For the last month or so I have been suffering from really dry skin on my face. I’ve not changed any products and I’ve been drinking a shed load of water, but for some reason my complexion keeps appearing really dry and flakey. In the morning it’s not as noticeable, but as the day goes on, my foundation seems to suck the moisture out of my skin and it becomes a weird, cakey, dry mess. I look like a really poor quality extra from The Great British Bake Off.
In times of skin need, I always head back to French Pharmacy brands. Vichy. La Roche Posay and Avene all base their formula’s on thermal water from sources in France. Each brand is tailored towards specific skin needs and are renowned for their products which help to prevent and soothe skin conditions.
I first discovered French Pharmacy brands when the dermatitis on my fingers flared for the billionth time and I wanted to avoid using steroid creams. Now I have a massive bottle of Avene Cleansing Oil on my sink, which I use as a hand wash and my dermatitis stays controlled by making this one small change. I really can’t fault these skincare brands for helping specific skin needs.
Of course, since I have a specific skin need for my dry, dry face, I took a look at some of the new products from these brands over at Escentual. Alongside the new Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, which I have been eyeing up since it was launched, there’s also the new Avene Tolerance Extreme Mask and La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Serum. Granted, you won’t need all three of these skincare wonder kids to soothe and solve your dry skin, but I’ve been rotating all 3 and my skincare woes are now at bay.
Out of all three products, the one I was most looking forward to was the Vichy Mask. It smells deliciously fresh and reminds me of watermelon! You simply apply a thick layer and let it work its magic for 5 minutes and then massage the remaining product in to your skin. My face feels instantly soothed and the next day I have a lovely plump feeling to it. As it’s a gel formula it’s also perfect for my particular complexion – which can be spot prone when I use heavier cream formulas.
Saying that though, as a weekly skin-thirst quencher, the Avene mask also has a big part to play in solving my skin woes. As mentioned, I already use products from the Avene range for my dermatitis and their fuss free approach is perfect for those after a long term solution. The new Tolerance range prides itself on only using 7 key ingredients which makes it incredibly friendly for allergy prone and hyper sensitive skin types.
Finally, the La Roche Posay Ultra Overnight is taking inspiration from the Asian skincare craze of overnight masks, and does the skincare magic work whilst you sleep. I was expecting this to be slightly thicker in consistency, but it’s very lightweight and absorbs fairly quickly really! If you want to wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy, but with a complexion to rival a ripe peach, then give this one a whirl. I’ve also found it soothes spots as well as dry skin, helping to get rid of redness by the next morning too.
If you fancy trying any of these, Escentual always have great offers on their French Pharmacy brands and at the moment appear to have 20% off EVERYTHING on site. You can’t say fairer than that!