Back in January I had recommended a product that I actually swear by and use every day when in the shower, which was Aqueous Cream, by Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, who also produce Elave Skincare
Elave is an Irish brand based in Dundalk and they have been in the business of skincare for many years.
I was delighted when Elave got in touch to tell me a bit about their company and products, to which I must admit I was surprised they had such a wide varied range of skin care products. They had seen my posts in which I detailed my “problem skin”.
If your new to following me, then let me tell you, I have thee most temperamental skin ever. About 10 years ago after the birth of my first child, I developed Rosacea. I had always had normal, uncomplicated skin up until then, so as you can imagine it was pretty annoying to realise my skin was starting to behave like a teenage rebel in my 20s! This was the start of my skincare journey and really looking at what I was or was not putting onto my skin. Let’s face it, no one seems to really care about skincare until they start to age or it starts to give them problems, oh to go back in time and tell my younger self to invest in some proper good quality skincare!
The most important thing to me , is to find skincare products that don’t irritate my skin and this usually happens if they have perfume or are scented, which Elave do not contain.
I get asked a lot about eye creams so I will start the show with this little beauty below:
Elave Eye Rescue Serum €22.95
Lately I have found my eyes quite puffy when I wake in the morning so this came as a godsend to me. It is full of anti-oxidant Vitamins, especially Vitamin C which is great for the under eye area. Its light and dries in after a couple of minutes, leaving the skin still soft to feel. I use this morning and night and the tiniest bit is all that is needed. It is safe to use during pregnancy and it is also suitable for vegans.
Rejuvenating Cleansing Treatment €26.95
I got two cleansers from Elave and I think this one was my favourite, simply because it has 12% Glycolic Acid in it, so whilst cleansing my skin, it also gently exfoliates it with the glycolic acid stimulating collagen. So its not only cleansing my skin it also has the added bonus of that extra fresh feeling from the enriched formula.
Sensitive Intense Moisture Surge €19.95
Ok as someone who suffers from dry skin, at times its unbearable , that tight feeling drives me mad ! I tend to look for moisturisers that give me lots of moisture but without feeling greasy, I know its no easy feat but I think I have found my “one” in this cream.
It really does what it says, it gives me back my moisture and although it dries in, I can still feel it on my face the next morning, it leaves it quite supple and soft and the only thing I will put on my face when I am having a bad week skin wise, as all I want is too get the moisture into me without irritating my skin any further.
If you have dry tight skin, this will be the one for you.
Rejuvenating Night Treatment €29.95
I have a confession to make here, both Enda and I use this at night, yes I have to remind him to use it, but the difference in his skin is amazing! This has definitely brightened and freshened up my skin since I have started using it. It has glycolic acid arginine to rejuvenate, Vitamin E which we all know is great for repairing the skin and it targets your fine lines. I use this on my face, neck and rub it down onto the chest area also. A small bit goes a long way. I use this with my Eye rescue serum most nights of the week.
Perfect for anyone who wants to brighten and tighten their skin before bed.
Daily Skin Defence SPF 45 €22.95
I spoke about this product on my Instagram
People tend to forget to protect their skin from sun damage even with all the information and warnings out there to do so. I never bothered much about protecting my face as I figured living in Ireland, the sun couldn’t really damage me, right? Well only the slightest bit of sun on my face, makes my rosacea flare up like a bitch! I have to wear SPF and whilst some foundations have SPF in them, they aren’t enough to give you proper protection.
I hated the usual sun creams, as I felt they clogged my face and gave me that greasy white mask that they usually do. This is until I found this. First off I couldn’t believe how nice my makeup went on over it, after looking up some reviews I seen that lots of other people found it great as a priming base for their makeup! It isn’t greasy as its oil free, so doesn’t clog my pores. To put it in a nutshell, it doesn’t actually feel like I am wearing a sun cream, it just feels like a really nice face cream, that actually keeps my foundation in place all day and is protecting my skin from the sun. If you don’t own this, then please go out and treat yourself to a tube if at all possible, you won’t regret it.
I have a couple of other bits that I am still using and want to wait a couple of weeks to review, I have only one face, and whilst I know lots of other bloggers will review what seems like 20 products a week, I am giving my honest opinion and can only try so many products at a time.
Everyone has different skin so please make sure to do your research and read the packaging before you buy any products. They are available on their own website and also in pharmacies nationwide.
I hope this has helped, if you have any questions please feel free to pop me a message.