I chop and change the products that I use in my beauty routine all year round, but I take matters more seriously when it starts to get cold. My skin, like my general self, does not like cold weather and would much prefer it if it was moved to a pleasantly mild and sunny destination right about now. Sadly, that's not on the cards for the immediate future, so it's time to suck it up and get down to the business of protecting it from the evil, dehydrating, coldness that's rapidly approaching.
The New Moisturiser
I've been absolutely loving everything from REN recently, and their Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream* has become a new daily essential for me. Packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and plant extracts, this is a lovely hydrating treat to protect your skin from the elements. It's light, nourishing and suitable for all skin types - my combination skin has simply been lapping it up.
The Balm Cleanser
If you've been curious to try out a balm cleanser, then now is the best time to bite the bullet and pick one up. Whilst my gentle cleansing milks and lotions are still working well in the mornings, I feel that my skin needs something a bit more rich in the evenings. I've been using Live Native Pure Native Cleansing Balm* which is a brilliantly thick and luxurious cold pressed, natural balm cleanser that has 90% organic ingredients and contains coconut oil, calendula and rosehip oil to name a few. To use, I simply scoop out a small amount (you need less than you think), gently massage it onto my dry face and rinse with warm water and a muslin cloth or flannel. It removes every scrap of make-up including waterproof mascara without any irritation and leaves my skin feeling clean and baby soft.
The New Eye Product
The delicate eye area is quite vulnerable to cold weather and prone to drying out so a good quality eye product is a must. Have you ever tried to apply concealer over a dry under eye area? It's not pretty. So I was looking for a new eye treatment that had hyaluronic acid in it, and found just the thing in the form of Healgel Eye*. This eye gel is super light, easily absorbed and has a subtle cooling effect which helps to reduce puffiness, as well as locking all that important moisture in. Perfect for using first thing in the morning as well as at night.
The Body Butter
I have very dry skin that's prone to eczema flareups, so I always make sure that I take extra care of it when the weather starts to get cold. A rich and moisturising formula is just what I need, so I've been reaching for Conscious Skincare Grapefruit, Lemon and Cedarwood Body Butter*. This body butter has the most incredible lightly whipped/mousse texture that sinks into the skin quickly and ensures it's thoroughly hydrated. The 100% natural formula features organic fair trade shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil and organic cocoa butter, and has a lovely coconut meets subtle citrus scent. It comes packaged in a slim, recycled aluminum tin making it easy to put into your travel / weekend bag.
The Lip Products
I despise dry lips with a passion, so lip products are my firm friends. Recently, I've been in love with Crazy Rumors Amaretto Lip Balm which I mentioned in my October Favourites, and The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter has current pride of place on my bedside table.
The Multi-Purpose Wonders
For extra insurance against cold weather, I always recommend popping a multi-purpose wonder in your handbag which you can use on everything. If you prefer balms, then Pure by Phytocare Paw Paw Ointment is a great choice as it's thick but comes in a squeezy tube for easy application. However, if cream formulas are more to your liking, then I'd highly recommend getting a travel size of the cult Weleda Skin Food which is an incredibly rich, hydrating formula that gets to work on severely dry skin in no time at all.
What products do you reach for when the weather turns cold?