There’s a lot I love about winter, the Christmas festivities, twinkling lights and being bundled up in gorgeous knits being a big part of that. But winter and my skin? The lack of sunshine and cold, moisture sucking weather is not skin-friendly. As the weather changes our skincare regimes have to adapt.
To ensure we bring the best out in our skin we have to appreciate what we have, how it responds to different conditions and nourish it with what it needs. Having problematic skin in my younger years helped me appreciate the benefits of a good skin regime, and one reason I want to share my winter saviours with you. These products are just so good and this post also gives me the opportunity to rave about them a bit.
So, here are the skin heroes that get me through the colder months.
Andalou’s Coconut Water Firming Cleanser 163ml
I’ve always believed in the power of coconuts, my mother comes from the South Pacific and has always included them in her beauty regime and diet. If you’ve ever seen my mum you’ll be interested in coconuts too. Her hair is super glossy and she barely has a wrinkle, absolutely no deep lines to speak of whatsoever.
Andalou’s Coconut Water Firming Cleanser with coconut water electrolytes is incredibly hydrating and why it’s great for parched winter skin. As well as gently lifting impurities away from my skin, this vitamin C rich product also leaves it looking and feeling firmer and plumper. Goodbye fine lines!
I keep it simple when it comes to toning, and simpler still when it comes to the ingredient list. Rose water is so refreshing, it minimises pores and hydrates the skin in just a spritz or two. I sometimes even use it as a primer for makeup. Because pure rose water doesn’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals it’s suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. It’s natural anti-bacterial and soothing properties also help to prevent outbreaks and calm angry patches.
Lots of health food shops sell pure rose water. Pukka’s Organic Rose Water 100ml is one trusted brand, simply spritz after cleansing!
Neal’s Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream 50g
Neal’s Yard products are jammed packed with amazing beauty ingredients and gorgeous aromas. One of my favourites is their Frankincense Nourishing Cream. In the nativity story frankincense and myrrh were gifted alongside gold because they were valuable commodities and they’re very much superstar beauty ingredients.
Both have been used in skincare for thousands of years for their rejuvenating properties and this rich cream contains both! The cream aids cellular turnover for fresher, brighter skin and leaves my skin feeling luxurious soft for hours, even when exposed to the elements.
Dr. Hauschka’s Night Serum 25ml
My grandmother is 91, and her skin is sensational. She maintains that the secret to her age defying looks in moisturising day and night. Whatever your beauty mantra, we all need extra help in the winter months.
Overheated rooms, contrasting freezing temperatures and late nights can dry our skin right out and leave it looking lacklustre. One of my favourite night treatments is Dr. Hauschka’s Night Serum.
Our skin does a lot of its repair work at night and this oil-free product, as well as nourishing the skin, allows it to breathe. Oxygen is so important, like all other organs our skin needs it and it has endless beautifying effects. Harnessing and perfecting this science Dr Hauschka’s Night Serum boosts the skin’s natural renewal and balancing process. For a glowing, dewy complexion in the morning I haven’t found a product to beat it. As an aside, their Rose Day Cream is incredible too.
I love makeup but I like to give it a break from time to time. The prospect of going makeup free in the winter months can seem like a big ask, but nutrient rich facial oils can transform your complexion, they really can. In fact, Alicia Keys’ makeup artist Dotti swears by them as an essential step in the star’s no makeup beauty regime to glowing, healthy skin.
With such a large variety of facial oils available there is a formula to suit everyone, even oily prone skin – I have combination skin so suffer from an oily t-zone and I love face oils.
I have a particular penchant for the Organic Rose and Neroli Day Facial Oil by Siskyn. It’s a substitute for moisturiser and though it sinks right in it also manages to give you a day long radiant glow. If you have dry or normal skin, it’s also light enough to wear under makeup, just give it 5 minutes to be absorbed a bit. It’s blended with seventeen organic botanical oils that provide multiple beauty benefits including collagen production, cell regeneration and skin firming. I can’t recommend it enough.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 15ml
My favourite eye cream is Magic Eye Rescue by Charlotte Tilbury.
Like most women who own their own business I’m always busy and this little pot of cream never fails to lift and soothe my tired eyes after a long day or a late night. It combines red algae, which incidentally isn’t just good for sushi. Rich in antioxidants and with amazing moisture retaining properties, this magic ingredient helps the skin to stay hydrated and improves its barrier function against environmental harms. Magic Eye Rescue also includes retinol to rejuvenate skin cells and saccharide isomerate to brighten and firm that delicate under eye skin, so no more papery bags. This really does leave me looking well rested, even when I haven’t been good to myself.
Arbonnes RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask 50 ml
When I’ve really put my skin through its paces I turn to Arbonnes RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask as my special skin treatment. This under-sung brand is a gem in skincare and the RE9 range shows off its botanical best with pineapple and papaya enzymes. One of the best things about this mask is that it gently removes dead skin cells, it’s not drying, and it gives me clearer, better textured skin. Every time I use it I see my pores visibly reduced. It always leaves my skin feeling velvety soft and my spirits high.
Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt 15ml
Boosting and maintaining hydration is a key theme through my winter skincare and this includes lips. The lips are super sensitive to the cold and one of the best balms I’ve come across is Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt, it’s brilliant. This organic oil (solid like a regular balm though easily melts) comes in a makeup bag sized pot ready to soothe, plump and repair chapped lips. It also remedies a myriad of other beauty ills, such as spit ends or dry cuticles. Those coconuts again!
When it comes to makeup we’re spoilt for choice. Too spoilt? Never, but what to pick? For a fresh, glowing complexion in winter I love moisturising BB creams for a daytime look.
The BB stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”. Designed to even out skin tone and offer light to medium coverage, BB creams give lighter coverage than a standard foundation but are thicker than a tinted moisturiser. They also deliver great hydration. I love their texture and they leave you with a gloriously dewy complexion.
I have a couple in my makeup bag but my favourite is Bobbi Browns BB Cream SPF 35. It contains light reflective pearls that brighten dull winter skin and it blurs the appearance of pores for a flawless, youthful appearance. As well as covering up a flaw or two, with long term use this product’s collagen boosting ingredients also minimise fine lines! If that wasn’t enough, it includes broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to ensure you stay looking your best. As a plus, Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream comes in a variety or shades, unfortunately many brands only stock a couple.
So those are my heroes. Cleansing toning and moisturising is key to healthier looking skin and it makes the application of make-up look even better. Exfoliating at least once a week to remove any dead skin cells and using a hydration treatment will also help improve your skin’s appearance and texture.
If you have any bug bears with your skin come the winter months comment below, I also offer a skin consultation and programme with a number of my makeup packages.