Is it just me or is your skin drying out too? (If you’re based in the Philippines, I’m talking to you). I can’t remember last year’s January to be this cold. According to PAG-ASA, yesterday’s temperature ranged from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius. That may be summer in Canada, but in the Philippines, that’s sweater weather.
Earlier today, my friend Kat sent me this SMS:
Rae help. Sooooobrang dry ng fez ko. Do you have suggestions?
Last year, a number of our lunch conversations involved me ranting about my face looking so oily, or her ranting about her face feeling dry.
I can somehow sympathize with her. But this time, I know exactly how she feels. My skin has improved a lot as of this time but during the last 2 weeks, it was like drought came upon my face.
I never dealt with this before. I used to get occasional dryness from using acne topical meds but I usually get the ‘leathery skin with oil on top’ scenario, and never the ‘consecutive days of dry skin devoid of any oil’ type of skin.
For most of the year, I can use just a serum and call it my moisturizer too. That routine isn’t working for me anymore, so I set aside the serums for the slightly heavier ones I’ve been ignoring.
Before I show you what I have, let me just tell you how much I love moisturizers– and I don’t use the word love very lightly. I will choose moisturizers over any other beauty product I have. I love moisturizers more than I love lipsticks. I can go out with absolutely no makeup on, but never without a moisturizer. I don’t ever forget. Is that emphasis enough?
I used to have a lot but I already gave many of them away when I started de-stashing. I’m left with 8 (plus sachet samples) which I think is still too much.
The 2 above is what I’ve been wearing for most of 2013’s last quarter. I used Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lotion SPF 30++ in the mornings, mixed with L’Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation or BYS Concealer. At night, I used Olay Brightening Intensive Serum or Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum as moisturizers.
For now, I’ll be putting the serums aside for the sample moisturizers I have from Avon (photographed below) and an almost empty sample tube of Andalou Naturals Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream.
I think that will last me about 3 weeks. If the latter is not moisturizing enough or if I’m done with them, I’ll move on to Olay Men Multi-Solution Revitalising Cream. I used this for about a month last year and then I stopped. I found it too moisturizing for my needs back then (summer), but it’s actually not too heavy. It has the same weight as Olay Age Protect; both are lighter than Olay Total Effects and Olay Regenerist.
Moisturizer Shopping Ban
I really really REALLY want to buy a full size tub of Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C moisturizer since the day I emptied my sample. But to this day, it’s still not in my grubby hands. You have no idea how much energy I expend every time I go to a mall controlling myself from buying this moisturizer, so please give me a virtual pat on the back.
I vowed never to get another moisturizer until I’m down to two (so I can buy one and have 3). I decided that 3 is a good enough number to limit myself in. Ideally that would compose of one lightweight moisturizer, another one that’s a little bit heavier for dry skin emergencies (such as what happened to me recently), and the third’s an extra for satisfying my fancies.
In the meantime, I have to deal with these first:
The one on the front is VMV Re-everything Face and Body Lotion. I had high hopes for this one after reading Eula’s review. But I think I got an expired tube. The label says it’s due to expire in 2015 but mine already smells like dirty, damp laundry left in the washer for weeks. I think the coconut oil in it has gone rancid. I used it on my feet and I didn’t experience any irritation, but I should just throw this away. I lost the receipt so I can’t bring it back anymore.
The one at the back is Hollywood Style Anti-Wrinkle Cream. This was my mom’s but she prefers Olay Regenerist Night Cream. I took it because I’m moisturizer-crazed like that. This one will really test my ability to delay gratification (Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C = gratification). The tube is 150 ml. — longer than my hand and wider than my 4 fingers together. I have a feeling I’ll end up cheating by using this as a hand cream too.
What I failed to photograph is Maxipeel Exfoliant Cream. I bought it out of curiosity. My brother asked me to buy 12 tubes of these to bring with him to the US for his girlfriend. So, I was like O.O — I should get myself a tube too. I used it for 2 weeks but I forgot about it. It was not bad, I just got distracted.
How I Deal With Dry Skin Weather
Going back to my dry skin, it was fixed by a Watsons brand sheet mask and 2 consecutive days of using Laneige Water Sleeping Essence (I have a sachet sample that I used as a mask). I got the mask idea from Sabs’ One-Week Sheet Mask Challenge.
My face is now back to normal.
No, wait. My skin is not yet back to its normal oily self — it is literally “normal.”
I’m not sure if masking will work for dry skinned people but it’s worth a try. The Watsons brand sheet mask is currently at a promo rate of 2 for Php 59. Try it and tell me how it goes.