Hi Frizzbonce I have really dry skin too. Here's what works for me:
- OCM but wring flannel out in warm rather than hot water. Hot is super-drying - Avoid steaming pores with flannel for too long (I do 5-10 seconds) - Only do OCM at night - in the morning I just wipe face with a bit of rosewater on cotton wool - The longer you can massage oil in for, the better. Aim for 10 minutes if feeling really dry - Avene Thermal Spring Water spray as a toner after OCM - it's about £6 from Boots. Feels lovely and cooling and skin looks better since I started using it. Also great at the end of the day if your skin feels dry but you need to go out and haven't got time to cleanse and re-do make up - a quick blast makes you look and feel much fresher - The best moisturiser I have found is Astral - £3 or so for a big tub. I use it day and night - an extra thick layer after OCM at night if skin is particularly dry - And the boring stuff - easy on the caffeine and alcohol, drink more water, eat well, sleep lots
I thoroughly recommend Steamcream and if you buy it on ASOS here using code 'apology20' you can get 20% off. It was recommended to me on here. It's a very thick cream, full of natural goodness, that really clears any flaky skin I have, plumps up the skin, reduces pores, and acts as a primer too. It's just lovely and can be used anywhere on the body.
Thanks Lotta and Hyva! I will definitely give Astral a try - I've heard it's very good from numerous sources. And I will also give Steamcream a go. It sounds like something you use to get stains out of a carpet!