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Wise people of the internet, please help! I've recently turned 40 and have dry skin, prone to chapping. For the last year, I've been cheap and cheerful with skincare: Superdrug hot cloth cleanser morning and night, and moisturiser either from the same range or from Aldi (or whatever treat arrives in my Birchbox). Make-up is light, Bare Minerals Pro. Recently felt I needed more moisture, so took advantage of Nip &a Fab offer in Superdrug. So I now use the glycolic scrub 3-4 evenings a week, and Dragon's Blood serum every morning. I LOVE both - skin has never looked better. But my skin is pilling terribly after moisturiser, and it makes my make-up look shit. I have a 75 minute commute, and do serum and moisturiser at home, then put in make-up when I get to work, so everything has loads of time to sink in. What am I doing wrong, and how can I stop my face falling off?
Eucerin cream is really good for dry skin, I use the stuff that has the horrid words "with 10% urea" (yeah I don't know what it means either). It's amazing for overnight repair - I kept getting chapped skin and terrible irritated skin round my eyebrows, and this is the only stuff that's worked for me. And boots sell that and a Roche Posay day cream like it which is lighter (The Eucerin one I have is in a metal tube, the Roche Posay is in a small plastic pump tube)
Now I've heard a lot about La Roche Posay but never seen it in a shop. I like the sound of that being light - dry as my skin is, I hate the feeling of gunk on it. Is the pilling due to my skin flaking then, and not getting enough hydration?
It'll be the serum. I love the nip and fab pads but haven't ventured further than that. Check the ingredients - if it's pilling it's almost certainly silicone. You might be able to avoid this by patting on any offending products. I DETESTED the classic smashbox primer until I did this and it then magically filled my pores
Using a mixture of products is fine, as long as you leave time between each thing.
It will be the silicone though, undoubtedly in the serum, possibly in the moisturiser. I have the dragon's blood serum and haven't noticed pilling so it might be the moisturiser. Elemis Marine Cream was the worst ever for that. Nightmare product.
I get this if I use more than one (creamy) product at a time. I have try skin on my forehead so I use (a tiny bit of) oil there and wait for it to dry and then put on moisturizer. I think you have too many products going on!
Thank you all - good to know it's the product and not my actual face! I never had it with just the moisturiser (although I have with other moisturisers), and I don't have it with just the serum, so it must be the combination. I love the serum, so will experiment with other moisturisers.