I know what you’re thinking, ‘Winter?! Is this woman crazy? It’s practically spring! There’s Easter eggs in the shops and I’m don’t even need to wear my scarf anymore.’ Yes, alright smart-arse. That’s why I’m here to recommend some products that will rescue the sensitive, dry skin that winter has left us with and get us feeling all prepped and ready to head in in to spring.
Cold spells have played havoc with my skin and for the first time in, well, forever the skin on the face has felt dry and rough, as well as the skin on my body. Pretty sexy, I know.
Here are five products I use and would recommend for anyone who has felt the full effects of cold winds and cranked up central heating.
When my skin is feeling particularly dry or sensitive I want to use products that are gentle and aren’t going to irritate my dry patches. (FYI for some reason I have developed a dry jawline and cheeks but my T-zone is still wonderfully oily. Yay.) This Superdrug serum is both soothing and hydrating and I never worry it is going aggravate my skin. It’s my go-to safe option when I want to pare back my skincare routing. It contains wonder ingredient Hyaluronic acid for £3.99 you really can’t go wrong. They also do a day version which I’ve mentioned before (even Sali Hughes is a fan) but if I’m honest I’m not sure there’s a difference so I’ll happily pick up either again.
Nope I still can’t get on with that name. Does it make anyone else slightly cringe?
I am not one of those lip balm fiends who is constantly applying every 10 minutes but in the colder months my lips do get more chapped than usual and require some balmage (according to spellchecker that is not a word but I’m going with it).
I love this one as its non-sticky but thick enough to feel like it’s actually doing something. I like the mint scent because it tastes like mint choc chip ice cream (DO NOT EAT) and makes you feel all pouty (v. important). Having said this I haven’t actually tried any others so can’t definitively say it’s THE best. I just like mint alright?
Oh look we getting all fancy up in here. Yes I did receive this in an work goody bag (read my full disclaimer here) and it is probably the priciest skincare product I own so I can’t say I’m going to rush out and stock up as soon as this finished. I’ve been guilty and I have been trying to eek it out to savour it rather than just use it consistently like I should.
I’m not usually one for thick moisturisers and creams, I’m more of a hydrating serum kind of gal but the cold weather got my skin crying out for it. I like slathering this on during a no makeup, not leaving the house, kind of day so it has time to sink in and leave me hydrated without just piling my foundation on top of it. It’s a day cream but I don’t know why you couldn’t use it for night. And it’s good helps reduce the appearance or fine lines and wrinkles too. Anyone got 80 quid I can borrow?
Egyptian Magic is a brand I was introduced to through work and I, quite frankly, can’t get enough.
Egyptian Magic is an all natural multi-purpose balm with just six ingredients that can be used for just about anything. Personally I use this on areas that are particularly dry such as my elbows and heels, my legs after shaving but some people use it as a day moisturiser, hydrating face mask, even hair conditioner.
It has a massive cult following and celebrity fans including Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz. I mean, if this is going to help me look like them then why wouldn’t I slather it all over?
I’ve got to be careful what body lotions I use because anything too fragranced can leave my very dry and itchy. I know, this whole blog post has made me sound like one big skin shedding snake but it’s thanks to products like these I no longer am. I’ve always enjoyed the Garnier body lotions over others because the formula is light and less thick and viscous than other lotions around the same price. I feel like I get a god amount and a good ‘spread’ (I’m sure that’s not the correct terminology) compared to others and don’t have to use all your might just to squeeze enough out the bottle to cover the upper quarter of your thigh. This is perfect for my legs which get very dry after coming out the hot shower in to the cold bathroom, and then back to the warm central heating. I would definitely recommend if you also suffer from dry itchy leg skin at this time of year. You ssssnake.
So there we have it, 5 products which have SAVED my dry winter skin. Which have you used?