As regular readers of this blog may be aware, I am the lucky owner of oily skin ;) I am always on the lookout for ways to treat it, manage it, or just plain fight it, and I’ve truly found a new ally in that fight: Baudelaire, the 2 in 1 Oil Absorbing Primer and Mask. Founded by Australian designer and entrepreneur, Kimberley Baudelaire, to fix her own skin problems after a 20 year search for a product which would actually treat the cause of greasy skin and clogged pores by reducing excess oil production.
Formerly exclusive to Australia, Baudelaire is now available for shipping to the United States. It comes in a 50 mls bright yellow bottle with a pump and the formula uses magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) to control oil on the skin. I was expecting the product to be a cream texture, but as it turns out, it was a nice, thin and soft liquid that is easily applied to the skin.
As suggested, you can use it as a mask or a foundation primer. My experience with Baudelaire was truly unique from any other oil control product that I have ever used. I find I use it mostly as a mask, which I apply at night and then rinse off before I go to bed. I have found that my skin is particularly oily in the mornings after I rise from bed, but since using this evening Baudelaire mask routine I feel like I finally have a normal complexion when I wake up in the morning! Since it is possible to overdry my skin, I am only using Baudelaire 3 – 4 times a week in the evenings. It’s very interesting to feel the difference in my skin. It’s not that it feels over dry or tight from using Baudelaire, but that it feels what I would consider to feel like “normal” skin.
Another way I’ve used Baudelaire is as a spot treatment for acne. You know how you can see or feel a blemish coming on during the day? When I have the opportunity I just use a little of Baudelaire on the emerging blemish and it’s been successful in minimizing redness, growth, and lifespan.
I wanted to share this video with you so you can get an idea on how to use Baudelaire as a cosmetic primer. I made the initial mistake of putting Baudelaire on my face as I would a mask – all over and with no regard to thickness. As you can see in the video, it’s best to use Baudelaire as a primer by applying a thin layer with a cosmetic brush and only in the areas of the skin that are prone to excess oil.
I definitely recommend this product to those like me who like to use multi-taskers in their beauty routine and also have the lucky (ha-ha) circumstance of having oily skin! Baudelaire is sold for $18 on their site at baudelaire.com.au.
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