Help please, my face is sooo dry!

(44 Posts)
Jemster Sun 30-Dec-12 20:08:13

Hi this is my first time posting here, I'm after some advice please.
When I get up in the morning my face feels so dry. Even after I moisturise it still feels dry and tight and just uncomfortable. I look at the other mum's at school and their skin looks glowing and soft and just well moisturised. Mine is looking dry, flakey and my lines are more obvious. I feel like a prune!!

It's always been on the dry side and I've bought many many moisturisers for dry skin but none seem to make any difference. I really can't waste any more money on things that don't work. It's horrible trying to put make up on as it's all so dry.

Please could you tell me what I'm doing wrong or what I can buy that actually works. I have been put off buying all these things that claim to work and then don't. I wouldn't mind spending a bit if it was definitely going to improve the look of my skin. I feel haggard!
Thanks for any replies x

Numberlock Sun 30-Dec-12 20:09:54

E45 is the answer.

sarahseashell Sun 30-Dec-12 20:11:19

are you washing/cleansing with water? I was told to stop and thought hmm but have noticed a massive difference since switching to a tissue off cleanser. Also drinking lots of water and eating sufficient fats

FairyPenguin Sun 30-Dec-12 20:12:11

Aveeno moisturiser works wonders on mine and DD's skin.

Viewofthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 20:13:01

I have got on well with the sensitive skin serum from Clarins which i bought last winter in desperation. I put it on last thing at night before my moisturiser. It is expensive, but I am still on the same little bottle so it has lasted me a year.

DonaAna Sun 30-Dec-12 20:13:27

Eucerin 5% urea cream works for me. It really does control flakiness.

I have to avoid cleaning my face too much - scrubs and toners really dry it out. Nothing soap-based, and many make-up remover wipes are too harsh too.

Do you have atopic skin?

Megsdaughter Sun 30-Dec-12 20:14:00

E45 cream at night and E45 lotion during the day.

happyAvocado Sun 30-Dec-12 20:18:34

Waht type of shampoo are yiu using?
Recently after changing the make my skin literally started geting so dry I felt it was painfull to grimace

yousmell Sun 30-Dec-12 20:18:46

cetophil moisturizer and face wash is really good.

mrscogon34thstreet Sun 30-Dec-12 20:21:37

Oil, oil oil! I started oil cleansing - basically you just massage oil in to your face and then wipe off the excess with a hot flannel. I no longer even need to moisturise and my skin is soft and glowy. Saves a fortune on skin care as well.

Jemster Sun 30-Dec-12 20:21:51

Yes i do tend to wash with water in the shower in the morning and with a face wash at night. The face wash is for dry skin but doesn't work for me. I like the feel of cleansing creams but I think I just don't feel clean unless I've used water. Maybe this is where I'm going wrong. I wash my hands a lot too, having an 8 month old, and they are very dry too and sometimes get sore so maybe its the water causing it.

I do like clarins make up but have never got their moisturiser as it's just too expensive, I'm afraid to waste my money.
I got a clarins cleanser and toner set for christmas. Should I try both or will the toner be too drying?

DonaAna I'm not sure what atopic skin is?

cocolepew Sun 30-Dec-12 20:26:28

Try putting sudacream on it at bedtime. Rub it in as much as you can until you look like Casper.

bonzo77 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:28:00

Drink gallons of water. Avoid very hit water on your face. Try to keep shampoo off your face. Cleanse with a gentle cleansing lotion, or a soap free face wash. Tone with something alcohol free or not at all. Moisturise with something very simple. My skin is like yours sounds, though I also get spots hmm. I wash with freederm sensitive wash, tone with boots own traditional rose water and glycerine and moisturise with Boots evening primrose moisturiser which is very light and not greasy, but effective. If I'm having a very dry day I use diprobase.

Viewofthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 20:29:06

Try going to the Clarins counter and ask if they have any free samples. They can keep you going for ages- you have to pretend to be seriously interested even if you have little intention of

clangermum Sun 30-Dec-12 20:30:02

Argan oil?

I use it as a moisturiser at night, also on hands and a little bit as hair conditioner.

Amazon sells it for about £10, can't remember the exact brand but there are probably others.

Viewofthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 20:31:08

oh, if you've got the right cleanser/toner for your skin it should be fine. If it doesn't, go and ask their advice, they don't tend to like unhappy customers.

bergerac Sun 30-Dec-12 20:31:10

Bio Oil will sort you out. Tiny drop is all you need so small bottle will last forever

chutneypig Sun 30-Dec-12 20:39:28

I use a cream cleanser and remove it with cold water and a muslin cloth at night. Warm water feels very drying on my skin. Then I use L'Occitaine Shea face cream, very rich but really does the job. I use an in shower cleanser every other day but any more often makes my skin feel tight.

DonaAna Sun 30-Dec-12 20:51:55

Atopy is a very common structural defect in skin that makes it dry out easily (the protective layer of skin is not as tight as it should). It's often associated with allergies, particularly hay fever and asthma. Atopic people (about 20% of us) often get itchy eczema that can be scaly - joint areas (flexor side) is a common place. The rashes usually starts in your early childhood. Atopic skin needs moisturizers (a good idea to pick those without fragrances and other additives - a short ingredient list is better than a long one) but is chronic and may need cortisone based creams too. If this sounds like you, see a GP or a dermatologist.

I can get my face get wet only once a day during winter, or it will really tighten up. Quite a few makeup products accentuate the dryness of my skin - powder is horrific, and many longwearing foundations really tighten it up too.

Jemster Sun 30-Dec-12 21:02:22

Thanks for your replies. Viewofthehills do you use a clarins moisturiser as well as their serum?

Viewofthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 21:20:23

I do use a moisturiser as well. At the moment it's what I was given for my birthday, not Clarins. A lot of face creams irritate me and before I got the Serum I had had a facial which made my skin itchy and tight for a good three months. The serum totally resolved that for me in the first few days.
If I was choosing a moisturiser at the moment the Hydraquench one seemed really good in a sample. I have also used their 'sensitive' moisturiser before and that was really soothing.

AppleOgies Sun 30-Dec-12 21:21:57

Oliatum face cream has saved my dry skin. I suffer in a similar way to you. Face so dry and tight, I can feel it stretching when I smile.

lottie63 Sun 30-Dec-12 21:40:52

Clarins hydraquench rich cream. Fab. Get them to give you a tester thing

Djembe Sun 30-Dec-12 22:05:21

So many different opinions on how to fix dry skin, really interesting.

Mine for the mix: use Shu Uemura cleansing oil, it's a bit like the oil cleansing method but you rinse it off with water so good if you prefer a water cleansing routine. Use Nivea blue pot basic moisturiser overnight, really thick but doesn't clog up skin. Cetaphil is brilliant simple moisturiser for daytime, works under makeup despite being v thick and rich. But I'd have a couple of weeks makeup-free while you detox your skin.

Jemster Sun 30-Dec-12 22:14:47

Djembe yes that sounds like a good idea to go make up free for a bit. I don't wear much make up but I have been wearing a clinique foundation lately which I think is too drying for me so not exactly helping. Perhaps I should try a tinted moisturiser instead, although I do need a bit of coverage at the moment to hide the pasty, shattered look i have from regular night wakings! I'm guessing powder is a definite no no with dry skin?

catyloopylou Sun 30-Dec-12 22:22:02

I get very dry flaky patches and, as well as using a gentle cream cleanser, was advised to exfoliate regularly using a very gentle exfoliator. I use Dermalogica daily microfoliant, which has lasted for a year. Or try an enzyme exfoliant which won't scrub at your skin. I follow that with Mary Cohr enriched moisturiser.

I also get eczema ony hands so use an e45 cream handwash and lashings of cetraben lotion, and an emulsifying ointment at night.

Viewofthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 22:32:37

Tinted moisturiser works well for me. During the summer I used a bare minerals type powder which worked well and didn't highlight dry bits.

Djembe Sun 30-Dec-12 22:35:49

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser is the mutts nuts for an anti-night-wakings healthy glow smile

Def no to powder. Did you have oily skin as a teenager? My sister did and is obsessed with mattifying products, despite being in her thirties with quite dry skin. It's all about the glow now, no mattifying jobs. Tinted moisturiser, highlighter, cream blusher. Night creams and gentle cleansers.

SoYo Sun 30-Dec-12 22:41:27

Definitely agree with oil cleansing, either a straight oil, clarins cleanser that starts as gel then goes to oil & washes off with water is great too (something melt) but my absolute fave is Liz Earle cleanse & polish. Really rich & lux but great on all skin types. My skin has periods of feeling like my face is going to fall off & when it does I substitute my normal LE moisturiser for Neals Yard Rose Face Oil. Tiny bit goes a long way & feels v greasy going on but wake up with lovely skin.

Sickandsad Sun 30-Dec-12 22:44:24

I have extremely dry skin and am prone to eczema. I have been using Cicaplast balm by La Roche Posay as recommended by Lisa Eldridge as a moisturiser and also as a primer under foundation. I've tried everything else (including Dermalogica Repair Balm and Creme de la Mer) and this is amazing stuff. Whenever my skin starts feeling tight and dry I switch to this for a few days and nights.

Djembe Sun 30-Dec-12 22:50:06

Yy soyo Liz Earle is lovely. I use it but prefer the Shu Uemura oil, it's too £££ for me atm though so currently on Liz.

Love Neal's Yard Rose Facial Oil but I had to use it with another moisturiser on top. It definitely worked wonders when used overnight though, I just couldn't use it alone. I used Shu Uemura moisturising lotion which looks and feels like a toner. The two combined was lovely.

<need more money for skincare>

Still maintain that Nivea thick cream is the best night cream though. Use on top of the rose oil <yum>


Jenda Sun 30-Dec-12 22:52:52

interesting thread. does anyone have suggestions for oils which aren't too expensive?

mrscogon34thstreet Sun 30-Dec-12 23:07:38

If you have dry skin and don't mind the smell of coconuts I can't recommend this coconoil highly enough.

QuinnFabray Sun 30-Dec-12 23:20:19

Yes, yes, the La Roche Posay Cicaplast baume is amazing. I rarely use it on my face myself, as I have oily skin. But I use it on dd's dry skin and eczema and it's the only thing we've tried that works overnight. It is so soothing and gentle, but effective. Once a week or so, in this cold dry weather, I use it as a night cream/treatment, and it's great to use on your face. So gentle and healing. I will always have some in the house now.

SilverSixpence Sun 30-Dec-12 23:22:21

I've started using Steamcream - it makes my skin really soft and is very soothing, I have sensitive skin and a lot of creams sting a bit but this doesn't.

Jemster Mon 31-Dec-12 13:38:37

Thank you for all the very helpful replies. I am going to try using the clarins cream cleanser and toner instead of facial wash. I guess I just wipe it off with cotton wool then and not water?
I still think I might not feel clean and refreshed without washing my face with water. You know when you first wake up and you want to freshen up, should I avoid using water completely?

sarahseashell Mon 31-Dec-12 13:56:00

I've found I got used to not using water after a little while. My skin reacts to a lot of ingredients though so clarins would make it sore and I use natural stuff, origins or holland & barratt etc. I think they maybe have a rose oil too? (h&b)

sarahseashell Mon 31-Dec-12 13:56:11

oh and wipe off with soft tissue

sparrowfart Mon 31-Dec-12 14:14:37

Ponds Cold Cream is lovely, I too have very dry skin. I'm not sure whether it is meant to be used as a cleanser, but I use it as a night cream and my skin LOVES it!

Wolfiefan Mon 31-Dec-12 14:18:24

I love liz Earle 3 step.
I have started using (rose?) Decleor oil which has helped massively.
I have also used E Arden 8 hour cream, Eve Lom and Lush stuff.

MrsPennyapple Mon 31-Dec-12 14:19:27

I am using the clarins cleanser, I put it on damp skin and then use more water so it's sort of like a face wash. It's supposed to be "foaming" but I wouldn't say it foams, really. You only need a tiny bit and so far it is doing the trick with my dry patchy skin. I've been following it up with the hydraquench cream that someone mentioned upthread. Only been using Clarins for a couple of weeks but I do like it.

Bearcat Mon 31-Dec-12 16:14:41

I always had dry skin on my face in my 20's and was eventually diagnosed with dermatitis.
Was told to use Nizoral shampoo (£7 approx) as a face wash by a fantastic dermatologist. Wash my face with it, left it on whilst I was in shower and then washed off at end of the shower. Didn't even have to do it many times to effect the cure.
I never looked back, such a simple solution to a problem that plagued me for years.
For years I had tried to scour my dry skin away with a buf-puf and buy all sorts of moisturisers, but it was cured with this relatively cheap shampoo.

jalopy Mon 31-Dec-12 16:31:35

That's interesting, Bearcat.

Just bought my teenage son Nizoral shampoo for his very itchy scalp. He is really suffering with eczema on his face at the moment and I'm hoping the shampoo will have possibly a secondary effect in other areas too.

Djembe Mon 31-Dec-12 20:12:07

Shu Uemura cleansing oil! <stamps petulantly>

You massage it into dry skin and it melts away makeup and attaches itself to oily stuff in your skin too, whilst feeling instantly super soft and nourishing. Splash with water and it turns milky.

I've tried cleansers without water but never feel clean - not if I've worn makeup and I don't wear much. Dermalogica Ultracalming is another similar action one, doesn't feel as nice but cleanses well and never leaves skin feeling tight.

Water isn't evil and it is the best cleanser, really. Just pick a good product to use with it, not a bog standard facial wash, and not a foaming one.

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