#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 4 - Final product reviews

8 Dec 2013

Our skin is really put to the test in autumn and winter, with the cold weather can have a huge effect on all skin types. During the colder months sensitive skin can suffer more than usual, so finding the right products to keep your skin happy is even more important. This week #MyLittleSkincareProject looks at the final products targeted at sensitive skin, that my fab sensitive skin bloggers Scarlett, Rosie and Harriet have been trialing.

Scarlett has sensitive skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 4

"Rounding off my contributions to the project (sad face) I was delighted to be able to review yet more amazing products, testing them out on my sensitive skin and reporting back!

Vichy Idealia Life Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50) - The Vichy Idealia Life Serum is a product I have tried previously and actually attribute to the improvement of my skin over the past few months. Serums have never really been a 'staple piece' in my skincare collection until recently, as I used to think they were largely overrated, but this one can be used in the place of, or on top of moisturiser - giving your skin an added boost of hydration, in addition to calming down and soothing any irritation. Protecting against every day stresses, it really is a lifesaver product!

The Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99) - Lately, I've really got into reading health related books, as they provide a real insight (and go a little deeper than Google). Since Sophia sent The Clear Skin Cookbook over, I've read it cover to cover and it has provided lots of fantastic tips for dealing with skin conditions - as well as what to eat and what to avoid in order to start seeing improvements. Since I suffer from Rosacea (which is covered in this book) I was pleased to see a chapter on how to fight and prevent it. Upping your B Vitamins, Probiotic Bacteria intake and Essential Fatty acids are just a few ways to combat it, and I have really been trying over the past few weeks (although with settling into uni to contend with, this has proved rather difficult). Nevertheless, it provides really great tips!

Balance Me Stellar Face Balm* (Balance Me*, 7ml, £5, 50ml, £18) - The Balance Me Stellar Face Balm confused me a little at first as it was very similar to the Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm I reviewed last time, but thicker. I found it didn't really melt into my skin properly, instead leaving a greasy residue on my face which proved to be a nightmare when I tried to apply my foundation. Saying that however, I noticed that it can also be used to tame unruly locks and on your lips - so I tried this - and am since a converted woman. Ha Ha! It is like Vaseline for lips, but so so much more hydrating and long lasting (without any stickiness) and it also acts as a great frizz barrier for hair, in addition to being great for blow drying!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector* (Boots*, 15ml, £9.50) - The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Targeted Breakout Corrector claims to prevent residual skin marking, which I have to say - is something I suffer with. Whenever I get a large spot, which admittedly isn't often, but still an unwanted occurrence, it seems to leave a nasty mark for weeks, even after the angry red stage passes. Although easily covered with foundation, it's not necessarily desirable, so I was pleased to be able to trial and test this. When dabbed over a spot, it seemed to clear it up in the half the time and although a little patch of red was left for a few days, it was nothing like the lump/red spot that I had experienced before. This seemed to calm and cool it down, whilst also preventing the scarring and marking. I am glad I have this handy for next time, as for me, spots always seem to crop up when I least want them!

And to finish it off, since this will be my last contribution to the project - I'd just like to say a huge thank you to Sophia. She has spent countless hours organizing this, sending out emails, collecting our contributions and sending us products, in addition to putting together little packages for us. I have really enjoyed being a part of it, as I'm sure everyone else has too and I have learnt so much about skincare, including which products really work, as a result. Thanks Sophia!"

Harriet has sensitive skin 
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 4

"As #MyLittleSkincareProject draws to a close, I just want to say a huge thank you to Sophia for the hard work she's put in to the project - that girl is so organised, and has done such a brilliant job in running the project so smoothly. Another huge thank you to the brands that have sponsored this project - I've discovered things I don't think my skin care regime will ever be without! On to the products...

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream* (Balance Me, 10ml, £14, 15ml, £20) - A three-in-one, all natural eye cream, this has become my eye cream of choice and is one I'll be repurchasing (very shortly, too, as I'm nearly out of this)! It's a blend of Roman chamomile, lemon, witch hazel and cucumber oil, with moisturising giant hyaluronic acid and essential oils thrown in for good measure. It's a very soft, velvety cream that I pat around the orbital area after toning and before applying my serum and moisturiser, and I really credit it with banishing bags and tell-tale signs of tiredness. Before this, I'd never been that taken by an eye cream, but this has become an invaluable part of my routine now. It's probably my favourite of all the products I've trialled during the project.

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask* (Balance Me*, 15ml, £4.50, 75ml, £18) - This one worried me at first. It's a mask, but it's very 'bitty' - ground walnut shells are the exfoliating ingredient, and I generally don't go near products or exfoliators with solid granules in as they can really irritate my redness. So rather than use this in the conventional way, I've taken to patting it gently into the skin and I have to say the results are really, really fantastic. If ever I'm a bit hungover, tired or otherwise lacking in colour, this refreshes the skin like no other. It's formulated with kaolin clay, fruit acid complex and a blend of various essential oils to soften and calm the skin and it definitely works to give my skin a boost when it's most in need. I use this generally once a week - twice if I need it - and I'm always impressed with the results.

La Roche Posay Ceralip* (Boots*, 15ml, £7) - Being firmly outside the Nuxe Reve de Miel as holy-grail camp, I'm always looking for lip treatments that will nourish and hydrate my lips which do tend to get quite dry, especially at this time of year. La Roche Posay's Ceralip is a really gentle treatment designed for severely dry and chapped lips and is free of fragrances and preservatives making it suitable for almost everyone. I pop a tiny bit of this on my lips overnight and in the morning they're soft and smoothed and feel really protected, giving me the perfect base for lip colours - my lipsticks have looked much smoother since I've been using this.

The Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99) - I'd always been interested in getting something like this, so was delighted that it was one of the products we'd be reviewing as part of the project. Clear, well-written and beautifully photographed, Dale Pinnock's Clear Skin Cookbook contains a whole host of recipes and even concoctions designed to improve skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. I've tried both the Tomato and Fennel soup and the Spiced Parsnip soup and they are both delicious and warming. I'll need to explore this book more to begin to see real skin improvements, but I'm really impressed by it!"

Rosie has sensitive skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 4

"The Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99) - I have to admit, I've never been good at following recipes. But since I received this cook book, I've tried a couple of the recipes and I've loved them! They're easy to make, don't take too long and they're very, very tasty! My personal favourite recipe is the Sesame Soy Tuna Steaks with Sweet Potato Wedges!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare* (Boots*, 40ml, £13) - I was really wow-ed by this product. I have extremely dry skin and I have a couple of scars on my face. If I have any inflamed or bad skin, I pop this on a couple of times a day and it really heals it! It has that really silky feeling which feels lovely to apply. I can't rave about this enough, I'll be buying another when this one runs out!

Balance Me Moisture-Rich Face Cream* (Balance Me*, 10ml, £6, 20ml, £13, 50ml, £24) - Again, another product I was wow-ed by! As a sufferer of dry skin as well as sensitive, I need lots of moisture to hydrate my skin. This gives me the perfect amount, it doesn't feel heavy on my skin, absorbs quickly and does keep my skin hydrated.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil* (Balance Me*, 10ml, £15, 30ml, £30) - Now, this might just be my favourite product for this year! I featured it in my monthly favourites for September! My skin has a tendency to look quite dull, but this little beauty has really helped make my face look much more healthy and alive! I've had so many compliments since I started using this!"

It's lovely to see so many wonderful products helping the sensitive skin of Rosie, Scarlett and Harriet. Balance Me is one of my personal favourite brands, so I am thrilled that the girls enjoy products which I use myself and really adore. I definitely want to get my hands on the La Roche-Posay Ceralip now! If you have tried any of these products, we'd love to hear how you got on with them. Don't forget to keep up with the project, you can find all the posts below, and next week we will be sharing the final product reviews for oily skin!"

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