Saturday, 25 January 2014

Winter Skin Favourites and Saviours // Mini Reviews

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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, d├ęcolletage 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! 
S xx

27 comments:

  1. Loved reading about all the different products you have tried. A good moisturiser is a must.

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    1. It really does make a difference when you go without one doesn't it?!

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  2. I am hearing such good things about HealGel, I'm thinking I'm going to have to try it!! I really wanted to try Hydraluron until I got Nanoblur, I was really disappointed with that and now I'm scared I won't like Hydraluron either haha.

    Jess xo

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  3. I have the nuxe dry oil stashed away - you've reminded me to dig it out!
    Sophie
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    1. YES, use it! I like putting it on BEFORE a shower - Hello waxy beads :D

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  4. I really want to try Hydraluron!

    I started using the Heal Gel moisturiser this week and I'm loving it so far!

    Great picks


    Kimberley x

    Www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hyaluron is definitely worth every penny - It makes such a difference when used before your serum/moisturiser :D

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  5. Some great products it seems, I really want to try Hydraluron! I also wanna pick up the Nuxe Reve De Miel lipbalm as the winter months really ruin my lips, such a pain since I love wearing bright lipsticks!

    www.hello-freckles.com

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    1. You will love it! Its often on offer in Boots, I tend to stock up then! Love that lip balm, but do find it clings to dry bits :(

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  6. So many great winter skin saviours in your roundup! I love Hydraluron & the Caudalie body butter sounds amazing
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  7. My skin feels dry and flaky too. I'm looking into some of these products now. x

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  8. I am not using any of these at the moment but they all sound perfect for keeping the skin soft and moisturised during winter and those supplements sound really interesting - I take Omega 3 but without the added vitamins - so may give these a go after I have finished mine. Thanks so much for sharing

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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    1. Ohh Omega 3 is the main one isn't it really? I was taking Omega, alongside vitamins so it made more sense to get them all in one box rather than 5 seperate tubs of the stuff haha x

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  9. Of that lovely list, I've only used HealGel and think it is fab x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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  10. The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil is one of my favourite dry oils, although it's been lurking at the bottom of my drawer for quite a while. I should dig it out and start using it again.. I've very curious about the HealGel.

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  11. Loved reading this, I love how honest you are in your reviews. i've never heard of healgel but I've seen it popping up on blogs recently.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
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    1. Oh thank you, that means a lot, I do try! I know what its like reading blogs, wanting stuff, and then finding out its rubbish, I'd hate to do that!! xx

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  12. The skin around my eyes always gets so dry in the winter! I think it's a combination of the heating/cold weather plus makeup. Looks like I'll be needing to invest in some of these

    Natalie | Just a Thought

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    1. Oh me too actually! Perhaps I should've included some moisturiser for eyes here, but then I need that ALL year round :(

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  13. Great favorites!! :)

    Kisses
    http://notebookofclaire.blogspot.gr/

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  14. I've only tried the Nuxe dry oil spray before but oh my god, it's amazing! I will have to try out some of your other saviours :D

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper | An Undomestic Goddess

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    1. Isn't it just amazing? Out of everything, go for Hyaluron!! :D

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  15. I'm such a huge fan of HealGel Face and the NUXE Huile Prodigeuse! The oil smells so damn good doesn't it? I need to try that Caudalie Body Butter though xx

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    1. Give it a go, its worth it as a treat every once in a while! x

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  16. HealGel have got my full attention now too. At first, I wasn't too sure if I wanted to try something that I knew so little about - especially as it's going on my face! - but after reading so many reviews (power of blogs!), I decided that I'd quite like to try it! I'm really liking HealGel Face and now i'm wondering why it took me so long xxx

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    1. They're a pretty good brand too? I really like how consistent the packaging is too, even if it is a little boring!

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