Quick Dry Skin Fixes

January 3, 2018

Best Dry Skin Fixes | The Beauty Look Book

If you’ve been experiencing extra dry skin since winter arrived I have a roundup of skincare I’ve tried in search for some quick fixes. There are hits and misses for me and I hope this might help you find something to try for instant relief. I’ve suddenly had a renewed obsession with trying all kinds of face mists (full dedicated post on that soon). I’ve also finally tried a few beauty oils that have cult status – oils are always tricky for me as I have sensitive skin and some can cause an allergic reaction on my skin.

Face Oils

Face oils are great for instant relief of dry skin but I prefer to wear them on weekends or evenings when I don’t have a lot of makeup on. There are so many beauty oils on the market that I want to try but they tend to make me a bit nervous because I have sensitive skin. I finally tried a couple of Rodin face oils. The Jasmin and Neroli Oil is the original classic version which is the richest out of the two that I tried but too heavy in finish and fragrance for my skin type and preference. Geranium and Orange Blossom was better suited for my skin with a slightly lighter feel to it and beautiful scent. There’s also a Lavender version for calming which I have yet to test. These oils are very expensive running at $170 for 1 fl oz, but they also have a smaller version of .5 fl oz for $89. If you’re unsure of splurging this much on an oil and don’t have a counter near you to try, there is a Couture Kit which is a sampler for $60. I just ordered it and am in the process of trying each item. Let me know if you want a more detailed review.

Darphin has some amazing body oils so I ordered the holiday Essential Elixir Set for the face. The holiday version came with four miniatures of the 8 Flower Nectar Oil, Jasmine Aromatic Care, Chamomile Aromatic Care and Tangerine Aromatic Care. These are miniature oils which I think are the perfect size for sampling. I’ve only had a chance to sample them for three weeks but Tangerine and Chamomile feel the best on my skin, 8 Flower Nectar is the most aromatic and emollient, Jasmine has the most pleasant smell for a jasmine-based oil (usually it’s way too strong). My favorite is Tangerine. Their holiday set is now sold out, but you can find another one with different options here.

Bottom line, I still like my Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, Kate Somerville Dilo Oil, L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil best. I have also had the Sisley Black Rose Oil on my wishlist as it’s the best oil I’ve tried. I’m waiting for a good gift with purchase to purchase it. For the most sensitive skin days the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream works better compared to oils for me.

Face Mists

I’ve always liked face mists but had a renewed love for them this year. The best ones I tried were the Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, the Sublimage La Brume and Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. All three have enough moisture but aren’t heavy. They also have really well designed mist dispensers so your face doesn’t get drenched or splotchy. They dispense a really fine mist! L’Occitane’s Immortelle Precious Mist has always been an affordable favorite, I stopped by the store back in November and discovered they actually have other options! I bought all of them in the Reine Blanche Illuminating Mist, Peony Perfecting Mist and the Shea Butter Comfort Mist. My favorites are Immortelle and Reine Blanche and I definitely want to try more of the brightening line now!

A sad miss for me was the Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol spray. I really love all things Aesop but this was disappointing. The spritzer didn’t dispense a fine mist and it left my face feeling covered with a thick somewhat sticky feel. It felt hydrating but not in a good way. The best thing is the scent but for the face the formula didn’t work out for me. A quick look at the ingredients shows that this one has the bad kind of alcohol too.

I’ve been testing quite a few – a comprehensive roundup to follow once I’ve finished the testing process. A sneak peek is that I’ll be including Chanel, REN, L’Occitane, La Mer, Omorovicza, Saturday Skin, SK-II to name a few – if there are any others you want me to try or thin I should add let me know in the comments!

Body Oils and Hand Creams

I love a good body oil and unfortunately my favorite from Nuxe is no longer carried in the US. I received a gorgeous gift of the the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil over the holiday and it’s amazing! It’s way better than the Dry Oil Spray I tried earlier this year (perhaps the only thing I do not like from Tom Ford). If you love the Soleil Blanc scent like I do this is the perfect layering oil to use with the perfume. It’s hydrating, non greasy after a few minutes (you have to give it a little time to absorb) and the smell is to die for!

I already mentioned my love for the Chanel La Creme Main for the best velvety hand cream in my best of 2017 post. Other favorites include the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream. Kiehl’s is always a classic as well, my husband swears by the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and I love the scented ones, right now they’re still available in this limited-edition Disney x Kiehl’s Hand Cream Trio. I didn’t have them to shoot for the post as everything is packed up in boxes again and we are house hunting this week.

Lip Treatments

This year I’ve really loved the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Balms and Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade (review and swatches of Pink, Coral, Lilac and Berry here). I’m so excited there are tons of new shades this year including holographic ones. Review to follow soon. The By Terry Baume de Rose in the pot and tube have both been in constant rotation. Later in the year I decided to splurge on the Sisley Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm. It’s more expensive than the By Terry but really really good! If you don’t like the rose scent or want something that isn’t quite as thick, the Sisley is a one well worth the splurge that I’ve found very hydrating and smooth on the lips.

What are your dry skin fixes? Any tips on beauty oils or favorite face mists you want to share?

Press samples include the Rodin Oils, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil.

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  • teadivamuse January 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

    La Neige sleeping (lip) mask is fantastic. Stays on all night and you can feel it on your lips in the morning yet it is a very melting texture.

  • Anna January 3, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! Winter has been brutal on my skin, I’m definitely going to check out some of those products. Btw I’ve found sheet masks are really helpful in the winter as well; that intense burst of hydration really helps my skin! Bite beauty’s lip mask is also the best. πŸ™‚

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Yes!! Bite is such a great one, I need to restock on these πŸ™‚

  • Shilpa Shetty January 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I have super oily skin, but during winters it tend to be flaky and dry always,..But this winter to my surprise my skin remained oily, actually it has turned super oily.. I’m guessing it may be due to my pregnancy, I’m in my third trimester, few more days to welcome my little bundle of joy,.. Even though my skin is oily, I have dry lips issue as usual πŸ™ I’m trying IT cosmetics Lipbalm,..

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      I think pregnancy can turn all skin types upside down!

  • Duffi McDermott January 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I would love a full review of the Rodin Couture. I’m not a fan of jasmine scents so it would be interesting to try others.

    PS You’re house hunting again?

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Will review the others, so far the Orange is the best one, wish it came in a body oil. Lavender is also nice for the body but I don’t think the bottles have droppers πŸ™

      Yes house hunting again but we finally found a place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nic January 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    The only oil my skin will tolerate is argan. My best tip for any oil is the water and oil sandwich and press into skin!

  • Suzanna January 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I use face oils all the time, including the Rodin Olio Lusso (jasmine version) which works wonderfully on my skin. I also use Sunday Riley Juno and the discontinued Artemis, plus REN O12 Moisture Defense which was my first oil. And the list continues! One of the very best is Sponge Ladi Avokanto, which I think is discontinued. I wish you hadn’t brought up the Sisley. I have the Black Rose cream and a love it, alternating with the La Mer soft cream for winter.

    Also, now I want the Soleil Blanc oil. I have the original issue of this oil, but I love the scent so much that now I feel I have to get this year’s version as well.

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I just tried the Black Rose Oil again at the counter, it’s going to be a must!

      • Suzanna January 5, 2018 at 9:37 pm

        Oh, dear. I should probably focus on getting that. I love the cream. Florida is tough on the skin and hair. So humid, but skin and hair are all dried out. By the way, Rita Hazan Triple Threat has solved a LOT of issues that I was trying to resolve with hair oils. Really tamps down the frizz, at the moment. Worth checking out for sure.

      • Trudi January 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

        I use both the Black Rose Oil and the Cream. They are the very, very best and perform the very best, IMHO of course.

  • fgirl January 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Bite’s lip mask is my favorite for dry lips. I am trying Herbivore’s Phoenix oil for my face. I really like it, but still feel the need for more moisture in some dry patches. I tried Dr. Jart’s tiger balm, which is nice, but didn’t get rid of the dry patches, but neither did EA’s 8 hour repair, so I’m still searching.

  • Kari Weaver January 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing your facial mist review and, though not super high end, I would love to see you include the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist. I have not tried it yet, but keep eyeing it up and would appreciate your insight.

    For lips, I have been using Skinfix Lip Repair Balm and have been incredibly impressed by how well it works. I love the Sunday Riley oils and the Clarins Blue Orchid face anti-aging oil when I am really parched.

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Sure, will see if I can add it, have you tried any of the other Pixi mists?

      • Kari Weaver January 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

        No, I haven’t tried any of their mists, but have been loving the Pixi Rose Caviar Essence to help with hydration. I moved from a warm/humid climate to a dry/cold climate about 5 months ago and have been doing a complete overhaul of all my skincare. I am pretty sure a good mist is the thing to invest in next, but am trying to figure out what would be best and (somewhat) cost effective given that it will probably receive heavy use.

  • Nemo Saint Claire January 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I love Aveda Botanical Agent as a facial mist, & Burt’s Bees body oil. I’ve tried all the pricey ones, but Aveda & BBs are the best & the most healthy.

  • Amanda Jimenez January 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I love the jasmine garden botanical facial mist from May Lindstrom. My all time favorite facial oil was the progenius omega treatment oil from nude skincare but ever since they left sephora I can’t find it anymore. I’ve been looking for a replacement. Another amazing find was the youth facial serum from root science but my bf hates the smell of it lol. Its super organic though!

  • Laura @laurantaina January 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite face mist is the Josh Rosebrook one as the mister is so fine and it has a natural, very calm vanilla scent. But really, I’m not a huge fan of misters. I’m still researching if using a mist can promote trans-epidermal water loss. If I mist my face I quickly top it with an oil or a cream. As I’m very dry, I like to use a facial oil day and night layered with a balm or a cream. Those L’occitane face mists sound tempting though!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

  • Rebecca ZH January 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Aesop hand cream is my HG – I have three of those tubes. One in my bag, one on my desk and one on my night stand. ADDICTED. It also smells amazing.

  • Marina January 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Sabrina! Happy New Year!
    I have tried Caudalie Beauty Elixir (mist), but didn’t really understand it. I love all Caudalie products, but this one didn’t really excite me. I wonder if you can include it into your next review of mists. As I live in Australia, I use a lot of moisturizers as well a lot of products with SPF.
    Thank you

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Happy New Year! I have tried the Caudaie Beauty Elixir and found it too heavy/rich for my skin. It is indeed quite amazing as a relaxing spa-like spray but much too heavy for my skin type.

  • Anne Capitant January 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    That First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is my savior! I love how it actually sinks in to my skin and doesn’t leave the greasy residue of every other moisturizer I’ve tried. It’s also good for travel as it’s an all-in-one face & body moisturizer for me.

    For lips, I really like the Bite Beauty Lip Mask (which I use overnight) for when my lips get really dry.

    I’m currently not one for body oils or face mists as my skin has gotten so sensitive thanks to medication, but I used to love the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater for summer as I don’t tend to find sprays moisturizing, but I do find them refreshing. Oil-wise, I used to love the L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil.

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Ahhhh yes, the Bite Beauty Lip Mask is amazing!

  • Mariya January 4, 2018 at 6:47 am

    The only lip balm that has ever worked for me is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – it’s amazing, smells incredible and, most of all, is affordable.
    x Mariya

  • Yolennie January 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

    For the face, I absolutely love the Drunk Elephant marula oil, one trick I’ve used is to mix my hydrating serum with the oil in my palms, and apply to the skin. I find it absorbs better, and much lighter in consistency. For the body, I’m obsessed with the too cool for school mousse oil, has the most interesting texture and delightful scent!

  • Frankly Flawless January 4, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Great post. I love face oils and i;m getting more into body lotions and the sort – it makes me feel good as well as taking care of my skin too x

  • Alison January 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    For winter, I like layering. And I am a natural/organic person with mature, dry skin. I mist with Heritage glycerine and rose water, apply a hylayuronic topical, cover with a Vapour Organic serum oil, and then top with a 100% pure coconut cream. After that settles, I apply organic mineral based sunscreen. If I am going outside in the cold and need barrier protection, I mix the coconut cream with pure lanolin. For lip balm, I like the Bite Beauty balm in my purse. At home and the office, I have various balms on hand. I also like doing skin brightening in the winter as inevitably one gets less sun. So am currently using the Tatcha or a PTR retinoid at night. They are not as “healthy” as my other products, but it’s a good time of year to get those benefits. Also in cold climates, keep a glass pan with water and a few drops of essential oil on heating sources. Don’t use metal! And drink lots of warm water with lemon.

    • BeautyLookBook January 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Great tips! Sounds like you’re a total mix master πŸ™‚

  • Lovely Planner January 5, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Would love to see a comparison/review of different essences, like SK-II, Tatcha, Missha, etc.