Sorry it's been awhile since my last post. I hate making excuses, but I've been very busy with the Emily Awards while also uploading daily to the Express channel and my main channel... quite frankly, I'm kind of stressed out! But I really wanted to get this post up, in case anyone else has been having really dry skin like I have! And if you've been with me for awhile, you know that I often talk about having combination skin... I tend to be a bit more oily in the t-zone, and normal to dry everywhere else. Well, last week I went a step beyond being "normal to dry" everywhere else... my skin was more dry that it has EVER been. I was extremely dry and flaky around my mouth and cheeks. Not cute! And I really didn't have the products on hand to deal with this level of dryness. Fortunately, my pal Kristin was staying with me for a few days and she said CeraVe is her dry skin must have. So I picked up several of her recommendations as we made the local drugstore rounds! :) And guess what-- this stuff worked AMAZINGLY to tackle those patchy, dry, flaky areas!
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14, Drug/Discount Stores)
This 16 oz. vat of moisture was probably the MVP for my most severely dry areas. The feel of this is so thick, I decided to confine my application to only my really dry patches, and I noticed quite a difference overnight. This contains Ceramides (help repair the skin barrier), Hylauronic acid (attracts needed moisture), and Glycerine & Dimethicone to prevent moisture loss. No, I'm not a dry skin genius, that's the information on the back of the tub :) I only used this before bed, and I put my usual night cream everywhere else on my face that didn't require special attention.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($12, Drug/Discount Stores)
I also didn't feel like I had a day cream that was moisturizing enough, and also contained SPF. So I got the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, and even though my extreme dryness has subsided somewhat, I continue to wear this under my makeup. I think this has done a great job keeping me hydrated throughout the day, and it's definitely not TOO heavy for me. It's not so thick that my makeup is melting off. A very good find!
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($10, Drug/Discount Stores)
Finally, after questioning all of my moisturizers... I also started to wonder if my morning cleanser was causing some problems for me. So Kristin suggested CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser to get my skin clean without stripping it of moisture. I must say, my skin doesn't feel the least bit tight or dry after I use this, yet I feel like it's cleansing my skin quite well. FYI- CeraVe seems to be revamping their packaging... I think the first two products are in the newer packaging, and this cleanser is the old version-- just so you know what to look for.
So basically, if you're having a dry skin emergency, these are some drugstore solutions that really turned my problems around. I'll probably continue using the hydrating cleanser and the AM Facial Moisturizer on a daily basis-- only reaching for the tub of moisturizing cream if my ultra dry patches start cropping up again. I'm sure there are many CeraVe fans out there, so this post might not be telling you anything new, but I just wanted to share my experience in case it helps someone! :)
- I could use a back rub.
- IMATS this weekend!! ahhh!!! My first trip to LA!
- Kristin & I shot a fun tag video together and it'll be up on each of our channels later this week!
- Meanwhile- just posted a new ELF Favorites video!