Upping Your Winter Skincare Game
Beauty wise, nothing’s more unattractive than dry, cracked skin, frizzy hair and chapped lips. It’s time to indulge in some super creamy, nourishing skin and hair care. Here are my current faves to help you survive the cold weather.
Feel like your skin gets super dry and flaky during the winter? Join the club! Thankfully, the Sanctuary Warming Microbrasion Polish is a low cost option for gentle exfoliation to brighten dull dry skin. I use this quite regularly, about three times a week, as it’s a gentle facial scrub that warms when it comes into contact with water, so perfect on those chilly mornings. It is called ‘microbrasion’ but it’s not, it’s just a nice gentle exfoliator that leaves your skin more radiant and free from dry flakes.
Your hair needs just as much special attention as your face does during the winter. The new Batiste Instant Conditioner contains conditioning oil and keratin to really zap those dry ends or smooth down any frizz. What’s cool about this is that it comes out in fine mist that you spray over dry hair to give your hair an instant hydration boost.
As the winter wind gets stronger and dryer, our skin gets really dehydrated. Get an intense moisture boost to scaly shins by applying Benecos body lotion every day. The body lotion comes in a few scents but orange and sea buckthorn is my favourite. It’s a great lotion as it’s organic, cheap, has good packaging and is great for sensitive skin. It also helps to balance your skin’s moisture level and protect you from flaking.
The entire area around my nose is always so red during the cold weather or if I have a cold or the flu. I have been using this product for about 3 weeks and this little bottle of wonder is a life saver. I have used other green based products in the past. They were all too strong and made me look like a seasick Martian. This is subtle to tone and conceal the redness, it won’t cover blemishes or black circles like full coverage concealer, but for covering redness and not burning or stinging sore skin, it’s awesome.
Kalme Chameleon Concealer has SPF20 and contains ingredients to help calm and conceal redness, reduce sensitivity, protect from UV damage and improve moisture levels. This would be amazing for a winter break or ski holiday. A principle ingredient is a patented caper extract called Derma Sensitive, which has been proven in clinical trials to reduce skin redness and sensitivity by up to 70%.
I have been using the Pixi Beauty Nourishing Cleansing Balm during winter for 2 years now. It starts off much thicker than the Emma Hardie balm cleanser. But it melts into a gorgeous oil which dissolves all of your makeup. It removes thick mascara and liquid lipstick. It’s perfect for dry and dehydrated skin and contains sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. If you are having a very bad attack of dry skin apply this in the same way you would apply Vaseline. You can use around your nose if you have a cold, so it’s an amazing multipurpose product.
For years, vaseline was all I used to put on chapped dry lips, nose and basically anywhere else. Then, after finding out it was a petrochemical product I stopped using it. While I do love Dr Paw Paw to use instead, sometimes you just want something handy and small you can sling in your bag.
Dr. Bronner’s organic lip balms are based on organic bees wax. They provide a protective barrier to the elements with jojoba, avocado and hemp oils for extra moisturisation. The balms are free of petrochemical modified ingredients. It’s a very soothing and softening balm that never stings even if your skin is raw.