My skin has been SO dry recently. My poor hands are red and chapped and my face is dry, flaky and uncomfortable. Two wet, cold and windy dog walks a day, added to a couple of long haul flights and a bit of sun in the Bahamas and my skin is all over the place. In desperation, I went to my local John Lewis and had a consultation at the Clinique counter, and I was really impressed with the results. The more I’ve asked people, the more I’ve discovered an awful lot of love for the 3-step system. I bought a trial pack and decided to give it a go.
I like to wash my face properly in the evening rather than just using make up remover, so I was recommended the Mild Liquid Facial Soap, which I actually really like as it leaves your skin feeling clean without that tight feeling that some facial washes give me. Next up, the consultant was adamant that I have to use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion – its akin to a toner but also exfoliates apparently, and I’ve actually got quite addicted to the fresh feeling you get after using it. Lastly, I was prescribed the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +, and then told to go away and use it for a few weeks to see how I got on.
Generally I’ve really liked the products, especially the facial soap and clarifying lotion, but I still found that my skin was feeling a bit parched, so I moved on to the Clinique Moisture Surge, which is much more moisturising. I also like it as it doesn’t leave a greasy film on your face. My niece, Amy, who is a Darphin Consultant (amongst other things!) introduced me to Darphin’s Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum, which is a really light, non greasy liquid that just glides on and disappears into the skin, and I’ve been using this too (probably a no no to mix brands, but it’s really working for me).
I also got a little tester sample of Benefit Puff Off Instant Eye Gel in a beauty box, and have gone on to purchase the full size as it’s got some seriously good smoothing and moisturising skills. I’m noticing that some of the pesky fine lines around my eyes are disappearing after using it too.
Last but not least, I tried a magazine sample of Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation and it’s a revelation. I usually find that adding powder after foundation is a necessity, otherwise I’m shiny faced by mid morning, but also find that it dries my skin out (I have really weird combination skin). This one goes on smoothly, leaving your skin dewy and with the perfect amount of coverage, and my skin stays looking the same all day. Of course, this could be due to my fabulous new moisturiser, but I like to think it’s the foundation too.
Now if anyone can suggest an amazing hand cream that will leave my hands feeling soft, but not greasy, I’ll be a pretty happy bunny! I really like Garnier Hand Repair which is great for applying at night, but I find it leaves my fingers too greasy to type if I apply it when I’m working, so any recommendations would be fab. Thanks!