Lessons in beauty with Dorothy Gale and Eucerin
I have been on the hunt for a good moisturiser for awhile now and you’d think it would be easy with choices we have in 2011, but it’s not. I have oily, redness prone skin and now that I’m 40 I want a bit of anti-ageing and at least SPF 15 thrown in too. I have no desire to look 18 again, I just want to look good for my age and not like a battered leather handbag. As much as I love my Avene anti-redness skincare it only has an SPF 10 and doesn’t have any anti-ageing elements.
I’ve tried Biotherm and that was a complete disaster, and more recently I bought Yes to Blueberries skincare and that was a total bust too. One of the main reasons I didn’t get on with both brands is the texture of the face creams. Over the last ten years I’ve noticed that facial moisturisers for oily/combination skin have taken on a creamy gel like formulation which I really hate. These just sit on my skin and make it feel sticky.
With regards to anti-ageing everything is all about serums – again something I really hate. These may feel good on some dryer complexions but not when you have greasy skin and larger than life pores. If I had 50p for everytime a skincare consultant has tried to peddle me an anti-ageing serum I could have afforded a face lift by now.
Last week I decided to head back to Boots for their 3 for 2 skincare offer to see if I could find something. My friend Zoe really likes La Roche-Posay for her redness prone oily skin and I nearly bought something from the range until I tried the sample at the display. The moisturiser I was going to buy had the same creamy gel texture that I loathe. I was about to give up and I turned the corner and on the shelf sat Eucerin, a brand I’ve seen but didn’t know much about. The packaging looked familiar though and it turns out that Eucerin is part of Beiersdorf who also make Nivea and La Prairie skincare. I have used Nivea Q10 Plus light day cream before and I really liked it except for the fact that it’s in a pot and I don’t like dipping my finger in to get it out. As Eucerin is for sensitive skin I had a look through the selection of moisturisers and found something that ticked all of my boxes – Q10 Active Anti-Wrinkle Light Texture Day Cream for Normal to Combination Skin with SPF 15.
The texture of this day cream is fantastically light, doesn’t have a weird smell and makes a great base for makeup. I’ve only been using it for a few days so I can’t make any comments about the anti-ageing aspect of it but I love the way it feels on my face so we are off to a good start. So where does Dorothy come in to all of this? When Glinda, the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy she always had the ability to go home, but she had to learn it for herself Dorothy exclaimed:
‘If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.’ So basically instead of searching the globe for some magical wondercream, it was there all along on the shelf at Boots here in Nottingham.
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