I don’t know about you, but this winter has been hell on my skin. NJ winters are never fun, and this one has been back and forth all across the scale from some unseasonably warm “who needs a jacket” days to some bitter cold lows that have sapped the life from my skin!
Now, normally I have what I would consider combination skin. Over the years that combination has switched from being more oily to more dry, but I have definite zones to my face. My cheeks and forehead are dry (especially that spot between my brows, above the bridge of my nose) and prone to flaking, where my nose and chin are on the oilier side and like to breakout. Now, my cheeks also like to play games with me, being prone to flare-ups (redness, itching, hives, all that fun stuff) and breakouts of little whiteheads heading down toward the jaw-line. This has made finding skincare that consistently works for me a real bitch. It seems like every time I feel like a product is working on me and might be a good forever fit, my skin switches it up again and I’m back to square one.
So, the extra helping of dry, flaky grossness that has come along with this winter weather was a hard one for me to beat. While I am a self-admitted makeup snob, I’m not quite as picky with my skin care. I do love a lot of high-end brands/products, but I’ve also found many good drugstore staples over the years, one of which has always been good ol’ Eucerin.
I’ve run the gamut of skin care, from super expensive to bargain basement, and I say, for super sensitive, reactive skin, Eucerin is still one of the safest, most affordable bets out there. I had used it extensively for a few years, when my skin was even more prone to flareups, and only strayed away from it because I felt I was in need of a cream with anti-aging qualities I wasn’t finding in Eucerin at that time.
When my skin first became so distraught over this winter, I tried everything in my home arsenal of personal favorties, from Dermalogica to MD Formulations, to Korres … and nothing worked. (And, let me tell you, I was not pleased to find $45.00 creams striking out!) No matter what I used, in any amount or combination, the problems remained: my face was often irritated and red, flaking in some spots while breaking out in others.
Unwilling (and financially unable, at the moment) to shell out big bucks to try another high-end cream in hopes of a solution, I decided to give Eucerin a try first. Lo and behold, the heavens opened up and I finally found solace in the arms of their (apparently hard to find) Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme.
Yes folks; that is Eucerin with anti-aging properties, for sensitive skin no less. How had that escaped my radar for so long?!
This cream is everything my skin was looking for; it’s thick, it’s hydrating, it promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines (which I am not happy to be seeing quite so clearly in the mirror these days), and–best of all–it doesn’t irritate my already irritated skin! The color in the pot is a creamy, light yellow and it is completely fragrance free. (Sniffing it on the back of hand, I was unable to detect any noticeable scent whatsoever.) It sinks in fast, with only the slightest tackiness left on the surface of the skin. Immediately, my skin feels plump, soft, and soothed.
I haven’t been using it long enough to verify their anti-aging claims, but my hopes remain high that it will live up to that promise as well!
This has been the only product to resolve my skin issues this winter. I’ve only been using it once a day for a little over a two weeks, but in that time, I have already noticed a visible reduction in redness and my dry patches have stopped flaking. I have not broken out at all from using it, and it has not caused any skin reactions (itching, tightness, etc.) either.
This might just be a miracle “winter regimen” night cream for me, and I really do hope it continues to work so well on my skin during the warmer months!