The really cold weather hasn’t yet hit us here in the UK yet but already my skin is feeling so dry. Understandably my recent jaw surgery hasn’t helped the situation, I’ve been stuck inside for the best part of four weeks and the heating really creates havoc with my skin. It feels tight and looks really dull but I’m not going to worry too much about this now I’m on the mend because I have some secret weapons up my sleeve to banish the dryness and give my skin the hydration it needs. I will share with you the products I will be using religiously for the next few months.
Using a thick moisturiser or rich cream during the Winter months really help to protect your skin. They create a barrier to shield against the cold and wind or even if you’re indoors and using heating. One cream I swear by for the face is the Weleda Skin food. It’s packed with healing plants and antioxidants, is suitable for even sensitive skin and is cruelty free plus its one of the most budget friendly products I own, I actually got mine in Waitrose. I’ve been using it every night as a moisturiser for the last week and my skin is loving it.
For my body I’m obsessed with Augustinas Bader The Body Cream. This amazing cream created by stem cell professor Augustinas Bader supports cell renewal to reduce signs of ageing and damage caused by environmental stressors. It’s thick and luxurious but has no scent at all, it’s fragrance free and feels like a good old cold cream when applying. I’ve been using it everyday after the bath or shower. The skin on my body is completely different from my face, I get very dry and itchy skin which is irritated by any fragrance or essential oils so I have to be careful when I’m choosing body products but my skin loves this one and is drinking it up. I will be very sad when the pot is finished because its not the cheapest product around but I’ll 100% be re-buying it.
Face masks are an essential part of your skincare routine. I recommend using one 2-3 times a week and alternating between a clay one which will draw out any impurities and a hydrating one to give your skin extra moisture. I know they can be time consuming but try and work out a way to fit them in. I will often pop one on whilst I have a bath as you’ll never leave it on longer than 10 minutes so it’s a great time saving way to do them.
I recently used the The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask from La Mer for an extra boost of hydration and was blown away by the results. It’s super hydrating and plumps the skin using micro fibre technology and their award winning miracle broth. It’s boujee but beautiful.
For a clay mask I love the Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask from Fresh. It’s rich in minerals that help to close pores and diminish oily skin without losing that glow plus it’s super affordable.
Serums are the workhorses when it comes to skincare. They work on a deeper level so anything you use will penetrate deeper into the skins surface to really give you the best results. During the colder months you want anything that says it’ll repair and hydrate. I absolutely love the Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Serum.
This serum is enriched with Vitamin B5 which is an essential nutrient that helps the skin to repair its natural barrier plus Hyaluronic Acid, a natural ingredient which absorbs water and holds onto it making it the number one choice for moisturization. It’s perfectly safe to use it alongside any Vitamin C product too so I use it every morning.
Tip 1 —
Make sure you exfoliate your skin before using a face mask. It ensures all the pores are unclogged and all the dead skin is removed so it works that much better. I promise you’ll thank me for it.
Tip 2 —
Consistency is key when it comes to skincare ( well anything really) so it’s important to use whichever product you use everyday. Skin takes around 2-3 months to really see the benefit of any new product so choose something that is right for your skin type and stick with it – All good things take time.
Are there any products you swear by for the winter months? I’m always on the look out for new brands so let me know in the comment section below.