Living with rosacea and couperose

Hi everyone,

Everything is in the title : Yes, I have rosacea and couperose.

What is hidden under these medical terms ?

These are skin conditions which are not harmful, not contagious. It brings some redness on the cheeks, and visible tiny blood vessels too.

At the beginning, I thought I caught an allergy due to some cosmetics and creams. I went to a dermatologist and she told me what I had.

It can be caused by many factors : exposure to the sun, alcohol, spicy foods, coffee, tobacco… and there are so many reasons we can add to this : a lack of sleep, hormones disorder, stress, a sudden change of température, etc…

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Gaspar Camps

Of course, it’s hard to look at yourself in the mirror each day and see your face in such shape… It didn’t help me feel confident, especially because I was relatively young : 26 years old. It usually happens when we get old…

I’ve tried several treatments, including the Mirvaso cream. I have to say that this cream has spectacular effects on a very short-term : after a few minutes, the skin looks like a baby’s skin. But this is just temporary and after a few hours the skin becomes red again. It has a few side-effects, and after a while, my dermatologist said I shouldn’t use it every day. So I decided to stop using it, and instead, I use products for sensitive skin.

I’ve learned to accept this condition, just as I accepted all the body changes I had to go through. And now, I embrace it. It may sounds crazy but this is a part of me. And just like me, my emotions, my skin reacts also in its way.

The good thing is that I can wear make-up, because this is not related to any allergy !

During these past years, I’ve tried to look the more natural possible. Trying to find the best foundation, mineral powders and blushes etc…  that could suit me and lower the redness.

Japanese character : Kumamon

Kumamon

Rosacea gives you a pink tone, it’s better to find make-up with a yellow undertone. It lowers the “tomato-cheeks” effect, and gives you a natural look.

I’ve tried several foundations, and here are 3 that I recommend for people with rosacea and/or couperose :

1- Estee Lauder – Double Wear – Sand

My first love. It feels comfortable when you wear it, it hides all the blemishes perfectly.

2- Revlon – Colorstay

It’s a gift I received for Christmas, I finished it a few days ago, it’s good, hides well and doesn’t melt at the end of the day. I think it’s a good compromise, if we want to find something cheap and with a great quality.

3- Make Up For Ever – Mat Velvet –  Porcelain

This one, I am still testing it, but from what I see, it’s great. It looks so natural, the texture is more dense than the two other foundations but it’s easy to apply,

Then, I use any kind of mineral powder (I avoid the ones with perfume). But for the blush, I use mostly orange/coral blushes,  to diminish the pink color on the cheeks due to rosacea.

I know I am not the only one living with rosacea, but I thought it would help others to understand this condition. I know it’s hard to talk about it or even show it to others. But it’s not something we should be ashamed of.

Instead of turning it into something negative, I’ve been thinking about it as an opportunity : I can take care of myself better than anyone else, and I can share this experience with others, who also suffer from it.

If you also want to share your experience about it, or if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment !

xoxo

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I love Kose

When I stayed in Japan, I discovered many products and cosmetics. I’ve tried a lot and I found one brand I really love, I am talking about Kose.

Why I love this brand ? because I’ve already tried many of their products and they all are amazing. Both for the hair, face and body. I want to give you a quick look at what I am using now.

Kose Pure lip balm : I have told you about this lip balm in this article I love it because it’s smooth and it has a UV protection SPF17, perfect for summer!

Deep Cleansing oil : it was my first cleansing oil I have tried and I fell in love with it! It smells to orange, it removes the make up perfectly and one good thing about this : my eyes don’t become itchy after I use it. If you want to try a good cleansing oil, I really recommend you to try this one you won’t be disappointed.

After I cleanse my face, I take a shower and use a face wash. Kose has amazing face washes that seriously leaves the skin so refreshed and soft. These face washes are great even for sensitive skins I think.

Kose Softymo cleansing face wash with Collagen : (the blue tube) while it cleanses the face, it also moisturises the skin.

Kose Softymo Mineral Wash : it is said it has many different minerals inside. The smell is amazing.

I love these products really so much !! They are the greatest face washes that  have ever had!

Kose Q10 Vital Age : I have a pretty sensitive skin, I can’t use any cosmetic I want because I fear to have allergies. I use Kose Q10 Vital Age since maybe 3 years now and it became my favorite skin care. They have a range of Lotion, emulsion and cream (now I don’t use the cream any more) which is incredible ! These products moisturise just perfectly the skin, leaving it so soft. I have tried other lotions and toners from different Japanese brands already, but my first choice always remains this one. I take at least 6 months before I completely finish these products (a very small amount is enough to recover the whole face).

Salon Style Shower Treatment : I finally use the hair styling spray. It has also a UV protector SPF and helps to reduce damages. I mostly use it in summer, to protect my hair from the sun. It’s really nice and I think when I will finish that spray I will buy the same one again!

As you can see, I really love Kose. They are not so expensive on Rakuten Website, you can find them all, but the shipping cost is quite high… But I think it really worth to have them!

Kose Lip Balm

Deep Cleansing oil

Kose Softymo cleansing face wash with Collagen

Kose Softymo Mineral Wash

Kose Vital Age Q10 lotion

Kose Vital Age Q10 Emulsion

Salon Style Hair Shower Treatment

Have you ever heard about this brand before ? Do you like it ?

See you  !

xoxo

What’s your lip balm ?

I like to use lip balms, everyday. I have several and I use each of them on specific moments.

 

  • Clarins Baume Couleur Lèvres (Colour Quench Lip Balm)

I got the lip balm n°6 : “Sweet Papaya”

I like to use that one when I don’t want to wear lipstick, that one is (as mentioned) coloured so it’s easy to have moisturised and super shinning  lips, it’s also perfect when we want a quick touch-up.

 

  • Nuxe Rêve de Miel

It’s an amazing lip balm and I often use it just before applying lipstick (so that I don’t feel my lips too dry). It’s something I will always have in my cosmetic box, I just love it and I love the smell !

 

  • Japanese Lip balms

I have a few lip balms from Japan, and I really like to use them.

(from left to right) :

  • Mentholatum Water Lip : that one simply I keep it on my purse and I use it when I am outside. It’s a good one, and has no smell at all. It really feels like water on the lips so it’s not sticky at all.

  • OMI Brotherhood Menturm medicated stick : this one is the lip balm I use every single day, morning – afternoon – night, I love it and I bought like 3 or 4 of that one (in Japan it costs less than 100 yen each = less than a dollar). It’s with menthol and it feels fresh after I use it. It’s the cheapest I’ve ever had but it’s really working on me.

  • Pure Coenzyme Q10 : this one is from the brand Kose. Why I also have this one is simple : it has a UV cut SPF17, so I use it when it’s a very sunny day.

Have you ever tried one of these ? What’s your lip balm ?

Honey, honey, honey

Honey has many powerful benefits on our skin :  it’s a great antibacterial and it’s an amazing wound healer, I Like to use it sometimes on my skin care.

I have a very sensitive skin, I don’t have any acne or severe problems but I have some blemishes or allergies if I use some cosmetics.

Honey, I love you

(credit photo : Claudia – Cosi)

I like to do once in a while a face scrub (not too often). The only way to have a good  face scrub, without any fear AT ALL of getting blemishes, is to make my own, with honey and sugar. I try it once in a while and the result is incredible.

I do it at night, so that the cells can regenerate while I sleep, then I can see big changes when I wake up the next day : the skin is more soft and the blemishes almost disappear (no cream or treatment is good enough compared with honey). Also this scrub helps to remove almost all the black spots.

It’s really easy to make it, also economical because honey and sugar are not expensive.

What you need is just to mix a table spoon of honey, with a tea spoon of sugar,  but don’t use water ! (the sugar melts).  You can use it also all over your body. Make sure that you have enough honey and sugar.

You can even use the honey as a face mask : leave it 5 minutes on your skin then rinse.

Another way I use honey is not as a skin care, but as a hair treatment : I mix it with olive oil and I leave it about 30 minutes on the tips of my hair before shampooing. It’s a good combination because it will bring you softness and shinning.

Well, as you can see, there are many ways to use honey, the most important thing is to know that it will be only good to you no matter how you want to use it on for your beauty 😉

Trying a new skin care from La Roche Posay

I have a very sensitive skin, I always had some problems to find cosmetics that won’t give me allergies or blemishes.

Last week I decided to try for a month 2 products from La Roche Posay :

The Physiological soothing toner & the corrective unclogging care Effaclar duo +

I have been using these products since a week already, I will keep using them all this month and see if it works well on me or if I should try something different, then after that I will give a final review …

I can already say that I like the effects on the short term … my skin is refreshed and the few blemishes I had are almost gone.

Have you ever tried one of these ? What do you think about them ?

La Roche Posay Physiological soothing toner

La Roche Posay Effaclar duo+