So, how about that arctic chill hanging over Vancouver? A couple minutes outside is enough to sting noses and cheeks before skin subsides into complete numbness. I've been relying heavily on the moisturizing MVPs from this post, but I also added a new player to the roster. Meet the Linacare Transforming Face Cream ($58 at BeautyMark), aka the best thing to have happened to my skincare routine since I started using makeup cleansing wipes.
Eczema and sensitive skin sufferers might already be familiar with this cult brand. Vancouver-based Linacare was founded in 1991 by Dr. Henry Fung, who wanted a moisturizer for patients with chronic skin irritation resulting from internal and kidney ailments. The formula had to be non-allergenic, non-greasy, quick-absorbing, and long-lasting. Finding none, he created his own.
The hypoallergenic, unscented formula is ideal for my skin at the moment, which shows signs of dryness but is more blemish-prone than usual. Its texture is rich yet non-greasy, so just a little bit goes a long way. In the mornings, I smooth a thin veil of it over my face before CC cream and concealer. At night, I apply a slightly thicker layer over a serum. And in the last two weeks, there has been a noticeable difference: My skin is softer and more even-toned, with a porcelain lit-from-within glow right when I wake up. Plus, the cream doesn't seem to have aggravated current blemishes or caused new ones.
I've been applying the cream with a very light touch so that it enhances the moisturizing benefits of my current CC cream and serum without clogging pores. But if you're worried about it being too rich, a lighter formula is also available.