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.

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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

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