FIRMING CREAMS FOR EXTREMELY DRY SKIN
Given its rich texture, we assume that a firming cream would pack a hefty moisture punch. That’s not always true. You need a cream that goes the extra mile. These do the job.
How to look out for one that also moisturises well.
To start with, pick a formula that’s rich enough for your skin. Some brands offer different textures of their firming cream to suit different moisture needs and preferences. Chanel’s Le Lift, for instance, comes in three variants ranging from fine to rich. Similarly, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar comes in a Cream or more lightweight Sheer form. If your skin is constantly or severely parched, opt for the thickest texture.
Ingredients count too. Look for ones that are highly moisturising or which have moisture-retention and skin-plumping benefits. Collagen, for instance, is a known humectant that’s included in firming and lifting creams, while ceramides are meant to repair the skin barrier so your skin can better lock in moisture. And while brands sometimes draw on exotic or rare ingredients, the intended effects are similar.
1 4 2 3 1 Chanel Le Lift Creme Riche has the thick, enveloping feel of a balm. It is made to strengthen the skin barrier and boost collagen production – both crucial in keeping skin supple and moist. $226 2 Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-rich Moisturizer is full of minerals to help skin stay hydrated, plus ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids to mimic the skin’s own moisturising function. $110 3 The rich, buttery La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream improves the skin barrier so it can retain moisture, and restore its density and plumpness. $740-$1,325 4 Clarins Extrafirming Jour and Nuit creams use oat and shea butter, known moisturising agents, and an extract from a Madagascan plant called the leaf of life, said to boot up the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid. The range offers five textures. $138-$142