Top 5 | Winter Skin Saviours

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The past couple of months has seen me catch a cold, recover, get sniffly again, go days without being able to breathe through my nose, recover and then go through it all over again...and again. I do love winter but I hate battling with severely dehydrated skin, flaking around my nose and general dullness in my complexion. However there are a few products, some old, some new, that have been my constant companions and helping me out with my skin struggles. These are my Winter Skin Saviours:




My biggest frustration with winter skin is that tight pulling feeling I get mainly on my cheeks and chin area. Despite having a super oily t-zone the cold air sucks all moisture from my skin leaving it thirsty and uncomfortable even just half an hour after applying a hydrating serum/moisturiser. This is where Face Balms come to my rescue. I will either skip moisturiser or pat them on top to inject some nourishment in.

My first favourite balm Mahogany Naturals The Blue Lover | review | £70 is heavenly scented and instantly soothes and calms my irritated skin. This solid blue balm contains a wonderful blend of oils including evening primrose, marula, blue tansy, baobab and camellia and melts when rubbed between fingertips. I then gently massage it over my face for a soothing remedy to my dry skin. It's nourishing and healing and I've been enjoying sleeping with a layer of this on during the winter. I also come to this amber jar when I need a skin pick me up or if my skin is reacting badly to something.

Although I'm not a huge fan of the scent, Mahalo Balm | £76 contains a host of regenerating and skin repairing ingredients and is a great one to use all over the face for a super nourishing treat or over dry patches or sore nostrils. Turmeric, macadamia, carrot, neem, sea buckthorn and rosehip are among the line-up to help regenerate the skin and moisturise it back to good health. I'm planning on buying a full size of the Rare Indigo Balm soon as I much prefer the scent and texture but I am glad to have this for when I need some serious skin damage-control (I've been lucky enough to be sent samples of both by my dear friend Binita).

I was also gifted Trilogy Everything Balm | £13.50 by Binita (Hidden Harmony World) a couple of months ago and I love it. This delicately scented balm contains sweet almond, soybean, evening primrose and rosehip oils among others along with papaya fruit extract, vitamin e and honey. It's pretty solid and needs a little warming to melt on the skin. It is extremely lightweight but is thoroughly moisturising. I've been using this all over my body, especially my arms & legs which get driest. It instantly soothes any itching and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. I also use this on my little girls arms and legs when they complain they feel itchy and its working wonderfully on them too.




I never really thought to try Weleda Skin Food | £6.95 until I read Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes. This is a natural product packed with essential oils and plant extracts. Because the winter makes my already dry hands even drier and feeling quite irritated all the time, I find this to be the best overnight hand mask. I apply a thick layer, and yes it's greasy but it's so worth it. I wake up to softer hands that remain happy throughout the day. I still have to apply hand cream constantly but my hands never reach that stage of cracking or irritation thanks to this.

Finally we the infamous Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream | post£27 which I've previously talked about as one of my go-to products when I'm feeling poorly. Instead of using Vaseline, which is also a petroleum jelly based product, I prefer the thicker more resilient texture of this. The 'no fragrance' scent is hideous to me but I love how protective this is. Before I get to that stage of needing to apply the Mahalo Balm to repair the skin around my nose, I slather this on around my nostrils to reduce the soreness and amount of peeling I get. It's also great as a robust hand cream during the day, a lip balm and softens rough elbows and knees.


What products have you been relying on to get you through winter? What is your skin loving at the moment? I'd love to know...



You might also enjoy reading: My Winter Essentials



Sal xxx

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27 comments

  1. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is my holy grail for everything! I once dropped a pan of boiling water all over my foot so I smothered it in this and it stopped scarring and saved me a trip to A&E!

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    1. Wow! That's amazing! It really is a jack of all trades ;) xxx

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  2. I get what you mean about Winter, it is my favourite month but the constant heating on indoors makes my skin dehydrated and dull! I unfortunately start having eczema flare-ups on my hand in Winter so Aveeno is my hand saviour! I also love slathering on the facial oils! Love the post as usual Sal xxx

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    1. Ouch! Get yourself a balm my love. It will make all the difference ;) thanks lovely xxx

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  3. That blue balm looks so interesting, I don't know why I find it so cool when skincare products have a vibrant color.

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    1. I love bright coloured skincare too ;) xxx

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  4. I need to get some of that Weleda Skin Food! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Kicking myself for not getting it sooner lol xxx

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  5. I get that dry feeling on my face all year round - its the worst. I've only tried the 8 hour cream, which I love! The weleda skin food sounds great, i've added it my list xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Yes, you will love the Weleda then because its like the all natural version of 8 Hour Cream xxx

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  6. I had a tester of the Weleda Skin Food and bloody loved it! Need to buy a full sized one asap. Great picks!

    Sincerely, Sarah xx
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    1. Its great! I will be repurchasing a bigger size too xxx

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  7. Thanks for sharing it with us. need to but trilogy balm.
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    1. Its so lovely. I'm sure you will love it xxx

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  8. Oh don't you worry I've been the same with the old sniffles, can't breathe situation! You always try products I've never heard of them before and then make me want to buy them haha! That Welda skin food sounds amazing!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Oh dear! Its awful isn't it. Hope you recover fully soon and that Springs comes quickly.xxx

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  9. I feel you hun! Funny enough I'm dehydrated in my t-zone which is where I get oily too, so annoyingly confusing! I use The Blue Lover in my t-zone when I use any of my "cakier" foundations and it really helps with keeping the makeup look natural and smooth.
    BeautyAndTheMuslimah

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    1. It worked by the way :) thanks hun xxxx

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    2. YAY!!! ;)

      OMG! Because why would our skin want to make it easier for us? Hahaha! Yes, Blue Lover is a great versatile product. And the smell....Mmmm xxx

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  10. Ah I so love the Eight Hour Cream - it's one of my favourites, especially the lip balm version xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I've yet to try the lip balm. Definitely putting it on my list xxx

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  11. I really need to get the 8 Hour Cream, great products! Xx

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    1. Thanks for reading. Yeh, a little goes a long way too xxx

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  12. The Trilogy Everything Balm sounds amazing! I actually have the Weleda cream in my dry skin post tomorrow too - I also love to use it overnight because it's so intensive :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Oh yes, just about to read that. My winter skin needs to read that post ;) hahaha! You would love the Trilogy balm xxx

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  13. I am very much obsessed with Balms especially this winter season. All these balms sound incredible. The Mahogany Naturals one sounds absolutely divine too!!...xx

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    1. Blue Lover is my winter best friend xxx

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