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:
Jason aloe vera
Boots botanics
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!

cardamomginger Fri 01-Mar-13 14:00:13

Try La Roche Posay? I've found their products perfect for my dehydrated and sensitive skin. Other posters on other threads in S&B regularly rave about how great they find La RP for their skin types, including very dry. There was a thread on this brand a while ago. I;ll try and find it and link.

cardamomginger Fri 01-Mar-13 14:02:37

Oh great thanks! Hadn't thought of them. Have you ever tried Avene?

nursingdreams Fri 01-Mar-13 14:18:41

I use skin nanny maybe called British nanny now from lush. It's mixed with sun lotion so I find it a bit more creamy and thick. It's slightly more expensive £24 I think but it lasts me for ages as you only need a tiny amount I probably only buy a pot every 4-6months

cardamomginger Fri 01-Mar-13 14:34:04

Nope, never tried Avene. Boots do La RP, and frequently do a 3 for 2 offer.

EllieorOllie Fri 01-Mar-13 17:35:04

Steam cream.

MrsMeow Fri 01-Mar-13 19:29:39

Definitely La RP. My skin has been HORRENDOUS lately, dry and flaky and I had resorted to using neat almond oil to moisturise which didn't work. I read on here about La RP the other week and thought I'd buy some with my boots points to try. OMG, I'm just gutted it's taken me so long to find out about it! My skin is totally transformed, to the point where I can put my face powder on and go, usually I have to stand in front of the mirror for ages trying to hide the flakes.

I went back today and bought another tube (it's the Cicaplast I'm using) and some face wash and toner as its on 3 for 2 smile

Roseformeplease Fri 01-Mar-13 19:31:59

Eucerin. Amazing, especially their night cream.

mamaonion Fri 01-Mar-13 19:36:02

I love avene range, really soothe my skin when it gets dry and very sensitive when my hayfever gets bad. I use the basic one at £12 a bottle

scottishmummy Fri 01-Mar-13 20:12:36

Aveeno is really good, never tried posay range

MrsMeow, I'm nearly sold on this! did you get advice from Boots on which LRP cream to buy? I had a look at their stock online and there seem to be lots of dry skin ones by that manufacturer.

NaughtyBetty Fri 01-Mar-13 20:25:15

I use nivea creme, MIL recommended it and she has gorgeous skin. I use it at night and then only need a lighter one in the day so use Johnsons with SPF 15.

Both work very well and are really well priced!

crazy8 Fri 01-Mar-13 20:27:15

Avene is fab.

coffeeinbed Fri 01-Mar-13 20:49:56

I have used Vichy Aqualia Baume Minerale and it did help a lot.
I currently use an Avene Soothing Moisturising Serum, but have used Eucerine night Cream in the past.
All good!
Serum might be a bit lighter.

Iatemyskinnyperson Fri 01-Mar-13 21:37:17

I've been using Caudalie & very pleased. First winter without dry patches! Have you considered a facial oil? Rosehip oils are pretty popular & easily available

Thanks Iate, no haven't tried an oil but the Clarins salesperson, obviously massively on commission recommended one called Santana or something. Might be worth a go. A friend mentioned apricot kernel. I haven't hear of Caudalie.

Mendi Fri 01-Mar-13 21:47:32

I would just sound a word of warning re the La RochePosay Cicaplast. I read about it on the other thread this week, bought it, and am covered in the angriest, most painful allergic rash all over my face that I've ever had. The irony of this from a cream aimed at sensitive skins makes it worse! 15 hours in, 5 x anti-histamine tablets, and my face looks like the top layers of skin have been peeled off.

Patch test, ladies!

SchnitzelVonKrumm Fri 01-Mar-13 21:48:19

Body Shop Vitamin E Cream intense is very rich but non-greasy.

coffeeinbed Fri 01-Mar-13 21:50:30

Clarins Santal oil.
It's good stuff that, did they give you a sample?
Ask, they usually do.

Ok Mendi! Won't be buying it online tonight then. Aveeno brought my hands out in a fierce fireball or a rash once. You just never know. I've heard good stuff about that Vit E Cream, Schnitzel but is your skin really dry? Seriously, it's like my skin just sucks up all the moisturiser in an instant and in the morning it's so dry I may as well not have bothered.

Ha! No samples coffee I think she smelt a rat and knew I wans't going to buy then and there. I got samples of their Hydraquency dry night cream (amazing) and anti-ageing day cream.

coffeeinbed Fri 01-Mar-13 21:55:46

Never tried Hydra -what's it's.

Still18atheart Fri 01-Mar-13 22:10:04

like Schnitzel i use Body shop vitamin E face cream. In fact I use their toner and facial wash too. It leaves my face so soft

VerySmallSqueak Fri 01-Mar-13 22:15:57

Try Doublebase.(used for eczema)

I find Nivea soft is better than Nivea ...erm... not soft.

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 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.

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.

Mewsical Sun 03-Mar-13 19:25:47

I too am hoping Pierre Fabre is a genius of a wizened old French molecular scientist (Avene) after buying the skin recovery cream. I also bought some A-derma skin repair cream (same parent company I think) and after 3 days am quite surprised at my skin. It's soft and non-flaky and would buy it again. I reacted to the Avene anti-rougers and also LRP hydraphase moisturiser but not the Anthelios sunscreen so it's all trial and error with me.

Mewsical Sun 03-Mar-13 19:28:05

Have also been using Oilatum skin repair cream on arms and it's making a big difference to the dry patches.

Branleuse Sun 03-Mar-13 19:31:48

eucerin hyaluronic filler night cream. Dont bother with the day cream

Branleuse Sun 03-Mar-13 19:34:40
jamaisjedors Sun 03-Mar-13 20:04:40

I react to that Branleuse, the only one I can wear is the aquaporin


valiumredhead Mon 04-Mar-13 07:59:49

Mendi I tried the toner for the first time and I had a definite 'prickle' not sure I'll use it again, it seems very harsh. It's either the toner or the New moisturiser which I will try on it's own today and see if it's ok. The Cicaplast is fine!

WheresTheCat Mon 04-Mar-13 08:10:52

I would second the Bodyshop Vit E Intense cream too. My Mum has very dry skin, and she uses the Bodyshop Wisewoman serum underneath which I sometimes pinch which smells divine.
Eating lots of avocados is good for your skin smile

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