Perhaps its the constant temperature changes from the freezing outdoors, overheated hospital I work in and car heaters. Maybe its the rubbish comfort food I tend to turn to, and the almost-hibernation state I adopt over winter, but my skin really suffers when the weather turns cold, and I need to turn up the ranks a few notches to keep me looking, well, just alive really. Here are a few products I've relied on over the last few frosty months to keep my skin half decent.
I've been mulling over skin supplements for a long time since reading Caroline Hirons post on the matter a while back, and although I topped up on a bunch of fish oils and vitamins, but I just forget to take them all. Recently, I've been taking Oqibo Skin Supplements,* and being packaged together in a blister pack, they're much easier to keep on top of. They're full of Omega 3 and flax oil, a ton of vitamins (C, B's, D and E) and a bunch of other goodies. I've definitely not been taking them long enough to see any difference, so look out for a full review over the next month or so. I've also been gorging on fresh vegetable juices and Wheatgrass - Come on skin!
Working from the outside though, I've been turning to Caudalie Body Butter, infused with grape and shea butters, to combat the dry and itchy skin I seem to suffer with every single winter. Every so often I love indulging in a higher quality body cream, and Caudalies natural ingredients are a good place to do just that - This body butter is rich, smells divine whilst subtle, and most importantly, stops my legs from itching - They've proved to me that its not just Beauty Elixir they're good at.
When I'm looking for a super quick fix though, I still turn to Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, it dries instantly and leaves skin with a subtle healthy shine. Its nowhere near as nourishing as body butters, and doesn't really sort out sandpaper knees, but its worth every penny for the spritz-and-go lazy girl factors!
Hydraluron is an obvious addition, and I'm not sure how I could be without this moisture boost these days. No matter what serum/moisturiser combo I'm using, hydraluron always comes first. A firm favourite, I top up on this whenever its on offer in Boots, (I've never paid full price for it)!
My moisturiser of choice recently is HealGel Face.* Its pumped full of even more hyaluronic acid, for rehydration and lots of repairing omega 3 oils, alongside other ingredients with a view to boost collagen and soothe the skin. I usually turn to heavier creams as the harsh weather takes its effect on my skin - But this light formula manages to plump and moisturise without the time spent waiting and the shin. Basically, it just does exactly as it says on the tube, and the HealGel experts have seriously got my full attention now.
Theres no way I was going to leave out my holy grail product, Pevonia Propolis Oil. I'm almost out of this bottle, and the price of a new one brings tears to my eyes, but its worth every single penny. This oil hydrates, reduces redness and irritation (including spots), promoting a nicer tone, and is just the nicest facial product I've ever used, honestly.
If you're a lover of Liquid Gold, you absolutely need to try Radical's Exfoliating Pads,* which, soaked in ingredients inclusive of scar-busting glycolic and salycilic acid as well as witch hazel, have the same, if not better, instant radiating and decongesting effect as Liquid Gold, but without that god awful stench. They actually smell quite pleasant, and one pad is enough to cover my face, décolletage and the backs of my hands. Yes, they're expensive at £65, but if you don't mind forking that out for at least 3 months supply (60 pads - I use them once or twice a week) of supposed angel-tears, go right ahead, and let me know how you get on!
Not so much a skincare product, but definitely used at the end of my morning routine to prime for make up application, Clinique Superprimer Colour Correct 'Redness' Primer has been helping out to temporarily combat redness. I must admit I hated the texture of this when I first started using it, and if you have dry skin its a definite no-no (it clings) I've worked out how to use it to my benefit though, and I just have to thoroughly moisturise beforehand. Don't expect miracles as it really doesn't wipe out redness, but every little helps!
So there we have it - I'd love to know if you're using any of these products at the moment, and if there are any other 'must-haves' you might recommend?
Bring on Spring - Quick!