Welcome back! I’m heading into week 5 of my Roaccutane Diaries (which you can read more about here), and I thought since I’m supposed to be a beauty blogger I may as well mention a few products that have been getting me through the day.
Just a quick disclaimer, the brand I’m about to review is not possibly not cruelty-free, but at this stage I’m yet to find something that is that offers enough moisture for my skin – drugstore products are not working, and in all honesty I can’t afford Nimue (the alternative). They do not offer the travel kits and sizes that Dermalogica does, and my skin is changing so much I can’t keep up with it. I’m not happy that I am using a brand that possibly tests on animals, but it’s cracking, flaking, peeling skin vs not. Now you know. Dermalogica claims on their site they do not test, and that may be true of the SA brand, but they are not endorsed by any formal anti-cruelty associations. I believe the brand is available in China, which means that somewhere along the line there is animal testing as China requires it by law.
The first thing I bought was the Ultracalming Travel Kit. The entire Ultracalming range is designed with red, stressed out skin in mind. The kit contains the Contains UltraCalming™ Cleanser, UltraCalming™ Mist, UltraCalming™ Serum Concentrate, Barrier Repair. My kit unfortunately didn’t come with the UltraCalming™ Relief Masque, but I did get a few samples of the masque from another Sorbet later on.
I really do like this little kit, and will probably continue to purchase it. I have no interest in buying the full-sized products at this stage purely because I don’t want to spend thousands on something that might not suit my skin in a month or 2. My skin could go from being irritated and sensitive to just plain dry and then I’ll need something else.
Something I found none of the items in the kit was helping was dry skin. I mean flaky, scabby, peeling off in layers dry. I went back to my local Sorbet and they didn’t have anything in stock. That same night I happened to be in the city for a friend’s birthday and went to the Sorbet in Gardens Centre and chatted to a therapist who had been on Roaccutane herself, and even she advised me to not buy anything in full sizes for as long as possible. She was absolutely lovely and sent me out with about 20 samples (I’m STILL on samples 10 days later) of the Skin Smoothing Cream and the Intensive Moisture Balance. I’ve only used the Skin Smoothing Cream so far (which is a medium-strength moisturiser) and the change in my skin is unbelievable. I actually don’t think my skin has ever felt this moisturised and healthy (shocking, right?). Even when I had oily skin I had severely dry cheeks and could never keep them moisturised enough without causing a mudslide on my forehead and nose. I’m saving the samples of the Intensive Moisture Balance for next week (or for as long as I can) because apparently the dryness can get worse and I might need some help!
Another product that is saving my bacon is definitely not cruelty-free. I’ve tried a few different things, and I’m not seeing the results from those that I am from this, the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream balm. It’s the only thing I’ve tried so far that heals my lips overnight (and that’s including aqueous cream and the plain blue Nivea cream). Nothing else works as well as this, and I’m sorry, but it’s bloody lips every day or this. As you can imagine, I’m choosing softer, less agonized lips.
For my body I’ve been loving the Oh So Heavenly Moisture Burst Cream Wash, as well as the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser (for the bits I can reach). For my back and shoulders (where I need some extra help – single ladies how do you moisturise your backs in winter? Hats off to all of you!) I’ve been loving the Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion for dry skin. I’ve also been using the Nivea Express Hydration Hand Cream at night because my knuckles are showing some dryness.
So, basically I love Nivea, Oh So Heavenly and Dermalogica right now – I guess this can even count as a June favourites?
If you have any other handy hints and tips for keeping up with dry skin, let me know, I’d love to hear from you (and yes, I have a tub of aqueous cream on standby for when I need the extra help!)
Hugs & sloppy daxie kisses
*All images from supplier websites