hype it gets and makes the process so easy and gentle on the skin.  I like to save this for my eye/lip makeup products only but you can use it on your full face.  Start off with the small bottle and before you know it, you'll be stalking Escentual to see when the 500ml version is in stock.

I feel like a lot of other Bioderma skin products don't get a lot of attention so I'd also recommend their Hydrabio range.  I'd say it's great for everyone whether you have dry or oily skin as we all need a little more hydration.  Start off with the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Moisturising Concentrate which is basically Bioderma's answer to Hydraluron.  Feels great under makeup and I always feel my makeup applies better while wearing it.

If you're looking for a rich moisturiser which you can wear under makeup, look no further than the Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Moisturising Cream.  The great thing about it is that it doesn't feel as heavy as rich creams and if you suffer from very dehydrated skin it makes your skin feel moisturised from within and less irritated.

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Now that we've covered Bioderma, lets move onto La Roche-Posay.  While sometimes I feel like my my skin has a very specific problem that no other brands can handle, I can always count on La Roche-Posay to have something for my dehydrated combination sensitive acne prone oily skin.  Phew!

Starting off with makeup removal, I always reach for the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel to remove the rest of my base makeup.  It's a very cooling gel which you apply straight over makeup and it lifts everything off your skin.  It's targeted towards sensitive skin which may suffer from redness so if you find your current makeup removal routine too harsh for your skin, switch to this.. you won't regret it.

The range that works best for me has to be the Effaclar range.  You might have heard of the Effaclar Duo which in the end I didn't get on with but I've heard the new Effaclar Duo + is much much better.  Once I've cleansed my skin I reach for the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Micro-Exfoliant Lotion which I use to remove any dryness or dead skin cells to reveal a much smoother base.  I also find it much more gentle than any other product of it's kind.

To finish it all off most days I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Multi-Compensating Soothing Moisturiser which I feel was made for me.  Where else can you find a moisturiser for oily skin weakened by over-drying treatments?  You only need a small amount of this stuff and it feels so soothing on the skin and really helps with any dry patches or irritation before applying makeup.

Those are my Bioderma and La Roche-Posay picks!  There are so many other wonderful products from these two I've yet to try so let me know if you have any recommendations.


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