This week I continue my collaboration with Isabelle from A Girl With Pink Cheeks about rosacea, which we both suffer from.
– As a fundamental rule I prefer my makeup and skincare products to be paraben and perfume
free. However it can be difficult to attain. In Scandinavia we have a labeling called Asthma-Allergy Denmark, which makes it easy to identify these products. This way
I’m assured, that what I apply to my skin, is as gentle and hypoallergenic as possible.
– Parapharmacies are your friends: Most of my skincare products come from parapharmacy
brands. Avène, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Bioderma … are brands designed for sensitive skin and,
for me, a rosacea-prone skin is sensitive by definition.
– Do not add more than one product at a time in your routine: This is an advice that goes for all
sensitive skins. If you have a routine that works for you and you want to test new products, no
problem. But do not try more than one new product at a time. I introduced two new products
at once in my skincare routine a while ago and ended with a skin reaction. Which of the two
new products caused it? No idea. If you try one new product at the time, you can see if you
react to it or not.
– The longer it stays on the skin, the more attention must be paid to the ingredients: What I mean
by that is that I do not pay too much attention to the type of cleanser or makeup remover that I
use. These are products that I wipe or rinse right away. I’m much more careful when I choose
product as serums and moisturizers that spend half a day on my skin.
– My trusted Avène Anti Redness Cream is my stable, especially during the summer time. It
absorbs reasonably fast into my skin and offers good moisture. It contains SPF 20, which is
essential to protect your skin against UV-rays that act as a triggering factor to rosacea. But any
sunscreen will do and a SPF of 20 is sufficient.
– The Toleriane serie from La Roche Posay (LRP) has been well tolerated by my skin. Especially the
day cream Toleriane Ultra performs beautifully on my dry and sensitive skin.
– The LPR Baume AP, a richer cream, was my friend in need this winter, where my skin was
plaqued by dry patches and frequent flushing due to the cold and dry weather.
– Dermalex: This is my favourite product I have two or three back-up tubes in my bathroom. I apply this cream only on my cheeks and it does wonders for my skin, reduces redness, banishes the red spots.
– Avène Soothing Moisture Mask: Most masks quickly give me a burning sensation on the skin.
Not this one. It does what it says on the package, soothes and moisturizes. I apply it twice: a
first layer that I gently massage and a second one that I simply apply on the skin.
– My type of rosacea is dominated by redness and dilated blood vessels, mainly on my cheeks and
around my nostrils. For everyday use I’m satisfied with a tinted moisturizer, The Bourjois 123
Perfect CC cream has been my trusted base product for the last year. It gives a light coverage
and believable finish, AND this too contains SPF 15. Note that it contains perfumes, which can
trigger your sensitive skin, however I haven’t been affected by it.
– For more festive occasions I prefer a little more coverage. And coverage is what you get from La
Roche Posay’s Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation! This foundation is highly pigmented and if you
don’t mix it with a moisturizer then you might end up wearing a pancake of foundation on your
face – oops! However, I recommend experimenting with the ratio of foundation and moisturizer
to suit your needs. 50/50 is a good place to start.
– Foundation: Hiding my redness is the reason why I started wearing foundation and tinted
moisturizers. My favourite foundation is currently the Teint Touche Eclat by YSL which is good
to cover redness. On days when my skin looks pretty, I just use the Laura Mercier Oil Free
– Concealer: The other ally to camouflage redness is concealer. I’m testing several of them right
now and I love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
MY CLEANSING ROUTINE
Bioderma, Bioderma and Bioderma. Sensing an obsession? This hybrid of a cleanser/makeup
remover is by far the best choice for my skin. It’s a part of my daily cleansing routine:
– Washing my makeup off with gentle soap, e.g. LRP Lipikar Syndet
– Cleasing with BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water on a cotton pad
– Rinsing with water
– Finishing of with a gentle acid toner, eg. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.
If you have rosacea skin, what are your tips and tricks to handle the situation when it comes to
skincare and makeup?
We would love to read your comments on which makeup and skincare products you can’t live without on your problem areas.
Thanks for reading!!
Xoxo Cæcilie and Isabelle