Friday, 26 October 2012
To keep my skin hydrated and flake-free, I try to opt for products that are marketed as being hydrating as well as those for dry skin. I have a bit of a selection on-the-go at the moment so, I thought I would give you a brief rundown in case you too are trying to keep your skin happy!
Cleanser ~ I often find that cleanser strips the skin of moisture along with the dirt and grime so, when I'm actively trying to keep my skin plump and fully hydrated I that a cream cleanser like Pai's Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser* works best. This is an incredibly gentle cleanser that removes make-up and soothes skin instead of making it feel tight or raw post-washing, perfect for when your face becomes sore or chapped from the chilly weather! (Review here)
Exfoliator ~ Lately, I have been forgoing traditional exfoliators in favour of the gentle, non-abrasive action of the Clarisonic. As well as cleansing, I find this exceptionally good at removing dry skin and keeping my skin smooth and even. Once or twice per week I will use it with just warm water to slough away any dead or dry skin cells and will finish with an intensive moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated. (Reviews here:1/2/3)
Day Cream/Night Cream/Eye Cream ~ I received the Weleda Wild Rose* trio months ago but, opted to keep them aside for when my skin really needed hydrating care and I'm glad I did. The Smoothing Day Cream soaks in rapidly, leaving my skin looking plump and hydrated. It also sits beautifully under make-up which is a must for my daytime moisturiser and leaves my skin looking really dewy throughout the day. I do wish this had an in-built SPF but, otherwise it is the perfect transitional product; not too heavy and just enough hydrating. The Smoothing Facial Lotion which I use as a night cream is, by in large, the same product as the Day Cream but, is slightly thicker and takes longer to absorb. (The tubes are identical so, more than once I have found myself sat waiting in the mornings for the misapplied night cream to sink into my skin!) I'm a disaster for remembering to use eye cream so, I can't comment too much on this except to say that, when I do use it, it is really hydrating and cooling which is nice and, hey, every little helps, right?!
Mask ~ The Origins Drink Up Overnight Intensive Mask is one of those few products that I think everyone should have in their skincare arsenal. Skin can become dehydrated no matter what your skintype and, a generous layer of this post-bedtime will sort it right out and leave you with plump, baby soft skin come morning. (Review here)
Lip Care ~ Finally, lips. My lips seem to suffer the most when it comes towards autumn; dry, flaky, chapped, cracked, you name it, they have seen it. A good thick lip balm usually tends to do the trick and, alongside Lanolips, the Avène Cold Creme is the one I would recommend the most.