Tag Archives: Sensitive Skin

From the French Pharmacie: Physiogel – A.I. Crème

11 Apr

This cream is intended for sufferers of eczema, psoriasis or any other skin condition that leaves skin itchy, delicate and very, very sensitive. It’s hypoallergenic, scent-free and incredibly hydrating and soothing. This appeals to me because even though the sun is making an appearance, it’s still chilly out there and my sensitive, overly dry skin needs some TLC.

I originally heard of this in one of Bubzbeauty’s videos – and on her blog – where she claimed it works wonders on her irritated skin. She won’t use anything else.

According to the product website, A.I. Crème is for:

  •     itchy, irritated and dry skin, such as in atopic dermatitis
  •     sensitive baby and children’s skin

It’s also:

  •     hypoallergenic: no fragrance, preservatives, dyes
  •     contains skin-related lipids, rejuvenate the skin barrier
  •     provides the skin with long-lasting moisture
  •     no emulsifiers, no further drying of the skin
  •     itchy, irritated, inflamed skin is soothed

I don’t have any specific skin complaints at the moment, so I can’t speak to its efficacy in treating severe skin irritations, but I always have sensitive skin and love anything that will soothe and moisturize effectively without being too heavy or perfumed.

I’ve only used this a couple of times so far, but I really like it. It’s quite different in texture to any of the other moisturizers I regularly use. When I apply it to the skin, it glides on effortlessly and almost seems to multiply as I massage it in. I was surprised at how little I needed to cover my entire face in a generous layer, and I love that there’s no tugging or pulling during application which is great considering it’s a cream for such sensitive skin!

You can definitely tell that it’s there, and skin remains tacky for a little while after application, but it’s not overly heavy or uncomfortable. It feels a bit like Embryolisse Baume Riche though perhaps a tad more sticky – and, like the Baume, it absorbs fully by morning if used as a night cream. I wouldn’t recommend using it in the daytime if you plan to use foundation, because it does take awhile to absorb and I feel like it would make skin look a bit too oily and cause foundation to move around. But if your skin is very irritated and you can’t wear makeup anyway, there wouldn’t be any harm in putting a light layer on during the day as well.

I’m pretty impressed with it so far, and if you’re someone who suffers from any type of skin irritation or discomfort – or even if your skin is just a bit on the sensitive side – I’d definitely recommend trying it out.


First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Cream

5 Apr

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is that miracle cream I didn’t even dare dream about. In the words of FAB:

FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, FAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.”

That’s right, it’s a cream for the face AND body. Impossible, right? Wrong. This stuff is hydrating enough to moisturize my extremely chapped hands and make them soft, but light and non-greasy enough for me to use on my face without causing it to feel like an oil slick or break out. Which is pretty amazing if you think about it.

This one product has solved my biggest problem with hand creams. I need to put them on multiple times a day because I’ve got very dry skin (add to that that I’m a germaphobe and I wash my hands constantly) and they have to be pretty darn intense to make any difference at all. But I HATE when I put on hand cream, forget, and touch my face. Next thing you know, my face is covered in hand cream. Which ain’t good. Unless, of course, the cream on your hands is FAB Ultra Repair Cream.

On top of that, it has this amazing cooling effect – which I’m putting down to the oatmeal and eucalyptus. It’s like putting whipped, refrigerated air on your face (and hands and feet and body) that magically makes skin feel better, no matter what’s wrong with it – or even if there’s nothing wrong with it at all.

The smell isn’t overpowering – in fact, at first I thought it was unscented. It smells a bit like Noxzema (remember that stuff from high school?), but not as strong.

It comes in a big 6 oz tub, as you can see above, but it also comes in a convenient squeeze tube so you can throw it in your purse to use as a hand cream on the go. If you’re as big of a fan of it as I am, you can even grab it in the 12 oz tub – but this is a bit harder to find as most retailers (Feel Unique, ebeauty and Sephora included) don’t carry it for some strange reason!

I’m starting to become a bit obsessed with this brand. Between this and their amazing Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, I’m hooked. Stay tuned for a couple more FAB product reviews in the near future!