Every so often a product comes along that totally revolutionises my makeup routine. I've counted that the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre has at least five uses, and it does all of them so well that I would quite happily buy it five times over! Embryolisse is a French skin brand which I first heard of at IMATS. I was told this product was a good quality, no nonsense moisturiser that's used by many makeup artists, because it suits all skin types. What really attracted me, though, was the fact that it is free of parabens, alcohol, sulfates and perfumes. Since I'm really trying to take my skincare to the next level and avoid dodgy ingredients whilst finding products that really work, I knew I had to give it a bash.
The product comes in what looks like a large toothpaste tube, which may bother some of you, but should also make it easier to use up as much of the product as possible when I'm nearing the end of it. I have to say that it was love at first use. My skin went from oily to dry as the weather got colder this year, and the Lait-Creme successfully kept my skin moisturised through it all. I now use this over my face and neck every morning and night, and it doesn't take too long to absorb into the skin either, but leaves it feeling beautiful and soft. The texture is a cream of medium thickness and spreads across the face with ease. I also like to pop this over my face before I start my eye makeup, so that by the time I come onto my foundation my skin has a lovely, smooth texture. This not only helps with the application of my makeup, but also makes it look and last a whole lot better than it would do otherwise. I can't wait to see how this fares as a primer once the weather heats up again, too.
Being someone whose skin type changes with the weather, I know that this can help wherever your skin lies on the oily to dry spectrum. I even popped this on some itchy eczema on my arm before I went to bed one night, and the next morning it had almost disappeared! I've since tried putting this on little rashes or razor burn, and I have to admit it works quickly to relieve any itching and get your skin back to normal. I've also been told that if you layer the product onto your face with a foundation brush it makes an intensively moisturising facial mask, but I'm yet to try that one out. The Lait-Crème Concentre also labels itself as a cleanser. Now I'm not sure that I would use it as both a cleanser and moisturiser, but if you travel a lot and don't have much space in your overnight bag for skincare, then this product would be ideal.
Another way that I use this is to remove my makeup before I get ready to go out. I smooth it over my face before showering, and once I'm done washing my body I take a hot cloth and wipe it off my face, although to be honest it doesn't required much scrubbing as most of my makeup seems to melt away by itself! What I love most about this is that I don't need to tug at my skin, and it leaves a healthy, hydrated glow on my face that I've haven't found with any other product before. My face is left far more hydrated than when I use Bioderma to remove a full face of makeup - and you all know how I love my Bioderma! This extra step also means I don't need to apply moisturiser or primer before I start my makeup. Such a time-saver!
So there you have it. A makeup remover, intensive mask, calming treatment, primer and moisturiser all in one! It's been a while since I've raved this much about a product and as far as I'm concerned, this addition to my routine is here to stay. A 75ml tube cost me £17.95, but a little really goes a long way with this, so I could see this lasting me a while despite using it multiple times a day. If, like me, you're committed to finding a beauty regime that isn't bad for your health but still really works then I would strongly recommend that you give this a go!