#MyLittleSkincareProject - Dry Skin # 2 - Product recommendations.

15 Sept 2013

So far #MyLittleSkincareProject has concentrated on explaining each our five skin types; normal, dry, sensitive, combination and oily. We're shared top tips, given you a run down of our skincare routines and a thorough lowdown on our skins history. With segment one of the project over, we are now moving on to segment two! Segment two will look at each skin type again, but this time my bloggers for each skin type will be telling you all about their favourite products and recommending the products which benefit their skin the most. This week, it's our dry skin bloggers Saffron, Adrienne and Luce!

Saffron has dry skin - Here are her top 5 recommended products!
Top 5 Products for Dry Skin

"Hi again guys, I'm here to share with you my top 5 product recommendations for dry skin! It can be really difficult (with all skin types) to find products that don't just work short term, but aid your skin long term too. I've wasted too many pennies buying products aimed at dry skin, only for them to make my skin worse. But it's just trial and error I suppose. These 5 are amazing for my budget and skin; they are the only products I will repurchase time and time again. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (Kiehls, 30ml, £36) - I'm sure this will be at the top of many lists, but it really does work miracles for me. Thought it can be a little pricey, the ingredients are full of top-notch natural oils that penetrate your skin through the night. I always wake up with smooth, nourished skin after using this. Get hold of some samples if you can and try it out for yourself! 

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (Boots, 200ml, £4.99) - I haven't tried Bioderma's offering, but I am more than happy with the L'Oreal Micellar Solution. After switching from makeup wipes I have noticed a difference almost straight away. Gone is the irritation and burning sensations I felt using makeup wipes - this is a must for even those with sensitive skin. I always double cleanse to make sure I've gotten every smidge of makeup off, but this gets rid of the bulk. Foundation, eyeliner, mascara - this can remove them all, and all in no time at all.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (Clarins, 125ml, £19.50) - My second cleanser is the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel and as you can see, I've nearly gotten through an entire tube. I'll definitely be buying another one! The formula, which is SLS free, is a gel that turns into an oil on your skin, and then into a milk when you rinse it off, removing makeup and dirt, without stripping the skin of moisturise. It feels so luxurious to use, too!

Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum (Boots, 30ml, £7.99) - Anything that promises to reduce sensitivity is a winner for me and the Skin Relief Serum from the Boots Botanics range does just that. Instantly after I apply my skin feels cooler and my skin tone evens out once the serum has sunk in. It also helps moisturises penetrate deeper for better results! Very good quality from a shops own brand of products.

Johnson's Daily Essentials Replenishing Night Cream (Pharmacy2U, 50ml, £4.07) - My final product recommendation is a moisturiser that I tried years ago and have only recently rediscovered. Johnson's are well known for their baby ranges, but check out their Daily Essentials Replenishing Night Cream! The ingredients list doesn't look very promising; alcohol, parabens, silicones and perfume are all contained in this small jar. But for some reason, it works! I think this is due to the high glycerin content (which pulls moisture from the lower layers of the skin to the surface), so I wouldn't recommend it for long term use. But to get rid of flaking patches, it's great. Obviously if you know you are sensitive to these ingredient's, then give this one a miss!

I hope you've enjoyed reading my product recommendations; I can't wait to see all the other girls favourites!"

Adrienne has dry skin - Here are her top 3 product recommendations!
Top 3 Products for Dry Skin

"After some searching and testing to find products that work well for my dry skin I think I've found three products that make my skin feel as close to normal as possible. It's never easy using new products that you're not entirely sure of, but I want to recommend some that have done wonders for my skin. After a good double cleanse with my cleanser of the moment, I reach for a decent toner to set my skin up for my holy trio.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron (Boots, 30ml, £24.99) - First up is the much hyped Indeed Labs Hydraluron and, at £25 a tube, this stuff isn't the cheapeslt but the smallest pea sized amount of the gel is all you need to cover the entire face. If you haven't heard about Hydraluron then where have you been?! It helps your moisturiser get to work 1,000x better than usual, increasing skin elasticity and smoothing out the skin surface. I usually wouldn't believe this, but I managed to nab one of these for a 1/3 of the price and now I wouldn't be without it. When I stop using it, I can really tell the difference and I have recommended it to all dry skin sufferers alike.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum (Boots, 30ml, £29.50) - Next up is the Vichy Idéalia Life Serum, a truly luxurious concoction that has taken my skin to a whole new level. Claiming to improve the skin under some of the harshest conditions we subject our bodies too. If you stay up late, eat junk food and are constantly exposed to UV and pollution, this is the serum for you. With a whopping 8/10 women noticing how much more refined, even and rested their skin was after only a few weeks of use, it was the perfect product for me. I've been using it for around 2 months now, morning and night and don't have any plans of stopping. It smells of green tea and leaves my complexion radiant and plumped.

Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light (Look Fantastic, 30ml, £23.95) - Finally, the glue that holds my routine together, Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light. A wonderfully light but intensive moisturiser that is lightly scented and leaves skin utterly hydrated, while smooth and supple to the touch. Perfect for someone with dry skin, slight thread veins and a tendency toward pigmentation. Its counterpart is much stronger, but I haven't got along with this one as it's almost too heavy and I end up breaking out. The Rose Day Cream Light gives just the right level of moisture paired with the protective properties of rose and beeswax.

With these three products in my beauty arsenal, I can't help but feel I'm fighting the battle against dry skin fairly well. These are my fallback products and will be repurchased time and time again."

Luce has dry skin - Here are her top 5 product recommendations!
Top 5 Products for Dry Skin

"So after introducing my skin type and what I do to it, here are some of the products I use. I'm really big on skincare, I try a new product every week and I'm very lucky to be able to do so, but I'm also very picky about what goes on my skin. I stick to using a balm cleanser, a toner, an eye cream, a serum and then a moisturiser everyday. I also mix it up with different brands quite a lot. Some of my favourite skincare brands include Origins, Jurlique, Estee Lauder, Perricone MD and Kiehl's. 

Pixi Glow Tonic (In store at Pixi, 250ml, £16) - My first top product is the Pixi Glow Tonic, an exfoliating facial glow tonic. It's one of those exfoliating toners which contains AHA's, which work to keep your skin more towards the more acidic side. It's quite similar to Alpha H Liquid Gold! If you have dry skin, you have to make sure to exfoliate quite often to get rid of the dry skin cells; this is what I use instead of an abrasive exfoliator. 

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask (Origins, 100ml, £22) - Next up a moisturise mask. It's really easy to use, especially if you're in a rush as you just pop it on for 10 minutes or however long you want to leave it on for, and you will be left with hydrated skin. I know there is an overnight version, but I prefer to use this overnight too. I lather on a thick layer and wake up the next morning with baby soft skin.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster (Look Fantastic, 30ml, £51) - A skin booster is always a good thing to have and the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a good one. It's a concentrate of hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycolipids and algae extract which help to keep the skin hydrated. You can pop this straight onto the skin or mix it in with your moisturiser, to give it a bigger boost. A little goes a long way with this so you only need a few drops for your entire face.

Perricone MD Hypo-Allergenic Nourishing Moisturiser (Space NK, 59ml, £59.50) - Now we're going into the colder months, I've been looking for a thicker day moisturiser so that my skin is left hydrated all day. I've been using the Perricone MD Hypo-Allergenic Nourishing Moisturiser, which is from their hyoallergenic range for sensitive skin. It's a lovely thick moisturiser which sinks in after a while and leaves a good base for your makeup. 

Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm (Neal's Yard Remedies, 50g, £37) - To take everything off in the evenings, if you have dry skin, I would suggest using a balm cleanser. On a morning I will use an oil or milk cleanser, but for a deep cleanse, a balm cleanser such as Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is great for that. It will give you that extra bit of moisturse you need; stay away from the foaming face washes or anything that will strip your skin. I also prefer to use a flannel, opposed to a muslin cloth!"

Thank you Saffron, Adrienne and Luce for sharing your top products for dry skin. I don't know about the rest of you, but the skincare adorer in me really enjoyed reading all of your recommendations, particularly as I can suffer from dehydrated skin - I'm always on the look out for more hydrating products! 

If you have dry skin, why not recommend your top products below? Next week we'll be talking sensitive skin where our sensitive skin bloggers Harriet, Rosie and Scarlett will be recommending their favourite products for their sensitive skin! 

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