It’s no secret that I am a huge fan Vichy skincare, and in particular the ProEVEN line of products. I cannot be without my ProEVEN cream, and both of my daughters use it as well. You can read about my love for ProEVEN cream here.
Even though I am using my Dove Beauty Bar to clean my face, I am always still on the lookout for an HG cleanser. Also, while the Dove cleanses my face, sometimes we need a little more. Exfoliation is important, as excess accumulation of dead skin cells on on the skin’s surface causes skin to look dull. But, one needs to be very careful when choosing exfoliants, as physical (granular) exfoliant treatments/scrubs can often be harsh and do damage to your skin. We want to add radiance to our complexions gently and efficiently. Not all chemical exfoliants, both cleansers and lotions/creams are gentle, and some can be a bit drying, especially at this time of year. Vichy has added a couple more products to their brilliant ProEVEN line, and their ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam was calling to me. It has the the vitamin C and ceramides you will find in the cream, and these products help brighten and add radiance to your skin. LHA provides gentle effective exfoliation which helps to even out skin tone while helping your skin shed dead skin cells. Yuck. I want those gone, that’s for sure.
This is me after washing with VIchy ProEVEN Brightening Cleanser
So, knowing how gentle yet effective ProEVEN is on my face, I could not resist the cleanser. It is a “foaming” cleanser, which is basically a soft cream-gel texture that transforms into a soft foam in your hands. You only need a pea sized amount to do your whole face – which is great, and it means that my 100ml tube (around $20) will last a long time! Sound familiar? That’s because I said the same thing about La Mer Foaming Cleanser, and that is what Vichy ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam reminds me of. I’ve been using it morning and night for a little over a week and feel that my skin is glowy and healthy. After cleansing in the morning, I use Vichy LiftActive Serum 10 and let it sink it. Then I apply my ProEVEN cream. Verdict so far: LOVE. This cleanser feels luxurious, is gentle on my skin, does an amazing job of cleaning it, and so far I am feeling pretty radiant!
I’m trying the newest Vichy ProEVEN Eyes as well, as for some reason dark circles are appearing where they never used to!
A few things that I find that really help to keep my oily *cough* aging *cough* skin look fresh, clear and smooth are deep cleansing clay masks and scrubs. I don’t over-use either, as my sensitive skin rebels and freaks out if I use products that are too harsh, or if I use them too often. But weekly or bi-weekly, I like to do a scrub and mask. Not on the same day, and usually a few days apart, as I don’t want to shock my skin. Tip: do scrub, then a day or two later, do the mask. The mask can work better on skin that isn’t clogged with dead skin cells.
The facial line of products from Live Clean, Fresh Face, has some very worthwhile products to try, at their fabulous reasonable prices. From their site: “Live Clean Fresh Face promises exceptional performance with a minimum of 98% plant-based ingredients. Infused with a combination of Orchid – the eternal youth flower, anti-oxidant Vitamin C and Certified Organic Botanicals”. Based around the brightening and tone improving power of Vitamin C, these are definitely worth trying.
My latest fave scrub is from Live Clean’s Fresh Face line, their Smoothing Facial Scrub. It uses natural grains of finely ground Corn Cob to remove dead skin cells and vitamin C to brighten and add radiance. Lovely soothing stuff like aloe, chamomile, buckthorn, and cucumber calm the lovely fresh skin that is left behind after sloughing off the dead dry and dull skin on the surface. I use it once a week at the most, and find it makes a big difference in helping my skin absorb other treatments like moisturizer, and also lets make up sit better on the smoother surface. A tiny bit goes a long way as well. I use a drop or two on my lips to get rid of dry dead skin, and along my bikini line to help exfoliate and avoid ingrowns. Knowing how gentle and pure Fresh Face Smoothing Facial Scrub is makes me feel better about using it in delicate areas.
I love using a clay mask to deep clean pores and to brighten my skin. Makes my skin feel like I’ve had a facial and feeling squeaky clean. Especially if I’ve been wearing more make up than usual, sweating a lot, or driving around with the top down in the air with goodness knows what all flying around. Live Clean Fresh Face Deep Cleansing Clay Masque is the perfect solution for that. It only takes around 15 minutes max for this mask to do it’s work. Formulated with natural Kaolin, it deep cleans to remove impurities, absorbs excess surface oil while calming the skin. Like the Fresh Face Scrub, the Clay Masque also has brightening Vitamin C, and aloe, chamomile, buckthorn and cucumber to calm and sooth skin as well, so all that is left behind is a glow.
Fresh Face Facial Scrub is $19.99 and the Deep Cleansing Clay Mask is $14.99. In Canada, Live Clean is sold at drugstores and Walmart. At this time, only the Live Clean Baby line is available in the United States, although www.well.ca sells the entire Live Clean line including Fresh Face, and they ship to the US.