Thursday, February 2, 2012

Joanne's found her skin cocktail!

I have the driest skin out of anyone I know.  It's always been red, dry and flaky for as long as I can remember, so much so, that it would get really sore on occasions.  I've always longed for soft flake free skin and one of the reasons I never got into makeup as much as Karen was because the most basic thing, foundation, looks awful on me as it only highlights and clings to all of my dry patches, no matter what I did.

I tried everything and nothing seemed to work until one day when Karen introduced me to Creme de la Mer.  As far as I can remember, her friend Ruth got some samples and Karen dutifully handed them over to her scaly faced sister to try.  Within a couple of days, I noticed such a huge difference in my skin and I knew I was going to be happy to part with my hard earned cash to buy a tub of it.

Cut to us Constantine ladies in Saks Fifth Avenue at the Creme de la Mer counter where the sales assistant explained that CDLM was used to help people with eczema and showed that a little goes a long way, that's good because a 30ml tub cost me $110 or so.  With each tub of cream, you get a little plastic spatula.  I was shown how to put the spatula into the cream, scrape it off at the edge of the tub and whatever's left on the spatula is all you use.  You apply it to your fingertips and rub them together to warm up the cream and then pat it lightly all over you face and you're good to go.

The 1oz/30ml tub lasted about three months and that was me using it every morning and night.  Since it's so expensive, when my skin is in good condition, I use a more affordable face cream during the day and CDLM at night, but over the winter months, my skin has gotten really bad thanks to the cold weather and air conditioning in my new job.  I kept on at Karen to give me advice on what to use since she knows so much now about all things creamy (minds out of the gutter!) and she gave me what I can only describe as a miracle in a bottle.... also known as Skin Essentials by Mariga Rosehip Seed Oil.  It's an oil that can be applied directly to the skin or added to your moisturiser for extra nourishment.

What I do is add two pumps of the Rosehip Seed Oil to my Creme de la Mer and apply it every night before going to bed and I honestly couldn't believe how quickly it worked.  

In three days my skin was transformed.  My forehead, especially between my eyebrows was always the worst part of my face when it came to dry skin and now I can't stop touching it and showing it to Karen because it's so smooth.  No flakes, no nothing!  The true test was on Sunday when I was getting ready to go out.   I put on foundation without exfoliating first, which I've never done and I was delighted!  I've found my skincare cocktail and long may my skin drink it up!

What do you use to keep your dry skin at bay?

Creme de la Mer is available in Brown Thomas!


  1. Yay so glad you are getting results. I used to be a scaly faced monster too, in my pre skin essentials days. The rosehip mixed with your moisturiser is great to shield your skin from the elements. If you like that you should try the Lipid Repair Concentrate which actually reprogrammes your skin to make more oil itself. Are you coming to the show with Karen next month? Come and say hi. Mx

  2. I use Creme de la Mer - so expensive but SO worth it right? :) xoxo

  3. Dry skin is so irritating and even worse when its on your face.
    Have you ever tried to use vaseline as a night cream?

  4. At the moment I am using a sample of Esthederm Time Technology face cream that does work pretty well, otherwise it is Aven Anti Rougeurs, that I find quite good.
    I am tempted by the likes of CDLM and La Prairie, but just seeing the price tags makes me break in cold sweat.


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