Given the recent storms we’ve had writing about sunscreen might be the last thing you would expect, but as I type this the sun is shining and I’m clinging to the hope that Spring is well and truly on the way so bear with me. Besides, it can serve as a reminder that we need to protect ourselves from sun damage no matter what the weather.
You may have already noticed, but I’m slightly obsessed with all things skincare related. I’ve tried numerous lotions and potions over the years and even more so since I began blogging. Mainly because it has taken me years to find the right combination of products for my dry/sensitive Rosacea prone skin. Truthfully though, I do love finding a product that catches my eye and then reading as many reviews and articles as I can before deciding whether to purchase it or not.
Every so often I come across a product that is so good I know I will always have a tube or pot of it on the go. The Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm by La Roche-Posay is one such product.
I think most people suffer with dry lips at some point throughout the winter months and the recent storms, here in Ireland, have probably made any dry skin issues worse.
My lips can become dry and cracked at any time, it comes with the dry/sensitive skin territory. As a result of this looking after my lips has become a regular step in my skincare routine.
I’ve been struggling with skin issues for the past few months. Some of these issues are new to me (hello, persistent spots) while others are the recurrence of issues I’ve had before. Luckily, I’ve found some products that have helped get my skin back on an even keel and I’m going to review them over the next three blog posts.
What Vichy have to say:
‘Vichy Thermal Spa Water’s unique benefits concentrated in a creamy mask. Skin is intensely rehydrated and visibly plumper.
Results – Instantly replenished with moisture, skin is intensely hydrated. It feels soothed, recovers suppleness and smoothness, and seems plumper.
In keeping with my decision to use up products from my skincare/cosmetics stash, as long as I wasn’t allergic to them, before buying new ones I turned to the RoC Calmance Intolerance Repairing Cream when my beloved La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche moisturiser ran out a few months ago.
What RoC have to say:
‘This facial moisturiser has been specifically formulated to soothe signs of skin intolerance, progressively reducing hypersensitivity. Combining patented soothing ingredients of natural origin*, it immediately soothes reactive skin, reducing redness, irritation and reinforces the skin’s natural defences against external irritants.
SunRose Garden Anti-oxidant Oil Facial Serum (€18), 20ml. No press samples included.
A couple of months ago, I spent my last Saturday living in Dublin wandering around Temple Bar with a friend. Between the food market in Meeting House Square and the Cow’s Lane Designer Market there was enough to keep us occupied for more than a few sun soaked hours.
When I spotted a stall selling skincare I was immediately interested in knowing more. After a chat with the knowledgeable and friendly man, whose name I have stupidly since forgotten, running the stall I learned that the SunRose Garden is a Wexford based company that makes all their products by hand.
My Skin Essentials by Mariga Nourishing Oil was dangerously close to running out so I decided to buy the SunRose Garden Anti-oxidant Oil Facial Serum to have on standby.
Last June the unthinkable happened, for a beauty junkie like me anyway, all my skincare products ran out on the same day and I had no back-ups. So, naturally, I did what anyone would do and tweeted about my dilemma. I knew other bloggers would enjoy a giggle at me being so unprepared.
I’ve been on the hunt for a new hair serum, cream or oil since deciding that the stale ashtray smell of the Joico Re:Nu Fullness and Body Primer wasn’t for me so I was delighted when The Body Shop sent me one of their new Beautifying Oils* to try.
Available in 11 scents, I received the Moringa one, these dry oils can be used on the body, face and hair. Containing a blend of three lightweight nut oils, Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, they claim to instantly moisturise, smooth and illuminate. The Community Fair Trade Marula Oil is sourced from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.
In a case of good timing, The Body Shop Coconut Butter* (RRP €18.95 for 200ml) arrived at my door the same day I ran out of my trusty La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm so I was looking forward to trying it out.