11 May 2018

THIRSTY SKIN

my favourite products for dehydrated skin

Location: London
Photography: Luciano Munhoz
With the change of seasons, my skin can be left feeling dry, flaky and very sensitive, so in case your skin is also in need of some TLC I wanted to share with you my favourite products to nourish your skin and get it looking and feeling its best.
My skin has not been feeling its best for a while. I feel like this is the case every year come spring, it sort of goes through cycles and now it’s not at its best time. Normally my biggest worry with my skin are breakouts, as it is is acne prone especially down my to-zone but this year its been doubly bad because not only have I been getting lots breakouts, I have also had super dehydrated flaky and very sensitive skin.

Bad skin definitely makes me feel very underconfidnet and to remedy it I tend to pile on a heap of a foundation and concealer, but this really doesn’t help, so recently I’ve reverted to some old skincare favourites and also made a few discoveries along the way that are taking my skin to full recovery mode.

CLARINS Blue Orchid Face Treatement Oil
This one has been a favourite for a while now. Like I have mentioned before, a few years ago I wouldn’t have put oil on my face even if someone paid me to but ever since I discovered this one my opinion on facial treatment oils has completely changed. Contrary to what I thought this oil does not make my skin breakout but it actually balances it out. It helps to soothe breakouts and calms my skin and it works wonders for my super dry flaky areas. Sometimes when my skin is in really bad shape the dryer areas on my face can really flare up and burn when I apply makeup, but after applying this oil for a couple of nights my skin goes back to normal, redness reduced and it just looks brighter and glowing overall, so this is truly a miracle product.
DIOR Hydralife Aqua Serum
This one was an absolute accidental discovery. Recently on a trip to India I realized I had not taken with me my Clarins blue orchid face oil and given I was going to be wearing makeup every day I was very worried that my naturally dehydrated skin would start getting angry and flaky after a couple of days, so at the airport I saw this and decided to give it a try. I love the Dior Hydralife BB Cream and it works very well with my skin type, however, I had never tried any other products from this range so I was slightly nervous to try it out in case it would make acne flare up. However, I must say I was so impressed with this one. It is a water based serum, so the texture is slightly milky but very thin and it absorbs into the skin within seconds leaving it really moisturised and instantly healing dry patches but without leaving it greasy or oily. It sits beautifully undr make up but also works great in my nighttime routine given it is deepky ydrating.

CASMARA Natural Peeling

LA ROCHE POSAY Effaclar

An exfoliant might not be the first product that comes to mind when you think of hydrating your skin, but it is, in fact, a very important part of your routine if you want serums and masks to deeply penetrate into your skin. For a few years now I have been a huge advocate of chemical exfoliation as opposed to physical one on my face and I absolutely swore by the Dermalogica Glentle Cream Exfoliant for years. However, recently my dermatologist brought in a new line of products and recommended I try the Casmara Tri-Action Cleanser, a chemical exfoliant with holy trinity when it comes to modern skincare, Salicylic acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.  She said it was gentle enough to not irritate my sensitive skin, but that it would really help to clean out my pores and would also help with breakouts. I have been super impressed with this product. I love that it is super easy to apply and you only need to leave it on for 5 minutes, which means I don’t mind applying it a couple of times a week and every time I do my skin is smooth and glowing but without feeling stripped from its natural oils.

A couple of years ago I stopped using face washes, because my dermatologist recommended I avoid using anything with soap in it, as those products were just aggravating my skin and actually leading to more breakouts. However, recently my skin has been feeling extra oily down my t-zone and my breakouts were getting much worse, so I decided to add an extra step to my evening routine and started using the Effaclar Cleanser from La Roche Posay. This product is designed for sensitive skin and is completely soap free, and all I can say is I wish I had tried it earlier! This foaming gel really helped to reduce the level of oil on my face and hence helped with the breakouts, but I never feel like my skin feels tight or stripped after using it. It is extremely gentle on the skin, so its perfect for those with combination skin like mine and even when I cleanse twice a day I feel like it leaves my skin clean and oil free but still moisturised.

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SANCTUARY SPA Creme Soufflee

Skin on our body is usually a very neglected part in most beauty regimes, but I think especially in the warmer months, having hydrated skin is so important as not only will it make your skin look radiant and glowing, it will also help it to look more even in tone.  Recently with one of my Boots’ orders, I was sent a tub of the Sanctuary Spa Creme Souffle and from the second I tried it I was in love.  This was the first time I had tried a whipped textured cream and I really enjoyed the way it left my skin feeling as well as the ease with which it absorbed into my skin. Moisturising after a shower is for me the most tedious part of my beauty regime, so having an easy moisturiser that will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished but doesn’t take ages to sink in so that you can instantly get dressed is hugely important to me. I feel like products from the Sanctuary are really underhyped, I hardly hear any bloggers or YouTubers speak about them and I often wonder why, as they are fantastic quality for a very affordable price. This one in particular is perfect to get your body summer ready, as it has mango and jojoba oils and red seaweed melts which will leave your skin soft and supple for a full 24 hours.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite products to get your skin on point now that the weather is finally better and hopefully we can step our with a few less layers. What are your favourite products to hydrate your skin? Let me know in the comments below.