All my life, I’ve had oily skin. I’ve bought matte foundations, blotting paper, countless mattifying powders and primers and they’ve all worked for me. However, I think oily skin might have just been a teenage phase. Over the last couple of months, my skin has settled down a lot. I get less spots (apart from around ‘that time of the month’); my nose isn’t dripping with oil by 5pm and overall it’s just been clearer and more normal. While this is amazing, it means that my matte products have been far, far too drying and, especially on and around my nose, I’ve been suffering with extreme dry skin. However, over the last week I have managed to combat it slightly, and here are the (mostly) affordable products I’ve been using!
Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask
This face mask had been doing the rounds on the internet, but I’d always avoided it due to it being for dry skin. When my skin started to feel like someone had sucked all of the moisture out of it, I decided a ‘bomb’ was definitely something I needed. I had heard a rumour on the internet that they were only 99p, but in Boots they were £2.99 which hardly broke the bank, so I picked some up. After just using it once, I noticed a severe change in my skin. My nose wasn’t flaking and when I ran my fingers over it, it felt smooth. Needless to say, I’ve carried on using this mask (and the other one which is supposed to be good for pores, which is something I have issues with) and my skin has been noticeably different. It feels softer, healthier and is definitely far more glowy. Not to mention that the scent is gorgeous! I use this mask once a week and find that it really helps when my skin is suffering.
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
At Christmas, I received a £50 John Lewis voucher from my Grandma so that I could treat myself to some luxury face products. This was around the time that my skin was starting to really play up, so I decided to treat myself to a new skincare regime. This moisturiser was one that I’d had a sample of before, so I knew I liked it and that it wasn’t going to break me out. It is expensive but it’s not ridiculously pricy; ASOS have it on their website for £33. I use it twice a day; once when I’ve just gotten out of the shower and exfoliated and once after I’ve cleansed and toned my face at night. It sits on your skin and takes a few minutes to properly sink in but once it has my face feels soft and supple – rather like the back end of a baby. It has a very clean, subtle fragrance which is very pleasant and not too over-powering and five months of religiously using this moisturiser has completely transformed my skin from a flaky, dry mess to something silk would be envious of.
The use of these two products has really helped my skin out, and I feel as though I’m no longer in a skin crisis. I’m so pleased that I could find these products and that they have worked so well for me. If you have any suggestions for great products for dry skin, then do let me know.