Dude, I don’t know when it happened, but somehow, somewhere, I turned into a 30-something chick. In my teens and through my 20s, I thought I looked young for my age, but at some point over this past year, I started feeling like I look, well, my age. I decided to step up my anti-aging game with the help of Retin-A.
I’ve been using it for about a month so far, and overall I like the results, but in that time my face has been flakier, drier and moodier than it was when I was 14. Even skin care products I’ve known and loved for years have started giving me grief, like my usual go-to face wash, Philosophy Purity Made Simple. When it left my cheeks dry and tight one day, I knew something had to change.
I scanned through reviews online and came across La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser ($22 for a 6.76-oz. bottle), which I remembered reading about on Dr. Cynthia Bailey’s skin care blog (which I found via the fabulous 15 Minute Beauty).
Dr. Bailey recommends La Roche-Posay to help mitigate the drying effects of Retin-A, and after reading more glowing reviews on Dermstore.com, I took the plunge.
First, a little background about La Roche-Posay: The company hails from France and boasts a bevy of face and skin care products, but the thing they’re probably best known for in beauty circles is their Anthelios Sunscreen, which many of my beauty friends consider the crème de la crème of sun protecting products.
But back to the cleanser! La Roche-Posay designed it to gently cleanse and remove makeup from dry, sensitive and/or delicate skin. It’s unscented, non-foaming and feels to me like a thicker, richer version of Cetaphil.
When I gently rub it on my face, my skin just laps it up. After patting dry or rinsing (I usually rinse), a moisturizing layer of product gets left behind, and I think that’s a good thing in this case because it means more moisture.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks and really like my results so far. It definitely alleviates some of the peeling I was seeing before I started using it, doesn’t sting, and hasn’t caused any breakouts (knock on wood!).
Yet it would be even closer to perfect if it removed makeup as well as Philosophy Purity Made Simple. It’s very close, but no cigar. If I’m only wearing powder, blush and lipgloss, then I think it works fine, but anything more than that and I feel like I need a dedicated makeup remover.
I’ve started incorporating MAC Cleanse Off Oil, which I use first to thoroughly remove le war paint, and then follow that up with Dermo-Cleanser. It’s an extra step, sure, but it seems to be working well for me.
Ladies with dry, sensitive and/or moody skin might want to give Dermo-Cleanser a try. Oh, yeah, I’ve also read that gals with rosacea like it, too.
PRICE: $22 for a 6.76-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Limited availability in stores, but it’s readily available online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,