I remember looking through the different jars on my grandmothers dressing table, each seemed to hold a thicker liquid than the previous. Her favourite being Nivea’s Cold Cream, do you remember that stuff?! If you were brought up in the 80’s and 90’s, then you’ll definitely have seen it in a bathroom cabinet or two. My grandmother’s skin was so unbelievably perfect, snowy white, no blemishes, incredibly soft and I just remember thinking that this cold cream must be the holy grail, the secret to incredible skin. Well…for her mature skin, it probably was, but for me, with completely different adolescent skin, it was a complete nightmare for clogging up pores and bringing me out in a whole load of spots! Since my teenage years, I’ve been wary of thick, white creams and with fairly good reason, I’m yet to find one that I can leave on my skin and not feel like I’ve applied facepaint, having said that, they often feel good to use as makeup remover used with a hot cloth.
Over the years, I’ve discovered alternatives that moisturise just as well, if not better than typical moisturisers, sinking into your skin rather than sitting on top feeling heavy. A real game changer for me has been hyaluronic acid, sounds scary, but it’s not the kind of acid you’d expect that might burn your face off, it’s actually something that occurs naturally in your body and when applied on your skin, it helps to retain moisture. When I put it on my face after washing, it really feels like my face is drinking it up! I switch between using Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Face Moisturizing Lotion and also The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, both are very reasonable price wise. The first I came across when reading an article about Asian skincare routines and was just intrigued by all the great reviews, the second I bought after I knew a bit more about HA. To be honest, I’m not sure which is better, but The Ordinary’s formula apparently uses three forms of hyaluronic acid in varying molecular weights which they claim offers “multi-depth hydration”, and hey, who’s going to argue with that statement…it sounds pretty hydrating to me! Hyaluronic acid is also safe to use on blemish-prone skin, so it’s not going to clog your pores.
If I don’t feel like I want to use loads of products on my skin, I’ll just use this instead of a moisturiser, (have I mentioned before, I’m lazy and time poor). But if I need a bit more hydration, (as if ‘three forms of hyaluronic acid in varying molecular weights’ isn’t enough), I’ll use The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer which is more of a gel than a cream and feels so much lighter on my skin. It also smells like a dream, is a great base for make-up too and on the packaging, it says it’s for ‘dull, tired, grumpy skin’, well I don’t know about the skin part, but it seemed to have me down to a T!