How to repair your Skin Barrier: A’pieu Madecassoside Cream (with before and after pictures)

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I never used to know what my skin type really was, because it felt dry and mostly rough. No matter what I used to moisturise my skin or how often. A while ago I found out that it wasn’t me being crazy saying my skin felt rough, it does actually exist! I have heard a lot about the miracles of Centella Asiatica and a few bloggers recommended the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream to repair the skin barrier. That’s when I found out that my skin issues have a name, or better said, an explanation. My skin barrier was very damaged…

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Let me explain a little bit more about the skin barrier.
Everyone has a skin barrier, no matter your skin type. Our skin transports what’s inside out and letting what’s outside in. When your skin barrier is damaged, your skin lets in more then when it’s not damaged. You can compare it to two pieces of tinfoil. The ‘damaged’ bit of foil has larger holes in it than the non-damaged bit. This makes it easier for things to enter your skin and trigger breakouts and inflammation for example.

How and what can you do/what do you need to avoid?
1. Stop using harsh cleansers. You know, the ones that leave your skin feeling squeaky clean and tight afterwards using them? Chuck them into the bin right away. They’re not good for your skin anyway, damaged or not. You might think that you need these harsh cleansers because you have combination or oily skin, but I promise you don’t. Even oily skin needs to be moisturised! With these harsh cleansers you just strip off everything off your skin, even the good oils your skin needs. The best (second cleanser or foam/gel type cleansers) you can use are the ones with a low pH level, similar to the pH level of our own skin. You’re pretty safe with a cleanser that has a pH level between 4.5 and 6.5.
Also very important; stop washing your face too often. 1 to 2 times a day is enough, you don’t need to wash it more often (unless you need to because of your job/healthwise etc.). Also, rinse off the residue of the cleansing water you use (I know, they’re here because we’re having a lazy day or you just don’t want to wash your face). This is so, so important. Another important thing I keep mentioning is please don’t only use cleansing wipes to take your makeup off. Your face is all but clean when you only use make-up wipes, no matter how high end they might be. The best way for all skin types (yes, even if you have very oily skin) is the 2-step cleansing method (the first step is to take your make-up/sunscreen etc. off with an oil-based cleanser and the second step is a foam or gel cleanser to get rid of the leftover oil from the first step and to really cleanse your skin). If you’re only using make-up wipes or cleansing water without rinsing the residue off and your skin keeps breaking out, change up your routine.

2. The second most important things that you don’t want in your cleansers are sls, parabens, alcohol and fragrance. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or SLS) give you the squeaky clean feeling and makes the product foam more. Basically it just strips your skin of the oils that our skin needs for protection. Parabens are preservatives found in most products to keep the product from spoiling. If you have sensitive skin like myself, it’s a no-no. Most Korean brands are very clear about what their products don’t contain so you don’t have to go mad on researching. Alcohol and fragrance are also a huge no-no. I have very sensitive skin and nearly every product containing alcohol is a recipe for disaster (meaning: flaring up like a tomato). To entirely avoid fragrance is nearly impossible and I’ve noticed myself that the lower it is on the ingredient list, the better. I do avoid products with anything menthol/eucalyptus-y in it, because that will irritate and inflame my skin for sure.

3. A mistake a lot of people, including myself, make is using too hot or too cold water to wash your face with. You need to use lukewarm water, about the same temperature of your body, to wash your body, face and hair if you don’t want to damage it.

2069-3And skincare wise?
Stop over-exfoliating your skin (or using actives every day) either manually or chemically (with actives). I prefer a peeling gel over manually exfoliating my skin, because it’s much gentler. I do this about once a week. Your skin needs time to heal the skin barrier and with over-exfoliating your skin (you probably do this because you think it might get rid of the dry/patchiness) it only gets worse.

The best ingredients to look for in skincare products are:
* Ceramides
* Cholesterol
* Free fatty acids
* Madecassoside/Centella Asiatica

Madecassoside induces collagen type 1 and 3. Madecassoside repairs and has (wound)healing properties.

I’ve been using the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream for a couple of months now (6 to be exact). I stopped using it for a couple of times, because it didn’t felt hydrating enough for me. As soon as I incorporated it back into my skincare routine again I noticed a difference straight away. The roughness on my jaw area felt more hydrated and less rough. The redness on my entire was down by at least 80% as well.

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What are the ingredients?
Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Water(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panthenol, Ethoxydiglycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Madecassoside, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Adenosine, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Serine, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Asiaticoside, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

This ingredient list makes me very happy. I’ve never experienced anything irritating my skin and my skin is very, very sensitive and prone to flare up. The cream contains 0.1% Madecassoside and 40% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water. It’s not much, but I  use the Purito Centella Green Leven Buffet Serum (review coming soon) containing a higher amount of Centella Asiatica on a daily basis as well.

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How does it look, feel and smell?
It smells wonderfully to be honest, a tad bit floral but not too much or overkill. The consistency of the cream is very rich. It doesn’t feel greasy but it’s not extremely watery either. It feels very lightweight on the skin and has the loveliest cooling sensation (which is always nice when your skin has flared up like mine after cleansing). In the beginning it wasn’t enough for my dry skin, but after having incorporated the Aloe BHA toner with Snail Mucin by Benton and the Purito Centella Green Leven Buffet Serum (reviews coming soon) it feels just right. If I’m in need of more hydration I will use one of my Minnavi Ampoule oils afterwards.

What are the claims?
Anti-wrinkle, brightens the skin, repairs the skin barrier and soothes the skin.

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Reveal time! How has the cream changed my skin after 6 months of daily usage?
See for yourself! I took some pictures in the beginning of February 2018 and I don’t have any makeup on (only a bit of contour powder as you can see). My skin has been a lot (!) calmer since I’ve been regularly using the Madecassoside cream. My skin has even become better when I added the Purito serum to my routine and I’m planning on purchasing more products containing Centella Asiatica/Madecassoside, because it has changed my skin for the better. My jaw area feels and looks a lot less rough and I can finally say that even that part of my face feels moisturised now.

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Final thoughts:
Does the Madecassoside cream live up to it’s claims? YES! It definitely does. I’m already on my second tube and this time I’ve purchased the 120ml tube (this one is not made of aluminium like the 50ml tube and is a lot easier to handle when it’s half-empty!)

I rate this cream a 5 out of 5 paws (with an exclamation mark)! This is my number 1 favourite skincare item I’ve ever used and I will certainly continue to use this at all times!

🐾 🐾 🐾 🐾 🐾️/5!

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Purchase info:

I got mine from eBay (the big tube costs around $14), but I usually get everything from Jolse.com. You have two different sizes available:

A’pieu Madecassoside Cream 50ml $11,68
A’pieu Madecassoside Cream 120ml $19,78

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