Tackling dry skin

Happy New Year to all my lovely readers. I hope you had a great Christmas break and are feeling energised and ready for 2017. It’s been a funny old 12 months in the UK, (Brexit, Trump, Bowie…shall I go on?) but I’m leaping into the new year full of optimism and hope for the future. I plan to put lots more love into LBI too, and bring you more content and reviews.

To kick things off I thought I’d start with a post all about dry skin as it’s what I’ve been asked about most recently. If, like me, you had a cold just before Christmas, your skin has probably paid the price. I felt under the weather for most of December which culminated in a pretty horrible flu. My skin was the worst it’s been in ages, so I had to give it some time and patience before it went back to normal. Here’s some of the steps that I found worked for me. Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Comment below if so – I’d love to hear from you.

Take it back to basics

When your face is feeling really dry and sensitive after a cold, I find it best to steer away from anything too active. So LHAs, scrubs, vitamin C serums etc are put on hold. Instead, I use gentle cleansers such as Eve Lom’s cleansing balm with a hot cloth, or Dr Hauskha’s Cleansing Cream is a more affordable option.

I do still use a serum but try to go for formulas that leave the skin feeling soothed and nourished, rather than energised or tingly. At the moment Beuti Sleep Elixir is one of my faves as it feels so comforting due to its rich formulation – it’s packed with ingredients such as sandalwood nut kernel oil, lavender herb oil, and capric trglyceride from coconut. Surprisingly, even though it does look quite shiny once applied, it doesn’t leave any lasting oiliness on the skin.

Masks are your friend

To combat extreme dryness and sensitivity, I always opt for a sheet mask. I like the instant gratification that it gives the skin, as it applies moisture straight to the dermis and makes it feel plumped up and fresh. My favourites are Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Vera, and Gold Collagen’s Hydrogel Face Mask. Gold Collagen (usually known for their liquid supplements) was a real surprise but really fantastic. It’s packed with moisturising glycerin and hyaluronic acid, as well as skin-boosting botanicals and antioxidants. I love the whole Tony Moly range and find all of their masks are as effective as they are purse friendly. I buy a pack of 11 from Amazon for under £12!

Exfoliate your lips

I am a lip balm addict and you won’t ever see me without one. In winter, I find it even more important and also like to use an exfoliant to keep my lips soft and smooth. Lush is great for exfoliating products that don’t irritate sensitive skin, and I’ve just discovered their sugar lip scrubs which not only do the job, also smell and taste delicious. I was also treated at Christmas to French Connection’s Sugar Balm, and it’s fantastic. It’s designed to be applied before lipstick but I’ve become so attached to it that I use it at every opportunity. It has a slight exfoliant to it, so you can rub on and them remove with a tissue, or do as I do and just leave it on as it is. It works a treat with Mac’s matte lipsticks too.

Go back to basics

I was in Vienna for New Years and, whilst it was beautiful, it was SO cold and made my whole forehead peel. I have a whole army of sophisticated moisturisers in my beauty kit, but when my skin gets that dry I always turn to Aveeno moisturising cream as it’s really concentrated and soothing, or more recently, Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore moisturiser which is really rich and just what a dry skin needs to replenish itself over night. Without fail, after just one application my skin was looking more or less back to normal the next day. I think when your skin is at crisis point, it’s the tried-and-tested products that you should turn to. Leave the bells-and-whistles products for when your skin is feeling itself again.

Do you have skin-crisis products that you always revert to, or have you tried any of the products mentioned?





Cat is the beauty-obsessed founder of the London Beauty Insider. She is a London=based writer and editor and also regularly contributes to the Telegraph, Metro, L'oreal, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Arabia.

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