My skin has gone through its share of crises, and this last milestone birthday is no different. All of a sudden, in a matter of weeks, my normally very combination skin (oily T-zone, normal cheeks) went where it has never gone before: Dry.
Sure, experts say your skin gets drier as you get older. But my T-zone was getting oilier by the month in the last few years, so I thought “dry” was a word I’d never have to seek out when it came to skincare.
Now, of course, I’m scouring my beauty arsenal for anything to treat dry skin. Thank goodness we’re getting products all the time to test out. Here’s what I’ve tried:
Cle de Peau Beaute Synactif
The latest technology in luxury skincare goes after the skin’s own lymphatic system to detox the skin and combat aging. I slathered the Intensive Cream on during my 20-hour flight to India, and landed with clear, soft skin. And now that my skin has gotten dry, I’ve replaced my usual witch hazel toner with the Synactif Softening Lotion. It got rid of the dry flakes around my nose and mouth flake-free, and my pores, oddly enough, actually look smaller.
From left: Softening Lotion, Intensive Cream, Soap.
Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman.
Relastin Eye Silk
Our own Ask Audrey expert, Dr. Jessica Wu, is a big fan of this product,which I use before my regular eye cream. “Clinical data shows Relastin works to thicken the epidermis and restore skin elasticity,” says Dr. Wu. I love its matte, satiny feel, and anything that claims to reduce undereye bags, I’m going to try.
Relastin Eye Silk, $69, www.relastin.com.
Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Foundation SPF 18
Experts say you need a retinol at night, an antioxidant during the day. What I love about this foundation is its multitasking abilities — it provides really good coverage (it’s creamy, not runny) and smooths out all my spots and unevenness, while also giving me an extra dose of antioxidants for my skin. And the pump mechanism (you push down and a little dollop pops out) keeps everything contamination-free.
Sundari Rose & Lavendar Hydrating Mask
Sundari, which means “beautiful woman” in Sanskrit, is a skincare line based on Ayurvedic principles. I used to use this mask only on my cheeks, but now that my skin’s gone dry, I use it all over. Just once a week after exfoliating and it leaves my skin super soft and dewy.