I have been majorly into skincare this winter. I wanted to try and make improvements so that I didn’t need to rely on make-up to look human.
I’m not getting any younger, sadly, and make-up can only do so much. If the skin underneath the layers is dry, dull and cracked then my face is never going to look its best. I mentioned some treatments and masks recently (read about that here), but I also wanted to tell you about my top regular skincare choices.
I have used Liz Earle on and off for many years, but a few months ago went back to using the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive skin as my nighttime moisturiser. I can’t really say enough nice things about this little pot of gorgeousness. The smell leaves a lot to be desired, but you can’t win them all, right? The scent doesn’t linger though, so it’s a small price to pay for super soft and hydrated skin. If your skin is even more dry than mine, then you could certainly use the Skin Repair Moisturiser in the morning (they do have a lighter version that I also happen to love). Despite the dryness of my skin, I really hate that heavy greasy feeling that some moisturisers aimed at dry skin can leave behind. This one doesn’t have that, and sinks in pleasantly quickly, and doesn’t leave a yucky film on my face.
For daytime, I have been using the Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream (there’s a mouthful). There are many moisturisers in this range, but I went for the Anti-Stress option, because sometimes my skin can be sensitive, and a little angry. I have only been using this in the morning for the last few weeks, so I suppose I can’t say I have fully tested it. I do think you know fairly early on whether skincare is going to be a total waste of money, though, and this one is not that. For me, it delivers the perfect amount of hydration, and also contains SPF 15 for that all-important sun protection. I love that it leaves my skin moisturised, and not slimy, and brightens and calms.
I don’t entirely love the texture (it’s a bit, well, gritty), or the tub. In fact, this applies to the Liz Earle cream too. Pots seem so unsanitary to me. My hands are always clean, but I can’t help but think about bacteria getting in there and spoiling my expensive face creams. However, on the plus side, my penny-pinching side loves that I can get every last drop out of them.
With regards to the odd texture of the Lancome moisturiser, it doesn’t stay on the skin, the little bits do disappear as it’s rubbed in, but it does make it feel slightly less luxurious on the skin,
When I need that little bit of extra hydration, and don’t feel like doing my Michael Myers impression with a sheet mask, I adore the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask. I don’t use this as a mask, but just as an intense moisturiser. It smells divine (fruity and yummy) and is silky soft to apply. It does leave skin a little slippery, but I can cope with that if it’s only once a week. I usually apply it early in the evening and then slump in front of Netflix for a couple of hours before bed. That way it has sunk in before I go to bed, meaning there is no mess on my pillow. Again, I have been using this for just a few weeks, but I do love the feeling of plumpness when I wake in the morning after using it. While I know nothing is going to turn back the clock, I intend to keep my skin looking young for as long as humanly possible.
So, these are the products that I love, but what about you? What are your favourite skin saviours? Let me know in the comments, maybe I will find a new wonder product!
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