I wouldn’t describe myself as someone with sensitive skin, but I do come from a family with sensitivity issues (my Mom and sister both suffer from eczema) and ever since I adopted a proper skincare routine, I’ve always been mindful of the products I use. I try to stay away from overly perfumed or harsh products given my combo skin type, and I also try not to have too many products in my regimen. I like to keep things simple.
Naturally, when Unilever showed off the exciting new products coming out in 2015 last December and I came across Simple Skincare, I was unsurprisingly intrigued. All signs pointed to simplicity, name aside – no frills packaging, one-size-fits-all products that addressed basic skincare needs, all at a drugstore pricepoint.
When the time came to test products, I had the Cleansing Micellar Water and Nourishing 24HR Day/Night Cream on my desk. Right away I was anxious to try the cleansing water – ever since my first VIB beauty consultation at Sephora, I’ve been a huge champion for cleansing water and have it stocked at home always. The trouble is it can be pretty pricey, so to have one on hand that only runs $9.99 was pretty thrilling.
The cream ($16.29, well.ca) also caught my attention as it promised 24 hour moisture and a non-greasy formula. I usually opt for a moisturizer that has SPF to make my morning routine that much quicker, but this seemed like a good product for those days that call for heavier moisture, as well as a great product to throw in a bag while traveling.
I’ve been using the products for a few weeks now – the cleansing water more than the cream, admittedly – and haven’t experienced any problems. I can’t speak for their performance on truly sensitive skin, but I haven’t found the products messing with my oil levels or anything like that.
The cleansing water is my must-try, and I use it both morning and night. In the mornings, I put some on a cotton pad and apply pre-toner, and in the evenings I use it after removing my makeup with my Body Shop cleansing balm which is perfect for removing any residue the balm leaves behind.
If you’re not familiar, micellar cleansing water isn’t just expensive water in a bottle – it offers a boost of vitamins and tiny oil molecules suspended in the water that help remove traces of dirt and makeup while hydrating the skin. High-end micellar waters can cost a pretty penny, so grab a bottle of this stat and add it to your routine!
I found myself reaching for the cream at night and on particularly harsh winter mornings. I’m particular about moisturizer so as to minimize the dreaded 3 p.m. shiny forehead moment I have on the daily, but I actually didn’t find this cream had a negative effect on that. It’s really just a basic, heavy-duty moisturizer that lives up to its simplicity.
Both products can be found at the drugstore or well.ca.