Over the years, my skincare regime has played out a little like a soap opera romance plot.
First kiss with Clean & Clear, a fling with Clinique, a casual romance with Environ and a long term relationship with Dermalogica. But finally, I think I’ve found true love, and where I least expected to – the aisles of Boots.
Now I have to admit that I’m not entirely monogamous (this blog is testament to that), but between Avene and La Roche-Posey, I’ve found a combination of cleansers, toners and moisturisers that just really work for me.
I stumbled across these brands when looking for a cost effective alternative to Dermalogica’s Active Moist. I locked eyes on Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Legere (which you can get here), and at £13.50, thought it was well worth a shot. I couldn’t have been more pleased.
It was a perfect substitute for the £30+ Active Moist (sorry Dermalogica) as it offers the same light feel, fast absorption and effective hydration. Perfect if your err on the side of oily. From there I tried the Rich formula (ideal for winter, night time and drier skin days), Gentle Gel Cleanser and the Thermale Spring Water Spray. I’ve also dabbled in the Cleanance Expert range – which is impressive. The only product I’ve tried and haven’t loved was the exfoliator. It was fine. It just didn’t do much. There’s more about their range here on their website.
I’ve since extended by Boots aisle browsing to La Roche-Posey, and found a cleanser that that I’ve been loving for the past 12 months – Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel. And their Micellar Water is brilliant too. You can find out more about the brand here.
Both brands use thermal spring water as their key ingredient and both ranges are developed for sensitive skin, but ALSO to address problem skin. My oily/combination skin saw me battling for years with stripping cleansers and over exfoliation. Never had I thought my skin was classed as sensitive. But it is, and I was just adding to the problem. These formulas are nourishing and calming, without ever making your skin feel overloaded. Anyone suffering from spots in their later 20s, 30s, I’d really recommend giving these brands a go.
Between Avene and La Roche-Posey, I’m happier with my skin than I’ve been in a long time. It even has a gentle radiance to it! And the price is most certainly right (especially when Boots has them on 3 for 2). So while I do love to inject some products from the more luxury brands into my routine (which I still think are best for specialist items like masques and scrubs) these Boots beauties are perfect for every day.
I’ve recommended them to a number of friends who have all had very positive results. So if you’re still looking for your skincare saviours, I would certainly recommend that you give these brands a try. They really are lovely. You can find both of these brands at Boots. Some stores don’t stock the full ranges, so I recommend shopping online.
What’s your favourite skincare? I’d love to know in the comments below.