My skin type | Combination: Dry spots, sometimes oily T-zone, prone to breakouts
Though my skin is combination, my primary concern has always been my dryness.
I have dry spots above my lip and near the corners, around my eyelids and nostrils, and occasionally in very random spots (like one that appeared today, on the side of my forehead…). I have eczema, so this has been normal for most of my life and I figured I’d always have to just deal with them through band-aid solutions like slathering on moisturizers and petroleum jelly 20 times a day.
Allergy season makes everything worse: I get itchy eyes, and just a quick itch turns into a dry patch that lasts for the next few days.
I have been skeptical of “skincare” and never cared for developing a “routine” until last year when I decided it was time to start taking care of my skin and responding to it properly.
It wasn’t until I discovered these great products that I not only came to respect “skincare” but I also realized that I don’t need to constantly have this dry patch problem all the day. There is indeed a solution!
These are not full reviews; I will create ones dedicated to each product in the future.
Here is a list in order of discovery:
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
I thought this was magic; it’s just a product that works.
I started using this overnight mask late last year and it made me realize what a “Holy Grail” is.
I used a sample every night for about 4 nights when I noticed the dry patch above my mouth was gone, and those on my eyelids greatly diminished. I continued using it every night for about a week and all my stubborn dry spots were gone, literally.
Now I only use this when a dry patch appears, which has been rare lately.
The sample (15 ml) lasted me a good 3-4 weeks of use until I bought a full-size. It’s affordable, it feels great, and it works.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
If there’s one product I need on hand always (besides a moisturizer), it’s this guy.
I have used it twice a day, every day for the past 4 months and it’s made my skin feel so much more hydrated and healthy. It helps to keep my dryness at bay, and makes the job of my moisturizer much easier.
It’s light weight and water-based, so it absorbs fast without leaving behind any residue or tacky feel.
There are plenty of hyaluronic acid serums out there, but The Ordinary’s is probably the most affordable and worthy.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
This is great if you’re in need of extra hydration. It does feel a little more oily, and it takes a few minutes to fully sink in so I apply it at night.
I find it best to mix a few drops in with my moisturizer instead of trying to include squalane as a separate layer.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
I decided to go for this after my great experience with Laneige’s sleeping mask, and it’s been amazing. My skin feels great all day long and I pretty much never need to reapply. I think in all my time using this so far (~3 months), there have been two days when I needed to reapply the product by midday due to seasonal allergy itches making my skin dry and flaky.
So far, these are my regular dry-skin battling products that are also respectful of my occasional oiliness and breakouts. They don’t cause any excessive oiliness or acne, and most importantly keep my dry patches away.
There isn’t a cure for eczema, but these products have provided me with a way to deal with it.
Though they have worked for me personally, you should always check the ingredients & talk to a doctor before trying, especially for skin conditions.
Please let me know your thoughts, experiences, and recommendations!
Thanks for reading ❤