So hard that Alex and I keep dabbling with the Botox conversation. Most recently, “If you do it, I’m definitely doing it”. We’ve both been suffering from tired, dry, dull skin, the odd spot, lines feeling more pronounced (eeeek!). I’ve had the added insult of sore, red patches – with a spot of eczema thrown in for good measure. So that was nice.
So we took a two-pronged attack. Alex, in her own words, “spent a small fortune on products”. I stripped it right back to basics. I swapped the (expensive) cleanser I had been trying for my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, La Roche Posay eye cream for stupidly sensitive skin and – wait for it – Sudacrem on the red patches. (This bargainous beauty tip comes courtesy of my friend, Dominque, who is Beauty Editor at The Telegraph, ergo knows her beauty onions. She swears by the stuff. Says she sometimes slathers it all over her face like a mask. So now you know.)
Things improved – marginally.
AND THEN salvation arrived. Neom’s Perfect Night’s Sleep Face Oil. It’s packed with all manner of goodness (omega, antioxidants, vitamins, rosehip oil..) and it smells glorious (their Tranquility fragrance – so this clever little oil helps you sleep better, too). I jest not: two drops of this oil on my face every night and my skin is, genuinely, transformed. Softer, smoother, nourished, red patches and irritations gone. (Even after a late night and a couple of drinks. Ahem.) It launches on 5th February here and it’s a total skin game-changer. Get your hands on this little bottle of gold.
By day, I’m using Avene’s Skin Recovery Cream (and a sunscreen!) and, if I feel the need, a serum (this one is good). I’ve also added this toner (I know. Old skool.) into my routine, which is not remotely astringent and leaves me skin feeling soft and clear, not tight. (It’s unisex, so could you persuade him to buy it and borrow it? Also looks good in the bathroom.) So far, so good. I may not have the skin of my 23-year-old self, but it’s a heck of a lot better than it was at the beginning of January.
Alex says her wonder product is REN’s glycolic mask (as recommended by you lovely lot on Insta). Slap it on for 10 minutes, experience what Alex calls “a tingle – and it really does seem to help”. She also swapped her cleanser for one from REN. (I agree that the whole ‘massage on and wash off with cloth and warm water’ seems to help buff skin and whisk away dead cells.)
Our Winter Skin Hit List…
1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £14.50; 2. La Roche-Posay Toleraine Eye Cream, £15; 3. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, £36; 4. Logic Toner by Triumph & Disaster £26; 5. Avene Skin Recovery Cream, £16.50; 6. Neom Perfect Night’s Sleep Face Oil, £42