I’m always on the look-out for facial skincare products that won’t irritate my dry and sensitive skin, particularly those that can double-up as a light and nourishing night cream.
Darphin’s Hydraskin Essential All-Day Skin-Hydrating Emulsion is a product that I hadn’t previously tried and is part of the Darphin Hydraskin Collection. It is specifically formulated to suit dehydrated rather than sensitive skin-types, but containing ingredients such as soothing Butterfly Lavender and hydrating Glasswort, I just had to give it a go!
‘Darphin is a professional botanical Parisian skincare line based on a harmonious blend of plants and pure essential oils.’ — Pierre Darphin, 1960.
In 1958, the cosmetics industry as we know it was in its infancy. This was the year Pierre Darphin, a refined Parisian kinesiotherapist with a deep understanding of the science of skincare, beauty rituals and an intuitive sense of how women wanted to be pampered, created the Darphin Institute and skincare line.
His passion for research was matched by his instinct for what makes a woman feel cared for, even indulged, and he passed along these skills during intensive training with his aestheticians.
Darphin believed that beauty and well-being were inextricably linked, and in order to design the most effective and personalised treatment, beyond the external appearance of her skin, he analysed a woman's lifestyle and habits.
Darphin Hydraskin Collection
Ideal for all skin types experiencing lack of hydration, Hydraskin formulas quench and relieve parched, tight-feeling skin by replenishing and protecting vital moisture preserves. The collection includes Hydraskin Essential All-Day Skin-Hydrating Emulsion; Hydraskin LIGHT All-Day Skin-Hydrating Cream Gel; Hydraskin RICH All-Day Skin-Hydrating Cream; Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum.
Hydraskin Essential All-Day Skin-Hydrating Emulsion is a light emulsion designed to be applied twice daily – am & pm. At £32.00 for 50ml it’s quite expensive, but has a rich consistency so can be used sparingly.
The fragrance is mild, wonderfully uplifting and reminiscent of freshly cut grass. The emulsion absorbs quickly, and is non-greasy and non-irritating. It works well not only as a day cream but as a light and hydrating night cream, leaving the skin radiant and smooth.
My only criticism is that it does not have the same firming effect as many creams, but this problem is easily resolved by using with an appropriate serum.
Overall, I was so impressed by the mildness and effectiveness of this emulsion that it is going to be part of my regular skincare routine. Highly recommended!
What's New to Darphin?
- Hydraskin Discovery Set Hydration Expert Programme, RRP £26.00
- Intral Discovery Set Sensitive Skin Expert Programme, RRP £29.00