Oh help me, I feel like my face is falling off Really dry (pretty much everywhere but especially in a big circle around my mouth/chin/bottom of nose) I look dreadful and it's really getting me down. I'm still BFing my 15 month old (who still wakes up every three hours) and feel haggard, but it's reallly showing on my face. Any ideas??
If the first, you need a thick oily plain moisturiser - something like E45 or Aveeno (which can sting btw but works nicely). Apply it as often as you can and consider starting some (gentle) exfoliation. Sounds counterintuitive but if your skin is covered with a layer of dry rough scaly dead skin the moisturiser won't sink in properly so won't do much.
If it's red etc I'd suggest see your GP to discuss whether a very short-term mild steroid cream might settle it down a bit.
Its horrible isn't it? I have very dry, very sensitive skin that tends to break out into horrible red blotches at weird moments. Used E45 for ages as it was the thickest thing I knew. Then someone on here recommended this and for the first time ever I understood what 'hydrated' meant in relation to skin! I've since upgraded to the anti-wrinkle version which is even richer (but then I'm an old wrinkly anyway )
Its often part of Boots Buy 2 get 1 free deals which makes it a bit more affordable.
I struggle with this type of dry skin. One thing that works for me at the moment, that I have just discovered is Dr Organic (Holland and Barrett's range) Otto Rose Facial Serum. I use Ren moisturiser, then use the serum. It is really working and smells gorgeous too.
I also use Dermalogica vitamin capsules which you break open then put on your skin, they are lovely but soooo expensive.
There are other serums on the market too, unless you have a condition (such as dermatitis) going on then imo this is the best way to treat dry skin. Heavy moisturisers could irritate it further, you need reasonably 'expensive' products when skin is sensitised.