September 29, 2012 § 6 Comments
My family went to Europe last summer and we had so much fun doing all the vacationy things: walking around the beautiful, beautiful cities (although we didn’t get to visit Oxford, where I spent three weeks in high school), seeing the sights and taking lots of pictures, watching plays and musicals (I finally got to see Les Miserables after fifteen years of singing all the songs!), lots of eating (my favorite were the full English breakfasts, every single meal we ever ate in Italy, AND all the wine and beer), and a lot of shopping.
Because I’m me (and that’s the way I roll yo), I came prepared with a list of things I absolutely needed to buy and brands I needed to check out – most of them from the fabled French pharmacies. But we were in France for only a few days, so the only thing I managed to cross off that list was the Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire.
I’ve been using this bottle since May, and the only reason it’s this depleted is because I use it all over my face sometimes. A splash on a cotton ball works well to remove all traces of eye make-up, including stubborn mascara, though, for everyday cleansing.
That’s not the point of this post though, this is:
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
I was disappointed about not being able to come back from France with some Embryolisse, because I’ve seen raves about it on so many different blogs, and I was looking for a change of pace from Clinique Dramatically Different (which is a great moisturizer, but way too thick for my taste). So I scoured the internet, and I found it on www.cosme-de.com for $29 (PHP 1210.00), and promptly ordered it. Never mind that I had to wait three weeks, and that I had to pay customs taxes – I was still happy to have finally received it.
Here’s a picture of the ingredients listed on the back of the tube:
The full list of ingredients (taken from Embryolisse USA) is: AAqua. Paraffinum Liquidum. Stearic Acid. Glyceryl Stearate. Triethanolamine. Cera Alba. Cetyl Palmitate. Butyrospermum Parkii. Steareth-10. Polyacrylamide C13-14 Isoparaffin. Laureth-7. Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis. 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. Tropolone. Parfum.
It’s paraben-free and not tested on animals – more points in its favor, if you favor cruelty-free and gentle products.
The brand seems almost boastful of this product — for good reason because it seems to be such a cult item? It’s supposed to be a multi-use item: a moisturizer, makeup remover, and makeup base. Either way, Embryolisse describes this as:
“A wonderful care product – a real beauty secret, favored by dermatologists for decades: a combination of ingredients of natural origin with recognized virtues, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. Provides the skin with all the nutrients and water needed for its balance, reconstitutes its hydrolipidic film – the barrier that protects the skin from aggression – and accelerates cell renewal. Moisturized, nourished, and repaired, the skin is supple and elastic once more. It is plumped, smooth, and incredibly soft. Signs of dryness and discomfort disappear, leaving the skin soothed. Its creamy milk texture leaves a satin film, even on dry skin.”
Pretty boastful, right? It comes in utilitarian blue-and-white tube-style packaging (I have the larger size, 75 mL), which a lot of people seem to dislike because it reminds them of topical, medicinal ointments. I don’t mind it myself.
I’ve only been using the Embryolisse regularly for about around two weeks or so – before that, because I had to deal with a horrible breakout which I treated with a toner-like treatment with tea tree oil and water, undiluted tea tree oil (bad for my skin, I know) as a spot treatment, yet another all-natural spot treatment and my trusty Aloe E cream. It dried my skin out a lot, but for me, that was a small price to pay to keep the pimples at bay (poet, I know it).
This is where the Embryolisse comes in. When my skin calmed down enough to the point that I was just using the Aloe E cream to minimize the bumpiness, dryness, redness, and scarring, I started using the Embryolisse regularly on top of that. I’d let the Aloe E sink in for thirty minutes to an hour, and then very carefully spread a thin layer of the moisturizer all over my face and neck. As you can see from the fairly depleted appearance of the tube, I use more than just a pea-sized amount (which is what most other beauty bloggers recommend), but that was because of alll the drying.
First impressions: The texture of the cream is very rich, although not overly so. It takes a minute to sink into skin, but notably less than Clinique Dramatically Different. And it doesn’t leave my face feeling thick or goopy — Embryolisse just leaves it feeling moist, so it’s comfortable to wear. I usually apply it thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime, just so it sinks in well. I don’t like using it in the morning because it doesn’t have SPF.
I won’t go into too much detail since this is a “first impressions” post, but I will say this: after around two to three days, the dry patches from the use of the tea tree oil were gone, and pimple scars (even old ones – not the ones from the “fresh” breakout) were faded in appearance. So far, I’ve been waking up every day with soft, supple skin that feels hydrated – and I’ve even noticed that the dryness on my face (mostly concentrated on my cheeks and forehead) has lessened. Which means I’ve been using less and less of the moisturizer every night!
Suffice to say, I’m liking the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè as moisturizer so far. I’ll come back to this in around three weeks and give my final verdict, yeah?
Have you tried this? Are there any other moisturizers you absolutely love?