La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

I like to use a cleanser a couple of times per week that is more of a scrub than just a cleanser.  I like the gentle exfoliation, along with the side benefits of that like radiance and smoothness.  It seems like a good thing to get rid of dead skin and excess oil with something scrubby.  Of course, you want to avoid anything too harsh because that will do more damage than good.  A lot of scrubs and facial exfoliators use things that are just too gritty I think, so it can be hard to find something that is the perfect mix of cleanser, gentle scrub, and actually good for your skin.  I think the La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub is a good mix of all of those qualities and has worked really well for me.

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub
La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

The “Physiological” part of this scrubs name comes from La Roche-Posay formulating it, as well as the other cleansers in this range, to do the job of cleansing but maintain the delicate pH balance of your skin.  This is formulated for sensitive skin and is just what you want, or don’t want as the case may be, in your cosmetics:  no parabens, no soap, no alcohol, and no artificial colours.  And of course, it is enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water too which is exceptionally rich in anti-oxidant selenium. The water has soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties which makes it perfect for any type of cleanser.

The little bits that do the actual scrubbing part are very fine, much smaller than most scrubs, and do their work without feeling harsh at all.  To be truthful, unlike almost every other scrub like this I have used, you really can’t even feel the exfoliating action, but you can definitely see and feel the results when you are done.  It’s gentle enough that you could use it every day, but I prefer to only use it a few times per week; three or four, depending on how my skin is looking in a given week.  Also, it will remove makeup but since you can’t use it around your eye area, or at least you really, really shouldn’t, you’ll need to use something else for that super delicate area.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have found it to be a great switch from other scrubs.  Since it is free from soaps and alcohols and anything that will overly dry the skin, it never leaves me with that tight feeling.  Instead my skin looks really fresh and glowy.  I think it is even working to improve the texture a bit.  I definitely think my skin is looking better since I’ve started using this.  I feel like when I use a good scrub like this my makeup looks better and smoother.  Plus, I think my skin care works more effectively too.

I purchased my first tube from FeelUnique for the full price of £10.00 for the 50 ml tube.  I think that is a super fair price and would gladly pay that again, but luckily for me FeelUnique is having their French Pharmacy brands sale right now, so I don’t have to pay full price to get another one.  Throughout the rest of the month you can get the La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub for £6.66, and if you order more than £10.00 of stuff you get free shipping too.  I like it so much that I ended up buying a second one since it is such a good deal right now.   You can also find this at Boots for the same regular price of £10.00.


DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil

The Deep Cleansing Oil is the product that first brought me to DHC.  I’ve been using it for so long I can’t even remember how I happened upon it the first time, but am so glad that it I managed to find it.  Since I’ve used this, I have become a big fan of DHC and now use several of their skin care products, a couple of their hair products, and I’ve recently started trying their makeup line too.  DHC hails from Japan and has been creating wonderful skin care products for more than 30 years.  Their skincare products are free from parabens, unnecessary fragrances, and colourings.  They use olive oil in a number of their products, as well as other natural ingredients, mixed with a fair dose of technology and innovation to create exceptional products.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I am positive that it seems very strange to anyone that hasn’t tried this, to actually clean your face with oil, but I promise you it works beautifully.  First of all, to put your mind at ease, this is a totally water soluble oil.  This means that it goes on and feels just like you are slathering cooking oil on your face, but when you add water it washes off easily taking all of the dirt, debris, and makeup with it.  It will leave your skin beautifully soft and clean without stripping it of the necessary oil that you need to protect your skin from dryness and aging.  Here’s what they say about it on the DHC website:

Water-soluble Deep Cleansing Oil contains a rich blend of skin-loving vitamin E and hydrating olive oil. It helps unclog pores by clearing impurities and make-up, leaving your face a grime-free zone. Rinses away to help leave skin fresh and clean. Olive oil and vitamin E fight free radicals.

The oils in the cleanser are incredible for removing makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof things like liner and mascara.  This actually works better than any other makeup remover I have ever tried, and I have tried quite a few in my search to find the right one.  I always come back to the Deep Cleansing Oil though.  I must admit, I also like the efficiency of cleaning my face and removing my makeup all in one quick step.  Plus, with this I don’t need to worry about having cotton rounds or anything else, just my hands and some water.  As a result, I always bring this with me when we travel.  You can use it without much hassle on a train or plane, have a clean face in no time, and all you need is this little tiny travel sized bottle, so it doesn’t take up precious space in your travel kit.

I don’t like to do a lot of fussing around with a complicated cleaning ritual in the evening, I just want to get my face clean and my moisturizer on so that I can go to bed. The Deep Cleansing Oil allows me that speed but I know that my face is super clean and ready for some restorative sleep time.  I use just one pump of the 200ml bottle per wash, though if I’ve had on a huge amount of waterproof mascara I might have to use just a smidge more in that area to fully clean away the mascara.  Since the oil takes all of the friction out of moving your fingers over your skin, I take this chance to give myself a little facial massage as well.  I work the oil in all around my face and neck in small circles, this helps to really clean my skin but also to promote circulation which everyone indicates is really important and keeps your facial skin looking better.  If you’re going to do this around your eye area, you should lightly circle the bony area from the inner edge of your eyebrow out toward your cheek and then in toward the corner of your eye and back up to the inner edge of your brow and repeat a few times to reduce puffiness (that’s a tip I picked up from some skin person years ago and I think it really does help).  I do the same little massage routine in the morning when I use this cleanser right before I jump in the shower.  Just make sure that your face is dry and so are your hands.  This cleanser is water soluble, so if you have water on your hands when you apply it, it starts to breakdown immediately and you lose out on the benefits.

I have pretty normal skin, though sometimes it gets a little oily (like PMS time) but when I consistently use the Deep Cleansing Oil, I can keep my skin free of blemishes and I think it normalizes my skin quite well.  When I have tried other cleansers,  no matter how good the brand, I am usually left with a bit of a tight unpleasant feeling, or it makes my skin too dry and flaky, or it goes the other way and leaves me feeling greasy.  However, when I use the cleaner from DHC my skin seems to maintain a good balance that leaves it feeling smooth and moist, and clear of any blemishes.  When I first started using this cleanser, I was amazed at how well it worked on makeup removal, and then after using it for a couple of weeks, I was amazed at how great my skin looked on a deeper level.

Honestly, I can’t say enough great things about this cleanser.  It it my favourite because it works so well and makes my skin look great.  The other good thing is that because it doesn’t take a ton of it to do the job, the 200ml bottle will last you quite some time, so the price is very good and lower than cleansers from brands like Lancome, Shu Umera, or Clarins.  And if you think I’m the only one raving about this cleanser, you should check out the reviews on the DHC website, everyone loves it:  4.8 stars out of 5 with more than 240 reviews on the UK website and 4.9 stars out of 5 with almost 3,500 reviews on the US website.  I love this and all of the DHC stuff so much that I took time to hunt them down on our summer holiday to Tokyo and ended up buying a ton of stuff, but I did save about £100.00 by buying it all in Japan, so that was incredible.  I kind of wish I would have bought more stuff actually.  I did end up buying two bottles of the Deep Cleansing Oil because it is such a staple in my fight for perfect skin.

If you are sold on this cleanser and want to try it for yourself, you can get it directly from the DHC website.  There are country specific websites for the US, Canada, UK, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and of course Japan, since that is where they are from.  Through the UK website, the Deep Cleansing Oil is £21.50 for a 200 ml bottle; it’s $28.00 on the DHC US website for a 6.7 ounce bottle.  While you are ordering you might as well get the little 30 ml/ 1 oz travel size too; it is £4.50 in the UK, and $5.50 in the US though you can get it for $4.40 through the end of October.  The good thing about DHC is that you get 4 samples, of your choosing, with each order.  Plus, when you get the catalog in the mail they also enclose a couple of samples, so you’re always getting new products to try.  Or, you can save the little sample sizes for travel, like I do.