HELIOCARE ULTRA GEL SPF 50+

What it is. A VERY HIGH PROTECTION SPF Gel texture with broad spectrum UVA/UVB Filters.

What it does. This product protects really SENSITIVE skin types (types I & II) from harmful sun rays. 50+ Protection means the HIGHEST level of protection you can get. Potent antioxidants protect your skin (from ageing) on a CELLULAR LEVEL.

Main Actives : broad spectrum chemical AND physical sunscreens give you a long lasting, OPTIMAL protection agains burning UVB and ageing UVA rays. Featuring Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide, PLUS the “golden standard” Avobenzone for the best protection you can wish for. The patented ingredient Fernblock offers high-level antioxidant (cellular) protection.

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Who’s it for ? Everyone with a sun-sensitive skin in general, or anyone wanting the best (and lasting) protection during heavy sun exposure. This is the one I use when I’m at the coast, on the beach or even when taking a long walk outside. It’s the best one I ever came across, and is very helpful if you’re struggling with HYPERPIGMENTATION or MELASMA. If that’s the case, use it during the entire Spring-Summer period.

Should you get it? If you keep getting sun spots : YES ! If you’re worried about skin ageing : YES. If you need a reliable, long-lasting sunscreen : YES.

NOTE OF WARNING : although my PERSONAL experience is, that it’s a “long-lasting”, the advice is always to REPEAT application every two hours when you’re in the sun.

EXUVIANCE SOOTHING TONING LOTION

What is it ?

A gentle, alcohol-free toner with a polyhydroxy acid to GENTLY exfoliate skin.

What it does :

By removing dead, dull skin flakes from skin’s surface, it can help reveal a brighter, more even skin tone. In the long run, regular GENTLE exfoliation helps fight HYPERPIGMENTATION & signs of AGEING skin…

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Main actives : a blend of botanicals (plant extracts) like rosemary, chamomile and cucumber. Soothing & cell-protecting (antioxidant). GLUCONOLACTONE : mild PHA ACID, help simprove/normalize cell turnover & purifies skin.

Who’s it for ?

According to the brand : delicate skin types.

According to me : ALL skin types benefit from this gentle, yet effective product.

Where to get it ?

From your skin therapist or  licenced beautician.

www.exiviance.be

www.exuviance.nl

 

ENDOCARE C PURE CONCENTRATE

What it is : AMPOULES in a 2-weeks course (so 14) with 15% PURE vitamin C.

What it does : Helps PREVENT & REDUCE the visible signs of ageing and boosts skin radiance. A high concentration of STABILIZED vitamin C works as an antioxidant (cell protector) and brightens skin tone.

Main actives : 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycoaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid.

Who’s it for ? Look at the actives, ALL-IN a pretty HIGH CONCENTRATION. Vitamin C as a BRIGHTENER, the other Actives, plump skin, improve overall SKIN STRENGTH and help repair skin barrier. Who wouldn’t want this ?

Should you get it ? Well, I personally love it and put it in my routine about 2/3 times a week. Evening, after a good cleanse & acid toner. My skin doesn’t like all vitamin C products, but this one is gentle enough, even i fit has a WHOPPING 15 PERCENT !!

Where to get it : farmacy, selected beauty salons and skin therapists.

www.endocare.be

www.endocare.nl

 

PIXI SKINTREATS – ROSE CREAM CLEANSER

With Rose & Chamomile Flower

Comfort Cleanser

“ Nourishing cream cleanser with mineral rich mud cleanses skin as it helps strengthen & soften. Rose & avocado conditions. Chamomile & Aloe vera soothes. For all skin types, including very sensitive .”

When I’m in a shop, like in Sephora on the Avenue Hausmann in Paris, my eye is immediately drawn to anything that says “ cream cleanser “ …. That’s why I picked up this one, for a try. Not a bad choice, but I disagree with the “all skin types, INCLUDING SENSITIVE “ claim, as for me, it’s already a borderline case, due to the noticeable presence of (some) aromatic ingredients (essential oils) , that feel quite stimulating on your skin. “Gentle” ? Hmmmm, not so sure.

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On the other hand, when you’re a fan of a nice cream cleanser, and have a somewhat dry, DULL skin, this might just bet he right pick for you. The product definitely gives your skin a special feeling, I guess the – typically PIXI – clay part, plays a role in this.

I’m not sure this product would remove all make-up for ladies who use a full make-up (concealer + foundation), but it’s surely good for some lighter make-up like a tinted SPF. In case you wear heavy make-up, use it a a second cleanser, after make-up removal.

Positive points : definitely a “typical” PIXI product, due to the special formulation with diatomeous earth (clay). Skin feels very soft & VERY CLEAN. Stimulating effect for dull skins

Negative points : I feel some essential oils are quite present and could pose a risk for sensitive skins !

Overall : not bad, not fabulous either.

Texture : clay/cream

Skin types : all (according to the brand) ; my opinion : not for sensitive skin

Use : morning cleanse or second cleanse in case you’re using full make-up

www.pixi.com

 

 

 

TIME SERIES BY ICI PARIS XL

Recently Ici Paris XL Belgium reached out to me and asked me to test their FULL Time Anti-Ageing Skin Care Line. I gladly accepted, as I’m always interrested in finding good products form y readers. MEANING : YOU !!

The line consists of :

  • Cleansing Balm
  • Daycream
  • Nightcream
  • Overnight Mask
  • Day Serum
  • Night Serum
  • Eyecream
  • Handcream with SPF 15

As I wrote in my previous (Skin Moments) article, I suppose Paris XL felt the need to create their own brand in order to offer a competitive price range for some of their clientèle. Not everyone can/wants to buy upmarket products.

Overall, the products are nice. I felt the textures are light, absorb quickly and are NOT STICKY to the skin. Which is a plus, isn’t it ? All feel good, cause no irritation whatsoever and I personally believe will be liked by many women (and men).

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Fragrance is present, not overwhelming and in the “Lotus” type, I would say (but I’m not a “nose”, so some of you might feel different ; feel free to react if you think otherwise).

Pricewise, they can compeet with many of the drugstore brands we find nowadays. A cleanser will cost you around 13 Euros, a cream will be about 25.

Active ingredients are not present in hughe amounts (it wouldn’t be possible for this price), but there’s one that caught my eye, because it’s quite original : WU-ZHU-YU Extract, which comes from traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wu-Zhu-Yu extract comes from the small berries of a plant called Evodia Ruteacarpa and has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. In skincare, it has ILLUMINATING, BRIGHTENING properties and it fights dullness of the skin, leading to a glowing, more even complexion. Nice one, Paris XL !!

Furthermore we find some antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid for MOISTURE in the products.

I personally would present this line as a PREVENTATIVE rather than a full anti-ageing line, not only because of the choice of active ingredients, but also because of the light, airy textures. For more mature skins, textures might be a bit light, especially during winter …

BOTTOM LINE : if you are usually shopping in the lower price segment and are looking for an original skin care line, consider this one. It offers a range of original products with light, fast-absorbing textures. Great before make-up application, by the way.

A word of thank to Isabelle Poncelet and Christine Thyange from Içi Paris for asking my (humble) opinion J

Time Products are exclusively available at Içi Paris stores or through thei webshop.

www.iciparis.be

www.iciparis.nl

CREME REPARATRICE POUR LE CORPS – SISLEY PARIS

As I told you in a previous blog, Sisley Paris is a big player on the luxury skincare beauty market and it has also becom one of my FAVOURITE of  most favourite brands. Such superlatives come from my passion I feel for their products !

Sisley masters the art of creating formulas that are not just lovely to use, but actually really WORK for the skin condition they are meant for. Botanical actives are their absolute specialis mand I have seldom seen such active formulas based on natural ingredients…

Crème Réparatrice pour le Corps is a botanical Body Lotion with a rich, creamy & velvety texture. If you’re struggling with dry winter skin (or hands), or just couldn’t find the perfect body cream/lotion for your typical dry skin’s needs, I urge you to try this one.

I know the price is upmarket, but it’s definitely word saving fort his one, because it delivers absolute results. Gentle & EFFECTIVE, nourishing yet not sticky. Smells divine and absorbs quickly, leaving skin supple and smooth.

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The formula is made up af a mix of nourishing plant oils and a hint of essential oils (they serve also a a natural fragrance). Just enough to enjoy, but still very much ok for sensitive skin. My skin loves it and I’ll get my second one soon !

Some of the active ingredients highlighted :

  • Carrot Oil : antioxidant & extremely nourishing
  • Biosaccharides : hydrating action
  • Chestnut : improves microcirculation
  • Karité : nourishing and a source of essentiel fatty acids
  • Allantoin : skin calming
  • Phytosqualane : derived from olives, mimics skin’s natural defence barrier

Skin type : all, especially dry (Winter) skins

Age : all, but I think especially after 30, when skin tends to “need” a bit more nourishment.

Texture : creamy, absorbs quickly.

www.sisleyparis.com

www.sisleyapris.be

www.sisleyparis.nl

 

SISLEYOUTH BY SISLEY PARIS

Blue Light Shield

Energizing

Super Hydrating

Youth Protector

“The perfect partner for everyday life” . “Fights the harmful effects on the skin induced by al types of pollution. Indoor, Outdoor and from NEW TECHNOLOGIES (Blue Light). Sheltered, the skin is optimally protected, it’s youth is preserved”.

Let’s face it, high-end skin care can be luxurious and efficaceous at the same time. This product, in my opinion, certainly combines both. Sisley Paris just masters the art of making delicious products that simply do what they promise.

Active ingredients in the product are :

Adenosine : energizer

Hydrolyzed Pea Extract : the peptides have a stimulating effect on COLLAGEN production

Panax Ginseng Root Extract : powerfull ANTIOXIDANT, thus Cell Protection

Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract : the same

Actidia Chinensis Extract : Kiwi Fruit Extract also has powerful ANTIOXIDANT properties

Hence, quite a few interresting ANTIAGEING ingredients, gathered in a ever-so-lovely smooth & silky texture.

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The product has no parabens and doesn’t contain mineral oil, in case this might worry you. I personally do not avoid product containing these ingredients, but some of you may have an issue with them…

BOTTOM LINE : the product delivers what it claims. Very nice texture, lovely smell (aromatic). Can be used day & night. Good price for a Sisley product, by the way !

I personally use this both day and night. Day, I like it as a serum/under cream and under SPF. At night, I use it on its own or over a (Sisley) Serum or Essence (Sisleya).

Product type : day & night cream

Use : over a serum or under SPF

Texture : creamy, yet easily absorbed

Smell : lush !

Age : as a preventive from 25 years on, but good for oldies also J

www.sisley.com

www.sisley.fr

www.sisley.be

www.sisley.nl

 

LOW POO by YVES ROCHER

Gentle

All hair types

Non-foaming cleansing cream

Every now and then I like to “splurge” on a product that falls into the category of “budget buys”. So does this one. Well, it used to, because it was in fact a second buy for me, but I had to spend about the DOUBLE to get this one this time….

Yves Rocher beauty shops always look like delightful gardens of beauty where the “all natural” rule seems to be the only truth. Plants, flowers, you name it, as long as it’s natural. And most of the time, products are on a kind of –  what seems to me like –  a  permanent offer, which makes you SAVE a lot of MONEY. Well, you think you save a lot of money when you look at the “original” price tag that always comes with the “offer” price tag…..

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Unfortunately, I walked in at the wrong moment and it wasn’t my lucky day L. I paid my Low Poo Shampoo FULL PRICE (about nine Euros) and still haven’t digested that ! The girl in the shop told me they COULD IMPOSSIBLY put all items on offer all year round, because the company would go bust if they did.

REALLY ?

Anyway, enough of that, I wanted the product and got it. Even at full price, this is an item that I seriously recommend to any of you troubled by an itchy, irritated scalp.

The formula, which is non-foaming and creamy, leaves your hair supple and soft, with absolutely no sticky or greasy feeling. I find, that there is no need for a conditioner aferwards, which is great also. Your hair feels ever SO CLEAN and FRESH and is easy to manage afterwards.

Agave Fructans and Hawthorn Extract were added to the formula to improve microcirculation around the hair bulb and to strengthen the hair shaft. Great, in case your worried by some seasonal hair loss (autumn) or damaged hair (coulour processing, frequent blow drying/curling).

Lauryl Glucoside is the active “washing” ingredient and this is derived from sugar.

This product proves (once again) that you don’t nead a “good foam” to get clean. Be it hair, body or face, by the way. It’s not the foam (like in soap) that gets you clean. It’s the emulsifying capacity of a product formula. This one get the job PERFECTLY DONE without any foam. Great job Yves Rocher!

Product type : “Low” Shampoo

Hair type : all, especially good for itch scalp, I’d say

Texture : creamy, non-foaming, leaves hair fresh & clean

www.yvesrocher.nl

www.yvesrocher.be

www.yvesrocher.fr

 

LOW SHOWER by YVES ROCHER

Anti-Drying

Sensitive Skin

Face and Body

Immediately soothes skin thanks tot he formula enriched with organic Which Hazel that feels incredibly comfortable.

Protects skin thanks to a formula enriched with botanical oils. Skin is nourished in the shower.

I must say it’s the first time I ever pick up a “non-foaming” body cleanser. Well, in fact, some products I use form y face are recommended for body also, but it’s the first true body wash of this type I try.

As the product claims to be gentle enough for face also, I decided to give that a try also and used it as a second cleanse while I was in the shower. Honestly, I was PLEANSANTLY SURPRISED by the GENTLENESS of this product. Considering also, that this is an item I would put into the “budget buys” category !

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The product itself compares to a cleansing cream or milk (not runny) and it has a very soft feeling on skin. The same goes for face too. After cleansing (and drying) skin feels supple, soft and hydrated, just likes the company claims.

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera) and Shea Butter (listed as Butyrospermum Parkii) are – I suppose – the “botanical oils“ mentionned in the company’s description and they do their job just fine.

So, if you’re ready for something new, non-foaming, non fragranced (and thus not very sexy), but very, VERY GENTLE, go tot he Yves Rocher shop or visit their website and get yourself one of these!

Product type : face & body cleanser / Shower cream, non-foaming

Texture : creamy

Skin types : all

Fragrance : frangrance free

www.yvesrocher.nl

www.yvesrocher.be

www.yvesrocher.fr

 

BETA GLUCAN CLEANSING MILK & TONER BY KLAPP COSMETICS

Source of Balance

“Nowadays, more and more persons suffer of allergies. Part of these allergies are caused by certain ingredients in cosmetics. For this reason Klapp Cosmetics develloped an skincare programme that responds to the specific needs of these persons : BETA GLUCAN.”

Bèta Glucan by Klapp Cosmetics is free of perfume, colouring, chemical emulsifiers and preservatives. The formula is preserved by a hydrating ingredient that was integrated into the formulas. For this reason, all skintypes with permanent and/or temporary sensitivities can benefit from this product line.

The main active ingredient, Bèta Glucan, adheres to specific receptors of our skin cells and builds a protective layer against environmental pollutants/allergens. This way sensitive skin can be protected.

Composants/main Active Ingredients :

  • Bèta Glucan : fights allergens
  • Panthenol : vitain B5, calms skin
  • Aloe Vera Juice : source of Amino Acids, moisturizing & soothing
  • Allantoin : skin calming
  • Squalane : skin replenishing ingredient
  • Macadamia Nut Oil : source of essential fatty acids, skin repleneshing

The cream also has Hyaluronic Acid for moisture retention.

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I have been using both the Bèta Glucan Cleanser and Toner off and on for the past seven years. I absolutely do love them, especially at times that my skin is more sensitive, which can be caused by changing weather conditions, as well as by changes in my skin care regimen (see the skin moments articles on the blog).

The milk is creamy, yet light and easily rinses off with tepid water, leaving just a slight residue, that can easily be dealt with by using a soft washcloth. It leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated yet VERY, VERY CLEAN. For the ladies with make-up ; it’s a good make-up remover too!

The Toner is just LUSH, it’s one of the BEST toners I’ve EVER used. It’s ever so fresh, yet very MOISTURIZING and prepares your skin beautifully to what comes next. Lovely after a (long hot) shower or after exfoliation/peeling. Great in the morning also. And for the guys : after shaving !

Bottom Line : highly recommend, especially if you like FRAGRANCE FREE products without too much blabla that just deliver what they promise !

Skin type : sensitive/reactive, or in combination with certain treatments like Acids or Retinoids (Retinol)

Age : all, great for youngsters too.

Texture : milky, creamy (cleanser), fresh & very hydrating (toner)

www.klappcosmetics.nl

www.klappcosmetics.de

www.klappcosmetics.be