It really has felt like forever since I’ve been fully dedicated to this blog. I’m happy to say that, in the event of handing in my Masters Dissertation, I have officially concluded my academic studies for what I believe will be a long time. I therefore plan to use this space to excersise my love of writing, meaning there will be more posts for you guys, hoooray!
In my absence I’ve acquired a fair (*cough* huge) amount of new products that I’ve been trying, using, loving- you get the point I think. So today I’m going to talk you through my personal favourite discovery of the year so far!
The Avène Antirougers skincare line is literally what I’ve been searching for for almost a decade in all honesty. I have rosacea and a fair amount of visible burst capillaries underneath my skin, not to mention the insanely annoying ability to blush or flush at the slightest thing! Seriously, someone could quite literally just say “pass the Bread please” and BOOM explosion of red all over my face. I’ve gotten pretty good at covering it all with makeup over the years and do you know what? I’m just tired of trying to conceal it all the time using such heavy foundations. I am therefore happy to report that this range of products allows me to feel a little more confident in my natural skin and has reduced my chronic redness, sensitivity and flushes to a much more manageable level!
Avène have specifically designed this range to target redness prone skin using their popular Eau Thermale spring water as well as saponin-enriched Ruscus extract. It’ll not only provide relief for hot flushes and those who suffer with warmer skin on their cheeks and facial area, it claims to also de-puff, neutralise redness instantly and throughout the day. I can honestly say these have been the most agreeable products I’ve used on my skin and the affordable price tag makes it even better! I think it’s also really important to acknowledge the fact that I’ve never noticed any anti-reddening products use Ruscus extract as Avène are using it. I’ve tried a lot in the past, for example the Origins Mega Mushroom complex by Dr. Weil is another really popular redness-relieving line. But, I have to say that it just doesn’t work as well as the Avène, despite the higher price tag!
I thought I’d quickly fill you in on each individual product and my brief thoughts on them. You’ll quickly realise that there is one product that is by far better than the rest for intense redness and I suggest that, if you’re considering purchasing any at all, to go for that one.
Redness Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk – This is the cleanser that the line has to offer to keep skin calm and happy without stripping it of essential oils. As far as cleansers go, I’d say its a very gentle one and that can be a good and a bad thing. I personally don’t feel it’s powerful enough to remove my makeup like a cleansing oil would. I therefore either use it as a second cleanse or a morning cleanse and I have to say it completely neutralises my skin and also has a nice cooling effect.
Jour Redness-Relief Moisturising Protecting Emulsion – The line has two types of moisturiser, both contain SPF protection however, one is an emulsion (designed for oil skin-types) and one is a cream (for normal to dry skins). I mistakenly grabbed the emulsion when I popped into Boots to get this and now that I know there are two versions I would, in future, opt for the cream one because my skin is on the drier side. Having said that though, this face cream is absolutely lovely. It sits beautifully under makeup, contains a subtle green-blue tint which attempts to instantly counteract redness and is so cooling the minute you apply it. Despite the fact that this particular one isn’t the best suited to my skin-type, I’m still using it and loving it every day. My only issue is that its really targeted to day-time wear and there’s no sense in applying it at night because of the SPF content which will clog pores whilst you sleep. If there was also a night version of this then I think I’d be fully satisfied.
Fort Relief Concentrate – This is by the far the best product in the line! It is, unfortunately, also the most expensive. This is a more concentrated and potent formula of the other products in the line and is specifically for chronic redness which includes small and visible blood vessels under the skin’s epidermis layer. I initially treated this like a serum so I would cleanse, tone, then apply this all over and seal it all in with a moisturiser. However, it appears as though it is actually designed to be a target treatment and you should only apply it to the areas of your face which are experiencing chronic redness. This method of application would definitely save money and consume less product over time, but I have to admit that I really like using it all over my face! To be honest with you, there isn’t much of my face that’s not plagued by redness so, if I’m following the recommended method, I’m not actually doing it wrong. This stuff has the texture of a thick cream and leaves my skin so soft, hydrated and most importantly it is absolutely incredible for redness. I’ve never used anything that I can be one hundred percent sure and tell you that it honestly just works, but this really does.
Calm Soothing Mask – Finally, I purchased the calming mask that compliments the line. This has a very odd texture, almost like a thick, matte gel so it’s definitely not your typical mask. I find this to be great at improving the texture of my skin, leaving it soft and nicely hydrated (without over-doing it), but I’m not convinced of it’s redness-relieving powers. I’d say out of all the products this would be the one that I could go without but I think, if I were to make a well-informed decision, I’d have to use this regularly at least twice a week to fully ascertain its benefits.
So that was my run-down of my most favourite discovery over the past few months. All these products can be purchased in Boots and even if you don’t experience redness or rosacea on your skin, I highly recommend checking out Avène as a brand because they cater for every skin concern. You’ll actually find that most expensive dermatologists will steer you in the direction of the brand and other, similar French pharmacy brands like La Roche Posay because they just really work.
Thanks so much for reading! I am loving getting back into this again and am excited to create some more posts now that I have the time.
Lots of love,
Steph. B xx
P.s. Excuse the rather sad looking plants that feature in this post, I am fairly sure that both types are on their way out and I tried so hard to keep them alive!! 😦
A Little Disclaimer- This is not a sponsored post. All products/items featured have been purchased with my own money or have been gifts from friends and family. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned or the links to websites that have been provided. All opinions are entirely my own and honest, I am not being paid to advertise these products. All pictures on this post have been taken by yours truly and, as such, must be approved by the author for any further or commercial use.