My Winter Skincare Essentials
Firstly, I must apologise. I relaunched this blog with the intention of blogging twice a week and yet, in January, I blogged a grand total of twice. I spent quite a bit of January travelling and therefore my blog was put on hold. Now I am back home and ready to focus on my blog!
Throughout the year I am constantly changing the products I use, and in the winter months my skin can really suffer. The long cold days can really take a toll on your skin and therefore it is important to use products that help to keep your skin hydrated.
It is very easy to forget about protecting your hands throughout the year, but I find it particularly important during the winter. Your hands are constantly exposed to the cold and the wind, and can become dry and chapped very quickly. They also age the quickest, therefore a hand cream is a must. I try and apply hand cream every day, after washing my hands and morning and night as a routine. My favourite at the moment is the Janjira Hand Cream £14 (currently half price!), which is enriched with Almond Oil and Shea Butter and is therefore very hydrating. It also has bergamot oil, ginger oil and lime oil, creating a beautifully fresh scent. It sinks in straight away and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.
Another handbag essential is lip balm. I suffer from sore lips year round, however in the summer months I use an SPF lip balm whereas in the winter months I use the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream £27. If you have yet to try this, you must. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the scent, however it doesn't take long to get used to. It is perfect to apply before bed, and is the only lip balm that helps to soothe my sore lips. It is also multifunctional - I quite often apply this to my cuticles whilst on the train to work!
Next, is a serum. My skin suffers the most in winter, so a concentrate is a great addition to my skincare routine. The Odylique Superfruit Concentrate £33 is an organic facial oil that contains rose hip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate. As you can see from the picture, the concentrate is orange, and it does in fact apply to your skin orange. As I use this in the evening I do not find this to be a problem, and once it sinks in there is very little residue left. The concentrate helps to boost moisture, renew cells and collagen, and most importantly keep your skin looking radiant - a must in winter!
Like most, I tend to neglect my body in the winter. My legs are rarely on show, same as my arms, and therefore I make less of an effort to keep them looking great - lazy, I know. I do however, ensure that I apply moisturiser after every bath or shower. It is good to use a rich moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated for longer. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter £6 is my favourite, although thick it sinks in nicely and has the most gorgeous scent. If you have not tried the Body Shop body butters then you are missing out!
Lastly, I like to switch up my eye cream. My go to winter eye cream is the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment £22.50, which I have actually just run out of!! This rich hydrating eye cream transforms into an oil like consistency when applied, and works to restore the natural moisture of the skin. I have really noticed a difference in the application of makeup when using this, my concealer seems to last much longer. You can read my full review here.
What are you winter saviours?
Please note this post contains PR samples, but as usual these are my honest opinions.