Is it me or does this winter feel particularly brutal skin-wise? It’s only mid-Feb and my face has been suffering in the cold weather: chapped lips, flaky patches, dry itchy skin, etc etc. It’s no fun, especially when you can’t really cover it up with makeup as even the best concealer makes it look worse.
I get into this cycle every winter when my skin is dry – I layer on too much moisturiser, my skin gets blocked because of said moisturiser, then I exfoliate to help clear it up and it feels tight again…(anyone else get this?!)
Well, this year I’ve tried something new – I’ve changed my foaming cleanser to a gentle, milky one and bought myself some Hyaluronic Acid, in particular, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum. It has a cool, gel-like formula that goes on after cleansing. I massage it in with my knuckles (a tip I learnt from the amazing facialist Sarah Chapman) to get the blood flow going whilst it sinks in.
Hyaluronic Acid has been much talked about in the last couple of years for its hydrating qualities. One molecule of the stuff can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water so it acts like a sponge on the skin. The thing is, up until recently it’s often been very expensive to buy so I’ve been using other things instead.
I’ve seen amazing results with The Ordinary serum. After a week of applying it twice a day, my skin looks really healthy. It’s so hydrating that I haven’t needed a moisturiser on top (and therefore my skin has cleared up because of it). I’ve just added some SPF for daytime and that’s been enough. And, because it completely disappears and leaves the skin with a lovely soft texture, it’s a great makeup base too.
I’m also impressed by how gentle it is on my eczema flare-ups (the cold air in winter often gives me sore patches on my neck which turn into eczema). The serum has helped clear it up completely with no adverse reactions at all. Yay.
I’ve now ordered The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Complex for Hand and Body to see how that fares on the rest of my body (will let you know). It’s a bit more expensive (£27.00) than the bargainous The Ordinary face version (£5.90) but the bottle is huge so it should last me for a while.
Seriously, if you’re struggling with winter-weary skin get some of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid pronto.
*I’ve had a quick stock check and it seems that The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is sold out everywhere eek! I would try one of the stockists in London (which is how I found it) or try here if you don’t mind a bit of a wait.
**…low stock levels might be explained by current chaos at The Ordinary HQ. Will leave this here.