My skin is always on the dry, sensitive side, but in winter it goes to the extreme. As the temperature drops outside and the central heating goes on inside, my skin starts screaming at me (metaphorically): it’s dry, flaky, and patchy…not a good look. So, during the winter months I have to be extra careful about my skincare routine. I thought I’d share with you some tips and some of the products which help get me, and my skin, through the colder seasons.
There are a few things which are essential in winter when your skin is chapped, dry and sensitive. Number one?
Naked Scrub Up
Exfoliating is especially important in winter to keep dry, flaky skin at bay. A good scrub will also get rid of the remains of your summer tan (or fake tan) by gently removing dead skin cells and smoothing out uneven dry patches, especially on knees, elbows and feet. I love Naked Scrub Up for a once a week all-over body treatment in the shower. Made with Dead Sea salts and sea mineral extracts, this scrub smells lovely and refreshing, like fresh sea air, and exfoliates gently, the salt granules melting into your skin, while leaving it super soft and moisturised afterwards due to nourishing sweet almond oil. It contains 97% natural ingredients and is £6.99 for a substantial 450g pot.
Since adopting a more ‘natural’ beauty routine I’ve avoided sulphate containing shower gels as the chemicals can irritate and dry your skin. But in winter it’s even more important to choose a hydrating and moisturising body wash. I am in love with this Burt’s Bees creation. The smell transports me to summer holidays by the beach with its subtle coconut and milky aroma. Plus its creamy, nourishing forumula is just blissful to use, leaving me with lovely soft skin after rinsing. It doesn’t foam quite as much as regular shower gels due to the lack of sulphates and also the rich shea butter, so I recommend using a pouff or sponge to apply. Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Body Wash is £9.99 at Boots. A small price to pay to bring that summer holiday feeling into my shower every morning.
I have just started using Gentle Cleanse 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser by Green People after trying a number of natural cleansing products recently and I have to say this one has quickly become one of my favourites. It’s fantastic! The texture of the cleanser is in between a cream and a balm – very rich and soft. You apply on dry skin all over the face including the eyes and it is fantastic at removing every trace of makeup without irritating or stinging the delicate eye area. I use a muslin cloth to remove although any kind of flannel or damp cotton wool would work too.
Gentle Cleanse by Green People contains 93.77% certified organic ingredients, making it one of the purest, most natural cleansers out there. It is rich in a variety of oils (palm, sunflower, olive, hemp, jojoba) and contains chamomile, aloe vera and marshmallow, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, great for reducing redness, treating spots and calming skin.
I’m so glad to have found this just in time for winter as I really need something soothing and nourishing that won’t strip my skin of any of its natural oils. The price is very reasonable too at £15.50 for 200ml. I will be repurchasing for sure.
Sitting inside with central heating on all day can leave your face feeling dry and dehydrated. For an on-the-go solution I am really liking Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir – a gentle burst of refreshing herbal-scented water. Containing orange blossom water, mint and essential oils this has a lovely natural scent which refreshes the mind as well as giving a hydrating spritz of cool scented water to your face to reviven you after a long day in the office. I particularly like to use this after going to the gym to cool and refresh my face after showering. And it can be sprayed over your makeup without worrying about smudging, so would be great for a quick spritz after work before heading out for the evening this party season. The 30ml Beauty Elixir is perfect for keeping in your bag and costs just £9.35 from Feel Unique. Or you can buy it in 100ml size from John Lewis for £32.
I use emu oil on my face all year round, but appreciate it even more during the winter. It contains all the essential Omega oils which are part of our skin’s own makeup, making it the perfect moisturiser and it’s non-comedogenic so doesn’t feel heavy or clog pores. I buy mine from Gagnon Therpies (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7224 2332.) You can read more about emu oil here.
While emu oil is an absolutely fantastic moisturiser, for some reason I still had a couple of stubborn dry patches on my face over the past few weeks and needed something super duper intensive to combat them. In these cases a balm formula is usually what’s required as balms will not only moisturise, but will take longer to absorb thus acting as a barrier to the elements too.
After trying a few different things with limited success I reached for Liz Earle’s Superbalm which I hadn’t yet tried. I applied it in the evening generously on the driest patches on my face (around my nose and mouth) on top of my emu oil. The next morning my skin was perfectly smooth – I couldn’t believe it. I’ve now been using this daily in the evenings and during the day if I feel I need a top up . I really hadn’t expected it to be so good to be honest but I have to say it really is a miracle worker. Superbalm is £15.00 for a 30ml jar which I think is pretty reasonable as it’s so concentrated you don’t need much so will last ages.
There are a couple of body moisturisers that are keeping my dry skin at bay at the moment. One is Myroo Skincare’s Shea and Coconut Body Butter – ideal as a night treatment or for extra dry areas like elbows and knees. This unscented body butter is 100% natural and handmade, made with organic shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil. It’s really nourishing and I love the texture – like a whipped mousse which melts into your skin like an oil. Available from the Myroo website for £13.00.
The other product which has been a lifesaver recently is Metique’s Tea Tree Hand and Body Lotion. I hadn’t heard of this range before being sent a sample to try but have found it to be an amazing product. The hero ingredient (as suggested by the name) is tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic. It also contains Vitamin E to moisturise. In texture this is a light lotion which I find ideal for using in the mornings as it absorbs really quickly. It smells sort of medicinal (due to the tea tree) which at first I wasn’t sure about but have gotten used to; the scent doesn’t linger on your skin anyway so it’s not a problem if you don’t particularly like it. I find this really hydrates my skin all day long and has particularly helped smooth the backs of my upper arms, which tend to get especially dry and irritated in winter. At £10.49 it won’t break the bank either. Read more on the Metique website.
I hope this has helped give some inspiration on how to cope with dry skin in the winter months. If you have any more tips or product recommendations, please let me know!