Dry skin is the bane of my life. Gone are the teenage days of foundation slipping off my oily skin. It now collects in my dry patches, looks flaky and crusty and all-around disgusting. These are the products I’ve discovered have helped me get my skin soft, hydrated and flake-free.
My mum has drummed it into me that I need to look after my hands as they’re a “sign of ageing” – or whatever. I fully, 100% blame my mother for my addiction to hand cream. I love lots of hand creams but my favourite and by far the most hydrating for me is the Plum & Ashby Hand Cream which I actually received in November’s Cohorted Box. It’s got a very subtle scent of honey and is really moisturising, quite thick and perfect all-year-round to protect your hands from drying conditions. I’d recommend this hand cream to anyone. Another product that I love when hand cream just won’t cut it is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. Everyone and their grandma knows that if you have dry skin anywhere on your body there’s one salve that’s guaranteed to fix it and it’s this one. I mostly use it when my lips are chapped beyond recognition and it really helps to transform them overnight. If you have dehydrated skin anywhere on your body, you need this cream. It’s amazing.
Masks are something that can really provide some needed moisture when your skin is feeling dull and dry. When I want a moisture hit, I usually go to the Glossier Moon Mask. It’s soothing, hydrating and I really feel like it helps my skin to reboot and start again. Many masks, I feel, don’t really do anything to help my skin. This mask, however, does. It provides bounce and much needed moisture to my skin. Another mask which I find really great and effective for that hit of H2O is the Miracle Moisture Mask from Soap & Glory. When it launched, this mask sold out immediately everywhere. I kept going into Boots only to be let down by the severe lack of this mask that I could find. When one of these landed at my door the other day, I was completely thrilled. Since then, I’ve been back to Boots and bought 5 and I use them twice a week, in conjunction with my Glossier mask, to really plump and hydrate my dull, dry skin.
I went for a skin-mapping recently at Dermalogica and there I found out that the most dehydrated area of my skin was my under-eyes. This is why the Puffy Eye Attack mask from Soap & Glory has been a godsend to me. The one photographed was a PR gift from Soap & Glory but I have tried this mask before and receiving this in the post made me remember how great this is. Not only does it provide some much needed moisture to your under-eye area but it also magically gets rid of your puffy, tired-looking undereyes. I like to use this in the morning before I put my make up on, usually while enjoying an episode of Friends while doing my hair – or destroying my morning bowl of Rice Krispies. I also use an eye cream by Dermalogica, but I talk about that so often on my blog that you’ll already know how much I love it by now, so there’s really no need to go on about it.
There’s a product-type that’s missing from this post and it’s probably the most obvious. Moisturisers. We all know I can talk about how much I love Charlotte’s Magic Cream until the cows come home. If you read my blog and I haven’t convinced you to buy this by now then you have some restraint because this is, by far, the best moisturiser I’ve ever tried. It’s thick, hydrating and uhhh-mazing. It’s pure magic in a tub. Since using it, my skin has been softer than it ever has been before, breaking out less and generally just healthier-looking. If you’re in the market for a new moisturiser and you don’t mind spending a little extra cash to get that flawless complexion then I 100% recommend purchasing Charlotte’s Magic Cream because honestly, I’ve never tried a moisturiser I love more.
However, if spending £70 on face cream isn’t really your thing and you want one that’s a little more purse-friendly, I really recommend the Speed Plump from Soap & Glory. This over-night miracle cream has amazing “bubble boost” technology to give your skin that plumping, moisturising experience that it craves. It’s a fraction of the price of the Charlotte Tilbury one and I think it’s just as good. What I really like about this is that it’s a mousse which is really unusual for a moisturiser. To me, something as air-whipped as a mousse wouldn’t seem overly moisturising but it seriously is. My Magic Cream is getting a little low so I’ve been using this at night to moisturise my skin overnight and it’s been working wonders. Soap & Glory claim that “with a souped-up mix of active boosters, rehydrates your skin overnight – and for eight hours afterwards.” I really think that’s true – my skin feels so hydrated in the mornings when I wake up after using this and I highly recommend this for thirsty skin.