Lightweight moisturizers for summer

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loccitane aqua reotier products

Loccitane recently came out with a new skincare line Aqua Reotier, which is all about moisture. I got some products as pr-samples as a surprise – and boy, was that a nice surprise! As soon as I opened the package and saw the products, I was sold. They come in beautiful packaging and everything just screams freshness and hydration.

It just so happens, that my skin has been a bit on the dry side lately, thanks to that burning sun and summer, so I’m all for moisturizing products. These products have been perfect for summer – lightweight, very moisturizing and fresh.

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lightweight moisturizers

L’OCCITANE Aqua R√©otier

The products are packed with mineral water from the Reotier spring from Provence. That spring water is full of minerals and calcium, which are good for your skin. Besides the spring-water, all of the products also contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

I would recommend these products for all skintypes, with the exception of a very dry skin. In that case, you might need something heavier, as these are quite lightweight.

light moisturizers for summer

L’occitane Aqua Reotier Moisture Prep Essence

Having a combination skin and still suffering from dryness from time to time, it’s important to moisturize your skin the right way. I’ve found, that the best way to nourish your skin is to actually use light products. Instead of applying a thick cream on my face (that would just sit there), I apply light mists, serums and boosters – before actually applying my cream, which is quite light as well. Light consistencies tend to absorb better to my skin and they still work wonders.

This moisture prep essence has been one of my favorites lately. I use it like a serum before my cream. I first apply my toner, then possibly a mist, a serum, this product and lastly the cream. This absorbs quickly into the skin and feels just lovely. It leaves my face fresh. I would imagine this alone would be perfect for oily skin during summer – as I know from previous experience, that during Summer the skin doesn’t necessarily can’t take heavy products, but still needs some moisture.

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L’occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Gel

This gel is very eye-catching, but besides looking lovely, it is. As it’s a gel, it’s very refreshing and moisturizing. It absorbs nicely into my skin and makes it plump. I like to use this during the day, as it’s perfect for under sunscreen or makeup as well.

L’occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream

But I somehow still prefer this cream version. I was sure I would love the gel, but I surprised myself. It says that it’s a cream, but I would put this in gel-cream category. There is just something about gel-creams, that hit the spot for me. I love the consistency in this – it’s so soft, but still fresh as a gel.

Both the gel and the gel-cream are equally moisturizing, so if you are thinking of buying either one of these, pick the consistency you like better.

You can shop the collection on L’occitane’s site here*.

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What are your recommendations of light moisturizers for Summer?

Skin update – 6 months of birth control pills for acne

skin update

acne before after

I thought it was just yesterday, when I last updated you about my skin improvement. I remember taking the photos, sharing them and thinking: “Wow, my skin is looking so good. My acne is almost all gone.”

Well… first of all, it’s been three months since that update. And since then, my skin has actually, really, improved. To the point where I would even use the word flawless for it.

Today, I can honestly say that my skin looks so good. No acne. I still have the occasional pimple – mostly on my back – but I think it’s getting better. Though there are days, when I lose my nerves with my back acne. Treating my back seems to be an impossible task compared to my face.

skin after acne

Birth control pills for acne

I wouldn’t necessarily say that my acne is cured, as I feel like I’m medicating it. I’ve been taking birth control pills for almost six months now. The pills I take are called Cypretyl and they are (I think) the strongest, and usually prescribed for acne. I am so happy I made the decision to start taking them again, because my skin problems have had a serious impact on me (and not the least, because it was physically painful).

I don’t have any side effects from the pills. Actually the opposite. I used to suffer from killer periods – and now I can manage.

birth control pills for acne

Also – don’t mind me looking like a completely different person here… Besides my acne being gone, taking botox has changed my face quite a bit. Read about the botox here.

How do I treat my skin?

Besides the pills, I also have some skincare products, that I blame (ha ha) as well for my now smooth skin. I wrote about The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth -serum, which I still use and warmly recommend to anyone suffering from uneven skin and pimples.

A serum, that actually makes a difference

I also love these three products from Lavera, that I wrote about. Especially that cleanser and day cream – so good.

New skincare faves

I do a mask once a week and usually I use one from Madara.

My favorite masks by Madara

And to get an idea of my routine, here is my old skincare routine from March. Obviously the products have changed now.

My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

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Are there any of you taking birth control pills for acne as well?