This is my first skincare post and I thought it was apt to start with the woes of winter skin.
Having suffered with eczema and dry skin for most of my life, I know my skin will start being truant when the temperature drops, central heating is at full blast and the days are blustery and windy, not to mention one too many late nights filled with a little bit more wine and a little less water leading to all those pesky dry, flaky & itchy spots. A notable mention also goes out to two wonderful cold weather wardrobe staples- Woolly jumpers and tights adding to irritation and skin dust (it’s a thing)!
This is the time of year that I see the most amount of skin complaints as a GP, whether it’s affecting your face, hands or body- there hundreds of products available with so many different ingredients and it can often be confusing trying to pick the right one. With the coldest weather just kicking in, here is my curation of wonderful products to help you change your winter skin to a winter glow.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion- £5.00 from Amazon but widely available everywhere- I simply can’t live without Aveeno, I have been using this lotion for years now and I can’t actually remember how I coped without it! This oat based product is great at locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier, it is also perfect for sensitive skin. Aveeno is generally the first lotion I recommend to my patients with dry skin complaints! You can use this on your hands face or body but Aveeno also has a wide range of products specifically for your face, hands or body as well as bath and shower products
CeraVe Moisturising Cream available in Boots £8.50– this is another great moisturising cream which I like to recommend to patients, it is particularly good for very dry skin and eczema prone skin, it can be use on your body or face. It is also widely available in most local pharmacies and as well as online. CeraVe is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, both of which are great for maintaining skin hydration and locking in moisture.
Both CeraVe and Aveeno can also be described as an emollient which you may or may not have heard of, it is a more medical term used to describe a moisturiser. Where normally you might just moisturise once a day, in the winter months if you skin is dry and irritated you should try and increase this to at least twice or even three times a day. I generally say to patients, apply lotions generously and work it into your daily morning and evening routine
Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Cream £36– Clinique has a whole moisture surge range which includes this brilliant pot of facial moisturiser. It is a gel based cream which contains aloe water, the texture is wonderfully light and non greasy leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70– This cream has won many beauty awards and was originally developed as a pick me up for models with tired and dry skin during fashion week. Its is jam packed full of lots of wonderful ingredients that your skin will love including aloe vera, vitamin C & E, essential oils, Shea butter and not forgetting hyaluronic acid. You might find that its worth switching your daily moisturiser in the Winter months and then changing back in the Spring.
Egyptian Magic £29– A multipurpose cream that can be used anywhere! It’s great for rubbing into small stubborn spots of dry skin and is made from all natural ingredients- including olive oil, honey and beeswax. Tip- use it before bed and allow it work overnight
Decléor Neroli Hydrating Night Balm £45– This is one of my favourite products that I have been using for over a year now. It has lots of essential oils and plant oils including neroli, tonka bean, basil, camomile and hazelnut. I noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels, not only in terms of hydration but also in calming skin irritation and acne. This little pot goes a long way and worth every penny!
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £15– Hand cream is a must all year round but especially in the Winter. I normally always keep some in my handbag, on my bedside table and in my car- if you’re like me and blasting your car heating straight onto your hands while your driving your hands must be suffering! Kiehl’s hand salve is luxuriously thick and perfect for extremely dry, rough and peeling hands with a blend of avocado, sesame and olive oil
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm £23– Another hand cream I love and it smells amazing with mandarin rind and rosemary leaf in it. It’s soaks in without leaving any greasiness on the skin, leaving your hands feeling supple and soft
Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50– All Caudalie products are wonderful but this lip conditioner is something I keep re-buying over and over. It is super soft, great for repairing chapped lips and each application lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep applying it every couple of hours
Purple Tree Miracle Balm £3.99– I first discovered this in Topshop and took forever deciding which one to buy because they all smelled amazing, I eventually chose the grapefruit. This is another multipurpose balm which is great for your lips but also for other small dry spots on your body. Products are made in the UK and are certified as 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free
The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Jasmine Body Oil £36– Body Oils are also a really good way to treat dry skin and give your skin a healthy glow. I use a range of Organic Pharmacy products as part of my daily routine. I love fragrance of the Jasmine and Rose in this and massage it after exfoliating my skin in the shower. It also contains Jojoba, Carrot and Rosehip oils
Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil £29.50– French pharmacy brand Nuxe is best known for this multipurpose oil, you can use it on your face and body or spritz it through you hair. Key ingredients are vitamin E, Camelia, Hazelnut, Macademia and Sweet Almond which all help to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains Tsubaki oil which is gaining huge popularity in skincare products, known for being rich in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants which help protect as well as repair the skin.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil £19– Moisturising in the shower is also important for skin when it is dry and irritated, I would try switching your normal shower gel to a shower oil in the winter months to lock in more moisture. This Almond shower oil does a great job and smells divine
Miller Harris Rose Silence Bath Oil £38– Winter soaks in the bath tub are such a treat after long day. When my skin is feel particularly unhappy, I love soaking in this fragrant bath oil with vitamins A & E and Moringa, Argan and Almond oil
Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36– If you fancy mixing it up and trying something alternative, I would highly recommend this wonderful candle. Burn for 30mins and let the oil pool, cool for a few minutes and then pour it onto your skin and massage it in, it feels amazing and also works to help you feel calm and de-stress. There are 24 essential oils blended together including Jasmine, Lavender and Rosewood. If you’re not convinced head to a Neom store for a demo- you won’t regret it!
So in summary, if you made it this far- Your winter skin loves- water, essential oils, vitamins A, C & E, omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid which boosts hydration! You now know what to look for in skincare products to help your skin through the winter months