Welcome back to my blog! So, it is supposed to be spring in a few weeks time but it doesn’t feel like it with the unexpected snowfall we have had in England. I love the snow (I am a February child after all) however, I don’t really love what it does to my skin. I thought now would be a great time to show you some of my favourite products and ingredients to combat dry skin, especially in the winter time.
When trying to combat the dreaded dull and dry winter look, it is important to know what ingredients should be in your products, that heavy duty moisturiser won’t help much if you’re still using products containing Alcohol Denat or Sulphates. Try and incorporate a mix of humectants and emollients into your routine. Also, if you tend to break out when there is a change in the weather, try to fix the condition of your skin before you work on the acne. So get yourself hydrated, use those moisturising products and then if the acne is still there, use what you need to.
This moisturiser from Drunk Elephant is unlike any cream moisturiser I have used before. If you haven’t come across Drunk Elephant before, then you should know that this brand is all about clean, non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients. Drunk Elephant has dubbed Essential Oils, Silicone, SLS, Fragrance, Chemical Screens and Drying Alcohols as ‘The Suspicious Six’ believing that these ingredients can do more harm than good and can all contribute to acne, dryness, sensitivity and many other common skin concerns, meaning you will never see these ingredients in a Drunk Elephant product.
Lala is made with 6 rare African oils, plantain extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer and has glycerin listed as the second ingredient, so there is a really great blend of emollient and humectant ingredients here. The 6 exotic African oils are going to soak straight into the skin and give you instant gratification and long-lasting hydration, whilst the sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer (a form of hyaluronic acid) gives it an extra boost of hydration and from what I have noticed when I use this, helps to diminish the little lines I get on my forehead and cheeks from where my skin is dehydrated.
This cream is a whipped formula and you can truly feel the airiness as you apply it. The texture is designed to give you that intense moisture without it feeling heavy or greasy which I love because I have a love/hate relationship with moisturisers because I can’t stand to feel them on my face. Give this 2 minutes to soak in and you’ll be hydrated throughout the day with no tackiness to the skin.
This is an incredible face mask from Glam Glow and yes, it is on the pricey side but this mask can easily last me about 6 months (depending on how often you use it). I mainly use this mask when I feel like my skin really needs some TLC so this is a complete luxurious treat – for you and your skin! Again, similar to the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, this has a great blend of emollients and humectants to keep your skin supple and soft. Glam Glow has its own technologies which are basically a blend of really great ingredients, Thirstymud contains the following:
-Dewdration™: A blend of actives containing hyaluronic acid and citric acid for deep hydration; boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy, youthful look
-Hydrapack™: A blend of actives containing botanimoist, moisturizing sugars and acids from apples, oat bete glucan to soothe and calm the skin, and hydraclay to trap and retain moisture in the skin
-GreenEnergy™: A blend of actives containing raw honey and ginger root for radiance and detoxifying; coconut provides immediate skin conditioning
-Teaoxi Olive Leaf: Delivers naturally moisturising linoleic acid
This product can be used one of three ways. To use this during the day you should leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes and then tissue off where you then either massage in the remaining product or as I like to, rinse it away and follow with your moisturiser. You can use this as an overnight treatment if you wish, simply apply in place of your night-time moisturiser and enjoy the result when you wake up. Finally, this can be used on the plane! Travelling can really dry out this skin and whilst I admit I have been too much of a wimp to try this all you have to do is apply it at the beginning of your flight and remove with a tissue at the end! You can use this mask 2-3 times a week if you’d like to but as I mentioned I use it when I’m desperate for that extra hydration.
Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator – Clinique £36
This is the moisturiser that I use every morning, well, it was actually the Extended Thirst Relief that I was using daily up until a couple of days ago. I had gone through yet another jar of the Extended Thirst Relief formula a few days ago and frantically (yet safely) drove to my nearest Debenhams to restock what I think is the best moisturiser in the whole entire world. Anyway, I didn’t realise until yesterday that this is their new formula, but I am unsure if it is an addition or a replacement. I haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two, my skin loves it just as much as it did the other one.
When you use this product you really do get a massive surge of moisture, but it’s not at all oily or greasy. This product is oil-free and contains Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Urea (don’t worry, this is a synthetic version), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water and Sodium Hyaluronate. Lots of moisture but no oils will work great for some people, whereas others need more emollients. I like that this is oil-free, my skin is very easily congested so I know that with this I’m not going to get those frustrating clogged pores but I’m not sacrificing the moisture levels of my skin. When you apply this it is instantly refreshing and always calms my skin down and gives a really healthy glow to the skin. Best hydration ever!
This product is like heaven in a bottle. Although this has ‘toner’ in its name, it isn’t the typical toner that people think of. This is alcohol-free and packed full of goodness. This is more like a liquid serum to me because it does much more than what a typical toner tends to do. CoQ1o is the obvious first benefit of this product. CoQ10 can be taken as a supplement to help us internally with issues relating to our heart and blood pressure etc, but applying it topically for skincare is also a huge benefit. As we get older, we start to produce less of this (similar to hyaluronic acid) which means sagging skin and easier reactivity to environmental aggressors and harsh products. This is going to help with ageing but also act as a defence to anything harsh and will help to repair your skin. Hyaluronic Acid is also included, this is pretty essential to my routine and will help lock in your moisture. Finally, cucumber, aloe vera and chamomile are all included to help soothe the skin of irritation. I don’t use this daily but I do like to use this a couple of times a week, especially when I have used a drying clay mask! Occasionally, I have used this without a moisturiser afterwards, it is that hydrating but when you combine this with something like moisture surge your skin will surely thank you!
I am so thankful that this product exists. This is straight up pure 100% Marula oil, no frills, no secrets, just goodness. I use this every night and this has done wonders for my skin. I love facial oils but as mentioned earlier, I struggle with oils causing congestion which I find very hard to resolve. This is the only oil of the many that I’ve tried that doesn’t cause me any problems in that sense or any for that matter.
This oil is nutrient-rich and whilst the most obvious purpose is to use it for hydration, it does much more. It is packed with antioxidants and includes Omegas 6 and 9, here is your protection against the environment and free radicals. This product can also help with acne, I told you it works miracles! The nutrient-rich oil is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, so it soothes the skin and helps to calm down the acne so that your skin can do what it needs to and heal itself.
In terms of application, I use two drops rubbed between my palms and press it into my skin, I’m not sure why, but pressing it in instead of rubbing it in seems to be more effective for me. This oil, believe it or not, isn’t greasy and heavy. If you’ve used a dry oil it feels like that and it soaks in completely within about 20 minutes for me but by the morning my skin still feels completely moisturised. I’ve also found that my redness has been greatly reduced and if something has irritated my skin this helps to calm it down and look normal again. 10/10 for the product and the brand!
This face mask by Skin Inc, a Japanese brand found in Sephora, is a lifesaver! When I was around 16 / 17 and knew nothing about skincare, I damaged and compromised my skin badly by over-exfoliating – I’m talking harsh scrub cleansers twice a day and using products with alcohol which made the situation worse. I found this product on Sephora, used it religiously and it gave my skin comfort and a chance to repair itself. So not only is this great for dry skin, but sensitive and damaged skins will love this!
This mask claims to hydrate, brighten and clarify the skin, I can say it definitely hydrates but I’m not sure about the whole brightening thing, it gives a hydrated glow if that’s what they mean? The three ingredients in this mask that make it so amazing are Okinawa deepsea water, soya bean extract and hyaluronic acid. The Okinawa deepsea water and hyaluronic are the ingredients that nourish and hydrate the skin whilst the soya bean extract is what brightens.
This gel mask can be used in two ways, you can either leave it on overnight for maximum effect or leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes and rinse away with warm water. You can use this mask as often as you want with no bad side effects, I like to use this when I feel I need it, maybe every couple of weeks and I do rinse it off just because I enjoy my night time routine too much to not use those products. When my skin was crying out for help, I applied this every night as a sleeping mask and it sunk in straight away – definitely worth the price tag if you ask me!
This is a face mist from Clinique that is also part of their Moisture Surge range. As it says on the bottle, it is designed to provide relief to thirsty skins. This range is geared more towards a dehydrated skin as the products are more wet than oily if that makes sense. I got this product about 8 months ago when I saw Caroline Hirons recommended it (she is the skincare queen!) and thought this would be a great addition along with the moisturiser which, as I mentioned earlier I use daily.
This mist is very soothing and calming to the skin, thanks to the Aloe, and doesn’t sit on the skin too long, it is fast absorbing and delivers a quick spritz of hydration – perfect for top ups during the day or during your ‘mist’ stage in your routine. I like to change my face mists up but this is definitely one of my favourites.
So between the Aloe and the Glycerin, I think this face spray is just right, nothing complicated that can interfere with your other products just a nice quick spritz of hydration!
Hopefully, this was helpful. I truly do love all of these products and found that they’ve really helped my skin when it was dying for that extra bit of hydration. If your skin is struggling a bit, look to see if you’re well hydrated because I didn’t truly realise until recently that having good moisture levels makes all the difference when trying to sort issues such as acne and dullness!
Thanks for reading!