Skyn Iceland's The Antidote Daily Moisturizer Might Be Perfect
It is entirely too difficult to keep up with the varying climate shifts that happen over the course of the day, let alone the year. The heating in my apartment has finally been instated by way of “radiator” and “free standing hot pipe wrapped in twine by the previous tenant.” These work in tangent to bring the temperature of the various rooms in my apartment to an eccentric 75 degrees completely devoid of moisture. My skin has taken notice.
Up until this year, I have switched between two facial moisturizers. A light gel in the Summer and a lactic acid based unguent in the Winter. In this seasonal purgatory, one leaves my skin wanting, and the other is too heavy. In this Goldilocks-type dilemma, neither are just right. I found Skyn Iceland’s The Antidote ($45) during a desperation-induced blackout in Birchbox two months ago. I have been using it ever since.
I have never been to Iceland, my ownself, but I once met someone from there. He described its landscape as “mostly devoid of trees,” but filled with “lava beaches” and “glaciers.” “They film a lot of movies set on other planets there,” he mused. This is exactly the kind of environment I would like my skincare to pull resources inspiration from. Even the name itself is optimal! “The Antidote” correctly hints at the amount of healing abilities it has.
This moisturizer has a thick consistency that is dispensed from a pump. It serves hearty dollops that form stiff peaks in your palm. Two pumps are enough to cover my entire face. The first thing you’ll notice is that it gives your face a cooling sensation. If your nose is sensitive to peppermint smells, you’re in luck. The mintiness is felt more than it is smelled—if that makes sense. (Imagine a snowman blowing in your face.) This is supposed to increase circulation and calm inflammation. My rosacea reels.
It also contains white willow bark, which is like an all natural form of salicylic acid. This helps calm breakouts. I have the kind of skin that is constantly plagued with low-grade acne, and I believe this lotion stops them from graduating to “mid-tier.”
The best part about this cream is that it leaves my skin with just enough moisture. It has fatty acids, aloe vera, and jojoba oil. I once read that jojoba oil is most similar to the sebum our faces produce. Neat! I can put it on in the morning without feeling greasy or shiny afterward. It calms and softens my dry patches. My barber rested the side of his palm on my face to trim my sideburns and commented that my skin was softer than usual. This is the only metric of skin hydration I could ever want or need.