Winter wreaks absolute havoc on my skin. Radiated heat, stuffy indoor air, wind and rain outside in unpredictable patterns – the constant change in temperatures and moisture confuses my body to no end. My psoriasis kicks into overtime, and I get really stubborn blemishes. Not to mention how itchy dry skin can feel…
As part of my 2016 Goals, I’m trying to actively stay hydrated. It’s something I’ve always been rubbish at, but I’m coming to the point (both with my marathon challenge and my 26th birthday around the corner) where I need to seriously amp it up. This winter, there are a few key things that are helping sort my skin out.
Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion. I’ve never known a body moisturiser as effective as this. It slathers on beautifully, and my skin absolutely drinks it up. I would describe it as a body lotion with the intense moisture of a body butter – so if you’re not a fan of body butters (sometimes I find them too greasy or difficult to spread), I would suggest you try this instead. I’ll admit that it’s expensive, but it is super efficient. Totally worth it, in my opinion- my skin has never felt so supple.
Nivea Vanilla Macadamia Lip Butter. My boyfriend loves this, and so do I. I’m usually hit or miss when it comes to lip balms, because I dislike when they leave a waxy feeling (or even residue!) on my lips. This, however, has the consistency of butter in the tin, and glides on beautifully. Your lips are left silky soft – and smelling delicious! I wish that Nivea would come out with a body lotion in this scent, because you can bet that I would buy it in bulk.
Pure Super Active Overnight Oil. I’ve become a little obsessed with skincare recently, and I’ve been meaning to try out a facial oil – but the price tags run quite high. Luckily for me, M&S have their own brand of natural skincare, with 95 per cent natural ingredients and free of parabens and synthetic fragrances – and their facial oil is only £10. I’ve been using this nightly and seeing big improvements in my skin’s texture. I’ll give you a more thorough update in a month’s time.
Superfacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Phew! What a long name. This blend of olive, grapeseed and rosehip oils smells divine, like a freshly peeled orange. I massage this directly onto my dry skin, then add a couple of drops of water to turn it into a light emulsion. I take it off with a hot, moist facecloth – and my skin sings afterward. It cleanses my skin without drying it at all, which I greatly appreciate at this time of year!
Omega oil supplements (fish/cod liver oil). It’s not sexy, but it’s true – fish oil supplements are great for your skin, as they contain much-needed Omega-3s. Ever since I’ve reintroduced these into my diet, my skin has calmed right down. During winter I use cod liver oil (because it has added vitamin D), but in the summer you can opt for vitamin-free fish oils. The benefits are the same.
Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your skin hydrated? Leave a comment below and help a sister out!