According to the calendar we have made it through the harshest winter months and from here it’s a hop and a skip to spring. In reality though we still have quite a bit of chilly weather ahead of us before we can really shrug off the coats, shave our legs and dip our toes in the water.
By now I know to prepare my skin for the winter dry spell so for the last few months I have been layering hydrating serums, oils, rich creams and barrier enforcers, trying my best to keep everything in a decent condition.
For the most part I have made it through in one piece, though over the past few weeks I have had to up the TLC. It might be the change in seasons, but I am seeing more prominent lines on my forehead and feeling tightness around my T-zone, indicating dehydration. I am salvaging the situation by increasing the healthy oils in my diet and by introducing a few more rich steps in my skincare routine.
I’m assuming I’m not the only person struggling with dry skin at the moment so I decided to share eight hydrating face creams that I’ve been trying over the last few months. These beauties have helped me resurface without looking like a lizard and I am forever grateful. Continue reading for more on each.
Eight great moisturizers for dry skin
1 Babor ReVersive Anti-Aging Cream Rich
R3 216 for 50ml, za.babor.com. I have had this one in my store for a while now but only got round to trying it this season. It contains an active blend with Telovitin, Agicyl, Epocyl and Lumicol. Telovitin, they say, slows down cell ageing, Agicyl defends your skin, Epocyl smooths and Lumicol increases luminosity.
So what did I think? This cream isn’t overly thick but it managed to keep my skin comfortable and hydrated all day, and I definitely saw improvement in glow, texture and fine lines.
I was a bit nervous about the heavy fragrance, but I didn’t experience any irritation while I was using the product. The price is no joke, but it is a nice splurge if you can afford it.
2. Filorga Skin-Absolute Day
R1 790 for 50ml, Edgars and Red Square. From what I’ve tried, Filorga’s products consistently impress me. This day cream contains Extremozymes, which is said to improve elasticity in your epidermis for smoother skin. It also promises to improve your skin tone, with a blur effect that instantly gives the appearance of more even skin, and long-term actives to improve skin tone over 28 days. Then there’s also an enzyme extracted from blue algae which works to repair DNA, and Hyaluronic Acid to plump up the skin.
I liked the rich texture and silky, comfortable feel on my skin. I also saw an improvement in luminosity and texture. With all the anti-aging actives this one is best suited for those 35+ .
3. Dermaceutic Light Ceutic
R660 for 40ml, skinmiles.com. I absolutely love the Dermaceutic range. This cream has a light texture, making it suitable for summer and winter. I put it in here in because of the glycolic acid content, which helps to exfoliate your skin while you sleep.
This winter I have been wary of over-exfoliating my skin since that can further damage the barrier and basically make things worse. On the other hand, too little exfoliation will leave your skin dull, and your active ingredients can’t penetrate as effectively.
The glycolic acid loosens the bonds between dead skin cells so they can slough off naturally. The cream also contains phytic acid that works as an antioxidant and lightening ingredient, while Vitamin C fights free-radical damage. All this while you’re catching some shuteye.
4. Environ Super Moisturiser +
R323 for 50ml, environ.co.za. This cream works to hydrate your skin and helps to protect your skin barrier. Apart from a great blend of antioxidants it contains a mix they call Pentavitin, which supports your barrier and continuously hydrates the skin for 72 hours, and Revidrate, said to improve your water and lipid balance.
The texture isn’t overly heavy and sticky, but the formulation is still effective. At first it felt a little light on my skin but after a few days of consistent use I actually experienced an improvement. I think it takes some time for the product to regulate your skin’s moisture balance. I have been using it for about two weeks now and I give it a thumbs up.
Another bonus is the price. Since Environ is a local company it is so much more affordable than many imported brands.
5. Bioderma Hydrabio Creme Rich Moisturising Care
R319,95 for 50ml, select pharmacies and dermastore.co.za. The new Hydrabio range that Bioderma launched this year is specifically formulated to target dry skin. This cream has a thick texture and silky feel on your skin, and I found it super comforting when my skin was going through a particularly dry patch.
The Hydrabio Creme is packed with Vitamin B3 (also referred to as Niacin or Vitamin PP) to strengthen your skin, and apple seed extract which they say helps improve moisture flow within the skin. They have also included salicylic acid that works to smooth the skin’s texture, as well as Vitamin E which hydrates and fights free radicals.
They have included a tiny amount of fragrance so if your skin is very sensitive it might be better to go for their Sensibio range instead of the Hydrabio range. That being said I found the scent light and pleasant.
6. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore
R2 459 for 48ml, skinceuticals-za.com. This new addition to the SkinCeuticals cosmeceutical line works to nourish and repair your skin by working on the outer lipid layer. As we age the production of lipids decline, which means the skin barrier weakens and our skins become more vulnerable to environmental damage. A weak, thin skin barrier leads to dehydration, dull skin tone and uneven texture.
This cream contains pure ceramides, natural cholesterol and fatty acids, formulated in a 2:4:2 ratio – which they say is the ideal. Ceramides 1 & 3, Cholesterol and fatty acids are your superstars to restore the skin barrier and nourish the skin. The idea is that you then supplement the cream with targeted serums containing actives to improve lines, pigmentation, and other ageing-skin qualms.
Despite the rich ingredients, the cream has a light texture and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on your skin. It is a pricey spend but I loved using it and my skin looked beautiful.
7. Luminesce daily moisturizing complex with SPF30
R1025 for 30ml, jeunesseglobal.com. The Luminesce range is built on a growth factor complex utilizing the power of human stem cells, said to repair damaged skin cells. In general the brand can be a little gimmicky but so far I have enjoyed all the products that I have used.
This cream contains apple, lentil and watermelon extract, all of which are great sources of antioxidants that help to protect our skin against environmental damage.
The cream itself is lightweight but nourishing, and my skin felt comfortable while using it. I also like the SPF30 and the air-tight pump bottle, which means that bacteria stay out and your expensive ingredients aren’t damaged by air or light.
8. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Night Cream
R670 for 50ml, elizabetharden.co.za. The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide range saved my life last winter (read more here) and I’ve since become a huge fan of this iconic beauty brand. For me the hero ingredient here is ceramides, one of the main components of your skin barrier and therefore essential in controlling dehydration.
The cream also promises to target early lines and wrinkles – which will improve anyway as your skin’s moisture level increases, and it is said to improve uneven tone.
I really liked the comforting, rich texture on those chilly evenings when I knew my skin needed extra nourishment.
I hope you find one that suits your skin. If you have any other recommendations, tips or questions feel free to pop them in the comments below. I love hearing from you. xx