Sunday, July 13, 2014

Combatting Dry Skin Woes

[Product marked * is a PR sample; ** was a gift from a friend. All other items were purchased by me. No affiliate links.]

I know what you're thinking: "Larie, you crazy lady, it's summer. THERE IS NO DRY SKINS."

If we could all be so lucky! I'm not sure why dry skin has plagued me more than usual this year, but there it is. I had to up my hydration game, y'all. 

I finished my Vitamin C serum (Lumene) so I opened this bottle of Sukin Rose hip Oil** (which was a gift from the fabulous Vita). It's a little hard to spread out but I am definitely liking it; I feel like it does a good job of soothing skin and reducing redness.

I switched to a rich, rich, rich morning moisturizer - Ole Henriksen Nurture Me. It has a delicious orange cream smell, and I'm dealing (reluctantly) with the jar packaging. It's easy to smooth into skin, and it's really been helping restore suppleness to my previously parched skin.

Once or twice a week, I also MASK. Origins Drink Up is good; it's a 10-minute mask that you wash off. I like to do it after I pop out of the shower - apply to damp skin, lounge around for 10 minutes, wash off, and follow up with my usual night routine. 

The other mask I've been liking is First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Overnight Mask. This is massaged into skin before bed (over any other serums, moisturizers, etc.; I usually do my usual night sequence and then apply this last, right before bed) and I always see the difference the next day. It's a cool, refreshing gel that's a treat in the summer heat, as well.
Of course, I do still exfoliate once or twice a week, and need to pick gentler products for this task. Since I mentioned in my last post that the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder left my skin feeling a little too tight, the kind people at Tatcha offered to send over the Gentle version*, instead. This one is perfect. (I feel like Goldlilocks). The rice powder turns into a gentle paste that can be massaged into skin and washed off cleanly, without any irritation or tightness. I also love that this is an exfoliator that doesn't have the plastic microbeads that have filled the Great Lakes. Plus, everything Tatcha feels luxurious.
Tatcha Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder*
For the rest of me, I slather on this Out of Africa Skin Saver (Vanilla). It's nice - it's a drugstore option at a friendly price that still gets the job done. I've had it for quite a while and have only gone through perhaps a third of the bottle so far. It's usually an oil, but that depends on the weather. In the winter it was a little thicker; on the hottest days here (90 degrees F +), it can get a bit runny. Either way, it's always pretty easy to warm up and rub into skin. It can feel a bit greasy afterwards, but I live with it. The vanilla scent is also that darker, bourbon vanilla scent, which I don't love, but like well enough.

What products do you use to combat dry skin?