I’ve been picking the brains of some of my blogging friends again. This month I asked them for their top beauty tips, and they all said the same thing…
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
After what feels like two weeks of autumn, winter has hit hard this week. There’s a real chill in the air, and the cars were covered with quite a hard frost on Tuesday morning. Add to that the extra wind-chill and the heavy rain, and my skin is definitely feeling the change of seasons right now.
So when I asked my blogging friends for their winter beauty recommendations, it’s no surprise that they all came back with very similar answers. Good hydration really is key to winter beauty, and part of the secret is choosing the right products for your skin. That is partly down to trial and error, but do talk to the beauty counter assistants. They’ll be able to advise you on suitable products for your skin type, and you may be able to take home some samples to try.
At the moment, I love using the Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active range that I reviewed earlier this year, or L’Occitane Creme Divine. And when I’ve had too many late nights, Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum works wonders on my skin.
Anisha from Fashion and Frappes (@) recommends preparing ahead for winter: “My skin gets completely dry in winter but I prepare beforehand – before it actually gets to such a bad state. I ensure my moisturiser is thicker and more suited for dryer weather, and I start using milder facewash. When in summer I would usually just use moisturiser, in winter I layer facial oil, serum, moisturiser, foundation etc to better protect my skin”.
Sam from A Testing Time (@) also recommends switching up your products for winter. “I swap my morning serum for an oil and at night swap my oil for a balm. I also cleanse twice a day with a balm cleanser, it’s the best way to keep skin nourished and protected through winter “. Sam recommends a few cleansers you could try in this post, my personal favourite cleanser is the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel.
Emma from Me and B Make Tea (@) recommends trying a facial oil to help combat the cold, windy weather. They’re very popular at the moment and you’re bound to find one to suit your skin. Emma says ‘I absolutely love Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil by Neal’s Yard!”
Meanwhile, Jenny from Accidental Hipster Mum (@) has a more budget-friendly suggestion. “If you don’t need to leave the house, cleanse your face, leave it make-up free and apply coconut oil. It helps solve and prevent dry, flaky skin”
Just a word of warning though, coconut oil can cause blocked pores for some people. I would certainly exfoliate before trying coconut oil on your face, and maybe just use it on drier areas like your elbows and knees if you are prone to blocked pores.
If your skin is sensitive, then you need to take extra care selecting your skincare products. Look out for ranges that are formulated for sensitive skin, like the Avene Tolerance Extreme range or the Toleriane range from La Roche-Posay. Both of these brands also produce thermal spring water sprays, which are great for giving your skin an extra boost of hydration.
And I love the sound of this next tip from Mairi at Copper Pink (@). She says “When my skin becomes a little drier in winter, I rely on my homemade oil mix of castor, jojoba and sweet almond oil using the Oil Cleansing Method to keep my skin silky smooth”. Click here for more info on the Oil Cleansing method.
Finally, remember to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water this winter and don’t neglect the rest of your body. Kim from Call Me Kim (@) says “Always keep a natural lip balm of hand, it can heal everything from lips to dry skin in cold weather”. I love the Original Lanolips lanolin balm, which is fab for softening dry lips, is great on dry cuticles and can even be used to tame unruly eyebrows!