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I suffer with very dry ageing sensitive skin, which is very easily irritated.
I use Decleor products as I find they suit my skin , but I have discovered that I can't use the same moisturiser day in and day out , that periodically my skin becomes very dry so I swap from anti-aging creams to ones designed for dry skin. I know now that I need to vary my routine to keep my skin hydrated and normally this works for me.
Recently though I woke up and discovered that overnight I had acquired several angry looking spots, a couple of flaky patches and my skin felt really sore, tight and really sensitive. As I could count the number of spots I have had in my whole life on one hand I was puzzled and really was at a loss what to apply to my skin as my face felt like it was on fire.
I have had similar problems before when I was trying new medication, but never spots as well. Knowing that almost anything would irritate even creams that claim they won't I decided that I needed to stop using everything and try something designed for sensitive skin.
I find really bad skin days zap my confidence and as I work full time I have to face the world. My skin was so bad I wondered if I could pull off a balaclava look and started to see the attraction of the burkha for a fleeting moment.
So off to work I went with no moisturiser, makeup and a nose that would put Rudolph to shame plus splodgy red patches , a smattering of spots and flaky bits.
No one said anything , but I did get a lot of sympathetic looks.
Research on the Internet led me to Decleor a premium brand I know and love and their Harmonie range.
This is specially formulated for sensitive normal to dry skins and the description of the product included words like comforting, soothing protective and caresses the skin, all of which sounded wonderful .
I normally buy from QVC as you can try and return for a full refund but bought this in a kit from House of Fraser and paid for next day delivery as desperate measures were required.
I bought this in a kit which includes a large cosmetic bag which is lovely , plus a really nice cleansing water , mask , rose orient serum , a body lotion and a full size 50ml Harmonie Calm Soothing Milk Cream .
This cost me £49. I thought this was really good value as the Harmonie Calm on its own retails at £47. Plus I love buying kits with other products to try and all the products are aimed at sensitive dry skin.
Harmonie Calm Soothing Milk comes in a heavy plastic/glass jar with a plastic lid which is easy to open and close. Inside there is a further protection with another plastic lid. This is the standard packaging for Decleor and it feels indestructible.
This is described as soothing milk which you would expect to be quite runny, but this isn't. It has a light creamy texture that is very liquid on application and when applied to the skin has a light cooling sensation.
What surprised me about this and initially caused me concern was the perfume which unusually for Decleor is a flowery smell, quite old fashioned and reminds me very much of baby powder. I was concerned that this was too perfumed and this would make my skin react, but that wasn't the case.
This contains the following ingredients:
Essential Milk of Rose, Extracts of White Birch Bark, Lacto Calm Complex: Essential Milks of Cotton and Lily, Concentrated Rose Water, Cotton Lipids, Pine and Grape Polyphenols, Extract of Green Macatia
I have no idea what some of the ingredients are but the scent obviously comes from the rose and possibly the cotton.
The product claims to soothe moisturise and calm the skin and the ingredients are chosen for those properties. Plus it does not contain paraben, mineral oils and is colourant and alcohol-free. It has been tested under dermatological conditions.
Application is like any other moisturiser and Decleor recommend using this with one of their Aromessence serums Rose d Orient which has calming properties.
I chose not to use the serum, as I thought I would stick to one product only to hopefully avoid irritating my skin even more.
I only applied a tiny amount and did not spend a lot of time massaging in, given my skin felt so tight and sore. The initial cooling sensation felt really nice and the product glides on easily and absorbs without too much effort, which is really important when your skin is irritated. What I found was that this did not tingle or increase the soreness.
I have been using this for four weeks now and my skin is improving daily, the spots disappeared and the flaky patches but most importantly the tight sore uncomfortable feeling has gone. Despite its light texture this is also a very effective moisturiser.
Whether the improvement is entirely due to Harmonie Milk I can't say , but I did find that I could use this when my skin was at the height of sensitivity , which is a big selling point for me as I do need to use a moisturiser as my skin is so dry
The only downside for me is the scent, I find it too flowery, but that is a minor niggle.
Would I Recommend
Yes definitely. I was really struggling to find anything I could use as a moisturiser, almost everything caused my skin to tingle and become redder and inflamed.
This lived up to its claims and has reduced the sensitivity but most importantly moisturised without aggravating my skin further. Over the years I have tried many moisturisers as I do seem to have reactions which I can't always explain. My Doctor usually recommends aqueous cream , but that isn't really suitable for my face, so I am pleased to have found something I can turn to when I have these sensitive flare ups.
It isn't my favourite Decleor moisturiser, but I will carry on using this for another month, until I am confident my skin is in balance again. I will also try adding the Rose D Orient, now my skin feels more comfortable. After that I will return to my other Decleor products, but I do intend to always have this to hand and to use every few months to minimise any sensitivity.
As with my other Decleor products this will last a long time as you only need a small amount. I don't really have anything to compare to as my forays into finding cheaper products have so far proved unsuccessful but my Mum isn't complaining as she uses up my bad buys. I would say that a jar lasts at least 4 months.
Decleor is pricy, but does generally deliver on its promises and given the problems I have with my skin I have decided to stick with this range.
I try to buy in kits as you usually get a full size product plus others to try for a couple of pounds more than the product on its own. The Harmonie kit I bought probably has at least £20 worth of other products and a really good quality cosmetic bag.
You can buy this at full price for £47 for 50ml or £49 in a kit from Decleor, but shop around as you will probably find it cheaper
Another 5 star product from Decleor ( I should be on commission )
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