Ah, L’oréal. I cannot say that it is a brand that particularly stands out for me overall for skincare. Off the top of my head I can’t really think of any L’Oréal skincare products that I’ve had in the past actually (although there’s bound to be a heap of them that I have simply forgotten about or just not realised they were L’Oréal). I spotted the L’Oréal Skin Perfection range the other day in Asda when I was having a brief browse for a new face wash. I’ve been using the blue Soap & Glory Gel one, which I forget the name of, for some time now and it’s been a fairly good wash overall – it removes make up and doesn’t give me an abundance of spots. I’ve also been trying out the DHC cleansing oil too for the past few weeks and it’s been quite alright surprisingly! I decided to pick up the L’Oréal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil based on the success of the DHC alone, and alongside that I also succumb to the blogging hype once again, by nabbing the L’Oréal Micellar Water too.
Starting off with the 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil, I have gotta begin with stating that I actually LOVE it. It seems to work a lot better than the DHC version, by cleaning all traces of my make up off and making my face feel so fresh! Granted, it’s only been a few days, but I’ve had no breakouts and the day after my skin appears so much smoother under my make up. It seems to add a bit of radiance to my face and doesn’t dry the skin out at all. Unlike the DHC oil the L’Oreal version does seem to create a slight white froth when you rinse it, the consistency is also a little more watery than the DHC oil but you tend to use a similar amount regardless (which is two squirts in my case, and I’ve got big cheeks). I did find that you do need to massage a little bit before rinsing, but it does say it takes 15 seconds for the miracles to happen after all. For £5 from Asda I simple cannot praise it enough for my skin type (which is dry yet spot prone, which couldn’t be further away from being awesome). One thing that people may be wary of is the use of Mineral Oils in beauty products though. Mineral Oils don’t bother me at all (and if they make my face as glorious as this has done I might use more, eh!) but I know they bother some. After asking Sugarpuffish (the guru of all things natural in any product, like, ever) she told me about them (in 140 characters or less) and to sum it up, I kind of gathered than mineral oil in skin products is a bit like silicones for hair products – ”it creates a barrier on skin & isn’t absorbed so that could cause irritations as skin can’t breathe or heal itself” – which I suppose could have it’s good and bad sides. I would imagine (from a completely ignorant and uneducated point of view) that as it’s a wash it won’t be as much as a barrier on the skin as you are rinsing it off, but then in my head I think, well maybe a barrier for the skin would be beneficial to avoid your pores getting blocked? I’ve no idea, but feel free to comment to help others to understand the pro’s and con’s of Mineral Oils?! Anyway, read more about Mineral Oils and petroleum products by visiting Sugarpuffish’s blog and also for a flipside I have found this article which explains what mineral oils are and has some interesting points about using them with drier skin too. It’s quite interesting to read about what’s in your beauty products and understand them fully (when you’re procrastinating away from using your new gym membership anyway that is). If you do fancy trying a cleansing oil without mineral oil in then do give the DHC one a go as from what I gather it’s free of any beauty nasties!
I guess what most people are more interested in right now is the Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. I’ve gotta say, up until now I’ve not succumb to this Micellar water hype, every blogger and their cat is harping on about this Bioderma lark like it’s the holy grail. I’ve not really been that interested in them for two reasons; 1: I like to spend money on things that don’t just look like water and 2: I don’t like the idea of just using a solution to cleanse and clean my face without washing it. I bought this mainly for use in the morning though and for £3 I really couldn’t complain. Despite washing my face every night properly I always neglect to do it in the mornings. So I thought this would be ideal for that. Now saying that, I have tried it to remove make up and it does definitely work! You just have to make sure that you kind of hold the cotton pad on the make up for a few seconds before wiping. It does dissolve the make up really well and removed eye make up no problem, just don’t be too hasty by wiping immediately as you just end up with a massive smudged mess. Despite it being really good at removing make up, I still don’t feel right not washing my face though! Another thing I’m not keen on is using so many cotton wool pads on a daily basis. To remove my make up fully it did take two attempts, so moving forward I’d probably just use this after washing with the cleansing oil if I feel the need to. I will be using it in the mornings though just to feel super fresh as it’s very good at that too!
Over all I’m pretty chuffed I picked these up and gave in to a hype in an inexpensive way. The L’Oréal Micellar Water was a mere £3 in Asda and the L’Oréal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil was £5, although I have seen them on offer in Superdrug for slightly cheaper at the moment too!