May 3, 2019
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I tend to do a refresh of my skincare every season – I keep some of the core basics, but then just switch to a product or brand more suitable to each season. Naturally when we’re now moving into the warmer months, I tend to use more lightweight products, such as gels, light serums and water based products. If you follow me on Instagram, you might recall me talking about my skin consultation at the Eudelo clinic, with Dr Stefanie Williams. Since having a full skin assessment (and after I was surprisingly diagnosed with light Rosacea), I was given a complete skincare overhaul. Evidently, I was doing nearly everything wrong (with some big surprises in store)…

Firstly, I was told to ditch anything overly hydrating and thick, such as oily serums and creamy moisturisers (which I have a lot of, and also love to use!) – which would be totally wrong for my slightly sensitive, combination skin. Less is more, was definitely the key take away. Hydration via light, non-oily serums, to really help tackle my pigmentation, dehydration and redness prone skin. Following this deep skincare assessment (my skin was thoroughly analysed within a machine) these were the products she recommended, and I have been religiously following it ever since (although since the assessment over 3 months ago, I have added in a few items here and there, such as this range) – just all depending on how my skin is feeling that particular week.

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1. Cleanser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream – a light, and non abrasive creamy cleanser. I wash with cool water, which helps with the puffiness and redness first thing in the morning. 
2. Antioxidant Serum: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum – followed by using a cooling jade roller for the ultimate face massage, whilst penetrating the product better into the skin. 
3. Eye Contour: La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Eye Cream – a nice and light eye cream. 
4. Prescription Cream: Rosex Cream (start with every other day, then daily, once skin clear, reduce to twice weekly). In-between the days I’m not using the cream, I have been applying the SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator, for added moisture and a light exfoliation. 
5. SPF Moisturiser: SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50 – the best of the best, I love this product. 
6. Make-up Base: Exuviance Coverblend Skin Caring Foundation SPF20 – a light, breathable and natural looking foundation, which doesn’t clog up the pores. 

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1. Make-up Remover: La Roche-Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel – it says to use cotton pads, but I use this with water, it works like a treat. 
2. Cleanser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream – which I use together with the Foreo Luna Cleansing Brush every 2-3 days, for the ultimate deep cleanse.
3. Double Cleanse: Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Micellar Water – the best cleansing water on the market, fact. 
4. Anti-pigment Serum: Medik8 White Balance Classic Serum – followed by using a cooling jade roller for the ultimate face massage, whilst penetrating the product better into the skin. 
5. Evening Repair Cream: I alternate between the La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Treatment (as this has Retinol in it, it is to be used as tolerated – start with twice weekly for 2 weeks, then every other day for 2 weeks, then daily, if tolerated) – and the La Roche-Posay Redermic C10 Concentrate Serum – all depending on how my skin is tolerating the Retinol. The C10 has the added Vitamin C in, which is great for plumping the skin. 
6. Moisturiser: SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer (can be used on top of Redermic R if my skin feels extra dry, or on it’s own, when Redermic R is not being used). 
7. Eye Contour Cream: La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Retinol Eye Cream (as this has Retinol in it, start with twice weekly for 2 weeks, then every other day for 2 weeks, then daily, if tolerated) – great for those fine lines. 

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 It’s a bit too early to see any radical difference to my skin, but I can’t definitely see why these types of products were recommended to my skin type. In terms of the products, I had been using a lot of the SkinCeuticals products from before (the C E Ferulic is a long standing staple of mine – as well as the SPF), so my skin was used to these products. I have been finding the prescription cream quite strong, and I haven’t been using it as much as I should be, but my Rosacea is becoming more prominent, especially now that we’re in the warmer summer months, so I will keep at it. La Roche-Posay is a beautiful and mild brand for sensitive skin, yet very reactive and result driven, so I am glad that they’re now part of my daily skincare staples. 

Please note, this was a personal diagnosis following a skincare analysis, so it’s what right for my particular skin type. 

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  • Reply Sara June 4, 2019 at 08:09

    I have a bit of rosacea and anytime I use heavy moisturizing products my skin turns really red!!

    • Reply Anneli Bush June 4, 2019 at 12:39

      If only I knew that before!

  • Reply Christa June 4, 2019 at 20:49

    So nice to read again from you, Anneli! My little son is two months younger than Rio and I still breastfeed before sleep, thats why I cant use any Retinol products that I loved to use before I became a mother. Has your skin changed since pregnancy?

  • Reply delphine bell June 5, 2019 at 16:56

    bravo , très bien ! delphine Bell ” dernière liberté ” on

  • Reply Yuli June 5, 2019 at 22:37

    Thank you for a very informative and useful post. I’ve been considering using Skinceuticals and would love to get my hands on Medik8 r-retinoate…
    But I’m concerned about metronidazole though. Somerimes it can worsen the condition being actually treated. It’s like prescribing antibiotics without a probiotic.
    (My mother is a doctor, GP, otolaryngologist, and radio therapist, and she always told me in despair that doctors most of the times act like they are gods and know everything while ignoring the side internal issues. i had an insight since the childhood (its a double-edge sword at times). She always gave me probio when i was a child when nobody thought about it)
    I’m likely saying what you already know but just in case, and only because i care..
    – Internal solutions like probiotics, zinc and burdock. I found out about it from Trinny Woodall:
    Trinny also was taught by Eve Lom years ago that any moisturiser is too heavy for the skin at night, a good serum appropriate for your skin should be enough. Trinny is not always right or to be agreed with but she’s often correct and helpful..
    Non-steroid products can help, from basics to treatments, and you’ll know what might work for you, e.g:
    – Dr Sam Bunting says It is important not to use physical exfoliation when having rosacea; It is best to use (after the gel) a gentle chemical acid to remove any dead skin cells that could block up any pores. Azelaic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol with microneedling such as the Teresa Tarmey Programme (source:
    – natural remedies like Thyme Out (contains alcohol but can be used correctly with other products…) on Victoria Health and advice from their pharmacist.
    – Or even living with a little rosacea and using good natural makeup that can still cover it without hiding the skin, rather than causing more serious long-term health issues.
    (Do you think your job/public figure makes your worry about your appearance more than necessary? I mean you’re already quite unreachably gorgeous!)

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