A few weeks ago I was sent some items from the Perricone MD range for sensitive skin. This hypoallergenic range promises lovely skincare without the fear of breakouts and rashes for those of us who tend to suffer
The Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser is a mild face wash without the detergents that sensitive skin is normally allergic too (you know the ones, that make your face feel really tight and hot after washing).
Firstly, the packaging. This cleaner comes in a beautiful glass bottle with pump lid. The cleaner has no special smell, but looks and smells a little like olive oil. This is probably because it's made from olive polyphenols and gently removes makeup and dirt.
The product applies nicely and is quite unusual in the gel-consistency. You dampen your face, then massage the gel in. As you add water and massage, the gel turns cloudy white but doesn't foam in the traditional sense. Then wash it off thoroughly and unveil clear skin without redness.
It doesn't contain any parabens or nasties to be allergic to. I know it's really challenging for people who have sensitive skin to swap and use something new so I was very scared when I tried this but I haven't had any reaction and have noticed my skin is makeup free and feels nourished after washing.
This product is £35 which may seem quite a lot, but this product is really lovely and will last a long time. I only need 1-2 pumps in the morning and evening. It's available from Perricone MD
The Perricone MD Nourishing Moisturizer is another item in the hypoallergenic range. It is created to sooth angry skin, reduce wrinkles and plump
Again the moisturizer comes in a glass container, but this time it's a jar. I'm not normally ok with jars as I don't like dipping my fingers in to products as it could spread bacteria, but this comes with a little spatula allowing you to scoop the right amount out.
The product goes a long way, I need a tiny pea size to cover my whole face and neck. The product itself is very thick and rich which initially put me off as I have oily skin already. I applied it the first time and freaked out at how shiny my skin looked, but after a couple of minutes it had sunk in really well and I had dewy, glowing skin. It was a big step away from my normal oil-minimising moisturizers which mattify, but after reading how much Caroline Hirons dislikes them and that they actually cause drying and distressed skin, I thought I would give it a chance.
Throughout the day, my skin remained dewy but didn't slip into greasy and frightening. My skin felt very smooth and I haven't had any signs of allergy. It costs a huge amount of money (think anywhere between £40 to £60 from my googling) but it you are at your wits end with your sensitive skin I think this is an amazing investment. I know when I buy my next jar I will definitely not be confessing to anyone how much it costs, but it will last long enough for you to save for it!)
Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream - this eye cream promises to be gentle enough to use even after cosmetic surgery and to sooth eyes it uses olive polyphenols and neuropeptides (unsure how to explain this one, and I have a degree in neuroscience...)
This product didn't get me as excited as the others. I don't seem to struggle with sensitivity around the eyes though and can use any old eye cream so that might bias me. This cream feels very similar to the moisturizer but in a smaller jar. It again has a little spatula to scoop with and a tiny bit goes a huge way. In my opinion, for the price of £53, this is not a product I would buy.
Overall - I absolutely love the moisturizer and the cleanser. The products may seem pricey to you, but for people with sensitive skin these are a brilliant investment. My skin is so clear and smooth at the moment and I can see old scars fading away thanks to the injection of gentle moisture. My skin under my foundation is really glowing and I would definitely buy these (but then hide the receipt from my boyfriend). A big treat but very worth it