When it comes to skin care, I'm all in favour of simplicity. I have sensitive skin in the sense that if I use anything too fragranced or fussy, I'll get pesky little breakouts that are extremely tough to budge. For this reason, I don't tend to experiment with my skincare routine too much - I stick to what I know and I avoid switching it up too often. Whilst I don't usually tend to delve in to skincare too much, I was attracted to the Claudia Louch brand after having a read up on the website about the internationally-renowned Harley Street Clinic and product range. With a focus on skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, acne and a variety of allergies (to name a few), Claudia Louch has a natural approach to skin care which results in gentle, healing products said to help treat and care for those with sensitive skin and all sorts of skin complaints.
I've been using a combination of the 'Hydrating Mango Face Cream*' and the 'Chamomile Facial Wash*' for a while now. Both products are unbelievably gentle and soothing to the skin - and have very little fragrance. The Hydrating Mango Face Cream is luxuriously packaged in a sleek, glass-effect tube with delicate silver pump. I expected it to have quite a strong, fruity scent to it due to the 'mango' ingredients but it actually has very little fragrance to it at all - I personally like this factor as I feel it is much more gentle on my skin. The consistency is fairly thick, but not so heavy that it doesn't leave an oily or tacky residue - it's the perfect 'in-between' moisturiser for me. It feels so soothing to apply - especially on the drier areas of my face - my skin feels instantly nourished and calmed. Once it's sank in, my skin is left feeling super soft and smooth, and stays hydrated throughout the day. Usually, I get some dryness around my cheeks creeping back through the day but when I've used this, I've noticed that my skin feels nourished and 'plumped' hours after I've applied my makeup in the morning and my foundation stays looking smoother for longer. The Chamomile Face Wash feels equally luxurious to use. The subtle, spa-like scent and calming effect coupled with the clear, gel-like consistency really help to soothe and nourish the skin. It didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight afterwards and left my skin feeling suitably quenched. I definitely noticed my skin felt much more hydrated and healthy when I used these two products together and any dry areas were considerably reduced.
Although I've had a positive experience with these products, the downside for me is the price. Although I'm not opposed to spending a fair whack on skincare when I need to, I can't say I noticed huge benefits for my skin. I liked the hydrating properties and the fact my skin looked really healthy and glowy when I'd used them for a while - it definitely felt much more calm and looked more plump and radiant, but I didn't see any big differences and i've had similar results with cheaper products in the past. There's no denying the moisturiser is a good one, but for £60+, it's pushing it for me. I reckon these would be well worth looking in to if you suffer with redness, irritation or various skin complaints as they certainly deliver in the gentle/soothing stakes (also, the hydrating properties will be fab for someone with dry skin), but for someone with fairly normal skin who suffers with a bit of sensitivity and the odd breakout, I think these products are more of a 'treat' instead of a necessity.
Have you heard of Claudia Louch products? What's your opinion on high-end skincare?