I love winter. Love it. I love the cold weather, the rainy mornings, the scarves and coats and knit hats. I love breathing out big clouds of steam and I love warming my icicle hands around a hot coffee. I’m a fat little snowball and winter is my favourite time of year, hands down.
But! I don’t love everything about winter. I don’t love getting permanent ruddy cheeks. I don’t love hot and tight skin after a day spent in hot dry air-conditioning. Glowing pink cheeks are adorable on small children and 1950s Christmas cards, not so much on an adult woman trying to maintain a little shred of dignity while wrapped up in a huge fluffy black scarf.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream is a recent addition to Jurlique’s Calendula line, promising a reduction in cherry cheeks for folks with sensitive or sensitised skin. Calendula and chamomile extracts soothe irritated skin and reduce redness, while avocado, rosehip, evening primrose and macadamia oils hydrate and help to reinforce my skin’s natural protective acid mantle. It’s a dense banana yellow cream that helps to take the sting out of air conditioning and the bite out of chilly wind, and I’m 100% all about facing this winter without looking like a flushed chubby tomato.
There is definitely an art to applying this moisturiser: straight from the tube it’s very dense and stiff, and is an absolute chore to apply. Thick, greasy and heavy, no thanks! The trick is to squeeze out a generous dollop of moisturiser and warm it between my fingertips before applying it to my face and neck, starting at the high (and dry) points of my face and working downwards in small circles. Having warm damp skin also helps Calendula Redness Rescue moisturising cream to travel further and absorb quicker.
There’s something a little odd about this moisturiser. Not bad, mind you, but odd. A chief complaint with most oil/butter-based moisturisers is that they form a slighty greasy film on one’s face, but Calendula Redness Rescue moisturising cream is the complete opposite: once applied, it feels bone dry. Like, desert floor dry. I know my skin is superficially hydrated because it looks plump and feels moist to the touch, but my skin simultaneously feels so incredibly, incredibly dry. It’s bizarre. I’m sure that this would be negated by using the complimentary Calendula Redness Rescue serum and face mist to tamp down that dry sensation, but the merit of a moisturiser should be how effective and comfortable it is by itself, not how it works when bolstered by optional extras.
I quite like Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturiser, don’t get me wrong: I’ve been wearing it as a night cream for six or so weeks and I’ll take sleeping in a dry feeling moisturiser over a greasy oil slick any day of the week, but it would be excellent if that dry feeling was tweaked back a little to a more comfortable and soft finish.
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