Last week I reviewed some Eucerin body products which you can read about here. This week it’s all about Eucerin facial products, I mentioned in my previous Eucerin post that this season has been tough on my skin not only has my body been extremely dry and flaring up but so has my face and it can be very frustrating having eczema rashes on your face and not being able to wear makeup to cover it up as it only makes matters worse.
I get eczema flare ups on my eyelids and around my eyes which gets very itchy and tends to burn a lot and often becomes raw. I also get flare ups on and around my lips which also hurts and itches a lot and sometimes my lips swell up like balloons.
I have been using two Eucerin face care products which have helped a lot with the tightness and dryness of my face, the Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream and the Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE Moisturising Cream.
Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream
The Replenishing Face Cream is a daily cream that is suited for very dry and tight facial skin, it contain 5% urea with lactate, it gently moisturises and replenishes the natural moisturisers Urea and Lactate. It is fragrance-free and can be used under makeup. Like the body products the face cream is formulated to minimise the risk of irritation and allergies.
The cream comes in a 50ml tube, only a pea size is needed for the entire face and neck area as it is thin and easily spreadable and also absorbs quickly and effortlessly leaving my skin feeling hydrated and soft. I use it every morning after cleansing.
I love the light feel of the cream making it absorb easily and it provides instant hydration. It also reduces the tightness in my face leaving it feeling smooth and supple. My skin feels hydrated and moisturised throughout the day therefore less flare-ups and it also soothes and hydrates existing flare-ups.
The effect of Urea: the skin feels tight and dry due to insufficient urea in the skin, so there’s a loss of moisture. When urea is added it binds moisture into the skin and replenishes.
Impaired skin barrier can lead to higher risk of allergies to everyday household products. The reduced skin barrier function can be the result of:
- Low levels of natural moisturising factors, which binds moisture in the skin like Urea.
- A lack of lipids, essential for a stable barrier function, which also protects from moisture loss.
- Atopic Eczema, this can be related to an abnormal skins fatty acid metabolism.
The skin barrier function can be affected by many internal and external factors:
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal influences
- Biological skin ageing
- Medical conditions such as: atopic eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, ichthyosis
I think for me it is a combination of the above mentioned factors.
- Heat, cold, humidity.
- UV-induced skin ageing.
- Too frequent washing.
- Insufficient fluid intake.
- Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, dialysis.
Insufficient fluid intake and the cold has played a huge role in my compromised skin barrier and flare-ups.
The Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream retails for R199.99 for a 50ml tube.
Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE Rich Moisturising Cream
I like to alternate between this and the Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream. I use the AQUAporin active rich moisturising cream when my skin does not feel extremely dry and dehydrated.
I have reviewed this product before you can find out more here. This cream definitely hydrates my skin but I feel like the Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream lasts longer and it is lighter on my skin and offers me much more hydration especially during flare-ups.
The Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE Rich Moisturising Cream retails for R214.99 for a 50ml tub.
If you suffer with dry and tight feeling skin during winter what are your go-to products that keeps your skin feeling hydrated and silky soft? I would love to know☺