Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal
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One of the cardinal rules when it comes to skin care is a no brainer: Choose products based on your skin type.
I have oily skin but whenever I use products intended for oily skin, my face would feel raw and tight. So despite the oil slick on my forehead, I've always veered towards gentle, cream type cleansers from Cetaphil and Physiogel, which don't irritate my skin but which don't help with the oilies either. Oh well, that's why God invented oil blotting paper right?
Yves Rocher recently reached out to me to try out the Sebo Vegetal range, its newest line of products intended for combination to oily skin types. The main ingredient Baikal promises a purifying effect that would leave skin matte. And because I'm a sucker for all things Frenchy and skin care, I accepted the challenge.
The line contains a cleanser, toner and two types of moisturizer (serum and cream). To ease my skin slowly into the product range, I tried the cleanser first for 3 days and thankfully my sebo derm did not act up. My face felt fresh after every wash without a squeaky clean and tight feel. Also, was it my imagination or did my face appear brighter?
After 3 days, right before bedtime and after washing my face with the cleanser, I tried out the serum which took a while to sink in, leaving my face feeling sticky for a few minutes. The morning after that, I used the cream after the cleanser and was glad to see that it was almost instantly absorbed by my skin.
It took me a few more days before I used the toner after cleansing but once I did, I was put off by the sticky feel. Honestly, I'm not a big toner fan in general and see it as an extra step that I happily skip.
The verdict: I am very impressed with the Sebo Vegetal range. Not only did it not trigger my sebo derm, it also minimized my oilies so that I only need to touch up by lunch time. Not to mention that my face feels smoother and softer now. In fact when I remembered to use my beloved Cure exfoliator two weeks into using the range, there were barely any white bits that came off, which for me means that there were practically no rough spots that needed to be sloughed off. Can't say that I saw an improvement with my pore size though, but really, pore size is genetic so you're pretty much stuck with it. In short, acceptance is the key to happiness.
I am now addicted to the cleanser (Php495) and I see myself buying a new tube when my current one runs out. The moisturizers are also good, but between the serum (Php1195) and cream (Php795), I would rather go for the serum as a night moisturizer because the cream has no SPF, and I prefer my day creams to have decent protection from sun damage.
Top- serum; Bottom- cream
As for the toner (Php495), it's something I can do without and I'll probably just bring it to the office and use it to refresh my face during lunch time, when my oilies start to show up with a vengeance.
This is the second time I've been impressed with Yves Rocher, the first was when I found my perfect match with their Matte Fluid Foundation. Clearly, there are a lot of treasures to be discovered in this unassuming brand.
To my readers, I'm curious to know what are your own Yves Rocher discoveries. Do share!
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