Sunday, 26 June 2016

Azclear Azelaic acid Review

I finally found azelaic acid in the pharmacy. I'm still not sure if I couldn't find it because I didn't look hard enough the first time, or because it's actually harder to find in smaller stores.

If you want to know how azelaic acid could benefit you, here's a detailed post. To put it briefly, if you have hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or acne this could help. I've been using it specifically to get rid of some hyperpigmentaion, as well as the occasional hormonal spot.



I've been using azelaic acid for about a month now, which coincided with getting two huge pimples. One was red, inflamed and painful. Not the end of the world, a little annoying, but perfect to test out this gel. I usually spot treat with a salcylic acid based product and while it works, it can sometimes take a while (not always), and the downside is dry, peeling skin. It also does nothing for the acne scars I always seem to get after.



I used Azclear Medicated Lotion which is in a 20% form. The lotion is slightly sticky and reminds me of glue we always used it primary school. Think it was PVA glue? The consistency is close to that, I think it even smells like it...

Acne
It's the most effective in calming down redness. It also takes away the "hardness" of a spot, and does help in clearing it up faster. Unlike other exfoliating acids, my skin wasn't dry and didn't peel at all. I think the lotion itself is more likely to peel if you apply too much.

Hyperpigmentation
I usually get dark acne scars that take months to go away if I don't use rosehip oil straight away. It doesn't always work though. Using azelaic acid, my spots haven't scarred like they usually do, but are red. They haven't completely disappeared, but they are lighter than they usually would be. The lotion hasn't done much for old scars, they have faded slightly within the last month, but nothing significant.



Tip: I've applied it alone and also below moisturiser. It works the same, but wearing moisturiser is more comfortable.

Some Brands
Ego Azclear Action Lotion - Australian/online
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Finacea Gel - US, and Australia at some pharmacies
Azelex Azelaic Acid
Skinoren Azelaic Acid Cream

Monday, 13 June 2016

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask Review

This is the second product I've tried from the Moroccanoil range, the first being the Moroccan Oil Treatment Oil.

Claims
  • for damaged hair in need of instant repair
  • a 5–7-minute revitalizing treatment that reconstructs hair and infuses protein back into strands that have been damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling
  • high-performance, deeply restorative formula
  • rich in argan oil, shea butter and reparative proteins
  • restore hair's elasticity and rebuild its strength from the inside out
  • ideal for hair in need of extra conditioning
  • ideal for thick hair
  • dramatically improves hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability



Ingredients

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Cetrimonium Chloride, Methylparaben, Fragrance Supplement, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Coumarin.

Instructions
Apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair and comb through. Leave on for 5–7 minutes and rinse thoroughly. No heat required. Use 1–2 times weekly.

This hair mask is the texture of a thick conditioner, but not as runny. The first thing I noticed was the smell, this definitely has a strong fragrance. It lingers in your hair, and I love how it smells, and apparently so does anyone who gives you a hug. 




Benefits
  • conditions and hydrates hair after one use
  • hair feels and looks silkier and smoother
  • easier to manage
  • styling hair after is easier, and results are better
  • also works well for finer hair
  • smells amazing

Drawbacks
  • silicone heavy, although this is what makes hair look and feel smooth and silky

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is a very hydrating mask that leaves hair soft and silky after one use. It's something I use when I remember, when my hair really needs a deep condition or because I recall how I much I love the smell. I have really fine hair so I only use a small amount, otherwise this makes my hair feel heavy. This is ideal for thicker hair, but if you have fine hair like me, it is still a great product, just use a small amount.

Friday, 3 June 2016

BIODERMA Hydrabio Serum Review

If you have dry patches, dehydrated skin, or you want your makeup to look natural and not powdery, this is for you. I have been using Bioderma's Hydrabio Serum for the last two weeks now, and I think it's fair to say that I love it. I received it as part of a few other Hydrabio products that I have also been trialling, and it's definitely my favourite product out of all the items in the range.

The Hydrabio range was specifically developed with sensitive and dehydrated skin in mind.

Claims
  • instant and lasting moisturising effect
  • smoothes the skin and restores radiance
  • smooth, extra-fresh texture
  • can be used as an excellent make-up base
  • tailored to all skin types, alone or combined with a treatment
  • allergen-free fragrance
  • non-comedogenic
  • hypo-allergenic



Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Xylitol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mannitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Laminaria Ochroeluca Extract, Niacinamide, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexyldecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).


Directions
Apply Hydrabio Sérum in the morning and/or evening on your face and neck. I just apply it where it's needed as my skin gets oilier during the day.


This is the best product I've used that instantly hydrates and plumpens dry and parched skin. The formula is light, slightly viscous and spreads easily. A small drop is all that is needed for your whole face. I've been using this on my cheeks, which have become dry this winter, and I saw an immediate difference. Makeup now sits on my skin amazingly, whereas before it would sometimes look dry and cracked in some places.


Benefits
  • skin feels smoother
  • reduces dryness on first application
  • great makeup base
  • the first main ingredients (from water to apple extract) all have properties that aid or increase skin hydration, also includes hyaluronic acid
  • formula is not greasy and absorbs quickly
  • did not cause irritation to my skin

Drawbacks

  • is not silicone free, but they are further down the ingredient list (I don't mind some silicones as long as I don't use it over night)

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum's ability to hydrate and smooth out skin lasts all day, and even on days I don't wear it, my skin isn't as dehydrated as it was before. I also think this would work for all skin types as my skin gets slightly oilier during the day, and it worked well for me. Overall, this is an amazing product that I will gladly be repurchasing in full size.

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