A Clean Face is A Happy Face
In my last blog post, Trial and Error (Mostly Error), I talked about being your own Guinea pig.
Whether or not your skin deems your choice in make up products adequate, it is always important to clean your face. Obviously, if your skin doesn’t like the cleaning products either, then you’ve got a bit of a problem. That was my case, and so I had to switch out the whole production—because it really is a bit of a production.
After a lovely day standing in lines, sitting in bi-polar classrooms that can’t decide if they’d like to bake the students or freeze them into ice-pops, standing in more lines, and enduring conversations with people I like, and those I do not, my skin is tired. What I should do when I get back to my dorm room, is take off all of my make-up and let my skin breathe for the remainder of the day. Do I do that? No, no of course not. But I digress…
Eventually, when I finally decide it’s time to be nice to my face—and really, myself—and go take a shower. The bathroom is prepared, and the process begins. The majority of my skincare line consists of Biotherm. If you haven’t heard of it before, I don’t blame you. I bought my products back home and I have yet to find the products in stores here in America. (Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places, but they’re available online, so no problem). Biotherm is a French skincare company that is categorized by L’Oréal (their parent company) as a luxury brand.
Note: The pictures below and the pictures of the products in the links will differ slightly because Biotherm recently changed their product packaging. The products are the same, I just have the old packaging.
I start by removing my make-up with the Biosource Cleansing Milk.
This creamy liquid is applied to a cotton swab and then used to clean the face. If you’re not to keen on using a creamy-like substance to clean your face and you prefer just a straight liquid, then the Biosource Cleansing Micellar Water will do the same. (I have both and like them both just the same).
Just apply the foaming cream onto the Clarisonic brush (Make sure your face is wet and the brush is slightly wet as well). And use the brush as instructed. The Clarisonic isn’t cheap. The Mia 2 runs for about $169, but it has been completely worth it. I just feel that my skin is much cleaner than if I were to do it with my hands—and it shows too. That being said, the brush should only be used once a day, so pick the time (morning or night) that you feel you need a good cleanse.
Having done that, I step into the shower. I avoid wetting my face too much in the shower. I just find that the water pressure that comes out of the shower head is too harsh for my face.
After I finish showering, I use the Biosource Toner.
Apply this to a cotton swab and gently apply it to your skin.
After this, I use Biotherm Skin Best Eyes (What a lovely name, I know).
This is applied under the eyes and has a wonderful hydration effect. For some reason, I’m only able to find this on Amazon, rather than the Biotherm USA website itself.
Then onto the Biotherm Aquasource Nuit, or Aquasource Deep Serum (they’re the same, simply different names and different packaging).
This is a cream applied to the face only at night.
And Finally, after I have allowed the Aquasource Nuit to dry, I apply the Biotherm Aquasource Gel.
This thing is really the Holy Grail of the whole line. The hydration is nothing short of magic and does absolute wonders for my skin. I ran out of it earlier this year and went three days without it while I waited for a new one to arrive, and boy did I notice the difference. My skin was not as hydrated, not as smooth, and it was redder overall. If I had to pick just one product out of the whole line, it would have to be this one.
And there you have it, my skincare routine… I told you it was a whole production—an expensive one. The thing is though, most of these products last me about two to three months—sometimes even four—so they’re expensive but they last long. And yes, with the exception of the Cleansing Milk, the Aquasource Nuit, and the use of the Clarisonic Mia 2, I repeat this whole process in the morning before applying my make up. Being good to my skin is hard work!