Best Toners for Sensitive Skin

Best Toners for Sensitive Skin

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A skincare item that I don’t hear many people talking about are toners. I have been using toners for years: they round off your cleansing routine and prepare the skin for the skincare to go on top. Toners have a bad rep as they can be stripping on the skin, but I have found a few that my sensitive skin loves. These do not strip, yet still make sure your skin is as clean as it can be before moving on to the next step.

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Best Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Best Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Because I have sensitive skin and I can’t find enough reviews or information about products that work well, I have taken it upon myself to put some more information out there. Often I have tried recommended products and have found they don’t work. Even if those products are good for sensitive skin. So if you are like me and you are tired of trying product after product without many results than I hope this blog post helps.  best moisturizers for sensitive skin

Best Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

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Best cleansers for sensitive skin

Best cleansers for sensitive skin

Skincare is very much a trial and error ordeal and when you have sensitive skin it is even more so. It took me ages to develop a skincare routine that works for me as much of what I tried would make my skin feel worse rather than better after using a moisturizer or a cleanser. It’s why I don’t change up my routine much, if at all, and why I use up a product before moving on to the next. My skin just likes it better that way. Here are 5 cleansers that my sensitive skin loves!

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Best cleansers for sensitive skin

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The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice face mask

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice face mask

If I want to have a true pamper moment, I like using a face mask. I always think I should do it more regularly, but with my dehydrated sensitive skin, most face masks are usually a little too intense to use very regularly. My preference for face masks are ones that clarify and really give my skin a pick me up. So when I spotted this face mask at The Body Shop, I was intrigued to say the least.  the body shop chinese ginseng & rice clarifying polishing face mask review swatch sensitive skin dehydrated dry normal

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

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Olay Total Effects Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

Olay Total Effects Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

I’ve said before that I’m not that experimental when it comes to skincare, but in the past year that’s been changing. I’ve been able to find more and more skin related products that don’t break me out or lead to allergic reactions and so I’ve been a bit more daring. So when I found that my local drugstore did a buy 1 get 1 free offer on all Olay products a few months ago I decided to purchase two of their creams. For the past few months I’ve been using one of them as my night time moisturizer and I’ve been loving it. And that means that a full review is in place.

Olaz Total Effects 7-in-One Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

Before I get to the review, I think it is wise to point out that this brand is available under the name Olay in English language countries, while in Holland this brand is called Olaz. So in case you were confused by the name of this product: no, it’s not a typo and I didn’t get it wrong either. The reason why I picked up some Olay cream is because it’s been my mom’s staple brand for as long as I can remember, so I thought it time to try some myself. This product retails for €20.99 for 50 ml of product.

What Olay says:

Specially designed for sensitive skin types, this daily 7-in-1 Moisturiser with SPF 15 contains a proven age-defying complex to fight multiple signs of ageing, PLUS helps to improve skin’s surface moisture barrier. For younger-looking skin, better protected skin from environmental factors.

The packaging of this moisturizer is really simple. I love how it has a pump, but the cap is a little flimsy. It hasn’t broken on me yet, but I just feel like it will before I run out of this. This product is formulated for sensitive skin and that’s why it peaked my interest. It’s supposed to infuse your skin with moisture while working as an anti-aging product and it also contains SPF 15.

This cream isn’t marketed as a day cream or a night cream, but as something you can use twice a day. It’s an all round moisturizer which is perfume free and easily absorbed by the skin. The product is dispensed through a little nozzle that is attached to a pump. Like I said above, the packaging works easy enough and I like the hygienic pump. Much better than sticking your finger in a pot. The only downside is that the packaging is solid so you can never see how much product you’ve used up.

The ingredient list is a long one, that I don’t really understand the finer details of. But water and glycerine are at the top and also some silicones. But the product doesn’t boast to have any magic ingredients that should do miracles, so I wasn’t expecting the ingredient list to be anything special. The longer the ingredient list, the more likely you are to react to a product. So be careful if you have very sensitive skin.

I was pleasantly surprised when I first used this product. The cream is thick and has a whipped texture. A pea sized amount is more than enough for my entire face. It is absorbed quickly, but I do find it too thick for a day time moisturizer. That is why I only use this at night. For a day time moisturizer I still like using my Dr Scheller Organic Jasmin cream.

The main question though is: does this product work? And I can say that it does. I wake up with nice and soft skin. It feels moisturized, it doesn’t feel tight or dry at all and I find that my milia have not multiplied and don’t grow as big as quickly anymore. I layer this over my serum and I use a separate eye cream, but I wake up with skin that has never felt better. I do have to say that I started using this in summer, and as the months grow colder I also need a bit more from my skincare. When I notice my skin getting dryer despite using this, I will make sure to start using something differently again, but for now this will do.

All in all, this Olay moisturizer does what it is supposed to do. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. For the price I think you can get a moisturizer with a shorter ingredient list though, so if you have very allergy prone skin this may not be for you. But it’s been working well for my dehydrated skin that needs all the moisture it can get.

What is your experience with Olay products?

Maybelline Fit Me foundation

Maybelline Fit Me foundation

Foundation: the worst make up product on the planet. I’ve only been using foundation since September because I had never found a foundation that actually fit me. I had bought a few, but never wore them. Mostly because the color was too dark and I didn’t want to spend a fortune buying drugstore foundations (which often don’t have testers) to find one that did have the right color. I ended up going to MAC and bought the Face & Body foundation. I need a pink undertone in my foundation, but since the lightest shade (NW15) is even too dark for me in winter, I had to go with the yellow undertone, which in Face & Body is called C1. That still wasn’t a perfect match, but well blended I could make it work. My MAC foundation was slowly running out and since I now had gotten used to using foundation, I thought I’d try a drugstore foundation again, just to give it another shot. So when my drugstore had a sale on Maybelline products and hearing great reviews about their Fit Me foundation, I purchased it hoping this would be the first drugstore foundation that would work.

The start looks very promising: the bottle is sleek and clean looking, made of glass and very sturdy. Here, the bottle also comes with a pump (which is a definite plus) and I like how you can easily see the color in the bottle. The only stickers are the name of the foundation on the cap and the color number on the bottle itself. Love the packaging.

I went with the lightest shade available in The Netherlands: 115 ivory. There was no tester of the foundation at the time I bought it, but there was one of the concealer with the same number and when I watched it in the store it looked promising enough. The texture is very thick and creamy and it feels very nice and smooth on the skin.

But as you can see in the picture: when trying to blend this with the skin on my hand it is too dark. And that wasn’t only the first problem I had with this foundation. It wasn’t only too dark on my hand, on my snowy white face it was even darker, but it also gave me an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions to cosmetics never act up instantly in my case. It usually takes a few hours. When I first tried this on with a full face of make up, I wore it for 3 hours and then it started: an itch along my jawline that started to spread across my cheeks upwards. It became worse by the minute, but I was at lunch with a friend and I had nothing on me to take it off. I took off the foundation when I was home with my usual cleanser and my face became bright red and my skin felt hot as if burnt by the sun.

To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. If it were just too dark I could have blended it with a lighter foundation and make it work, but since it gave me an allergic reaction there is nothing I can do with it. I also have no clue what caused the allergic reaction, though it is nothing new to me as I get a similar reaction (though not as heavy) to most skincare products. I know someone who still wants to try this though, so hopefully it can go to a nice home and I won’t have to throw it away.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy this foundation or that it’s bad. It just doesn’t work for me. I just wanted to share my experience with you and show you that this shade does not with light skin and that if you have sensitive skin like me, it’s best to try it out before you buy it.

What is your experience with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation?