Mid-priced facial moisturiser for REALLY dry skin?

(57 Posts)

I have been spoiled by a free sample of Clarins Hydraquench for cold climates but at £34 that's not an option for me. It was rich, creamy and I woke up with peachy skin. Is there a cheaper one out there that has the same effect?
I've tried:
Ponds
Lancome
Jason aloe vera
Nivea
Boots botanics
Simple
Lidl Q10

and they're too perfumed and thin and in fact don't make a difference at all. I'd love to hear of one that works! Had a look on here for dry skin threads and didn't find any answers. Cheers!

domesticslattern Fri 01-Mar-13 22:18:15

Avene Avene Avene. Will solve all your problems. Wonderful stuff.

Dermalogica barrier repair! Fab stuff

SchnitzelVonKrumm Fri 01-Mar-13 22:51:26

Yes my skin is very dry!

Havingkittens Fri 01-Mar-13 23:11:58

The Oilatum Skin Repair cream is really good. Highly rated by the Pixiwoo girls.

holidaysrcoming Fri 01-Mar-13 23:28:30

dr hauschka rose day cream - not the cheapest but i treat myself in winter when dryness at worse, then use no7 dry skin range rest of time.

MrsExcited Fri 01-Mar-13 23:43:52

Body shop vitamin E, intensive

kohl Fri 01-Mar-13 23:55:48

Body shop cocoa body butter - slap on all over face liberally. Have horrendously dry skin-eczema- and this is only thing that touches it.

Jcee Sat 02-Mar-13 09:42:56

Weleda rose cream - same as dr haushka but loads cheaper - or weleda almond cream - which is fab for über dry skin

CountBapula Sat 02-Mar-13 09:51:21

I use the Clarins Santal oil and have done for years. I have very dry skin and it really helps. It also smells fantastic.

For daytime I use Bioderma Hydrabio Riche - I think you can only get it in France, or online from France, but it absolutely transformed my skin. I bulk buy it when I go on holiday. It's only about a tenner.

Windowbasket Sat 02-Mar-13 10:24:25

Hi, I'm currently trying Body Shop vit E intensive - it's good but slightly disappointing. Waiting for some Liz Earle stuff to arrive in the post so will let you know what that's like.

MrsMeow Sat 02-Mar-13 11:23:30

CravingSunshine, no I just had a look at the products in store. It did take a while as its a French brand so you have to look hard to find the English description (or be able to read French!) but the one I chose is more of an intensive cream rather than a daily moisturiser- although my skin was dry enough to need the extra help if that makes sense? Although its miles better now, I'm still using it twice a day and its keeping my skin at a 'normal' level. You only need a tiny bit so a tube will last a long time and I find that it sinks in v quickly so can put makeup on straightaway.

I probably sound like I'm on commission - I'm not! I'm just so pleased to have found something that really works. I'm such an advertising execs dream, willing to try anything and I've spent £££ recently but things seem to work for a few days and then stop, or just don't work for me at all.

thisisthestory Sat 02-Mar-13 12:52:42

Body Shop Hemp cream here, sinks in well and softens skin.

Also, try using half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil as a wash off cleanser - it is lovely and also melts away mascara etc.

MousyMouse Sat 02-Mar-13 12:55:29

weleda almond range.
it's fab and smells lovely!

Sneepy United States Sat 02-Mar-13 13:22:06

I know it's not the popular option but yellow Clinique moisturizer has always been my favorite. The big bottle lasts ages and they're forever giving free samples. I've never found anything nicer for dry sensitive skin.

valiumredhead Sat 02-Mar-13 13:38:16

La Roche Posay is amazing.

jamaisjedors Sat 02-Mar-13 13:44:56

Eucerin Aquaporin Rich. No perfume, I never react to it (and I react to all kinds of "sensitive skinsafe products" - my dermatologist recommended it.

Mendi Sat 02-Mar-13 17:19:41

Just want to add: La Roche Posay has destroyed my face! On day 2 of allergic reaction to Cicaplast now and it feels as though the top layer of my skin's been peeled off. One side of my face is so swollen that I can't open my eye properly. Worst of all, I emailed L'Oreal (which owns LRP) yesterday about this, with photos, and haven't had so much as an acknowledgement!

aVentingAngel Sat 02-Mar-13 17:34:51

Try La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra. Very rich and soothing, comes in a great pump bottle. I also like Avene.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 02-Mar-13 18:05:46

at night I use this, tis yum and seriously cures my dry days after my salycici acid peel... one extreme of high chemical to another pure virgin oil, its also great for hair and lots of other stuff.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coconoil-Original-Virgin-Coconut-Oil/dp/B000RL80T0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362247446&sr=8-1

valiumredhead Sat 02-Mar-13 19:41:21

Mendi I wonder what ingredient you are allergic to? Can't bloody believe fucking L'Oreal own LRP, I thought it was made in the French Alps by nuns or something!

MrsMeow Sat 02-Mar-13 20:45:36

Valium LOL!! Same here - like I said upthread I'm an advertisers dream! Mendi, I am sorry to hear about your bad reaction though. I hope you're ok?

I used the face wash for the first time earlier and was very impressed. It left my skin looking as clean as when I use Liz Earle C&P and didn't feel dry and tight after drying like usual. I used the toner this morning after cleansing and it was ok...but just ok. Just felt like water to be honest so I think I'll stick with my Liz Earle instant boost stuff.

Baldwins Rich Base Cream

Add a drop of your favourite essential oil. Bliss. Especially after using Oil Cleansing Method. My dry skin is now very peachy, despite living in a coastal village and getting battered by the wind and rain through winter!

Valium that's hilarious! I've gone for Avène as Boots only had it and not LRP and am a bit alarmed by the previous poster's L'Oreal story. I am hoping that Avène is hand-churned by shepherds using spring water from the Rhone Valley grin

Ooh that's all corrupted. It should read Avene!

auldspinster Sun 03-Mar-13 16:48:49

Cetaphil moisturiser, you'll get it with the dry skin remedies near the medicines, £8 for big bottle.

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