Review | New Skincare

Trying out new skincare is a real pleasure but I do worry that one of these days I'll introduce something into my routine and my skin will go berzerk. It's why I do my research beforehand and am very careful to observe how my skin reacts. There are some things, like facial cleansing brushes, that I'd like to try but have mixed feelings about.

I've been dealing with some hormonal acne and the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+] Global Action Acne Treatment helps. I'm using this as an anti-inflammatory product in the mornings (under moisturizer) on trouble areas. But - and there is a but - this formula is not the same as the original Effaclar Duo - it lacks benzoyl peroxide and isn't fragrance-free. Why?! It's frustrating it isn't available in Canada because I believe that version is more effective. 

La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel smells like bananas. Straight up. Into the Gloss sold me on it, and I was suitably impressed. Ever since I've been slowly trying more from the brand. It's manages to clean my trouble areas and the rest of my face, which is dry. It even takes off makeup, although I always pair it with Bioderma because who likes waking up with black inner corners?!

I was intrigued about The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil after Caroline Hirons wrote a review. It has a pleasant lemon scent and leaves my skin feeling soft. My favourite time to use this is in the shower after working out. While this doesn't have the makeup removing power of a cleansing oil, this gel cleanser softens into an oil which is great for a mini facial massage and to bring moisture back to your skin. The Body Shop is also relatively affordable, but wait until you can get this on during a promotion like I did!

I have mixed feelings about the derma e Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid. I'm impressed by the  amount of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants in this toner. On the other hand, it's rather expensive for the size ($13.50 for 2ml). The spray bottle packaging is effective but it doesn't make up for the tiny quantity of product. I also dislike the intense tingling sensation it gives, presumably from the witch hazel extract. Overall, it's a good vegan option, but I won't be repurchasing.

You can expect more skincare reviews soon - if you follow us on Instagram then you already know to keep your eyes peeled. And let me know what I need to try - the Clarisonic perhaps?

What have you been using to care for your skin?