Happy Tuesday, y’all! I dunno about you, but allergies have been killing me this spring. I don’t normally have too much trouble with pollen, but this year has been pretty tough. So what do I do? Bring the laptop outside because it’s too beautiful to be inside working, of course, haha! I won’t be able to breathe later, but it’s a little bit worth it.
A few weeks ago, I told y’all about an amazing makeup remover from boscia. This week, I’m going to talk to you about another amazing find from a company called Farmacy. One of their key ingredients is Echinacea GreenEnvy™. It is a plant, patented by them, and is said to contain nearly 300% more antioxidants than regular echinacea. You can learn all about them here. Both boscia and Farmacy are available at Sephora.
I received a decent-sized sample of Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ (that’s a long product name haha) in a subscription box/bag, but I don’t recall which one. I absolutely love oily/balmy-type makeup removers because they are so gentle on my sensitive skin. There’s zero scrubbing, tugging, pulling or pressure on the delicate skin around the eye area, and these types of removers are incredible at breaking down waterproof mascara. With the way my allergies have been, waterproof mascara is a MUST.
Basically, you just scoop a bit out of the jar, warm it up between your fingers, and gently rub it into your skin. The full-sized product comes with a spatula, which makes this a very sanitary and far less messy process. I use these types of cleansers exclusively on my eye area, which is totally personal preference. They will work equally well to remove face makeup. Anyway, after rubbing it into the eye area, I use a cotton round/pad and gently wipe the gunk away. By the way, if you haven’t tried Shiseido facial cottons, you really must!
After removing the majority of the mess around my eyes with a cotton pad, I go in with my regular facial cleanser. The double cleanse method (which is what this process is) has been incredibly effective at removing every single trace of makeup. My eye area also seems to feel better moisturized when I use this method, which is a wonderful side effect of using oils or balms.
I have to say, this is giving the boscia oil cleanser a run for its money, which I never thought I would say. Both are incredibly effective and I like both equally well. I think it comes down to whether you prefer a liquid oil or a solid balm. The solid would certainly be easier for travel. I don’t have a preference haha
The only thing that concerned me was the presence of echinacea. My rheumatologist warned me against products containing echinacea. With autoimmune diseases, you don’t want to deal with anything that boosts the immune system, and echinacea is a well-known immune-booster. These types of products have the ability to cause a flare, and if you have an AI disease, you know flares are to be avoided at all costs. That being said, I think that might only apply to taking echinacea internally. At least, I didn’t notice any ill effects from a topical application. Just something you should be aware of.
This was a definite win for me, and I cannot recommend this product enough! There’s a reason it was an Allure Best of Beauty award winner in 2017! Have you tried this remover? What were your thoughts? Lemme know!
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