Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Dry Skin Solutions!

Hi everyone!
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! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • 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!

50 comments:

  1. I have severely dry skin all around my forehead and I bet this would work great for my skin! I seem to exfoliate and moisturise my skin everyday but nothing helps! I can't wait for your tag with Kristin, she sounds lovely :).

    -Shelby
    http://bittersweetshelby.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I read all your blogs and all watch videos on all there of your youtube channels and this post was soo helpful to me because I have dry skin all year round! Thank you for posting this, hopefully I'll remember to hit the drug store and pick up these products!

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  3. I use the CeraVe cream all over my face at night year-round. In the winter I top it with Argan oil (from Whole Foods, about 1/4 price of Josie Maran) and use the cream during the day as well. I also scooped some into a travel tube to use as a hand cream on the go.

    Can you tell I have dry skin? I also live in a desert.

    I use the CeraVe cream on my body as well, but top it with olive oil or almond oil at night. I also moisturize my eyeballs with an ointment at night and have a portable humidifier to carry between home and work that runs pretty much constantly.

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  4. CeraVe is the BEST! It's completely changed my life- not exaggerating! I've battled with eczema my entire life; my dermatologist gave me some samples and after the first time using the products, I was sold! My skin has never been so hydrated and comfortable.

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  5. I have heard amazing things about the Cera Ve brand! I will give it a try! I know you said you are stressed right now and I don't want to stress you even more but.....LOL!! I would be so honored if you and any of your viewers could check out my blog here on Bloglovin or at www.bethandbeauty.com! #bblive #chipmunking

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  6. I really like Cerave, but I'd have to say Cetaphil ranks slightly higher in my books! Loved reading your post Emily! :) x

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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  7. My dermatologist also recommended this brand to me recently. He said it's great for eczema-prone skin and ppl with propylene glycol allergy!

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  8. and isn't that big tub the most satisfying thing? I swear, sometimes I'm suckered into buying those pricey creams (cough, cough at the Chanel counter) and then you pick up this and you think all is right with the world.

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  9. Have you tried Hydraluron? It also has Hyaluronic acid, and was quite pricey where I bought it, but it's a gel/serum and works well for my combination to oily skin, and since I never get incredibly dry skin, I always put this under my regular moisturizer, and I haven't had a problem with dry skin yet!

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  10. Just discovered these products about two weeks ago and my skin hasn't looked this good in YEARS!

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  11. I am experiencing dry skin for the first time in my life, and have started adding a small drop of vitamin E oil to my nighttime moisturizer. It has been a lifesaver! I'm glad you found something that's working for you!

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    1. Erin this is a brilliant idea. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Sue in Michigan

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  12. Thanks for the recommendations! My skin gets super dry around this time of year, too (especially with crazy stuff like the Polar Vortex happening!). I've read about CeraVe but never tried any of their products myself, so it's good to read a positive review. :)

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  13. When I was on accutane a few years ago, my dermatologist would just pour the CeraVe moisturizers (mostly sample size) into a bag for me after each appointment. I remember, at first, not believing that it would cure my horrendously dry skin (I have no idea why). I'm an oily-skin girl. So I continued to use my same old moisturizer (don't even remember what it was) and stored the CeraVe samples under the sink. Then one day I said, alright let me try this CeraVe product out. Sure enough, it was the best thing to ever happen to my dry skin! I'm not on accutane anymore, but I do depend on this brand during the winter months for my night time routine. I use it with my Mary Kay moisturizer. Depends on how my skin is doing. Both brands are the best for my skin! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this brand!

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  14. I use the CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer and love them!

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  15. I use the CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer and love them!

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  16. Since my favorite Beauty Guru is loving these products it's a no-brainer for me to try them out myself. I'm sure my dry skin will thank you! Thanks for the post Em.

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  17. I use CeraVe in the winter too. It's a lifesaver

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  18. Right with http://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/! Haha.

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  19. Thank you for posting this! My skin, which is normally combo/oily, has been very dry and flaky recently (especially around my nose and cheeks--which has never happened before). Will definitely give these a try!

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  20. These are all fantastic products! I can't believe I used to use harsher cleansers that stripped my skin so insanely (and then I would never even bother using a good enough moisturizer! What was I thinking?). Now I use Cetaphil's Gentle Skin cleanser, which is a really similar product.

    It's funny, I'm really not having any trouble this winter with dry skin. I've been using an exfoliating toner I picked up at the drugstore (Neutrogena's Pore Refining toner, if you're curious) twice a day, and the results are astounding. My skin is smoother, more even toned, and I don't have to go in once a week with a harsh scrub. It even helps to fade my hyperpigmentation. I would totally recommend it to everyone!

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  21. I love using burt's bee's Intense Hydration Treatment Mask with Clary Sage! It's a little pricey but I feel like it really does the job and doesn't clog my pores; on really dry nights I apply this all over my face and neck (in thin layer) and go to sleep with it. I use it almost like a night cream and I haven't broken out from it so I love it.

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  22. I switched to all CeraVe this year and my skin looks better than it has in 5 years!! (I'm 41 with combo skin.) LOVE the cleanser and the moisturizer.

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  23. That Kristin she is always one step ahead of the "Gehm" (I know but I just couldn't resist). I don't know it have been the sub zero temps but I am and always have been a combo skin. But ouch my skin feel dry and parch. Even my lips cracked in the corners and I always apply lip balm. I will put CeraVe on my shopping list. I think for the first time in my life I may need a creamy cleanser. Great post. Thanks for sharing-Sue

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  24. I have severely dry skin in general, so this would be great for me. Thanks for the review! :)

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  25. I am 52 yrs old & have normal to dry skin. I have been putting a thin layer of organic unrefined coconut oil. My skin has never felt so good!! When its not so cold & dry I think I will use it every other night, alternating with cetaphil. Thanks for the great review and information.

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  26. I LOVE CERAVE! I've been using their AM & PM moisturizers for a while now. I would try something different, but I always go back to this brand.

    I definitely want to check out the 16 oz cream and hydrating cleanser now too. Thx for the info. ^^

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  27. Have you found a good body lotion to combat itchy dry skin? I think I've tried everything.I'm currently using the Aveeno body wash with oatmeal..well Equate brand.

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  28. My skin doesn't get super dry but i've been using the elf moisture stick you always talk about and its a life saver.
    cheyenne-style.blogspot.com

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  29. You always give such informative reviews! Luckily, dry skin is one of the only things I don't really struggle with, so the basic, run-of-the-mill moisturizer does the trick for me!

    I've created a challenge for beauty-lovers called the No Brush Challenge, and I'd love to see you do the challenge in a video! It was inspired by a recent article in Elle magazine, so if you're interested or want to read the article you can check out my blog post here: http://www.icanbuycheaper.com/2014/01/no-brush-challenge.html

    Thanks!

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  30. Emily, you should give Hada Labo Tokyo that is sold in Ulta a try. I ditched all my moisturizer and even tarte maracuja oil for that.

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  31. I finally found the cream in Canada but it's expensive for drug store... Tried a small tube of the cream and boom over night I was shocked at the result. I will dish out the money for sure...

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  32. OMG - all the products from this company are great, but I fell in love with the CeraVe SA Cream in the jar; it's fab!!! Took it out to the Ranch where I board my horse for a few friends to try and turns out they all know about it and feel the same. This is the greatest! Thanks, thanks and more thanks. MMR

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  33. I've used Cera Ve for a year. Last night, we watched The Help and Minnie tells Celia to use Crisco under her eyes. My husband kind of dared me to do it, so I did. I might like Crisco better than Cera Ve! I'll try again tonight. Sounds like it would be greasy but it wasn't, didn't slide off the bed once.

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  34. I rarely have dry skin problem but I never heard of this brand before. probably not available locally here :(

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  35. If anyone needs anything SUPER cheap or easy to find, I have found that the Pond's moisturizer is super cheap and works quite well in terms of hydration! I will definitely check out the CeraVe though!

    http://pearlsandpalettes.blogspot.com

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  36. Awesome. Just got an email that Walgreens has Cerave 20% off, as I sit here with my eyes tearing from the fumes of Olay eye cream.

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  37. I love CeraVe products! The Hydrating cleanser is awesome with my Clarisonic :)

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  38. I love your daily nuggets!!

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  39. These look like interesting products.

    Ray | Obey Ray

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  40. Thank you for the tip. Can I use this around my eyes?

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  41. As soon as I use up my cetaphil I plan on picking up these products. I love finding new products at the drugstore.

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  42. I will have to give these a try soon,thanks for the info!

    http://militaryandmakeup.blogspot.com/2014/01/dr-organic-manuka-honey-review.html

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  44. Love, love, love CeraVe. I use the Foaming Cleanser because I'm prone to breakouts. What a great job it does without being drying. I also use the lotion. I really appreciate CeraVe's effective, no nonsense approach to skin care.

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