I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I suffer from dry skin. It’s not fun. It’s worse in the winter, but my skin is dry year-round. It’s caused by a medication I take, because I never had dry skin before I started taking this stuff. I used to have almost perfect skin when I was younger, with only the odd breakout caused by excessive chocolate consumption or stress, but certainly no dryness.
I have dry skin all over my body now, but this post is going to focus on what I use for my face. I will be writing another post about what I use for my body and most especially my feet, but that’s for another time!
Here’s a picture of the products I use for my face:
I’ve already raved about the day cream I use in another post, so I have left it out of this one. These are the products I use at night, when my skin is (attempting to) repair itself.
On the top row, from left to right we have: Garnier Skin Naturals Softening Toner, Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal and Garnier Skin Naturals Softening Cleansing Lotion.
I use the Garnier products for cleansing and they work a treat. I cleanse morning and night with them – water and face washes make my skin really flaky, so I use these to cleanse and tone my skin before I attack it with moisturisers. They feel really nice on the skin and the Softening Cleansing Lotion is great at removing makeup as well. I find the best way to use it is to spread it on your face first, then use a cotton pad to wipe it off. It doesn’t work so well if you put it on to a pad and then wipe. It leaves makeup behind if you do that.
The Softening Toner smells fantastic and really removes any lingering traces of makeup. A splash of that on a cotton pad and a wipe over my face and my skin is totally clean. It feels clean as well – there is no stickiness or residue at all. And the best thing about the Cleansing Lotion and the Toner is that they’re really affordable as well – quite often they’re on a ‘buy one get one free’ offer in the shops but each bottle is under £10.
The Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal is an eye gel with a very ‘soft’ texture that has made the skin around my eyes nice and supple and not, for once, like dry parchment. I believe the term is ‘papery’, but this product stops all of that. It came in a gift pack along with the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and the fact it was so effective was a pleasant surprise. I have found in the past that most eye creams just made the skin around my eyes feel slightly cool and did nothing for the appearance or texture, but this has really made a difference.
People have remarked that my eyes are brighter (under-eye dark circles, begone!) and I have noticed that my crows feet have reduced. I’ve been using the Eye Renewal for about a year now and until my skin changes again, I’m sticking with it. I will admit it is NOT cheap but if you suffer from dry eye skin or even fine lines, it’s worth the investment. Plus it lasts for ages – that’s a smaller size product and it’s only just running out.
On the bottom row of the picture we have: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nighttime Miracle Moisturiser.
I use the Estee Lauder serum under the Pro Collagen Marine Cream at night, and the combination of the two softens my skin beautifully. The Serum feels really nice and it absorbs well, rather than sitting on the skin like I have found with some serums I have tried in the past. Once I have let it absorb (about five minutes), I put on the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. You really don’t need to use much of this, and it’s also absorbed well. Like the Pro-Definition Day Cream I reviewed previously, it’s made a huge difference to my skin. The dual-pronged attack of the Elemis day and night creams seems to be working and is taking my skin from ‘flaky’ to ‘vaguely normal’. Again, neither of these products are cheap but they are definitely worth the money.
The Elizabeth Arden cream is the ‘big gun’ in the attack against dry skin. If I am having a really, really terrible skin day, say if it’s the middle of winter and I’ve been out in the cold all day on a walk, I can slather that on after the Serum instead of the Marine Cream for a real overnight attack on dryness. It smells lovely too – slightly of lavender – and while it doesn’t get absorbed as much as other creams do, it definitely does the job in stopping me getting too flaky in the colder months. That’s my second tub of it, so it’s well-used and well-loved and again, it’s a bit of an investment but so, so worth it. I use it on my elbows as well when they’re being flaky, so it’s quite versatile!
It has taken me literally years to find these products that work for me. I’m not saying they will do the same for you as they have done for me, but I would definitely recommend them if you have dry, more mature skin. It’s easy to find cheaper products for younger skin, but being over 35 means that my skin has changed yet again and I can’t rely on some of the ‘drugstore’ brands to do the job. Some of these products are expensive but they last, and they do their job well. If you’re afflicted with dry skin, or have ‘mature’ skin, pop down your local department store and ask for a tester of these products. Especially the Elizabeth Arden cream. Oh lord. That is actual magic in a tub.
(Please note all views in this post are my own. I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post and I was not paid for my reviews.)