Winter always wrecks my skin, leaving it dry, red, and surly. My hands get all shriveled and cracked, probably thanks (at least in part) to too many winters spent running around a farm without gloves.
My recent round of Retin A – I’m combating a wee patch of hyper-pigmentation and do not want to use hydroquinone – has tripled the surly. Even with a healthy dose of moisturizer and a blend of face oils, the dry patches won’t budge.
I received a sample of Buttermilk Moisturizer in an Ulta order, which ended up sitting in a basket with numerous other packets and sample vials. I’m on a Retin-A break for a few weeks, as it caused dry eye, and decided to test drive some of the bits in my samples basket, starting with this moisturizer.
I love it. Absolutely love it. It is very hydrating, hasn’t upset my sensitive eyelids, and cooperates with my combination skin beautifully. My skin feels velvety, without a trace of shine. My only complaint is that it isn’t paraben free. I will be placing an order when my sample runs out (at Nordstrom, so as to use Ebates ;)).
Mario Badescu is one of the cult lines I never really got around to experimenting with. Most of the products seem simple and solid, without puffed up novelty ingredients or ridiculous price tags. * I’m definitely curious now.
* Many popular actives in prestige lines are inexpensive:
- You can buy DMAE, caffeine, vitamin C, manuka honey, and hyaluronic acid powders to add to your favorite creams for much less than the luxury products.** Just make sure that you research the company selling the actives, the solubility of the actives, and the recommended concentration of the powders before you experiment. Wrong turns can make the products ineffective or irritating.
- Potent retinoid (2%) and glycolic acid products (30%) are easily found for under $30.