It’s been a good 2 weeks since I was last on a plane and my skin has FINALLY recovered. When I started my interstate travels I figured dry skin wouldn’t be a problem because my flights were only 90 mins each way twice a week. How bad could it be?
Apparently quite! Within a few weeks I noticed my cheeks which were never dry, were actually starting to flake and certain products that used to serve me well would burn on my skin 🙁 All that travel had made my skin sensitive and dry 🙁
Fortunately using a few techniques and new products I was able to both control my skin and by the end bring it back to normal.
My favourite so far (and I’ve tried three others) is Bobbi Brown’s Cleansing Oil. It has no smell and great at getting all my makeup off. I know a lot of people say that cleansing oils leave their skin dry, but the main reason I’ve become addicted to these is because I don’t need to scrub my face to remove my makeup, it literally melts off. Before I would usually depend on makeup wipes or makeup removers with a cotton pad and I’d need to rub my face quite a bit, which left me more sore than clean. Anything that doesn’t put too much physical pressure on my skin is great when it’s feeling dry and sensitive.
I can’t seem to find this original cleansing oil anymore *sad face*, but Bobbi Brown seem to be promoting a new “soothing” version, which I have yet to try (but will review soon!). You can purchase it from their US or AU website, or Nordstrom for either $42US or $60AU.
Works wonders on dry areas of your face. The one I was using (because it was in my rotation / testing batch) was Sukin‘s Hydrating Serum, which I kindly received as a gift from the people at Sukin. This is an oil based serum, which at first left me wary, but when I felt how soft and hydrated my skin was after, I was sold 🙂 I applied just a few drops of this every night to just the areas that needed the extra moisture, massaged it in and then topped it off with my nightly moisturiser.
You can purchase this from any local Priceline for $23.95AU.
Thick Night Moisturiser
Every night after applying my serums, I made sure to top it all off with a thick basic moisturiser, my favourite being Olay’s Moisturising Cream. It has a very thick consistency that helps seal in all the hydrating properties from my serums, which leaves me with soft supple skin in the morning 🙂
If you’re kind, you can find this at any supermarket or Priceline for around $11AU to $12AU
Saving the best till last, and my new holy grail for combating dry skin as bad as my eczema (yes I use this for Eczema patches on my face!) yet completely unconventional. Introducing Garnier’s Hand Cream as pictured above. This is perfect for extremely dry patches, just pat a small amount on the area (usually around my nose or cheeks) and it leaves my skin smooth and soft. You wouldn’t expect it, but it works amazingly well! This was especially great when I came down with a terrible cold and was blowing my nose every few minutes. Just dab this on between each use and my nose did not flake like it usually does during a cold.
And at $4.25AU a tube at full price (Like Olay you can get this from any supermarket or Priceline!), I can’t sing enough praise for this (I have two, one at home and one in the car ;D)