This post is the first in a new series, Products of the Moment. In these posts I will highlight particular products that I find myself reaching for again and again – in this case, it’s those products that are helping me to keep my skin looking healthy and happy during the cold snap!
As much as I love the snow – and as you will have noticed from my previous post, I really do LOVE the snow – this frosty weather has a habit of playing havoc with my skin, leaving it feeling chapped, tight and seriously lacklustre.
So, during this chilly winter months, there are a number of products that I’ve come to rely on more and more to save my skin from the usual wintry blues. While I like to shake up my skincare routine as often as I can – trying out and testing new products as and when I can – these are the staple favourites that I’ve found myself reaching for almost every day during the past few weeks of wind, rain and snow.
Starting with the face, the Hydraluron Moisture Booster* has quickly become one of my favourite products – while I’ve chopped and changed my mind about moisturisers quite a lot in the past few months, this has remained a constant staple, helping to ensure that whatever moisturiser I reach for is being put to the best possible use, helping my skin to reap every bit of moisture it needs to survive the current chill.
I’m sure many of you are already aware of the Emma Hardie Natural Lift Moringa Cleansing Balm but if not, I’ll give you a quick run-down. This slightly spicy-smelling oil-based cleansing balm literally melts every last trace of make up from your face, leaving you skin feeling perfectly clean, while also ensuring your face remains silky soft and well cared for. The consistency of this balm is super thick and you only need the tiniest amount to rid your face of every last bit of dirt. I like to mix a little bit of the balm with some warm water and massage it into my skin for a few minutes before removing with a face cloth.
Finally for the face, an old favourite: the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. This product is actually ideal for use all year round, but I’ve found myself reaching for it more and more lately, instead of opting for a proper exfoliator. The creamy formula of the Cleanse & Polish leaves my skin feeling totally nourished, cleansed and refreshed, without any harsh drying or tightness. Perfect for the cold weather.
The Jergens Original Body Lotion has long been my go-to moisturiser for day-to-day use. The formula is ideal for me – quick to sink in, richly moisturising – and the scent is unbelievable. Like freshly-baked cherry bakewell tarts. Incredible. The same can be said of the Soap & Glory Hand Food, an amazingly nourishing hand cream that leaves no trace of greasy residue on your hands, soaks into the skin quickly and easily and leaves my hand smelling faintly of marshmallows. Delicious and so effective that I’m actually running through three tubes of this at the moment; one on my bedside table, one in my handbag (a mini one) and one on my desk at work. Excessive? Nah.
Now to turn my attention to the hair. In case I hadn’t already mentioned, my hair is in a pretty ghastly state – split ends galore and, having not had a haircut in over two years *GASP* it’s feeling really really dry. So, hair oils and hair masques are something of a staple for me and the Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer and the TRESemme Liquid Gold are two of my favourites (I also highly recommend the Ojon Rare Blend Oil and the Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner). The Elasticizer is a masque which is applied to hair pre-shampoo. Having let it sit in your hair for 10-20 minutes (with a shower cap on for good measure), you rinse it out and crack on with your regular hair washing routine. At the end of all that fun, hair is left feeling superbly soft and far healthier and happier. Top that off with a couple of pumps of the Liquid Gold for an additional pinch of sleek and silky and you’re ready to roll.
And last, but by no means least, an all-around miracle worker: the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. This incredible beauty favourite can be used on dry lips, hands, skin, cuticles, face, feet and anywhere else you might need a pocket-size skin saviour. An absolute must-have in my humble opinion, particularly if you can find a pot as cute as this one!