Winter Beauty Preps

Friday, December 01, 2017

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It’s that time of year. Most of us will be raiding our skincare and body care stashes to find anything with any the words extra hydrating, nourishing and rich written on them. The cold already makes skin prone to feeling dryer than usual, combined with the constant blast of heating it can be a testing time for my skin from head to toe. So I’ve taken some measures to ensure things never get too out of control and my skin stays sufficiently hydrated or at least comfortable during this bitterly cold winter.


Where my facial skin is oily/combo & dehydrated, my body is dry & dehydrated all year round with things only getting worse during the colder weather. This winter I prepped early by getting myself some uber hydrating treats for shower time and luxurious nourishing oils to moisturise with.

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Sanctuary Spa 12 Hour Shower Cream | £6.50 is a lovely cream that lathers up a little and rinses away to leave skin feeling softer though not as hydrated as I would wish. Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Long Lasting Moisture Shower Oil | £7 is a lot more nourishing on the skin. This decadent oil glides on and warms up as you work it into the skin which is perfect for winter morning showers. After rinsing, this leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth. Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle | £8 is like a leave-in conditioner for your body. You apply it to your skin while its wet but don't rinse it off. Then you simply dry it off with a towel which is strange at first but when you see how much time it saves and how hydrating it is, you'll get over the strangeness. They all have that beautiful signature Sanctuary Spa scent too which is always a bonus.

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I do enjoy body butters but this winter I’ve also purchased some of these delightful oil blends. Lucy Annabella Luxury Treatment Body Oils | £42 are organic, natural and bottled beautifully and can be used on the body, hair or face. I’ve been using Uplifting - Spearmint & Lemongrass after showering and I love it. It has a gorgeous invigorating scent and is quickly absorbed into the skin. I don’t find I need to wait for too long to get dressed after applying which is always important. And my skin stays feeling soft and smooth and happily nourished all day long. Oh and can purchase these for only £8.99 here at Fragrance Direct which is an absolute steal.

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I’ve littered face mists across my house to help keep all signs of dehydration at bay. Although I don’t think it’s a game-changer in any respect, I’ve started to keep Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater | £7 by my bedside to spritz onto my face first thing in the morning. It’s hydrating and soothing even if a little underwhelming, and helps wake me up too. I have the The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist | £10 in my kitchen which is a touch more hydrating than the previous one and I spritz every time I notice it but it’s especially handy to have downstairs for when my skin gets that pulling feeling (and I can't be bothered to go upstairs to fetch something hydrating!).

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There’s something so unctuous about hydrating toners. I love these for their bouncy textures that plump up my skin instantly. They help cleanse, prep and hydrate and because they’re formulated without alcohol, they are not stripping in any way and help balance skin to help subsequent products to absorb easily and get to work quickly. Whamisa Deep Rich Toner | £33.90 is a delightful product formulated with all natural, organic ingredients. It injects moisture into the skin like nothing else and works perfectly for the popular Korean Seven Skin Method whereby you pat in 7 layers of the product for plump, luminous skin. Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner | £17.20  is one that I've been using almost daily that I swipe on after using an acid toner and its so refreshing and addictive. Oolu by Dr. OhKims Orchid Toner is beautiful inside and out with a more watery texture than the previous two and does the job just as well.

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Alongside a hyaluronic acid serum, I’ve also started to apply a few drops of oil to my skin both in the day and night. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil | £16 is a gorgeous oil that is super hydrating but so lightweight on the skin. I pat this on under my moisturiser to pack in some extra hydration. I also recently purchased Decleor Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum | £46 at an unbelievably ridiculous bargain price and am enjoying incorporating this into my routine. It smells absolutely divine and I'm loving savouring the process of pressing this into my skin and then lightly massaging it in.

Every couple of nights I’ve been applying a thin layer of Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Good Night Deep Nourishing Sleep Mask* | £38 which is a supercharged overnight face mask that nourishes the skin and leaves it feeling smoother and bouncier come morning. Any overnight sleeping mask will do the job but I just love how rich this one is and how wonderfully glowy my skin looks the next morning.

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I learned a wonderful tip from the lovely, and wise beyond her years, Mili (Shamtoaster) who advised me to warm up my sheet masks before use. It’s so simple and slightly life-changing because it means I don’t have to avoid using certain masks in the winter. I either place them under a warm running tap, on a radiator or on top of my hot water bottle for a couple of minutes, and just like that a once freezing cold mask that would make my teeth chatter is transformed into a warm and luscious hydrating treat for my face.

I’m currently trying out these new KIKO Milano masks right now, three of which are hydrogel masks which I would’ve previously avoided for fear of them being too cold. They come in two pieces and infused with different extracts to meet different skin needs:

For those that aren’t fans of the gloopiness of hydrogel masks there are a couple of traditional sheet masks in the mix. I’m most excited about KIKO Fairy Hands Hand & Nail Mask* | £4.90 and am saving it for when it’s bitterly cold and hand creams are being applied but just being sucked into some arid oblivion.


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This is that time of year when my pore-blurring, mattifying primers take a little bit of a backseat and I reach for hydrating options. It helps that This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | £30 is both hydrating and mattifying, making my makeup last all day. I’ve also been reaching for 
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream* | £70 which is light-weight on the skin, gives a little bit of a radiant finish and feels so silky on my face. I apply this as a moisturiser when my skin feels okay or over moisturiser if my skin is too parched.

Have you made any special preparations beauty-wise for the winter? Do you heat up your sheet masks before use? Are there any products here that interest you? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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