It's gonna get sappy up in here.
My skin is the driest I think it's ever been at the moment. The cold combined with central heating etc. has left it all flaky and gross. I know what to do - same as Olivia - exfoliate and moisturise with tedious regularity, but my normal Elemis rose exfoliating gel ran out and I hadn't gotten around to buying any more.
Then I remembered this box on my desk and decided to take it home to give it a try. Here it is in my bathroom after I used it (isn't my shower curtain cool? It was £5 from Primark!)
Now there's always lots of noble SCIENCE and research and fancy, natural and clinically-tested ingredients in luxury skincare products and Oskia's are no different. This British brand takes its name from the old English for ‘delivering nutrients’ and ‘beauty’. Ok then. The focus is on improving skin’s health by feeding it up with minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids and omegas.
They have a special collagen-boosting MSM-Regen Complex™ which is combined with botanical and marine bio-actives. Good. To be honest I would expect nothing less from a product that costs £46 for 50ml. The thing that matters to me is, does it work? And the short answer is yes.
I know I should probably be spending ages explaining all the reasons why Oskia's Micro Exfoliating Balm does wonderful things to your face - how ingredients like MSM, Zinc Glycine, Prebiotics, Vitamin E, Rosehip, Kukui Nut and Sweet Almond Oil work in perfect, magical harmony to gently slough off dead skin cells and dirt, leaving nothing but glowy, polished skin behind - but I can't face it. Is that bad? Probably.
Anyway, the important thing is that I'm sorely tempted to roam the streets bellowing "stroke my face you mothers!" in an Alan Partridge-stylee at hapless passers-by, such is the astonishing softness of my skin after using this stuff. Seriously, you know the impossibly velvety, feather-like fur behind a cat's ears? That's how my skin feels right now, although not, y'know, actually furry...
You scoop out a little of the balm from the pot with a tiny spatula, add a little water (the more you add, the gentler the resulting milk is on the skin) and then rub it all over your face. Exfoliating products remove the grub* manually with tiny granules and the good ones - like this one - then calm things down and reduce any redness or irritation with Rosehip Seed and Kukui Nut Oil and Zinc-Glycine Complex.
Of course after you've banished the flakes and filth (mmm!) you then need to put some serious moisture back into the skin. I've been alternating between a pure jojoba oil from MV Organics, La Roche Posay's anti-redness moisturiser (I live in hope that something might get rid of the thread veins, but I know nothing will) and a new one I'm trying, Tay's cucumber day moisturiser.
My skin still isn't entirely happy, but I'm going to keep going with the exfoliating, doing it once or twice a week in the shower and slathering on the oil in the evening and the moisturisers in the morning and hope that it'll bring things back into balance.
So tell me, do you have any recommendations for hardcore super-moisturising products that you swear by and are there any other exfoliating products which you rate?
*My highly technical term for dead skin cells.