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I noticed that on February 1st, some people were saying that Spring has arrived but whilst we are seeing some buds appear on plants, we are still well and truly in Winter, which the frosty lawns and roads confirm! Today I want to share some of the products that are in heavy rotation on my dry skin at the moment and (touch wood) my skin isn't suffering too badly, in terms of flakiness and inflammation. Anything that was kindly sent to me (without any obligation to post) has been marked with a *
Alpha-H Limited Edition Balancing Cleanser Rose*: I am using this as my morning cleanser and love how calming it is. It contains Rose Damask Flower Oil, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and is soothing (ideal if you have dry, irritated skin). It also contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, both of which are nourishing and calming. It is suitable for all skin types and can be used to remove makeup in a gentle way, however my preference is for a morning cleanse. It has a creamy texture and is non-foaming so I don't need to worry about it stripping my skin. The overall result is soft, clean and comfortable skin. Available from Marks & Spencer UK/Ireland.
Omorovicza Omoressence: This is not just a winter essential but if you have dry or dehydrated skin, this will act as your best friend! After cleansing, toning and using a hydrating mist, I pat a few drops of this essence into my skin and leave it to absorb for a few minutes before proceeding with the rest of my skincare routine. It instantly soothes, calms and plumps the skin. It also helps to improve the elasticity of the skin while supporting the skin's barrier function. This banishes flaky patches that used to appear on my forehead and is an overall winning product for dry or dehydrated skin
Oskia Renaissance Mask: It'll be no surprise to regular readers that this mask is included in this post because I love how it gently, yet effectively, exfoliates the skin leaving it looking radiant. It also feels smooth and soft, banishing any dry patches yet doesn't feel at all harsh on the skin. Once weekly is perfect for winter skin. I've repurchased it consistently for around 4/5 years now!
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte WaterFacial: I posted a full review of this mask here. I know that there have been some mixed reviews but for those with dry skin, it's important to use it as a final step after your complete skincare routine, rather than in place of moisturiser. This mask really hydrates and plumps my skin, makes it look well rested and it also soothes irritated skin. A must have for me!
Sunday Riley Juno: Another product that I have repurchased numerous times. This is not only a nourishing oil but it also gives an instant glow, which looks natural and healthy rather than fake. It contains a blend of cold pressed oils (blackberry, cranberry, grape and blueberry among others), which are high in omegas and Vitamins A and E. This leaves my skin feeling really supple.
Dermalogica Defense Booster*: This is a brilliant little product, especially for irritated skin as it reinforces the skin's natural barrier but it also calms irritation. It can be used alone or mixed with moisturiser, depending on your skin's needs. If you have dry, irritated skin and only buy one product from this post, make it this!
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream*: I received this moisturiser before Christmas and it honestly couldn't have come at a better time because my skin was feeling quite parched and irritated. Within a few days of use, my skin was feeling supple, bouncy and soft and I was even asking people to touch my face to feel how soft it was! It is comprised of ceramides and oils, yet doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It is definitely in my top three moisturisers of all time.
L'Occitane The Petit Remedy*: I love a multi-purpose product and this particular one is brilliant because this mini size is perfect for popping int my handbag. It's comprised of shea butter, almond and olive oil and some essential oils. It's a semi-sold balm that transforms into an oil when applied. It can be used on the lips, cuticles, dry elbows, hands, nails, body and face (although I can't use shea butter on my face). It can also be used to tame split ends. It's the perfect product to take on holiday as it can be used in so many ways, yet doesn't take up very much room in hand luggage.
What are your winter essentials? I'd love to hear!
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