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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Winter Skincare Edit

Winter is entering full swing here in the North of England thanks to Storm Desmond (seriously, have you seen Lancashire and Cumbria!?) so, in an effort to keep my skin looking human as opposed to reptilian, I've been making a few skincare switch-ups! It's a common misconception that oily skin by definition can't be dehydrated - let me tell you, that is not true! Oily skin definitely needs hydration just as much as any other skin-type, and my skin seems very prone to dehydration even in the oiliest areas on my forehead and nose, which can lead to dull, flaky areas. Lovely.
Winter Skincare Edit
Working in care, my hands are one of the first areas to feel the change in the weather; they literally just start to flake and crack, becoming really dry and sore. I keep a tube of handcream in my pocket while I'm on work and usually reapply about every half an hour - that's how dry my hands are! Two of my favourites are those from Neal's Yard Remedies, and The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector which I reviewed here. My lips are also prone to getting quite dry and chapped as soon as the weather cools down and the wind picks up; I always carry a lip balm and use it frequently on the go, but I've been using Dr Lipp's Original Nipple Balm For Lips at bedtime and in the morning, and I've found it works so well to heal any cracked areas almost overnight. I also find my eczema starts to play up through the colder months, which I've been trying to pre-empt by slapping on body butter at every given opportunity; I adore the scent of the Chocomania body butter but I can't actually find it online at the moment, I'm hoping it hasn't been discontinued! However, the whole body butter range at The Body Shop is pretty fab, I always stock up in the sales.

I love Origins's Drink Up™ Intensive Mask all year round - read my full review here - but in the winter time I step it up a notch, using it every other night rather than just once or twice per week. I can really see the difference this makes to my skin; I wake up looking a lot brighter and fresher-faced than I otherwise do. It certainly doesn't hurt that this smells gorgeous, too! I also love introducing oils into my skincare routine in the colder months; even with my oily skin, I find they work really well for me, and certainly don't make me any oilier. I've been using this tiny sample bottle of Trilogy's Rosehip Oil which is sadly all but gone now, alternating with a more purse-friendly facial oil from the Boots Botanics range which I also love - see my review here. I generally pop an oil on under my moisturiser at bedtime, and have actually been mixing a couple of drops into my L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation as I've found it helps it sit much more nicely on my skin! Finally, another product from The Body Shop; I recently rediscovered their Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil (review here) amongst my stash and have been loving this at bedtime to give my nails a little treat. I do think this is expensive for what it is (£7.50 for 1.8ml!!!) but if you see it on offer I'd recommend picking it up.

What are your skincare must-haves as the weather gets colder? Do any of these products have a place in your routine? I'd love to hear about any essentials you crack out to beat the winter skin blues!!

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  1. Chocomania is discontinued :'(

    1. Oh no! Good job I've got a few in stock then. Why do they keep discontinuing my favourites!? :( xo

  2. What a lovely post! I always enjoy reading your posts :)
    -Morgan x

  3. Dr Lipp is one of my Holy Grail products and I am never without a tube x

  4. The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is the only thing that works for me this time of year, my hands get soooo dry! Love the Origins mask too :) so hydrating xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  5. Ahhh Dr Lipps Balm! really want to try that out! may need to give in and go get it!


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