Shu Uemura, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 2

“Your skin is very dry. May I?”

The shop assistant was brandishing a strange device in my direction. She gestured that she wanted to measure the level of moisture in my skin.

I know I have dry skin, and she seems really keen to do it, why not?

After the beep, she looked at the reading and then at me, very seriously.

“The moisture level of your skin is just 30%,” she announced grimly.

Uh oh. “I see. What’s the normal level?” I inquired tentatively.

“A minimum of 40% is considered normal.”

Yeah. Way off. No wonder my skin looks and feels awful. I decided then and there that I needed to do something about it pronto.

Enter, Shu Uemura’s Depsea Hydrability Alnight Quench Micro-Retexturizing SOS Moisture Essence. Whew, what a mouthful. And at ¥6,300 per mini 30ml bottle, just a bit exorbitant. As the French would say, so eloquently – ça coute la peau des fesses. (Everything just sounds better in French, don’t you think?)

But, it was just the TLC that my skin needed.

An overnight mask that gets absorbed into the skin while you get your beauty sleep (literally), it feels sticky on application, and can sometimes make the pillowcase adhere to your face (which is a con, but, if you sleep on your back you won’t have this problem obviously, but I just can’t do it.) I can live with that though, because it has changed my skin.

The first time I tried it I was rather dubious about it, but as I had free samples, I gave it a shot and haven’t looked back since.

I smoothed it on and went to bed.

When I woke up, it had all disappeared into my skin, leaving it soft and smooth and more plumped up and moisturised than it has ever been in my life.

This has become a staple of my nightly skincare routine and I really don’t know what I would do without it.

I will remain faithful to it forever, or, at least until something better comes along.

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