Sunday, 11 April 2021

Current Skincare | Toners #3

I am so close to finishing most of these toners I thought it was high time I did another roundup! Now, I do currently have more than these four toners in my collection but I am still taking Roaccutane so these are all I have been using for the last 5 and a half months as they are all gentle and hydrating so perfect for my drier than normal, sensitive skin! 

 

hydrating toners for sensitive skin

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner RRP £16 for200ml

One of my favourite beauty discoveries of 2020, this is my second bottle as I love it so much!

It contains just seven ingredients (milk vetch root extract being the main one), and is instantly cooling and soothing. It’s thicker than a normal toner, feels very gel like and is so gentle and hydrating. Like I said, it is perfect for my currently sensitive and dry skin and my face just drinks this up! I apply with a cotton pad like I would a toner but you can also apply by patting in with your hands like you would an essence. Previously, I had the 100ml and but I upgraded to the 200ml as I love it so much! Full review here!

 

I’m From Rice Toner RRP £26 for 150ml

Continuing with the K Beauty theme, this is a milky, hydrating toner that contains rice extract to brighten the skin as well as one of my favourite skincare ingredients, niacinamide! I love using this in the morning as it feels calming and balancing as well as brightening and doesn’t dry my skin out so it feels well prepped for my next skincare steps and makeup. Overall, my skin looks more even and this also featured in this Five Things I’m Loving post here!

 

Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner RRP £20.10 for 180ml

Like the Pyunkang Yul, this is another gel like toner perfect for dehydrated skin. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid as well as centella Asiatica and amino acids so as well as being hydrating, it is cooling and anti-inflammatory. Like the name suggests, it preps skin well for my next skincare steps leaving it plump and calmed. I would say I prefer the Pyunkang Yul just very slightly over this though the two are very similar! I seemed to gravitate towards the essence toner more when I started Roaccutane as it felt slightly more hydrating to me but this one is still a great shout too!

 

Scientia Peach and Glow Hydra Skin Tonic* RRP £24 for 100ml

With my skin being too sensitive for any products containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol at the minute, I was happy to see this toner contains Tranexamic acid and Bakuchiol, two much gentler alternatives to help with pigmentation and fine lines! It also targets dullness and the ingredients list has Matrixyl 3000 and Glycerin in there too resulting in hydrated and brighter skin. Since using this toner, I have found my skin tone looks more even although I haven’t seen a dramatic difference in my pigmentation but there is some improvement for sure! My skin does look much brighter though and I think this has been helping combat fine lines. It leaves my skin feeling soft and well prepped and though you can use by patting into skin I still prefer to use a reusable cotton pad to apply! Full review of Scientia Skincare here!


So, that’s the current toners I have on rotation! If you would like to see instalments one and two you can! And if you want to see my full toner collection it's right here! I have about a week of accutane left then I will be adding them back into my routine as my skin gets less sensitive! Let me know your favourite toners! 

 

toner collection

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

 

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Sunday, 4 April 2021

French Pharmacy Favourites #2

french pharmacy favourites

It’s been quite a while since my last French Pharmacy post and it’s actually one of my most popular so here is a well overdue second instalment! It’s also 1/3 off French Pharmacy at Escentual right now so the perfect time to stock up though these products are always on offer at the likes of Boots, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique too!

 

Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Nourishing Shower Oil

I have been obsessed with this stuff over winter! It’s a cleanser for your body but also doubles as one for your face too so a dual product! It feels luxurious, not greasy at all, and creates a mild lather. It is formulated with vegetal biolipids that create a defensive barrier over your skin and after my shower my skin feels soft and nourished. I have a tendency to get dry patches on my legs and this coupled with my moisturiser have been keeping those at bay! It’s very lightly fragranced but no scent lingers and it also works well to help remove tan. My skin always feels soft, supple and fully hydrated after use and this bottle has lasted an age with daily use as a little goes a long way! I have talked about it loads on the blog but you can read more about it here in my Accutane diary post!

 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution*

While micellar water is not my usual go to cleanser, I have completely fallen for this cult classic’s hype! The Sensibio range is targeted at sensitive to redness prone skin and is alcohol and fragrance free. I use it to get the bulk of my makeup off before following with my usual cleansers. The micelle solution itself is great, the formula is gentle, non-astringent and feels just like water, I was shocked at how much makeup it removed! It leaves no residue or film behind either which I appreciate! The only place it struggles a little I would say is with my two coats of waterproof mascara, and I find I have to go back in with either a balm or my trusty Nivea double effect waterproof eye makeup remover to get the last, hard to remove, clumps off! Full review here!

 

Vichy Mineral 89

This has been my serum of choice over the last few months while on Accutane and it is the perfect, simple hydrating serum! I was previously a fan of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum which featured in my last French Pharmacy Favourites post but with alcohol denat quite high up on the list in that one I made the switch to this and haven’t looked back! It’s a really cooling gel serum that hydrates my skin and makes it plump! It sinks in quickly, lasts all day long for me and sits well under makeup too! Can’t recommend this enough if you have dry or dehydrated skin! Featured in my accutane diary and best beauty discoveries post!

 

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra 8

I am a big fan of face mists and I picked this up the same time as the Vichy serum and Bioderma shower oil right at the start of my accutane treatment! It is a lovely, soothing and hydrating spray with a fine mist. I like to use it as a skincare step right before applying hyaluronic acid but it works well throughout the day on top of makeup as a hydrating fix or pick me up! It is alcohol and fragrance free and has been formulated specifically for sensitive skin! 

 

best french pharmacy products

Phyto Joba Moisturising Mask

Finally, a deep conditioning hair treatment containing jojoba oil! This leaves my hair soft and manageable as well as hydrated, shiny and healthy looking! It's concentrated so a little goes a long way and it smells like coconuts. I leave it on for as long as possible and my hair seems to drink it up! If your ends are as parched as mine are you need to try this, they will thank you for it! It featured in a favourites post and my best beauty discoveries of last year too!

 

If you want to read my last French Pharmacy Favourites post featuring these products is it linked here! Like I said, the only product I wouldn’t necessarily recommend is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum –  I think their Mineral 89 booster is a cut above! 

 

French Pharmacy Favourites Escentual

 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

 

Danielle xx

 

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