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Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I wish it was summer already.

I mean, it’s not like it would make that much of a difference to the weather in Glasgow, but I can at least dream of sunshine – right? The thing is, sunshine works wonders for my skin. What doesn’t work wonders for my skin is the central heating still needing to be switched on in April. My skin has struggled with this bitterly cold winter that seems like it’s never going to end, and I feel like I’ve tried everything under the sun.

Over the past few weeks, however, I’ve found some absolute gems that are stealing the show. Some are a little on the pricey side, but I’ve also found some complete and utter bargains that I am seriously impressed by. Hopefully, this lineup will be enough to see me through to the better weather – and some will definitely be staying in my stash through the summer, too.

Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 The Toners

It all started with the toners, and two in particular that I think have been making a very big difference to my skin. They’re pretty similar, both looking to glycolic acid as one of their key ingredients, but sit at different price points and I have been noticing a bit more of a difference with one.

First up we have the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Pads from Superdrug, which I picked up just before heading to Barcelona last month. These caught my eye as they seemed pretty similar to the Nip + Fab pads, but were a fraction of the price. They retail at £5.99 for a tub of 60, but in the six or so weeks that they’ve been on my radar I’ve never once seen them at full price. Like the majority of Superdrug’s own brand skincare, these are nearly always on some sort of offer, which is ideal.

I hate the smell of these, it’s not particularly unpleasant and is actually quite sweet, but for some reason, it just annoys me. These are gentle enough to avoid irritation but still pack a punch in turns of smoothing out my skin and making it look that little bit brighter. They do make my skin feel a little drier immediately after use, but as long as I use a moisturiser they do improve the appearance overall. It’s been great for reducing my stubborn dry patches and my makeup has been applying much smoother as a result.

As good as they are, I’ve been totally sucked in by the Pixi Glow Tonic instead. I’d heard brilliant things about it from so many people, bloggers and non-bloggers alike, but the price had been putting me off for a while. One Sunday, on a bit of a whim, I decided to take the plunge and used one of my ASOS A-List vouchers to pick it up for myself.

Hot damn, I can see why everyone raves about it. My skin has never looked this good. This little bottle is a miracle worker, and has not only helped improve the texture of my skin, but has reduced my breakouts and gives me super soft and glowy skin. I’ve had so many compliments on how my skin is looking after just a few weeks of using this, so I totally get it. Although it’s definitely on the pricier side, I think this bottle will last me a decent amount of time, and I’ll keep an eye out for ASOS discounts or stash my vouchers to stock up.

I’ll probably pick up a tub of the Superdrug pads for travelling as they are really handy, particularly at that price point, but I think I’m a Pixi convert now. Sorry, bank account.

Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Moisturisers

I couldn’t write a post about my dry skin saviours without mentioning some sort of moisturiser, and as luck would have it I have three to chat about. It’s a similar kind of situation to the toners, in that I have two very good moisturisers, but at wildly different price points. The other is a slightly random choice from the baby section, but more on that later…

Again, let’s start with the budget option, which is also from Superdrug. Their Vitamin E range has been on my radar for a while and I think I’ve actually had their Vitamin E Radiance Face Cream before as I remember having a similarly glittery experience with a moisturiser in the past.

That’s probably my one qualm with this moisturiser – it is god damn glittery. I mean, I probably should have guessed from the term “radiance” but I was so not prepared for how glittery it is. It’s not glaringly obvious on my face (I don’t think?) but my hands look like Edward Cullen on a trip to the beach. Not the biggest issue in the world, but a tad annoying nonetheless.

Otherwise, though, it’s a really decent moisturiser for the price. It works well and gives a serious boost of moisture to my skin leaving it feeling lovely and soft – albeit glowy. In a good way, though. I feel like I have one of those “healthy glows” that are typically reserved for pregnant people.

On the other end of the price spectrum, however, is the Glamglow Waterburst Moisturiser. £39 for a moisturiser is kind of obscene in my eyes, and it isn’t a product I would have considered buying without some serious testing first. I was very kindly sent a tub of this in a press package, so I’m finally getting the chance to try something from the highly coveted Glamglow brand.

Unfortunately, I love this moisturiser a lot. It’s got a lovely light gel-like consistency that sinks into the skin without feeling rich or sticky. I love gel moisturisers but it’s a struggle to find a formula that delivers enough moisture for when my skin is at its driest – but this one ticks that box for me. I mean, you’d hope so, for that price.


And finally, a quick shoutout to the Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser that I picked up in Boots after a recommendation from my boyfriend. When I’m stressed, I get quite bad eczema flare ups, and this fixed them after just a couple of days. It’s a fantastic all over body moisturiser that’s perfect for sensitive skin and – even better – only £3.99. Highly recommend if you have problem skin, it’s even cleared up my keratosis pilaris a fair bit too.

What’s your go-to skincare product for dry skin?

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