Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10!

I love a good hand cream and Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream may just be the best I’ve ever used.

Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10

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This is what Avène has to say about their new hand cream that’s been available at Clicks and Dis-Chem since end of May:

Avène Cicalfate HAND repairs, soothes and protects very dry, irritated and chapped hands with faster action. Fragrance-free, paraben-free.

REPAIRING – Sucralfate, an original ingredient, facilitates epidermal repair.

PURIFYING – The combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation.

SOOTHING – Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, it soothes fragile skin. Its rich, nourishing texture spreads easily. Rapidly absorbed, transparent when applied, it forms an insulating barrier on the skin for “second skin” protection.

The skin on my hands is very (very!) sensitive and because I suffer from eczema, I have to be careful when I choose a hand cream. My hands are also EXTREMELY dry. Avène is a brand that I trust when it comes to my eczema-prone skin, so when I heard about the new Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test.

The moment I put it on my hands, I knew I loved it. It was thick and creamy and my skin felt soothed. It was like it sighed with relief. But whilst I was rubbing it in, I knew that this was a night cream. There was no way that it would work during the day, it was just too thick… BUT WAIT! Not even a minute later it was all absorbed. No oiliness or stickiness. My hands actually felt quite matte. I couldn’t believe that this cream could go from that heavy to almost nothing in a matter of seconds.

 I think this is the miracle hand cream eczema sufferers have been waiting for!

This cream gives all the care and nourishment dry, stressed skin needs. If you suffer from eczema, dry skin, sensitive skin or you just want to take care of your hands, go get this cream!

And at R130 for a 100ml, it’s not priced badly either.

10/10 Avène!


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My Summer Saviour: Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF50+ Aquafluide

It’s hot. Damn, Cape Town. Enough now.

This summer, more than ever before, I’ve made sure never to go in the sun without wearing a good sunscreen. I have been wearing Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+ a lot.

My Summer Saviour: Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF50+ Aquafluide

What makes it special? Bioderma Photoderm offers very high sun protection that is suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive. The emulsion has an ultra-light texture and a dry touch finish.

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The “oil free” emulsion is optimised by a complex consisting of 3 powders with matifying properties, and concealing agents for a matt and powdery finish. Cellular Bioprotection® preserves the skin’s immunity, cellular integrity and combats the premature ageing of the skin.

Photoderm is also hypoallergenic, non comedogenic, fragrance free, paraben free and water resistant.

Aquafluide comes in 3 variants – not tinted, light tint and golden tint.

I’m using both the clear and lightly tinted versions.  Both have saved my skin many times over the holidays and it continues to do so. We’re going away this weekend and we will be spending most of it outside by the pool. Photoderm is top of my list of what to pack.

I wear the tinted one instead of foundation on days that I don’t want to wear a full face of make-up, but also don’t want to go bare. The coverage is not bad at all, and if set with powder it lasts well.

The product itself is very light and it spreads easily. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling suffocated at all.

Photoderm really does have a matte finish and I highly recommend you give it a try if you struggle with oily skin. I find that the tinted version can be a teensy bit tacky once applied, but as I’ve mentioned, I powder over it and then the finish is perfect.

Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+ retails for R199.

Two thumbs up Bioderma.


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