Skin Care Products Haul

I don’t make it a point to talk about skin care products unless they are currently working for me. However, today I decided to post a skin care products haul with a couple of the most raved about products.

If you have been following on youtube, then you might already know that my skin type is oily and acne prone. I have posted a skin routine video in the past and even a foundation routine especially for oily skin.

In the 3 years that I have been blogging, I have never been as interested in skin care as I am now. I suspect it may be because I’m reaching 25. My skin is actually starting to feel and look differently than it had in my teens. Unfortunately, the acne has not gone, but it has reduced significantly. I notice that when I was younger I use to break out in my T-zone, but these days I am more likely to break out along my jaw line. I hear these may be hormonal breakouts – if I am not mistaken.

Over the past couple of months, my routine and the products I use have changed. I began using the Clarisonic, switching cleansers, using serums and lots of other things I never cared about before. Through gathering tips and tricks all over the internet and testing out different products (DIY and store bought), I’ve seen a difference in my skin. My ultimate goal is to get my skin clear and radiant.

When I am comfortable with a routine, I will post an updated skin care routine on my channel, as it has been highly requested. For now, a haul will have to suffice.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution 250mL $23 | 500mL $34 (prices vary)

Firstly, let me start by saying that I was not a believer of this Micelle solution. I couldn’t fathom why anyone in their right mind would pay over $20 for water. So, logically, I decided to go out and purchase some $20 water! I also bought a travel size to keep at my boyfriend’s place. I’ve only removed my makeup with it once, I’m impressed so far. I saw a review that explained why it works at removing makeup, in short; it is complicated, so I won’t attempt to explain why.

Why did I buy it? I was looking for a makeup remover for the face, something light and easy to use before cleansing. Previously, I found that my skin was getting dry from over cleansing. I would normally cleanse my face thoroughly, twice, which ultimately leads up to irritation. I had to do it because I noticed that after one cleanse, my makeup was not fully removed.

I also bought this product with the intention of using it instead of a cleanser in the morning. I make sure that my face is well cleansed and moisturized at night so that my skin is most radiant when I wake up. Why put that to waste by washing my face again?

I have noticed that my face becomes red and sensitive when I cleanse in the morning, essentially, because the sulfates in the cleanser strip the moisture out of my face. At the same time, I can’t just roll out of bed and slap on makeup (darn oily skin!).

This is where the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution comes in again. The great thing about this micelle solution is that there is no need to rinse after using it, but I still enjoy cold water on the face to close pores and wake up. Let me point out that a cheaper solution to using the Bioderma Sensibio H20 in the morning would be to use witch hazel toner; it is cheaper and has many benefits for oily skin! Needless to say, Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 is much for removing makeup – the witch hazel is a toner. Both liquids have their appropriate uses.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment 1.35oz $34 (prices vary)

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment is another (mouth full) product that is raved about in the beauty community. This is a topical treatment with 0.5% salicylic acid, which is an active ingredient that combats acne.

I don’t have as much to say concerning this product, other than the fact that prescription treatments I have gotten from my dermatologist have had similar prices tags. They have been harsher than this one and have severely dried out my skin at certain points in time.

Why did I buy it? I decided to try out this acne treatment simply because I cannot be bothered to wait for an appointment with my dermatologist (who leaves me in the waiting room forever…).

I have linked the products and other products similar to the ones I purchased just above.

I’m curious, if you have tried out these products or any other efficient face makeup removers or acne treatments geared towards oily, acne prone and sensitive skin please let me know below! I would really appreciate the insight. Likewise, I don’t mind answering questions based on my experience.

Cheers to healthy and radiant skin in 2013!

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  • Amy

    I have acne prone skin, and I am 29. My acne issues didn’t start until my very latr teens, but mostly started in my 20’s. My skin is not oily, more normal. I have found the following routine to be the most helpful ( after lots of trial and error!) A gentle, natural cleanser gel, a homemade toner with only water and several drops of tea tree oil in a smalp spray bottle applied morning and night, oil free moisturizer in the am, and straight tea tree oil applied to any new acne or acne prone areas ( for me it is chin/ jaw) and organic coconut oil at night only. Sounds weird to apply oil, but it is anti bacterial/fungal/viral, heals skim, helps scars, and reduces inflamation. My skin is clearer than it has been in years! I also use a green clay mask a couple of times a week, and use baking soda and water to exfoliate in the am as needed.

    • I found that a DIY apple cider toner with a few drops of tea tree have worked awesome for me. My trouble is that I have very oily skin, so I need the witch hazel as a daily toner for day time. I’ve tried baking soda as an exfoliator but that really broke me out. Organic coconut oil is awesome, my mom actually uses that for try scalp in the winter. I tend to use a vitamin C serum rather than a moisturizer these days, & vitamin E for fading marks.
      I appreciate the comment and the tips. I totally agree about having a routine, skin care is such an individual thing – not everything works for everyone. Once in a while, I even have to switch up my routine when my skin gets too use it and decides to act up again.