Did you know that when the temperature drops, humidity levels in the air decrease and this causes the skin to dry out. To compound matters, at the first sign of cold weather we’re quick to turn up the heaters, take super hot showers, and drink copious amounts of coffee (oh, I do that in summer too!). Is it any wonder then that our skin tends to be even drier in winter?
The older I get, the drier my skin is becoming. I know that this is part and parcel of ageing, so I’m very cognizant of my water intake, and try to include skincare products that contain ingredients (like Hyaluronic acid) that boost my skins hydration levels. Remember, lines and wrinkles look far more pronounced when the skin is dry.
Given my dry skin woes, I was very happy to receive a lovely press drop from Skinceuticals that included the Phyto Corrective Mask and three targeted treatments. They then asked me to get mixing and blog about which of the three serums I’d pair with the Phyto Corrective Mask.
First up, a little recap on the Phyto Corrective Mask (R1125 – Dermastore) that cools and calms skin reactivity caused by dryness, over exposure to the sun, pollution and aesthetic procedures like lasers and peels. It’s infused with extracts of cucumber, thyme and olive oil, as well as a dipeptide that calms skin heat, sensitivity and tingling. A Hyaluronic acid base has been included because it acts as a humectant, effectively drawing water from the atmosphere into the skin.
Hydrating B 5 Fluid (R1325 – Dermastore) really is my personal favourite. It’s loaded with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, and works to maximise the benefits of your daily moisturiser. It can be used on all skin types, but is most beneficial to dry and dehydrated skin types.
The Phyo Corrective (R935 – Dermastore) also works as a hydrator, but is recommended for those with sensitive, rosacea-prone skins. Like the Phyto Corrective Mask, it’s great for treating post-treatment redness or inflammation, as it contains soothing botanicals which have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also contains HA, so it hydrates beautifully.
The Retexturing Activator (R1325 – Dermastore) is technically a gentle exfoliator that help to brighten the skin. It’s resurfacing abilities exceed that of daily 20% Glycolic Acid treatment – all without the irritation. It contains Kombuchka that works as an antioxidant, Hyaluronic Acid, Urea (an excellent hydrator) and an acid compound that all work in unison to reinforce the skin’s barrier. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and with a gorgeous glow. This is a product I know and love – I use often when my skin looks a bit dull and is in need of a pep-up.
So, how did I mix it all up?
Truthfully, all three targeted treatments could have easily worked for me as my most pressing concern at the moment is hydration – and all the products contain Hyaluronic Acid. However, the Hydrating B 5 Fluid is my favourite. A few days back, I went a tad overboard with a Glycolic acid treatment (I really should have known better) that resulted in my skin feeling uncomfortable, tight and dry. I knew the Phyto Corrective Mask would give my skin much needed relief, and decided to add a few drops of the Hydrating B5 into the mix. I then applied a thick layer of the gel mask over my skin for 15 minutes. I was so impressed with the results. My skin no longer felt tight or dry, and it had a plump, radiant look.