Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Winter Skin Saviours

frosty winter face

I resisted from writing this post last week in the hope that this fr-fr-freeeezing snap would end.
It just goes to show that you should never pay attention to me because, well, how wrong was I?
This morning, I have woken up once again to a snowy garden and numb toes. I can still see my breath in the air, and my nose is permanently a rather fetching shade of red.
Of course, I shouldn’t moan too much as right now, I’m snuggled on the sofa with duvet, hot water bottle, hot chocolate and two dogs to keep me cosy…
Anyway, since the big freeze seems to be showing no sign of abating, I thought I’d share with you some rather brilliant beauty products I’d been sent to try to keep my skin happy and hydrated.
Sam x

Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream, £23.95

Dr Hauschka rose cream

Having the type of skin that tends towards an oil slick at the best of times, I was anxious about using this product. Well, once again I have been proven wrong…Teresa tried this before me and convinced me to give it a go. I’m so glad she did because it is BRILLIANT.
It has given my skin a gorgeous, dewy glow and is a perfect base for make-up. Better still, it has soothed away any niggly bits and dry patches.
This is one of Dr Hauschka’s hero products, and I can see why. Containing rose oil and wild rose hip extract, the cream envelopes the skin with a protective, nurturing film which is exceptionally moisturising. Apply this each morning and your skin will be repaired and restored.

It also smells absolutely gorgeous – thanks in part to the fact that it contains over 1,075 organic rose petals in each tube. Wow!! That is a lot of Valentine’s Day flowers…

I love the smell of roses anyway (I’m an old lady at heart), so this is one product I will be coming back to again and again and again…

Rodial Glam Balm Lip, £19
glam lip balm

Wow, this product is amazing! So amazing, in fact, that I have started carrying it everywhere with me (handbag, jeans pocket, even on a run).
Part of Rodial’s cult Glam Balm range (celebrity fans include Sienna Miller, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, so we’re in good company!), this  glamorous little tub has become one of my all-time winter skin saviours.
Also flavoured and scented with roses (are you spotting a theme here?), this gorgeous balm is designed to plump up the lips – all while soothing and repairing dryness.
The product apparently contains filling spheres (although what the hell that is and what they do, I’m not quite sure) to fill fine lines and to smooth away imperfections. Meanwhile, Rose Wax and Shea Butter nourish and soothe, while Vitamin E protects against environmental damage.
This has proven to be a brilliant base for my lippie and, while £19 is expensive for a lip balm, it does much, much more…

Nurture Skincare Daily Face Protector, SPF 30, £7.45
winter skin saviour

Now, forgive me for getting on my high horse, but blustery, icy weather does not mean we can ditch the SPF. In fact, with all this snow, I reckon we need it even more…
I’ve spent years searching for a non-greasy SPF which I can use daily without having to worry about my foundation sliding from my face. I’ve tried them all – Korres, Liz Earle, MAC, Invisible Zinc. You name it, I’ve had it.
Anyway, I’ve now found one which provides a lovely, matte base for my make-up. And, better still, it’s only £7.45!
This cream is from the wonderful Nurture Skincare, who produce a brilliant line of affordable anti-ageing wonders. It conforms to the Boots 5-star rating system of protection against damaging UVA rays and also gives high factor protection from UVB rays.

At the same time, it fights the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun exposure and contains vitamin E, aloe vera and pro-vitamin B5 to help keep your skin supple, protected and hydrated throughout the day.

Pai Echium Rejuvenating Eye Cream, £24
pai eye cream

If, like me, winter wreaks havoc on that delicate skin around your eyes, you’ll be needing a luxe eye cream right now.
Now, it’s no secret at all that Pai is one of my favourite skincare brands. They make organic skincare for very sensitive skin, which is perfect for people like me who tend to break out or react at even a sniff of dodgy chemicals.
Anyway, I adore everything about Pai (see here for my review on their Rosehip serum), so I was delighted to give this cream a go.
It is beautifully nourishing and free from alcohol and irritating chemicals, making it perfect for sensitive skins. In fact, I’ve found it to be so nourishing that it has given the skin around my eyes a lovely glow – it looks like it has been lit from within!
It blends into the skin beautifully and, as with all Pai products, it smells absolutely divine.
Onto the technical stuff…
Pai's eye cream is rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid, which are naturally occurring ingredients with anti-ageing properties.
If you’re wondering “what the hell does that mean?”, well Stearidonic Acid is a form of omega 3 which helps to smooth fine lines, while GLA has proven to be great for its anti-ageing and cell regeneration properties.
If you do have sensitive skin and struggle to find a good eye cream, definitely give this one a go!

Weleda Skin Food, £8.95
weleda skin food

I stumbled across Weleda completely by accident a while back, and boy am I glad I did! This is my favourite purchase and it is firmly established in my daily skincare routine.
So, is it for you? Well, are you always bemoaning your dry elbows or knees? Perhaps your hands suffer, or you get disgusting flaky bits on your nose? Maybe just a dry patch on your back or your leg?

If you suffer from dry skin at all, then the Skin Food is perfect for you. It is a super duper cream which can be used anywhere. Yes, ANYWHERE!

It is ideal for getting your body through these yucky winter days as it makes it incredibly soft – like you’ve bathed in a vat of milk. Sorry for the weird analogy.

Anyway, it is made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up tired skin.

Basically, it is a brilliant rescue remedy for skin lacking that little bit of sparkle.