Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Winter Skincare essentials

This is the season of change. The combination of cold weather, the winds, and the heating in every place we go to really dries our skin out. So the richer creams and hydrating products come out and away goes the light routine in our lives.

The days are getting colder, so it's the right time to get a cup of really good hot chocolate and hide beneath a cozy blanket watching classic films - which for me means alot of Harry Potter and Home Alone. There's nothing better than doing this especially to the sound of rain.

Here I compiled a list of the the must haves for Winter. What will you be needing this season to fight the cold weather?

For some reason, it always makes me feel quite anxious when my hands are getting dry during the winter, and I always make sure I have a hand cream everywhere I go. I really like the Soap and Glory Hand Dream, it's an intensive hand treatment which makes my hands feel silky smooth, and smelling beautifully. I also love the Avène Cold Cream because unlike many hand creams it doesn't make your hand feel greasy, but nourished.

To wake up the skin after a good face mask, I'd recommend the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, a very lightweight moisturizing and non greasy cream, the Avène Skin Recovery Cream, great hydration to quench the tired and dry skin which is perfect to use at night before you go to bed. Another one I'd recommend is the La Roche-Posay Toleriane, a saviour during winter (it's a little bit thick but absorbs quickly).

For the lips I highly recommend Vaseline Petroleum Jelly or the Fresh Advanced Lip Therapy to prevent the dry, flaky and chapped lips. I've always used these products, and although I try to get away with it in Summer, I make it a thing to try and put it on every morning and every night before I go to sleep during winter. It's the key if you want to have super soft and kissable lips.

Because of the cold, the skin tends to feel thirsty and like it's always in need of a good moisturizing treatment. The perfect way to fight this is to use an intense and soothing face mask that will leave your face feeling really nourished. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask or the Origins Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst, do an amazing job at repairing your skin to prefent future dehydration. You'll wake up feeling refreshed.

Hair needs as much of a routine as the skin does - we always need to show it a little bit of love. Let's not forget that shampooing our hair everyday dries it out just as much as if you exfoliated your face everyday. It basically strips it of its natural oils. Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Cream, does wonders for those that like me have thick curly hair, or the Corine de Farm Shea Butter and Olive extract (for dry and damaged hair) is just as good. I've been using the latter for a while now and my curls have never felt softer.

Let's face it though, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is an absolute pearl that's seriously as addicting as it gets. Use it where you please, as much as you please. I promise, it does wonder for anywhere on your body.

We cannot forget about the rest of our body, the Lush Ocean Salt - Face and Body Scrub is really good to get rid of the dead and dry skin, while combining it with the Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Butter or the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. All three provide hydration and relieve the irritation caused by the cold weather.

The Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturizer has also been my go to for years, and I think it's one that I always tend to make sure I have extra of because I'm always scared it's going to be finished and I won't have any of it in the cupboards.

Well, that turned out to be longer than I expected. What are your go to products during winter?

Ella x



  1. adorando usar S&G agora no inverno! Eu usava bastante Vaseline antigamente, mas depois de provar outros lip balms, os prefiro (eg, Carmex).

    Realmente, nao há nada melhor que ver um filminho debaixo das cobertas nesse frio! :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. I love the first photo, it's so nice to see everything laid out like that! I admit I'm not the best with keeping up with my skincare routine, but I'd love to try the Lush Ocean Salt and Soap&Glory!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    1. Thank you so much lovely! Honestly, sometimes I have to force myself to do certain things because I'm either tired or just plain lazy, but it feels so good afterwards. It's really relaxing! And you should, they're both great brands with so many great products!

      Ella x

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