[DISCLAIMER: This post contains products received as press samples]

Here’s what I’ve been using & testing in March. For skin it’s been a bit of a challenging month for me. I have recurring closed comedones and crop up every now and then and if you’ve had them, you know how difficult it can be to get rid of them. I’ve been trying to exfoliate less because I’m afraid of stressing my skin out and the product I’ve decided to try when my skin starts acting wild is the aptly named By Palina Calm Down Mask. It feels and smells kind of like a pharmacy product, which is strangely reassuring. It’s a moisturizing mask with allantoin, clay and zinc that’s just right for my oily skin – not too rich.

On the other end of the agitating spectrum, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is a more or less legendary acid toner with a puzzling ingredient list. It smells like salad dressing, and contains things like vinegar and onion, which makes it come off like something a witch has cooked up in her cauldron. I’ve only tried this a few times (trying not to burn my face off…unfortunately) so I can’t make any big claims, other than the fact that I didn’t feel any tingling at all when I applied, despite its potency.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been my first cleanse of choice – it’s actually a balm-to-oil-to-milk formula in a blessed pump container. It’s pink, it murders any makeup or sunscreen, and I like her a lot.

For extra hydration, the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate is a hyaluronic acid booster that I’ve been mixing with my moisturizer. Does it work? Yes. Does it need to be stored in individual plastic ampoules in an hard plastic case? Not in the least. I guess it looks high tech but the wasteful & finicky packaging is so unnecessary. It’s a decent HA booster, but the one from Hylamide remains my favourite.

Finally, a more or less glorious Vitamin C serum – Akademikliniken Pure Glow Oil. It brightens and smooths your little face like there’s no tomorrow. Also, this oil is…heinously expensive, and smells like what I expect the robot uprising to smell like (incidentally this smell fills my heart with joy and I’d wear it as perfume any day of the week). I think there are three or so drops left in there and I will cherish them.