Rebecca And Phoebe Throw Posh Creams At Dry Skin: The Verdict

We've been experiencing the driest skin EVER recently and we decided to tackle it head on to see if anything could really make a difference – and not in a temporary, back-to-flaky-the-next-day way, but PROPERLY.
Publish date:
February 7, 2013
shoppables, dry skin, clinique, winter skincare, omorovicza, elemis

First up is Rebecca, who gave the ridiculously posh Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream a whirl...

My skin SHOULD be really happy with me at the moment. I’ve not been drinking alcohol. I’ve had 2 litres of water (almost) every day in January, I’m making sure I get my five a day and I’ve even cut out dairy for almost 5 days (I folded and had a cheese sandwich at 3.30pm on Friday. What? I’m only human). Actually, my skin is sort of happy with me – it’s unusually clear, and much less blotchy than usual. Instead it’s dry. Very, very dry.

It’s the sort of dry where your skin looks all taut and stretched across your face when you wake up in the mornings, where you want to claw your own face off if you don’t reapply moisturiser every three hours and when you accidentally rub a crease into the skin under your eyes when applying makeup, it just stays there.

After trying out Ashley’s patented Sudocrem face mask as a solution (it definitely calmed my skin down, but didn’t make it feel really hydrated), I decided it was time for a luxe option. Enter, Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream.

Now, clearly, I’m not going to spend £125 on a pot of face cream IRL, but when the opportunity to try one out came up, I gave it a whirl. I’ve always suspected that deep down, my skin actually just really likes expensive shit, which is why I’ve spent the first 30 years of my life looking like a consumptive orphan.

Last year the PR sent me a pot of this Hungarian wunder-cream, and I’ve been a bit of an addict ever since. It would actually be cheaper to get a coke habit, but I talk enough total drivel as it is, without any more help. PLUS, the cream makes my skin all glowy!

It’s so rich that I can only apply it at night, and super-sparingly (so you hardly need to use any – if you want to do some cost–per-application mathematical bollocks and justify the purchase). And I hate to say it, but my skin loves it. It’s too thick for use in the summer, but in the dead of winter, when a trip to take the rubbish out leaves me face feeling tingly and sore, it totally does the job.

Phoebe's turn:

In all the years that I’ve been writing about beauty and slapping all sorts of things on my face, there’s one moisturiser which has stood head and shoulders above the rest. I wish I could tell you that it’s a cheapo one, but it isn’t, it’s Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream which at £79 for a 50ml pot isn’t the most affordable of products, but damn it’s good.

I love everything about it, from the light, cool almost whipped consistency, to the delicate floral fragrance and the fact that it sinks in immediately and leaves my skin feeling properly nourished. Like Rebecca, I probably wouldn’t use such a rich moisturiser in the summertime, but right now it’s exactly what my face needs. A cult classic from a great Brit brand.

I’d also been reading a lot about Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£28, both in the beauty pages of magazines (my favourite being Annabel Rivkin’s genius column in ES magazine) and in the comments section right here on xoJane so I decided to give that a whirl too.

Kate from Clinique said: “I have to say this is my No.1 favourite product at the moment. If flaky skin is what you’re suffering from, what I’ve been doing lately is applying the Turnaround Concentrate first and then the mask in the evenings... it’s a great combination!”

I want my skin to feel like it belongs to a plump little piglet rather than Freddie Kruger and this Clinique stuff, despite smelling a bit like Calpol, is helping me achieve that aim. I've been slathering on the Turnaround Concentrate (£33, every evening, and using the Overnight Mask every three days, then putting the Elemis moisturiser on every morning and this triple threat has been working wonders for my skin. Plump piglet complexion has been achieved!