Winter is a harsh season for your body. One of the best things you can treat yourself to during the cold whether is a daily/weekly skin routine – morning and evening, pre- and post- makeup. I’m not talking loads of products that all claim to do lots of different things – that’s a) expensive and b) exhausting. Who on earth wants to take 30 minutes out of their day to apply 100 products when they’ve been at work all day?
This winter, I have discovered the holy grail of products that help my skin and hair in remaining healthy. Some I use more than once a day, some I won’t even use in a week. But I make sure to have them on hand during the colder months – just in case.
The Bodyshop Seaweed range (£8 – £14 depending on product)
I was gifted these three products for my birthday, after I asked my cousin – who’s a beauty therapist – what I could do to help my skin during a really bad breakout. I use the facewash in the morning along with the moisturiser to help keep my oily t-zone looking matte all day (I know it works because I no longer feel my glasses slipping down my nose every 10 minutes once it gets past dinner time at work).
I use the toner at night, once I’ve removed all my makeup and washed my face again. It’s great at keeping my skin oil-free without dehydrating it.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.99)
I don’t think any of you need me to explain why Micellar cwater is the best product for removing makeup. I don’t think I know anybody who doesn’t use it. It’s a gentle way of removing makeup quickly, one bottle lasts longer than any brand of makeup wipes (and is a more ethical product in general) and is so much kinder to your skin.
Palmer’s Coconut Bodylotion (£4.19)
The smell of Palmer’s anything is enough to make me go weak at the knees – I find the scent so addictive it’s almost a little weird. I use this product on my face every night after I’ve showered, and I find in the winter it’s great to use on my legs and elbows too (did anybody else get to 22 before realising that they have really dry elbows? It was a bit of a shock, ngl).
Garnier Ultimate Blends 3-in-1 Mask in coconut (£4.99)
I wash my hair and either curl it or straighten it nearly every single day – causing it to become dry and damaged. This multiplies itself in the winter due to the cold weather. Towards the end of 2017, I discovered this hair mask by Garnier. You can leave it in for 10 minutes before you get in the shower, leave it in overnight, or use it as a deep conditioner.
I tend to use it once every one to two weeks (I avoid over-using products in my hair, otherwise it goes greasy quickly), and it always leaves my hair feeling silky soft and smelling like a Pina Colada.
I don’t have a specific handcream product that I use (although Palmer’s, again, would deffo be my first choice). Because I don’t drive, I often walk in bitter weather during winter, and it leaves my hands dry and chapped. I tend to moisturise my hands four to five times a day to stop them looking like old lady hands – so I literally never leave the house without taking some kind of handcream with me.
Obviously I’m not perfect. I always have a least one day a week where I just cba with putting all this shit on my skin. But for me, skincare shouldn’t just involve splashing your face with water in the morning and using some gross, dried-out makeup wipes in the evening.
Looking after your skin shouldn’t take all day, or use up all your money, but if you’re a makeup wearer or suffer with problematic skin – it should be something you take the time out to do.
What products are saving your skin this winter?