Winter Skin Favourites

When your skin is as temperamental as mine even a slight change in temperature can mean an increase in both spots and flaky patches. This year, it’s all been a bit much for my beloved Clarins’ Lotus oil so I’ve had to search for alternative skin saviours. This might be a bit lengthy but stick with it!

My skin has become rather sensitised – glycolic acid is decidedly not my friend – so I’ve decided to try to simplify things. I’ve been using the Pai skincare kit for sensitive skin and really like the cleanser and toner (review coming soon) but I’ve also been turning to coconut oil as a cleanser in the evening. So many people have written about its virtues that I won’t go on about it but suffice to say there aren’t many any products that are as good at both cleansing skin and making roast potatoes crunchy.

As much as I love coconut, I prefer argan for moisturising. Neal’s Yard Organic Argan Oil is lovely – it feels light on the skin but is really good at getting rid of dry patches without irritating any sore bits. There’s a great post here from A Model Recommends on the women’s co-operative that Neal’s Yard work with to produce the oil, but suffice to say it’s fairtrade, ethically sourced, and organic. I also love the Neal’s Yard indigo glass packaging, which protects the products and stops them being damaged by the light.

For an extra blanket of moisture I’ve been using Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer. I’m not entirely on board with all of its claims, such as being able to ‘diminish the visible signs of stress’, but it is a good basic moisturiser that hasn’t caused any problems, seems to reduce redness, and feels like a nice extra layer between my skin and the elements. To be honest I might not have bought it if I hadn’t come across it in Duty Free, but I’m glad I have it for chilly days.

My favourite item of the bunch is probably the Pai Perfect Balance Serum with Copaiba and Zinc. As some of you may know, my skin is fairly blemish-prone and it’s unusual for me to not have one or two painful spots at any given time. Most blemish products are too harsh for me to use, but this gem is brilliant. It’s gentle enough to use every night but is still effective when it comes to clearing up my skin. I’ve been using it for two weeks and there are definite improvements. It smells a tiny bit funky and it’s a little spendy but it’s 100% worth it.

Finally, a couple of non-face bits. My lips tend to get really flaky in the winter, partly due to my tendency to bite them when concentrating, so this lip scrub from Lush is a bit of a must-have for me. The main ingredients are sugar and jojoba oil and you just whack some on your lips, rub it around to let the sugar get rid of the flakes, and lick wipe it off. I like the mint julips version (see what they did there?) as it isn’t nearly as sweet as most of the others. I usually follow that up with a good smear of Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm, which is one of the thickest and most nourishing balms I’ve found.

I still love my L’Occitane shea butter hand cream but it can be a bit thick for during the day, so I’ve been using Hand Chemistry for the past month and I love it. The scent is a bit too much like hair conditioner for my liking, but it’s both soothing and smoothing and you can still feel the effects after lots of hand washes. It’s designed to be anti-aging, targeting ‘8 signs of hand aging simultaneously’ (could you name 8? I couldn’t), but I just think it’s a lovely cream for dried out hands.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Argan Oil, £17.50 here.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, £29.50 here.
Pai Perfect Balance Blemish Serum, £42 here.
Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub, £5.50 here.
Hand Chemistry hand cream, £18.99 (eek) here.

What skin care favourites  do you turn to when  cold weather strikes?

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