I am returning to the UK today, and I am super excited to get my hands on some of my favourite beauty products that I could not find here in the USA. Many of you may have read my Friday Favourites: Top Beauty Finds in the States, so I thought a European Version was essential. I opted for ‘European’ as many of my faves that I struggled to find in America were actually my French Pharmacy brands! Here are my European Favourites.
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If you’re fed up of spending money on the latest beauty products to hit the shelves and dream of a totally-natural beauty product, worry no more. I’ve trawled through my kitchen cupboards and found plenty of items that double up as beauty products – natural, cheap and ready for you to plaster all over your face when the urge for a teen-movie-self-improvement-montage strikes at 3am. Crank up the Clueless playlist and get ready…
Skin Concerns: Dry Skin / Acne / Combination Skin
I always find it a struggle when my skin is having a really dry week, it gets flaky and sore for no reason whatsoever, and this happens particularly in the winter. As I suffer with eczema, which normally occurs on my body, but sometimes patches of dry skin on my face can feel like eczema. Unfortunately, most products that relieve dryness are unbelievably oily, and I wouldn’t risk applying my eczema treatment on my face in fear of breakouts! For day to day moisturising use, most of us, who suffer with oily skin and acne would use oil-free moisturisers. However, when the skin is incredibly dry these are pretty useless, and I don’t think that they help the situation at all. Therefore, it is very hard to get the right balance, you want to relieve the dryness without making it the skin too oily and causing break outs!
The Effaclar Range
I have already expressed my love for La roche posay’s efflaclar H. The ultimate anti-redness moisturiser, that actually works after the first use! But isn’t the only good product that is produced la roche posay. I have soon discovered that their entire effaclar range is amazing, particularly for those with acne prone or sensitive skin. Black friday sales made me crazy with this brand this year, my derma centre (which I will tell you now is an amazing retailer of la roche posay and vichy, particularly in the sales!) had a huge 40% off, and I spent barely anything and got lots and lots of different la roche posy products and samples. Of course I stocked up on two or three effaclar H’s.
Skin Concerns: Post-Accutane / Redness / Scars
This is my new favourite product, especially since finishing accutane! My face always has an overall redness to it, due to a mix of being on the really harsh accutane and having plenty of scars caused by my acne. This cream reduces that redness pretty much completely and helps my skin to look clearer, softer and calmer! It is suggested that you don’t use this whilst taking accutane, but it is definitely one of the best products to use after. I use this every morning and every night at the minute and would feel lost with out it. Definately now a major part of my daily skincare routine (which I will update you on soon as it has changed recently!). It’s literally a little skin miracle in a bottle. Since using this cream I have barely used moisturiser, this is moisturising enough without being greasy. Its really easy to place under make up too, so it works really well as a base.