My Two Favorite Uriage Xémose Products
Last updated: April 2023
Finding products that work for atopic dermatitis and acne can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor.
Why is finding products that work so hard?
Our skin is picky at the best of times and a raging monstrosity at the worst of them. Add acne, and you have a recipe for skin that can be extra temperamental.
To take some of the detective work off of your hands, I will share with you some of my most essential products and the reason why I love them.
What types of products are my essentials?
This time I will be covering two products made by the same company. Both of these products are “cannot-function-without” level important in my skincare routine. The first is a cleansing oil that I have sworn by for over a decade. The second is a newer find from the same product line and has become something of a miracle cream for the days when I have my most horrific flare-ups.
So without further adieu, let’s chat about two products from the Xémose line from a European brand called Uriage. First is the Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil and second is the Xémose Anti-Itch Soothing Oil Balm.
Why do I love the Uriage Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil?
The first product from Uriage up for discussion is the Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil. I've been using this product for over a decade and have never exchanged or replaced it with anything. It is truly the definition of a “staple” in my skincare routine.
Why haven't other cleansers worked?
Most cleansers I have used work well for the most part, apart from one important unfortunate similarity. They clean my skin and remove dirt, but with it also goes all of the moisture from my skin. If I don’t immediately apply a moisturizer after other cleansers, I will pay the price.
What happens when I don't moisturize?
When I have used other cleansers and forgotten to moisturize immediately, I have noticed my skin will end up breaking out with an atopic dermatitis flare-up or acne. This is because when my skin is dried out, it signals the sebum-producing cells in my pores to produce more sebum to protect the skin. Slapping moisturizer on top of that compounds the comedogenic factors of sebum, causing a blocked pore.
What does the Uriage cleanser do?
The soothing oil cleanser is one of the few cleansers that doesn’t strip all moisture from my skin to clean my pores. With many cleansers, the first thing I notice when stepping out of the shower is an ever-increasing feeling of tightness over my face.
Not with Uriage Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil. I can even wash my face with this product during my worst atopic dermatitis flare-ups with zero discomfort. If you don’t have atopic dermatitis on your face don’t fret, the product is labeled as being for the whole body!
That effect was intentional on the part of Uriage. This product and all the products under Uriage’s Xemose line are made specifically for atopic skin! Overall, I think it is worth checking out if you are looking for a gentle, moisturizing cleanser for the face and body to add to your routine.
Why do I love the Uriage Xémose Anti-Itch Soothing Oil Balm?
The second Uriage product I’m going to share with you that has changed my skincare routine is another product from the same line, Xémose, called Anti-Itch Soothing Oil Balm. It is an all-over-body moisturizer that has proven to be the most soothing and tolerable moisturizer I have used during atopic flare-ups.
Do I think everyone will love this product?
First of all, the texture is not going to be for everyone. It starts like a normal white opaque moisturizer, but as you work it into the skin (or as it just sits), it changes its texture entirely. It goes from moisturizer to oil balm and coats the skin in a scentless, soothing moisture wrap.
How does the texture change when you use it?
I’ll be honest; it is quite greasy at this stage, which for sensory purposes, may be uncomfortable for some. This stage does not last, though. The moisturizer kind of goes through a three-stage process on how it changes in texture and feel on the skin.
First, it spreads and feels like a normal standard moisturizer. It then turns into the oily, balmy texture suggested by the product name, and the process ends with the final stage, where it feels like a lightweight, somehow non-greasy barrier cream. I have found this whole process takes about 20 minutes.
How did it work in the winter?
During the past winter, it was my go-to product. With temperatures hitting -22 degrees Fahrenheit over Christmas, my skin was so grateful for this product! I also found it did not cause an increase in acne or skin irritation when used under makeup.
How much does it cost?
Now the last thing I want to mention is the price. Uriage products are considered mid-tier skincare products, and their price point reflects this. A large bottle of the oil wash is listed at USD 22 on their American product page. The anti-itch soothing oil balm is usually about ten dollars more than the cleansing oil wash. However, I will say that it is most certainly worth the cost.
How long do these products last?
The products are incredibly effective in small amounts, and the large sizes of the bottles mean that when used frugally, a single bottle of either of these products can last a long time!
Where can you find them?
For myself, the truly scentless aspect, along with the product being made and tested for atopic skin, keeps bringing me back to Uriage and its products again and again. If you are interested in checking out these products, you can Uriage online, locally, or even on Amazon or other online retailers.
I hope you enjoyed this product review of two of my skincare staples from Uriage!
Let me know in the comments what products are considered among your skincare must-haves and why you can’t get enough of them!
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