As the weather warms, I've been prepping for the change in seasons by switching up my skincare from hydrating to more oil controlling products, such as the Rebalancing line by Nuxe's Bio Beaute.
If you've never used Bio Beaute before, they're a child line of Nuxe, a mid-end French skincare line specializing in natural extracts. Their Rebalancing line, which debuted last year, focuses on helping combination skin types get clearer, refreshed skin with the power of cranberry extract. Loaded with natural salicylic acid, cranberry extract can over time help skin renew itself to reveal a more youthful and radiant look.
The two products I was sent over to try from the Rebalancing line were the Rebalancing Cleansing Gel and the Rebalancing Face Cream. Although I'd classify my skin as more normal-dry than combo, I found this line to be gentle enough to not strip my skin, and it acted as a great daily chemical exfoliant, due both products containing salicylic acid. While using these, I forgoed my usual twice weekly scrub and just kept to masking if my skin felt like it needed some unclogging.
Rebalancing Cleansing Gel
Price: $22 for 200 ml
What it is: The Rebalancing Cleansing Gel is designed to help combination skin by eliminating breakouts with cranberry extract and to reduce excess sebum production. What's also really cool, is that this cleanser is EcoCert certified and is biodegradable!
What's in it:
- Coco-glucoside - derived from coconut oil, this mild surfactant helps wash away dirt and oil
- Babassuamidopropyl betaine - a surfactant
- Glycerin - a humectant
- Caprylyl/capryl glucoside - a surfactant
This cleanser also contain salicylic acid (exfoliant), aloe vera juice (moisturizing), cranberry extract (antioxidant) and hyaluronic acid (moisturizing).
My take: Since my skin isn't super oily, I've opted to only use this cleanser at night, where it does an effective job at cleansing off makeup, dirt and oil. When paired with a cleansing oil, this cleanser is enough to pass my toner test i.e. I don't see any residue leftover after washing. The Rebalancing Cleansing Gel has a really pleasant, light, fruity scent and rinses away easily, without leaving my face feeling tight or dry. Although it's a gel, the Rebalancing Cleansing Gel doesn't foam up at all and only reaches a milky consistency, so if you're used to tons of foam, that's something to get used to. Since cleansers remain on the skin the least amount of time of any product, it's hard to say whether it had any effect on brightening or improving my skin's texture, but I can say that I haven't had any breakouts since using this. I have noticed though, that my skin feels a tad bit drier; I have a couple of persistent flakes around my nose and the edges of my cheeks, near my hairline, have noticeable dryness - whether this is just due to the cleanser though is hard to say.
Final Verdict: Buy
Rebalancing Face Cream
Price: $31 for 40 ml
What it is: Consisting of 99% natural ingredients, this multi-purpose cream is designed to combat excess oil, prevent blackheads, clear up blemishes, minimize pores and moisturize.
What's in it:
- Rose flower water - soothes skin and acts as a mild astringent
- Dicaprylyl ether - an emollient (seals in moisture)
- Glycerin - a humectant (draws in moisture)
- Hexyldecanol - an emollient
This face cream also contains coconut oil, sweet almond protein (moisturizing), salicylic acid, cranberry fruit extract, aloe vera and apple fruit extract (antioxidant).
My take: The Rebalancing Face Cream can be used both morning and night. It feels very lightweight, yet is deeply hydrating. The Rebalancing Face Cream makes an excellent day cream as it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling super sticky. For whatever reason though, it doesn't seem to react well with my sunscreen, causing it to peel off in little crumbs, so I had to stop using this during the day and only at night. As a night cream, I think it's suitable if your skin isn't super dry and during the warmer months when you want something a little lighter, but it's a little light for me, so I've been pairing it with my Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil.
Final Verdict: Buy
Overall I had good experiences with both the Rebalancing Face Cream and the Rebalancing Cleansing Gel. Although designed for combination skin types, I found it gentle enough for my normal skin. The Rebalancing Cleansing Gel was an effective night-time cleanser, while the Rebalancing Face Cream is a great daytime option. If you're too lazy to remember to exfoliate regularly, using products like these is an easy way to amp up your skin's natural renewal process.