I always hesitate to use the term “holy grail” product, but if there’s any instance where I make an exception this is it. The Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer by Paula’s Choice is the best moisturizer I have ever tried. Some key ingredients in the formula include several plant derived oils, glycerin, squalane, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. It’s marketed towards people with very dry or sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea, or those concerned with wrinkles and anti-aging.
I’ve long since been a fan of cleansing oils for removing makeup quickly and effectively at the end of a long day, but most of them come from higher end brands like Shu Uemura and MAC. Imagine my excitement when Garnier released their new Clean+ line that included a cleansing oil! Despite the appeal of an affordable version of the MAC Cleanse Off Oil or Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, it took me quite a while to purchase. Let’s face it, makeup removers aren’t the most exciting product to buy, but they are extremely essential!
Plagued by dry skin? These products helped me get the moisture back!
In the past few weeks my skin has been feeling progressively drier, something I’m rather unfamiliar with. I kind of always assumed my skin would stop producing teenage amounts of oil as I got older, but since I’m only starting to reach the mid 20s range it’s caught me unprepared. It could be due in part to my efforts to quash the hormonal acne I’ve been plagued with in the past few months, but a lot of what I do is spot treating so logically it shouldn’t dry out my entire face. Right? *crickets chirping*
In the past week I’ve been especially diligent in choosing products that are more suitable for dry skin. I had one particularly miserable day where I went to work and my face felt so dry all day all I could do was pray for the end of the day so I could run home, remove makeup, and slather on a thick layer of the richest moisturizer I could find. After that day of miserable discomfort I’ve also put a few of my previous favorite makeup and skincare products on hold. They’re much more suitable for the combination/oily skin I was used to. I’ve certainly felt more comfortable in my own skin since I changed up my routine. Sad to see the old favorites go but I’ll have them on hand if my skin has another bipolar phase!
After a good bit of research and taking advantage of free Sephora samples, here are the skincare and makeup bits I would recommend for anyone battling dry skin in the midst of summer.