For the last 30 days, I’ve been trying out a new serum in an attempt to rehydrate the skin more. The lucky product was a serum from La Roche Posay, which is a French brand that is very popular here in Norway. It’s called Hydraphase Intense Serum. It’s containing thermal mountain spring water and hyaluronic acid, it says. So, how was it?
It kind of makes the skin smoother right away after being applied, but that’s it. The skin is as dehydrated the following evening as it was the morning before application. In addition, I lost the bottle to the ground once, and the mechanism went out of function. It’s not very robust, though.
On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give it a 4, mostly because of the pleasant odour.
Recently, I was at a skin therapy session downtown, and the session inspired me to write more about skin types and skin conditions. The skin therapist analyzed my skin, and told me I had normal to oily skin regarding skin type, but that my skin condition (which is not constant), was quite dehydrated. People often mixed the terms dry and dehydrated skin, but they are quite different. Whereas a dry skin is lacking oil/fat, dehydrated skin is lacking moisture (water).
We went over and analyzed my daily skin therapy routine, and discussed what to be optimized.
Here’s what I used before the skin session:
- Moisturizer, I tend to use two different types, one purely water-based and one that is richer if I feel my skin is dry or tired
- Peeling (acid-based) approximately once weekly
What was suggested to optimize the routine:
- Cleanser (mild)
- Moisturizing serum
- Moisturizer – strictly water-based
- Peeling (acid-based) 1-2 times weekly
- Hydrating masks once in a while
I got a tester of a serum they recommended from Elisabeth Arden Pro (Age defyingserum). It was nice and gave the skin more moisture, but it contained lactic acid and a retinoid conjugate, and a few other irritating ingredients, which is not so suit able for my sensitive skin. My skin got redder and a little irritated. I therefore decided to purchase another serum later, I just have to do some research first.