Dehydrated skin is a common problem during Winter time and I regularly suffer with it even though I try to take good care of my skin. A few weeks ago I noticed that all my favourite foundations just wouldn't look right on my face, the first sign for me that my skin needs some extra hydration and nourishment. I tried to drink more water and thought that would do, but unfortunately I got to the point when my skin would feel tight and uncomfortable during the day even after moisturising it in the morning. So I knew it was time to upgrade my skincare routine. As a real beauty junkie I have a drawer full of skincare products waiting for their turn so I rummaged through them and picked couple to swap my morning serum and moisturiser for and also rediscovered an old favourite moisturising mask.
After adding these 3 products to my morning and evening routine my skin has recovered within 2 weeks and once again feels hydrated, soft and nourished.
Antipodes Divine Face Oil, £17.25 for 30ml
I bought a few Antipodes products a few months ago in Black Friday sales (check my haul) but was waiting to finish some other products I had 'on the go'. When my morning serum finished and the moisturiser I was using was not hydrating and nourishing enough it was time to start the beautiful Antipodes Divine Face Oil.
A concoction of organic Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Macadamia Oil and Jojoba Oil with addition of Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Jasmine and Orange Oils this facial oil is very nourishing and hydrating without being greasy. It boosts collagen production, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots and scars as well as nourish the skin with essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E.
I use it in the morning, before my moisturiser, warming 2, 3 drops between my fingers and then press them all over my face and neck. The oil has quite distinctive, herbal, scent which I wasn't a fan of at first but I got used to it quickly and it doesn't bother me anymore.
The oil is rather quickly absorbing but I always leave it for couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser.
I've only been using it for couple of weeks but I'm already impressed how well it nourishes my skin but also within only one week it helped to reduce significantly some scarring and redness I had on my jaw line and neck after some bad breakouts which I had the pleasure to deal with a few weeks ago.
If you're looking for some facial oil I highly recommend the Antipodes Divine Face Oil because it works and the price is very reasonable.
You can also get it in a mini version, for less then £13 (buy here), just like I did, together with the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream which I started using but I have a suspicion that it broke me out so I need to test it more before expressing any opinion on it.
From left: Caudalie Moisturising Mask, Antipodes Divine Face Oil, Clinique Pep-Start Hydrablur Moisturiser
Clinique Pep-Start HydraBlur Moisturiser, £24.50 for 50ml
As I mentioned I started using the Antipodes Day Cream together with the Divine Face Oil but after a week I had some clogged pores and breakouts and I'm suspecting that the moisturiser didn't agree with my skin so I reached for another deluxe sample that I just got in a set for Christmas, the Clinique Pep-Start Hydrablur Moisturiser.
It's an oil-free, very lightweight hybrid between moisturiser and makeup primer with a velvety, semi-matte finish. It gives soft focus to the skin blurring slightly large pores and any texture, this effect doesn't last long though so I wouldn't rely on this if I wanted to keep my pores looking smaller all day.
But what I really like about it is that it keeps my skin hydrated but doesn't make it oily. When my skin is dehydrated I don't want to pile up primers that might dry my skin out so this is perfect.
I apply it over my Divine Face Oil so my skin is already perfectly nourished and hydrated. I don't think this moisturiser would be hydrating enough on its own though, especially for dry skin, but normal, combination or oily skins should really like it if you want a good base under your makeup.
The moisturiser contains good hydrating and nourishing ingredients like: Glycerine, Shea and Mango Butters, Algae Extract, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E but also Dimethicone (silicon), hence the blurring effect, so bear that in mind if you don't like them in your skincare.
Caudalie Moisturising Mask, £22 for 75ml
I've had this face mask for a while, but haven't used it for some time, so when my skin was in such a bad state I went though all my hydrating masks and this one has been working the best for me.
It has a consistency of a light cream and it feels nicely soothing on the skin but, more importantly, it hydrates my skin really well. I used it a few nights in a row, either leaving it on for 15-20 minutes or overnight, and my skin has bounced back to its normal plump self.
The mask is enriched with powerful, antioxidant-rich grape extracts – Vinolevure to soothe and strengthen and Grape Seed Oil to nourish but also Hyaluronic Acid to attract and retain much-needed moisture in the skin.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced, good quality moisturising mask I can highly recommend this Caudalie offering.
Do you battle with dehydrated skin during Winter? What are your dry skin saviours?