Monday, 17 November 2014

Our Favourite Winter Skincare Saviours

As the temperatures start to drop and the nights draw in, our skin can be left feeling a little...neglected.

How often do you wake up to grey, less-than-glowing skin in the winter? Or puffy eyes, a ruddy complexion and patches of dry, flaky skin?

Yup, us too.

winter skincare tips
With the harsher elements, our faces need a little bit of extra TLC to help us to look our best. Sadly, not only does the plummeting temperatures rock the boat, but the low levels of humidity, central heating and icy winds will all affect our faces.

It always helps to drink more water to keep flushing out toxins and to help with hydration levels, and you can also add more good fats to your diet, such as those found in salmon, nuts and avocado. However, if, like us, you want to keep a healthy glow whatever the season, then read on. Here are our Favourite Winter Skincare Saviours to help keep your skin looking vibrant and fresh this winter.

What are your top tips for keeping your skin fighting fit during the winter?

Sam and Teresa x


coconut oil winter skin

We know we always talk about how much we adore our Lucy Bee coconut oil, but seriously - it's a staple in both mine and Teresa's homes. Coconut oil is rich in medium fatty chain acids, which help keep skin smooth to the touch and well-hydrated (the fats prevent moisture loss), making it the ideal treat for parched or dull skin this winter. Our top tip? We love to mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 tbsp raw honey and 1/2 tsp lemon juice for an instantly brightening, moisturising face mask.


This is a new discovery to me, and I am utterly hooked. For those of you who haven't heard of Ayurvedic principles, this skincare range is founded on the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature. It teaches that there are five basic elements space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements work together to give three bio-physical forces within the human body- Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). 

Anyway, before you order any of these wonderful products, you have to find out which of the three forces you're predominantly made up of (I am Vata and Pitta). I was sent the gorgeous Daily Replenish Face Cream  to try and I instantly fell in love. It is ideal for sensitive skins and instantly replenished my face, leaving it plumped-up and smooth. The blend of essential oils of rose, neroli and orange also smell heavenly - the perfect winter treat for neglected skin.


Therapi Ultra Radiance Propolis

I love everything about the Therapi range. For centuries, the powerful effects of honey have been well-documented. Packed with many antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and loaded with vitamins and minerals, it's long been used as a natural healer to treat wounds and infections.

Therapi Skincare was born out of a serious love for bees (founder Tanya Hawkes is a bee keeper) and, using honey as its base, offers a range of gentle and effective products ideal for sensitive skins. The beautifully-scented Rose Otto Propolis + Ultra Radiance Cream is the perfect antidote to parched skin and works utter miracles on my morning face.The cream combines rejuvenating propolis, moisturising honey and vitamin-rich rosehip oil to pack one heck of a punch - expect super-charged radiance and vitality within minutes.


Super Facialist Vitamin C Capsules

Vitamin C is renowned for brightening the skin, so little wonder that these capsules by celebrity facialist Una Brennan are fantastic for delivering a healthy glow to even the dullest of faces. Not only are these capsules loaded with Vitamin C, but they also contain skin brightening Liquorice and antioxidant tomato extract to help boost radiance while you sleep. A perfect little miracle worker for rested looking skin!


All too often, the harsher elements can leave your skin dull or sluggish looking. A good exfoliator is the perfect pick-me-up to slough away the dead cells, but all too often they're too harsh or abrasive on faces. This Bioderam Hydrabio Gentle Exfoliator is incredibly gentle and perfect at reawakening the complexion. I have incredibly sensitive skin, but this exfoliator didn't irritate it in the slightest - it just left my face feeling smooth, baby soft, and all with fantastic value for money.