Dry Skin Products: Best Serums for Dry Skin
During Winter, serums and face oils are your saving grace for when your skin feels dry and your usual face moisturiser is struggling to do it’s job.
For many years, I didn’t know what the solution was fix my dry, dull and lack-lustre skin and I thought drowning my face in moisturiser day and night would do the trick. This never worked, I only woke up with dry patchy skin because moisturiser will only do so much for you.
Last year, I made a promise to myself that I would take better care of my skin and I stuck to a good routine but I had to switch things up for Winter – and by doing so, I discovered various new products to add to my collection.
The three most recent ones that I have been trying for the past two months are Hydraluon, HealGel Face* and REN Omega3 Serum Oil*. Serums are a pre-step before moisturiser, they will provide your skin with an extra layer of protection over the Winter days.
Hydraluron is very much hyped up in the world of beauty blogging, and it is the single reason why I bought it!
I don’t normally fall for hyped products and I kept hearing about how wonderful it is, and how great the results are, this sounded like it could do wonders to my dehydrated skin; a combination of the cold weather and not drinking enough liquids.
Hydraluron contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a hydration ingredient (tongue twister!) that can hold up to 1,000 time it’s weight in water. What a great selling point to those who suffer from dehydrated skin!
I particularly like the matte finish of this so I prefer using it in the morning before I put my make-up on, it seems to prime my skin quite nicely! I was very excited to finally buy this and try it but I guess I had high expectations, and I expected a huge change.
It does a good enough job to protect my skin throughout the day but I’m not seeing the “holding 1,000 time its weight in water” thing, though admittedly I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for in that tag line! I’ve learnt that this product takes time to work and the change will happen.
I just wanted to include this in here as a comparison (or an alternative) to Hydraluron. I use this at night time as it’s too oily to use in the morning as it interferes with my make-up.
The ingredients are different but it works in a similar way to drastically improves moisture levels and reduces signs of ageing and wrinkles. This is an oil based serum so unlike the Hydraluron, it won’t give you a matte finish. It will, instead, soak in to your skin, banish dry skin and give you a revitalising healthy glow.
I apply moisturiser over this (at the moment, it’s either Clinique Moisture Surge, or Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser) and you’ll wake up with smooth soft skin! I saw instant results with this, within the first couple of days of using it.
I’ve been obsessed with this, and I keep telling everyone how great this product is and how yummy this smells, just like Haribos! That’s my favourite thing about this serum, it smells DELICIOUS. I’m a huge fan of this serum and I’ve been championing it since I got it. It was love at first sight!
Heal Gel Face is something I’ve hesitated to use until last month because I don’t know much about this niche brand. Priced at £48 per bottle, this is quite the luxury treat for your skin!
This contains both omega oils and Hyaluronic acid complex – so basically, it’s the best of both of the products I mentioned above but in one lovely pink bottle! I love the packaging of this, and the pump dispenses the right amount. You only need to use a tiny amount of this as it’s a rich formula which can be used this on it’s own or add a bit of moisturiser over it if your skin feels dryer than usual.
HealGel Face also contains a blend of Omega oils which works to replenish dehydrated skin and restore elasticity. I’ve been enjoying this on days I’ve been exposed to cold air and bad pollution (the city!).
Do you use any serums in your skincare routine? What other products do you use other than cleanser and moisturiser?