Continuing with the concept of a skincare wardrobe, Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream ($23 for 40 ml/1.4 fl oz.) is a basic pair of blue jeans of the skincare world - something safe to fall back on when everything else fails. Or, well, a Band-Aid in a tube (ok, enough methaphors for now, I promise)...
my last dermatologic update, I've been using a tretinoin gel (or Retin-A for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, although I was prescribed a different brand name) for over a year now to help with my acne. I should add that I've also been simultaneously battling the side effects of using tretinoin, which include sensitivity, redness and worst of all, peeling. This is where our French friend comes to the rescue...
Avène's Soothing Moisture Mask, the ingredients include mineral oil; to me, it's a necessary evil as this component will actually help to seal in all the goodness and prevent water evaporation from the skin. There's also quite a bit of zinc oxide thrown in (yes, as in mineral sunscreen!), which is an anti-irritant as well but can cause some white cast to the skin (not that you can notice on my winter white face). The texture is thick and on the greasier side; oilier/combination skin types won't be too impressed with this for daytime although it sinks in quite fast into my dehydrated skin with no tackiness and just a little bit of shine. Even so, I still prefer to slap it on as a night/ stay-at-home treatment.
Have you tried Avène Cicalfate or a similar barrier repair product? Which skincare item do you fall back on when everything else fails?
This product sounds interesting! My never fail product is called Vanicream. It's essentially the most basic cream on the market, without silicones, mineral oil, or parabens. I use it as my night cream usually since it lacks SPF but it is simply the best for sensitive skin ! xReplyDelete
This one sounds very calming. I am having good time with my aloe cream, but always wondering what would be disaster-saver if the dry air hits my face in the winter. Fortunately nothing like that happened, but I would definitely try this one later. I don't need to wait for a disaster to come; I can prepare to that by using this, right?ReplyDelete
My never fail product is Clinique Anti-blemish line. Seriously, 5 to 10 acne at one time is no fun at all, but these products work wonder, for me! I see improvement in a week, and this is how they keep me buying them.