Two years ago, I was in New York with my mom for a spontaneous girl’s weekend. It was winter, but we got lucky with the weather and got lots of sunshine, despite it being cold. One afternoon, we walked into the L’Occitane store in Rockefeller Center so my mom could pick up some hand cream. An hour later we both walked out with more than just hand cream. I hadn’t planned on buying anything, but left with my very first non-drugstore night cream, immortalle Divine.
At that moment, my love, and soon-to-be obsession, with skincare was born.
L’Occitane remains one of my favorite skincare brands and I’m so excited to be partnering with them today on the launch of their newest line—Aqua Réotier! This line is designed to provide intense hydration which helps skin look younger, more plump and awake which has been exactly what I need lately. Since we moved, I haven’t been sleeping that well, ugh, but I swear this new line is majorly helping hide the fact that I’ve been so tired!
Now that it’s getting warmer and I’m spending more time outside, my skin is in the sun more and needs that extra hydration to look it’s best. I used to have really oily skin, but as I get older, I find that my skin is getting drier and actually needs more hydration to look it’s best. I drink a ton of water, so hydrating my skin from the outside made perfect sense!
These products are formulated with hyaluronic acid and calcium-rich water that helps preserve our skin’s natural hydration. I’m a sucker for good branding and love how these pretty blue products look on my counter top too!
Okay, back to the products and how they actually work! I’ve been testing them out over the past couple weeks and I’m really happy with them! It’s a simple three step process which is great if you’re busy or simply don’t like a long skincare routine!
The first step in any skincare routine! Start by removing your makeup with a cleansing oil, cleansing balm or cleansing water. There’s no sense in cleaning your skin if you still have makeup on—a mistake I admittedly made for years.
Once your face is clean of makeup, you can actually cleanse your skin. This Water Gel Cleanser is gentle, but works hard to remove dirt, impurities and any makeup you didn’t get. So many cleansers leave my skin with that tight, dry feeling—you know what I’m talking about, right? Anyway, I hate that feeling and this one doesn’t do that. Instead my skin feels balanced and even!
Prep with Essence
The next step in this routine is this Moisture Prep Essence. You dab a little on your clean fingers and massage into skin. You could also put it in a cotton pad and wipe around your face sort of like a toner.
It turns to water-like consistency upon contact with your skin and it helps preps your skin to absorb the final layer even better. It’s super lightweight and helps to preserve that hydration and give skin a plump look!
Hydrate with Moisturizer
Last step is a moisturizer! There are two different moisturizers in this line which I love! They’re very different from each other, so you can pick whichever one you like better. The first one is the Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel that’s lightweight and leaves your skin feeling soft and dewy.
The second is the Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream which feels a little more rich and hydrating and goes on super smooth and is also pretty lightweight despite the fact that it’s a cream!
I used the cream at night and then used the gel in the morning. Both products absorb into your skin quickly and leave your skin feeling amazing! it just depends what texture you like best! It was fun to try both, but ultimately, I think I prefer the cream!
So, this Fresh Moisturizing Mist isn’t 100% necessary, but it’s really nice to have one hand, especially now that summer is hitting! After being outside for a while, my skin starts feeling dry. I love spritzing my face with this mist that I keep in my diaper bag (since I always have that on me!) for a little boost of hydration. It also leaves my face looking fresh and dewy!
One last thing that makes me love this new line even more? The price point. Every product is under $30—how awesome is that?! It’s an amazing value from a high-end and high-quality brand!
If you’re finding that your skin is in need of extra hydration, I highly recommend you try out Aqua Réotier!
P.S. Thanks L’Occitane for opening my eyes to how important it is to take care of my skin now so it looks it’s best in the future! If it weren’t for that day in New York when we popped in the store, who knows what my skin would look like now!
Thanks to L’Occitane, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post! Partnerships like this help make The Fox & She possible!