#MyLittleSkincareProject - Dry Skin # 4 - Final product reviews

1 Dec 2013

We're nearing the end of the product reviews now and this is the last post featuring my wonderful dry skin bloggers Adrienne, Saffron and Luce. Each of these lovely ladies have done a wonderful job of helping us understand dry skin better, which products and ingredients dry skin loves and which products and ingredients to avoid. So thank you ladies, for taking part in #MyLittleSkincareProject and sharing your stories and thoughts with us all! So let's get the final dry skin product reviews going; notepads and pen at the ready? Let's go!

Adrienne has dry skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Dry Skin # 2 - Final product reviews

"Nothing gets me as excited as new skincare goodies to trial! Being a part of this project has meant I've been lucky enough to have Origins be my skincare sponsor, one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. Vichy also, very kindly, sent along a product to test out and I have to say I was very excited about incorporating them into my routine.

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask* (Origins*, 100ml, £22) - A product that's been on my wish list for a while, is the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask. It's only been the last few years that I've come to associate face masks as an intensive treat rather than my old image of them in packets that you'd take over to sleepovers. This kind of mask is for the more discerning adult who has moved away from this childhood version of pampering, and looking for something that's going to boost skin hydration in as little time possible. To fix it, Origins have come up with a heady concoction of Algae Extracts and Apricot Kernel Oil aimed at the severely dehydrated. I've been known to sit with a generous layer on while reading my Kindle, it feels so nourishing and smells so richly of apricots that I could happily leave it on for hours at a time. After rinsing off, skin is smooth to the touch and feels like I've just moisturised. The Intensive version is next on my list for a deeper, longer lasting moisture injection, which the 10 Minute mask provides in a pinch.

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Treatment Lotion* (Origins*, 150ml, £20) - To prep the skin, Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion has me head over heels. The scent is that of a citrus mixer, and provides a short, sharp fresh feeling when run over the skin with my fingertips. My skin looks plumper and healthy, and works to remove any remaining dirt left on the skin. 

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50) - With the change from warmer weather, my skin needs that extra bit of help and this sets my skin up for just that. So I quickly follow the Treatment Lotion with a pump of the Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10, to combat any ageing process that may have started. To keep skin youthful this serum utilises Rhamnose, a sugar derivative that reactivates certain processes in the skin that tend to become less productive or even stop as you get older. I usually use a Vichy serum, and this has exceeded my expectations. From using this over a few weeks, I genuinely have noticed a younger, radiant glow to my skin.

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Ultra-Rich Cream* (Origins, 50ml, £34) - Lastly, to finish up the routine, I'll use Origins Make A Difference Plus+ cream. Intensely thick, very rich and just what I need for my parched skin. A decent layer of this morning and night and my makeup looks freshly applied all day. I tend to apply more at night to act as an overnight treatment that sees my skin looking at its best the following morning. The consistency is soft and creamy, but does take a while to settle into the skin."

Saffron has dry skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Dry Skin # 2 - Final product reviews

"Hi guys I’m back again with a few product reviews of items we were kindly gifted for this project. This time it’s all about the moisture, adding something us dry skinned gals really need. I’ll tell you about them in the order I typically apply.

Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum* (Origins*, 30ml, £34, 50ml, £46) - After I've taken my makeup off and cleansed my skin, I apply Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum. I've enjoyed using this, I wasn't much of a serum fan before this, and to be honest I just thought they were an unnecessary step! But I've noticed a much greater uptake of moisture in my skin, and it’s now become indispensable. The formula isn't’t sticky but does leave a slight film if you don’t apply moisturiser quick enough afterwards!

Vichy Idealia Pro Deep Corrector* (Boots*, 30ml, £29) - I’m not sure if this is the right way around, but I go in with a corrector after applying serum. The next product I was sent is the Vichy Idealia Pro Deep Corrector, which is aimed at dark spots. Being pretty fair, I don’t suffer with dark spots, but I do get quite uneven skin tone due to thread veins and redness. I don’t think that this step affected my skin much at all. I didn't really notice a marked change in my skin tone; I still use the same amount of makeup to cover up. The formula and smell is lovely, and it does feel quite luxurious applying this, but I wouldn't repurchase.

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Ultra-Rich Cream* (Origins, 50ml, £34) - Back to Origins again, this time their Make A Difference Plus+ Ultra Rich Rejuvenating Cream. I was thoroughly impressed with this; both the boyfriend and me have scraped the little pot dry. This moisturiser is thick but not heavy, and nourishes the skin perfectly. Even as the weather has gotten colder, I've had no issues with dry patches whatsoever. My skin has felt pretty normal actually! My only bugbear (and it is a little one!) is that this is in a tub. I always end up with loads of product under my nails, and as I got into the second half of the tub it became increasingly difficult to get a decent amount out.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K* (Boots*, 30ml, £9.75) - Finally the La Roche-Posay Effaclar K. I really didn't know what to do with this product, and I was slightly scared that it was aimed at oily skin and would cause my face to abandon all moisture. I tentatively introduced this product to my routine, but I’m glad I did. I see it as a sort of treatment for my skin, so if it’s feeling particularly naff I apply all over as part of a night-time routine. I always wake up with better skin in the morning, although I think this would be more effective if I had acne or blemished skin."

Luce had dry skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Dry Skin # 2 - Final product reviews

"Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Ultra Rich Rejuvenating Cream* (Origins, 50ml, £34) - Origins Make A Difference Plus+ range is already one of my favourites, so I knew I would love the Ultra Rich Rejuvenating Cream. It's a thick hydrating cream, a little too heavy for the daytime but for an evening, it's perfect. Plus, a little goes a long way with it! 

Origins Eye Doctor* (Origins*, 15ml, £27) - To go alongside that, Origins Eye Doctor is a very moisturising eye cream. I can sometimes have quite dry eyes, but since using this, it's completely changed. I make sure to use it every morning and night, so I'm already half way through the little tub. 

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare* (Boots*, 40ml, £13) - La Roche-Posay is usually brand I get along with. I've bought their products from France before and always stock up on Boots, but this product I didn't get along with at all. Cicaplast is a very intense serum for flaky, chapped skin. I was looking forward to using it as between my eyebrows and on my nose, it becomes quite flaky in the winter wind. I applied it the first time and within 5 minutes, my skin was bright red where I applied it. The next time I attempted to use it, my skin became very blotchy for a few days. It wasn't an allergic reaction as I have never reacted to anything before, so I just believe that it was far too strong for the skin type it was suggested for. 

Vichy Idealia Pro Deep Corrector* (Boots*, 30ml, £29) - Another product I didn't get along with was the Vichy Idealia Pro Dark Spot Corrector which is a serum which will help fade dark spots. I used it for a week or so but after a while, it become an unnecessary step as I don't have any dark spots or discolouration which needs fading. This would be best suited to someone who has little dark scars from acne in the past."

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