Thursday, 19 November 2009

My Winter Skin Essentials.

So as the winter months have crept up on us (alot more rapidly than i had wished) it's time to crack out the products that save our skin. (well, mine anyway)

Hands

One of the first & most vital for me is a good quality hand cream, I tend to get extremely dry hands, mainly around the thumb and forefinger (i inherit this from my dad, who's hands actually split during the winter..yowch) luckily, mine aren't that bad, because i take care of them. :)
My favourite hand cream is Handy Gurugu by Lush. I have tried plenty, nivea, neutrogina, palmers, e45 cream...almost all the "boots & superdrug" brands, but this is by far my favourite.
It's got a really thick creamy consistency, yet soaks into the skin really quickly. The smell is gorgeous too & it's not a bad price.

The other thing i think you need for your hands, is an oil or butter cuticle cream.
I use Lemony Flutter by Lush, which i also like to put on very very dry patches on my hands for a quick fix. I also love this product & use it religiously & you don't need that much. I was also told by the girl in Lush that you can use it on very dry, chapped lips..something i hadn't thought about. It's a great item, and i would definitely say it's a winter essential if you suffer dry hands/cuticles like me.

There is also the "Deep Treatment" method. Before bed, slather your hands in a rich, moisturising cream, pop on some cotton gloves and when you wake up it's like your hands are re-juvinated. :) I would suggest doing this once a week, or if you have MEGA dry hands, as much as needed, it wouldn't hurt to do it more often.

Feet

I'm really fussy about my feet being soft. I feel like it suffocates me if i have dry feet.
I use a pummice stone on the bottom's of my feet in the bath at least 3 times a week to get rid of any dry skin. I then like to use a foot treatment before bed (avec cotton socks).
My favourite is one by Soap & Glory called "Foot Mask". I have done a review of this product HERE.

You can also invest in something like a ped egg for easy foot exfoliation..i don't own one, but i own something similar.

Body

There's a few items i always bring out in the winter.
The first is the Body Shop's Body Butter's. I find that these are very rich in shea butter and cocoa butter and do a fab job of moisturising the skin. Review can be found HERE

The second, which i used alot last winter, were the Lush Massage Bars. My favourite being "Heavanilli". These can be rubbed straight onto the skin, or rubbed between the hands then rubbed into the skin, just like a normal moisturiser.

[From Top Left Clockwise: Each Peach & two's a pair, Sexy Boy (Xmas LE), Strawberry Feels Forever & Heavenilli]

Another thing my mum swears by, are oils, rubbed directly onto the skin, she always nags me to oil my skin, and in winter espescially.

I also think it's really important to exfoliate a bit more in the winter, i know i have to.
So i'd get yourself some exfoliating gloves & a good body scrub.
My favourite scrub is "Sugar Crush" by Soap & Glory.


Lips

My lips have been really bad recently, and so i've been applying lip balm religiously.
My favourites are Burts Bee's, Nivea Intense repair lip cream & carmex. I am never anywhere without either of these with me.

I know that alot of people also like to use vaseline, but i tend not to, as it doesn't actually hydrate the skin, it just makes a geasy barrier, keeping moisture in, not injecting any, great for those who don't really suffer that bad with chapped lips, but i don't find it does anything for me.

Other

I also suggest a good night cream, which is alot more moisturising than normal, even if you suffer from oily skin, it's still really important to stay hydrated.

Drink Lots -This is probabaly just standard, but in winter it's a little more important to get your 8 pints in the day because your skin needs to be alot more hydrated to prevent you looking so pale and gaunt :) It's also Good if you suffer dark circles or find it harder waking up in the morning. Drink a pint before bed, and a pint when you when you wake up.

Hot water bottles - It's not really a skin essential..just a winter essential because they are cute. :)

Moisturising Baths - You can buy so many bath bombs and bath melts that moisturise your skin as you bathe. My favourite at the moment is Lush's Star Melts (review here) & the butterball bath ballistic is also very moisturising.

I will be doing a seperate blog post on my current winter skincare regime, but i hope you enjoyed a little insight into the things im currently using everywhere else.

What are your winter essentials? Anything i'm missing out on?


30 comments:

  1. Love this post! I suffer in winter too, so I now have some new ideas for products to try :). xo

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  2. Great idea for a post! Thanks for recommending using oils for dry skin. Your exfoliating gloves are so cute! :) xx

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  3. Awww lovely! Glad you're back to posting again :) I need to stock up on some winter essentials, thanks for your advice! ♥

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  4. totally agree with you about Sugar Crust Body Scrub, its my absolute favorite! & any body butter from the body shop is amazing!

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  5. This is such a brilliant post Zoe, definitely one of my favourites from you - and you have some good'uns! I have currently been in hunt of various reviews and recommendations for products/treatments for dry skin sufferers like myself, and this has definitely hit the nail on the head :) Thank you very very much! Keep up the amazing work, you really do change and influence people's perspectives in such a positive way :) xx

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  6. @Lucy - Awee, im glad you liked it & i helped you in some way lovely :) xx

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  7. Excellent post, as ever :) I love that S&P foot mask, you've inspired me to use mind tonight :)

    Miss you Zozo xxx

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  8. Great read! My face usually gets really dry in the winter and the moment I noticed it starting up this year, I decided to act upon it asap & I started using Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask a couple of times a week and I haven't had a dry spot since! so i'd recommend that for anyone who has dry skin on their face. :)

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  9. Thanks for those useful tips, I was searching a good hand cream 'cause mine get as red as crawfish (sexy,right?) in the winter ^^

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  10. Those are some great Lush products! I'll have to check them out sometime :) Thanks for the recommendations! xx

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  11. I really want to try those Lush products...
    I love the Body Shop's Body Butters too - they smell so lovely.

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  12. Thanks for updating us. I also have to renew some products and have given me great ideas. For example, body butter from The Body Shop is impressive. I have to "Satsuma" and is very good as well, smell great, mmm ... And the hand cream from Lush and I had in mind, but now you convinced me! Good post.
    KiSSeS!!!

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  13. Lemony flutter is amazing as a lip balm! it is all i use now for my lips! You should also try Oatifix face mask if you have dry skin. it has oats and bananas in it and smells delicious!!!!!

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  14. Soap & Glory products are the bomb! And as for Body Shop Body Butter's - I could slather (is that a word? i feel like it's a word) in them all day long. x

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  15. love this post! i really like to see what other people use as the seasons pass

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  16. The entire Burt's Bees range is my winter essential! I always have a lip balm within reach as my lips get so dry with central heating. I love The Body Shop body butters too. I'm definitely going to try some oils!

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  17. Fab blog as ever great to know that my favourites are yours i love lush its dangerously good !!

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  18. thanks for the tips and the reviews! good to know:) i wash my hands a lot so i have to constantly apply lotion. i've always wanted to try a lush product for the hands. perhaps i'll try with the one u suggested above. i also love using l'occitane's shea handcream. love, love how it absorbs and leaves u with a non-greasy feel:D unfortunately, i don't buy it often coz of the price...wowsers! i love soap and glory, too! i'll have to try the foot mask. great post!
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  19. I was addcited to Burts Bees lipbalm few MONTHS! Love the stuff, and its sooo affordable!x

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  21. burts bees lipbalm is alot of peoples favorite !i remember when it first came out and people just could not get enough of it! i really like this product because it has that refreshing minty feel to it which makes you believe its really working!lol
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  22. Hello :)

    I absolutely love soap and glory products and I watched your video, the one when you commented on the sugar crush exfoliating body product so... I went and bought it!

    And oh my god it smells so good! So thanks for introducing me to it

    Olivia

    xxx

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