#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 3

3 Nov 2013

In the third and final segment of #MyLittleSkincareProject we have been trialing and reviewing products which are targeted at our specific skin types. With so many products on the market, hundreds of skincare brands all hoping to be the brand you pick, it can be a mine field navigating between products and brands, claims and promises. My sensitive skin bloggers Scarlett, Harriet and Rosie have been trialing some products from some of the wonderful brands sponsoring #MyLittleSkincareProject and each has put these products to the test over a 6-8 week period! Today they're going to tell you whether products targeted at their sensitive skin really work and whether their skin benefited. Get your pens and notepad at the ready, it's time to delve into the world of sensitive skin products!

Scarlett has sensitive skin

"As a huge lover of all things beauty, in particular - skincare, I was extremely excited to have each of these items pop through my letterbox a few weeks ago. Upon posting a photograph on Instagram, almost instantly comments starting streaming in from those who'd tried the products and loved them - so already, I had high hopes. As a sensitive skin sufferer, I do have to be careful what I use because even the slightest irritant can make my skin flare up, but luckily all of the below only made my skin glow, rather than turn an angry shade of beetroot. Which is a good sign!
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash* (Balance Me, 15ml, £3.50, 50ml, £11, 125ml, £16) - The Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash really surprised me by how much of a difference it made to my skin's overall appearance. After using it for a week (usually in the mornings, as I am so lazy before I go to bed - the make-up wipes come up), I noticed how much clearer and healthier my skin looked. Without stripping my skin of all of the essential oils, it cleansed all my pores and left me feeling very clean and refreshed, but without the tight/dry feeling you can sometimes get.
Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm* (Balance Me*, 15ml, £4, 40ml, £10, 125ml, £20) - Similarly, the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm also surprised me by how radiant it left my skin looking. After washing and cleansing, you take a small amount of balm in your hands (it can be a little too hard at first so rubbing it between your hands helps) and then smooth it over your face and neck, allowing it to 'polish' the skin as such, in addition to hydrating it and finishing it off with a dewy glow. To remove, you simply douse the muslin cloth (included) in hot water and wipe carefully. I've been using this every other day for several weeks now and it really does add an extra touch of radiance, especially if you find your skin is lacking in it. Since you only use a five pence piece size on each use, the 125ml tube is likely to last ages, so it's a great buy!
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - The Liz Earle Muslin Cloth sent over was welcomed with open arms, as I have used my previous one to death (so much so it's rather worn and tatty looking). Great for sensitive skin, because it is much softer and less harsh on your skin than a flannel, it is an ideal accompaniment to face washes, eye make-up removers and facial balms. Liz Earle are renowned for skincare, so I felt confident purchasing their muslin cloth when looking for one (reassured by the number of fantastic blogger reviews), so I can safely say - having used this for at least a year, it's a sensitive skin essential.  
Konjac Sponge with French Red Clay for Tired and Devitalized Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - The Konjac Puff Sponge was probably the weirdest beauty product (looks wise) that I've ever tried, but surprisingly (again) I loved it. With nourishing French red clay and an absorbing sponge that deep cleans, it is perfect for exfoliating sensitive skin - without irritation and without that horrid dry feeling that many exfoliators give.
Overall, every product I reviewed in this package was a resounding success, which really is unusual for me - whose skin tends to flare up at any given moment. Having used the Konjac sponge and the products for several weeks now, I have found my skin is far softer, providing a lovely smooth base for foundation."
Harriet has sensitive skin

"Today I'm going to talk about some of the products we were kindly sent to trial as part of the #MyLittleSkincareProject. Deliberately assigned to those of us with sensitive skin, I was looking for products that soothed, hydrated and most of all, weren't abrasive to my skin. Let's begin!

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - I haven't included a picture of this as once used it's not the most attractive of cloths! I've used the Liz Earle Muslin Cloths for years and in conjunction with a number of cleansers and they're my favourite way to remove cleanser. I find flannels can drag across my skin a bit and inflame redness - the soft, micro-bead texture of the Liz Earle offering is just perfect and allows me to remove make up really quickly and gently. I don't think I'll ever use a different muslin!

Balance Me Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist* (Balance Me*, 60ml, £20) - I mentioned this in my October Favourites post this month as I'm so impressed by how gentle and truly hydrating it is. I've tried a number of well-known face mists and as many contain alcohol I find them quite drying which in turn makes my skin flare up. Formulated with neroli oil and pineapple extract, as well as a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid, this is a really beautiful, gentle, super moisturising alternative and I find it just perfect for toning, setting make up, and for refreshing my skin throughout the day. I couldn't be more pleased to have this in my skincare arsenal!

Konjac Sponge with French Red Clay for Tired and Devitalized Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - I've always been intrigued by the Konjac Sponges and after weeks of using this one, I have to say I'm on the fence! Gently wet with warm water, this glides very softly across the face so you're in no danger of aggravating the skin - and this is a real plus. However, this won't remove your cleanser, so I've ended up using it as a post-cleanse and it does do a really good job of softening the skin. That being said, it seems a bit superficial as the softness doesn't stick around - but it does make moisturisers and serums sink in better. So a number of pros and a number of cons - I'm glad to have it, but I'm not sure I'd repurchase it.

Vichy Purete Thermal Calming Micellar Cleansing Solution* (Boots*, 200ml, £11) - Another product I mentioned in my favourites post, this has gone to the top of my micellar favourites! Having also used the Taaj and Bioderma ones, I find this one overall more effective - gentler and faster to remove make up. It has a distinctly aquatic smell, which I love, and leaves my skin feeling really fresh and without a trace of make up. Like with all micellars I find it slightly drying so I always make sure to follow up with a cleansing milk or balm. I really would recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin as it has been a complete dream for me!

So a generally positive lot of products for me and I'm so glad to have had the chance to discover new products that work so well with my sensitive skin!"

Rosie has sensitive skin

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - I've never tried a muslin cloth before and I was super excited to try this out. Whenever i try out a new product, i always worry about whether or not it will irritate my sensitive skin. Luckily, I worried for no reason as the Muslin cloth is super soft and really gentle on my skin when used with a cleanser. I've really enjoyed using it as I think using a muslin cloth and a cleanser really does help remove any residue of make up from my face.

Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm* (Balance Me*, 15ml, £4, 40ml, £10, 125ml, £20) - I was super excited to try this out as I hadn't tried any Balance Me products beforehand! I really love how gentle this balm was yet it really removed every last trace of make up, including waterproof mascara (which is a pain to remove!) I really like the scent and I like how it makes my skin feel very soft and nourished. As for the smoothing part, I noticed a difference in the quality of my skin very quickly and will carry on using this for as long as i can!

Konjac Sponge with French Red Clay for Tired and Devitalized Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - When i first saw this, I was a bit scared! I'm not sure why though because I've been loving this sponge. It's soft and doesn't make my skin hurt but does the job. It really does help keep my skin looking less dull! 

Vichy Purete Thermal Calming Micellar Cleansing Solution* (Boots*, 200ml, £11) - I love love love Micellar Solutions. Ever since I've discovered them I've completely left out make up wipes which always irritate my skin. I've been enjoying using this one as it's gentle enough I can use it on my lashes and eyes but it still works very well at taking every last piece of make up off. I'd always soak one pad in the solution and use that to remove all my 'base' make up then use another to remove mascara and eye products."

Thank you Scarlett, Harriet and Rosie for sharing your thoughts with us on some of the products you have been trialing. I'm so chuffed that each has worked well for all of you! Keep an eye out for next week's post which will be including Katie, Dhruvee and myself talking about products aimed at oily skin and whether they really work! Be sure to catch up with the project below, and here's to a happy skin week for all! 

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