Baby It’s Cold Outside: Winter Skin Essentials


Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few days, had a very busy week, including my first experience of Zumba! And I can honestly say that I love it! I did not think that keeping fit could be so enjoyable! Anyway… these winter months have slowly crept up upon us and the change in temperature and windy weather definitely has an effect on our skin (well mine anyway). This post is about all those winter skin essentials that need to be cracked open at this time of year.

Hands

Firstly, I like in winter a good quality hand cream. I tend to get dry finger tips and around the nail cuticle area , so I pay particular attention to these. I like to use the Vaseline ‘healthy hands and stronger nails’ hand cream. It really does do just what it says; when I use this, my nails do seem to grow quicker and seem much stronger. It also has a lovely texture, non-greasy and melts right into the skin. It smells pretty nice too and for value, you have a pretty good deal on this!

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I also love the Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream. This stuff smells amazing and does a great job of keeping those cuticles in tip top condition! I like to use this as a quick fix for those extra dry patches, and was told that it can be used on lips too….bonus! There is also a intense treatment method and I would suggest to do this once a week if you have very dry hands. Before you go to bed, cover your hands in this cream, pop on some cotton gloves and when you wake up, hey presto….your hands will feel like new, baby soft and perfectly moisturised.

Body

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Generally, I have a few go-to products for the body and one of these is The Body Shop’s ‘Coconut Body Butter’.  I find this so rich and creamy and sinks right into the skin. I also love the smell….it lasts all day and keeps you feeling fresh with that just-out-of-the-shower feeling. They do a really great job of moisturising the skin.

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Now now now….the Laura Mercier ‘fresh fig soufflé body creme. If you have a few pretty pennies to spare (£43.50) and would like to splash out on a little piece of heaven…buy this. I heard such great things about these creams and had to go out to the shops and see for myself. I was blown away with the smell of this and had to buy it there and then! It is so thick, silky smooth and creamy and nourishes the skin like no other. The delicious fig scent makes it smell good enough to eat! (I will be doing a full review on this product soon)

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I also think it is vital to exfoliate a bit more in the winter. Products like the Soap and Glory ‘Sugar Crush Body Scrub’ and the S&G ‘Flake away’ do a great job of getting rid of those dead, chapped skin cells, so that we are left looking healthy and polished. Grab yourself any of these products, some good old exfoliating gloves and get scrubbing away!

Feet

Yep thats right….feet. Not the most glamorous of topics, but if your anything like me, you will like your feet to be baby soft at all times. That means making sure that they are well exfoliated and well moisturised.

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I like to use the L’Occitane ‘Dry Skin Foot Cream’. It has sort of a whipped texture and melts into the skin straight away. It can also be used as an overnight treatment….again lather onto the feet, put some foot socks on and sleep whilst it works its magic. It could also be a good idea to invest in a ped egg for easy foot exfoliation, if not, a pummice stone will be suffice.

Lips

Now I don’t know about you, but my lips always go chapped in winter if they are not looked after properly. I hate dry lips and do anything to avoid getting them.

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My personal favourites (apart from the good old Vaseline) is Mac’s ‘Lip Conditioner’ and Dior’s ‘Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm Rose Cream’. Now these are a tad on the expensive side, but I would rather pay for something that works, than spending the same on all the others that don’t. Dior’s Rose Creme is my favourite as it plumps, smooths and nourishes, not to mention smelling great. (again I will do a full review on this product; keep your eyes peeled!)

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As a cheaper alternative, I also like the Carmex Lip Balm. This does do a fab job at injecting moisture into the lips and keeping them plump. Great value for the money in my humble opinion!

Face

If you don’t already know, I have big problems with dry skin on my face (and somehow it still manages to be oily…huh?) so it is vital that I have a religious facial routine.

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The only products that seem to work for me….I mean really work, is the Lancome Genifique and Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm moisturising cream for dry skin. They smooth, hydrate, plump, clarify , tone….and the list goes on. If you suffer from dry skin, I would recommend giving these two a try….maybe try to get a few samples.

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The Origins Mega Mushroom range is also a great buy if you have dry, sensitive and red skin. They are super hydrating and calm the skin right down if you suffer with any redness or blotchiness.

It is also wise to use a separate night cream (Lancome also do one of these in the same range) as they are a lot more moisturising than normal. Giving your skin that big dose of moisture that it needs.

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I know the hype on the Michael Todd range is huge, and they are one thing that many bloggers will have talked about at least once. And let me tell you that there is a reason they are spoken about so highly; they are amazing! I love to use the Avocado and Mango hydrating facial mask (especially good in the winter months) and the Charcoal Mask is a good all rounder. I do understand that it is difficult to know if a face mask is doing it’s job, as its something that you do have to just trust, but after 15 minutes with these on, your skin feels plump, soft and hydrated. After using the Charcoal Mask, you can tell that your pores are cleaner as the Charcoal draws out the impurities in the skin. (I will be doing a full review on my Michael Todd range at a later date) May I also  just add the smell of the Avocado and Mango Mask….delicious! The smell alone makes this a good buy and will have you addicted to using it!

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Finally, Drink lots! We all know that this is a standard, but in winter, the more we stay hydrated, the more our skin stays hydrated. And this is imperative in keeping those dark circles and paleness at bay. Remember, we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day (220ml each). So I suggest to drink a pint before bed and a pint when you wake up to give yourself a kick start!

What products do you like to dig out for winter?

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Review: Lancome Hydra Zen Moisturiser and Lancome Genifique


Ok so I have finally got around to doing my first blog post (hurrah!!) and I wanted to give these products a good test before I did this review. I can honestly say that they are a complete miracle duo combination and I seriously do not know how I ever lived without them! So before using these products, my skin was very very dry with red patches, especially around the nose area. I felt so stressed with it as I was trying every product out there…without any success to clear it up. In the end, i was spending a lot of money on creams that didn’t work and decided that I was no longer going to buy any more without testing them first.

So one day when I stumbled across the Lancome counter in the Trafford Centre, the lady offered me a mini makeover and I was obviously going to say yes! I told the lady about my skin and how frustrated that I were with not being able to wear a lot of make up like foundation, as it just clung to patches and looked powdery. She ended up using the Genifique combined with the Hydra Zen Neurocalm moisturiser to prep my skin for the make up and she told me that these products would give my skin the much-needed moisture that it required. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for these, as I had been let down by so many in the past. Then when I got home that night and the following day, I couldn’t believe it! My skin felt so smooth and hydrated, and that was just from one use! I then thought I needed to try this with a weeks supply to make sure that it was not just a one-off, so I went back to the Lancome counter and asked for a sample of each, and alas my new skincare routine was born!

The Genifique concentrate has multiple benefits such as; smoothing fine lines and deep wrinkles, boosts radiance, clarifies and evens skin tone, improves skin texture, increases elasticity and tonicity, and Hydrates. But it was the hydration and skin clarity that was key for me.

My skin still felt very smooth and the patches and redness began to disappear. I’ve got to admit, I was very skeptical as the Genifique is advertised as anti-aging and I’m 25…I wasn’t really thinking about that yet! It also has high levels of moisture in this concentrate, which is why it works so well.

Also, both of these products have a dreamy texture that seem to just melt into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. I have now been using this combo for a good 9 months now and I have never looked back. I’ve got to admit, it is a bit painful handing over the plastic to pay for these products, but they are worth every penny….and they last forever! Any skincare that has the ability to create that perfect, flawless face is worth the money in my opinion!

If you have any of the same issues as me, go grab some samples and let me know what you think! I would love to hear your comments! 🙂