Making new additions to my skincare routine isn't something I do all that often unless I've used up products, there's a skin concern that needs to be addressed or something really, really intrigues me. I seem to have adapted a good one-in-one-out policy (I do have a weakness for cleansers though) and as I've come to better understand my skin needs, I'm no longer as easily enthralled by new releases like I once was (the same can be said for makeup too). Most of the time when I use up products, I'll repurchase the same ones because I know they work well for me and with a few tweaks here and there, my skincare routine has remained more or less the same over the past three years or so. As a beauty crazed person, however, I will try out new things on occasion and over the past month and a half, I've been trialling out four new skincare products that have been welcomed additions to my routine.
Avène is one of my favourite French skincare brands I've used on and off for years, so when they reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try the two new products from their Cleanance range, I was really excited. It couldn't have come at a better time too because I was actually dealing with some nasty pimples that just wouldn't go away. The Avène Cleanance Micellar Water* is just like any other micellar water, only it contains the sebum-regulating Monolaurin and moisturising glycols to prevent dryness, which is the last thing you need when trying to maintain breakouts. Apart from its slight, delicate and inoffensive fragrance, to me, it's not all that dissimilar from Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire or the Avène Micellar Lotion, the only other micellar waters I've used. Having said that, I only use micellar water to remove my eye and lip makeup as I don't think of them as proper cleansers. I still use the Cleanance Micellar Water to remove the makeup over my pimples and do notice that they're left calm and not at all dry, so if you're someone with blemish-prone, sensitive and dry skin, this could be well worth looking into.
The Avène TriAcnéal EXPERT* is the other new product from Avène's Cleanance range. A nighttime moisturiser specifically formulated to deal with adult acne, TriAcnéal EXPERT uses advanced ingredients to treat imperfections and redness, while also being exfoliating, moisturising and preserving of the skin's radiance. Unlike traditional acne, which is produced by sebum production, the onset of adult acne is caused by many other factors such as hormones, stress and lack of sleep. To combat this, papaya extract is used to smooth the skin's texture (as opposed to glycolic acid, which can cause irritation to sensitive skin), Diolényl to limit the proliferation of bacteria, reduce redness and eliminate spots and blackheads, while Vitamin A derivative, Retinaldehyde, unblocks pores, reduces scarring and has anti-ageing benefits. There's also Avène's famous Thermal Spring Water, found in all their products, which smooths and softens the skin. The texture of TriAcnéal EXPERT is an almost cream-gel hybrid and despite its lightweight formula, I find it really moisturising even in winter. When my skin is feeling a little tight, however, I apply my NUDE ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil underneath. As someone who has suffered quite badly from acne in the past and also scars easily, I noticed that both pimples healed and scars faded faster, all while still leaving my skin smooth, supple and soft. I don't think the Cleanance Micellar Water was unique enough to purchase myself, but I would definitely buy TriAcnéal EXPERT with my own money to keep on hand in those times of need.
While I don't suffer from acne anymore and have got my occasional breakouts under control, I have found a new skin concern of mine - dark under eye circles. It's only something I started noticing maybe within the last year or so, but I guess this is just unfortunately something you have to deal with as you get older. I'm just glad I don't have any fine lines yet! I'd heard my friend, Jess, rave on about Hylamide SubQ Eyes, so when Priceline recently had their biannual 40% off skincare sale, I decided I'd give it a go myself. While traditional eye creams can work well to moisturise the under eye area, they do very little else unless you're willing to shell out over $100 for something more advanced. A high-strength serum concentrate, SubQ Eyes contains a wide array of peptides, plant saccharides and active technologies to rehydrate the eye area, improve the look of fine lines, crow's feet, puffiness and dark circles. For me, there was a slight stinging sensation upon the first couple of applications (I don't feel anything now) and while I was skeptical when they said results were immediate, it actually in fact didn't take long at all for me to notice a difference. It's no foundation or concealer; your dark circles aren't going to miraculously disappear, but I do feel more confident when I'm not wearing any makeup. When I am wearing makeup, it doesn't look cakey or dry underneath my eyes like it has so in the past, and I think this is a great product at a great price point if you're in your mid-to-late twenties and are looking to get into anti-ageing products.
During Priceline's 40% off skincare sale, I also decided to try out the Bioderma Sensibio Tonique. It's a specific lotion for sensitive skin that maximises the efficacy of serums and treatments, while also soothing, decongesting and moisturising the skin. Although I don't have sensitive skin, I prefer using gentle toners when I'm not using those that are exfoliating and Sensibio Tonique literally feels like nothing but water on the skin. It's pretty basic stuff; there's also no fragrance whatsoever either, but it gets the job done and I'd definitely consider repurchasing this in the future.
Have there been any new skincare additions to your routine?