Sunday, 10 March 2019

10 Cold Weather Appropriate Skincare Products To Try Now

skincare for dry skin in winter

Over the past few months or so I've been putting a whole lot of skincare to the test, to varying degrees of success. For reference, my skin is pretty dehydrated all over and this can lead to an oily T-Zone and dry patches. My skin can also get rather sensitive and up until now, I haven't found an eye cream that hasn't made my eyes water. So I was on the lookout for a few new products to add to my current routine and more than happy to test out some lovely skincare bits that I had been sent. As always, you can find my full disclaimer here but basically an * beside something indicates that it was either gifted to me or paid for with a gift card.

Compared to makeup, it's sometimes pretty difficult to find recent recommendations when it comes to skincare, ones that you could easily slot into your current skincare routine or hopefully even inspire you to take skincare more seriously. So hopefully that is what this blog post will do, particularly during the cold weather.

So here are my top 10 cold weather appropriate skincare products to try now;

best cleanser for dry skin uk

Dermalogica Precleanse* £38.50

At the end of last year, I became a Dermalogica #Skinfluencer, which essentially means that occasionally I will be gifted some of Dermalogica's latest and bestselling products to try out, that I am under no obligation to feature or review.

I had never heard of Precleanse before but it is such a genius product. It's an oil without leaving the skin feeling greasy or oily afterwards and turns into a milky substance once combined with water. This really does remove absolutely everything from your face. I'm talking stubborn waterproof makeup and really colourful or glittery pigments. Basically, if you've been struggling to get all your makeup off or you just feel like your skin isn't completely clean after cleansing, try this out! You won't regret it.

mgc derma Youth Day CBD & Hyaluronic Cleansing Milk £19-38

I'd seen mgc derma appear a few times on social media and happily took advantage of a 50% sale, which is still on, at Harvey Nichols to grab this bottle. I've been using this cleansing milk as a second cleanse on the days when I've been wearing a lot of makeup or as my main cleanse on days when I'm not wearing anything at all and I'm such a fan!

It feels so lovely and hydrating on the skin and doesn't leave my skin feeling taut or too tight after doing so either. It also includes the 'it' ingredient of the moment; CBD, which is supposed to make your skin look and feel firmer and revived. Definitely one to check out, particularly when it's half price at the moment.

pixi glow tonic 500ml uk

Pixi Glow Tonic* £5-18

Right before Christmas a very exciting parcel arrived at my door; my very own bumper sized and personalised bottle of Pixi's Glow Tonic. It's one of the products that has made the biggest differences to my skin in recent years. And as someone who can often be rather lazy, I normally reach for my pre-soaked Glow Tonic To-Go, that I've featured in a previous travel beauty feature before but I'm so happy to have a bottle of this stuff.

It has improved any breakout areas and made a serious impact on improving my bizarre skin texture. If you've been unsure about adding acids to your skincare routine, I would 100% start with this one. When people say this is game changing, I have to agree. Whether you're older or have acne scarring or sensitive skin, this pretty much works on all and is a great price too.

skincare for dry skin

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying & Plumping Daily Booster £16

I've tried a good number of gel based moisturisers and even though they normally absorb quite quickly, they either leave the skin with a greasy film on top or your skin feels parched about an hour later. This is honestly the best gel based product that I've tried! I'd describe it as something between a serum and a moisturiser as your skin feels so refreshed and hydrated after using it. It's also got rid of some little dry patches that nothing else helped with. I've found that French Pharmacy skincare is some of the best priced and performing on the market and so easy to add to your basket at the likes of Boots now.

Nuxe Multi-Correctional Eye Balm Cream £23

When I heard that Nuxe were releasing a skincare range designed specifically for millenials, I was really intrigued. I feel like we've all probably seen those images on social media where there's a picture of a Dear Diary (remember those?!) or Jonathan Taylor Thomas with a 90's curtain hairstyle and a caption saying something along the lines of  'if you remember this it's time for an eye cream', etc.

But I've struggled to find one that isn't super intense, especially as I'm only starting to notice fine and smile lines. This cream doesn't leave my eyes looking red or watery and helps with any puffiness in the mornings as well. I've also seen a change in how dark my dark circles look and notice a difference when I forget to apply this in the morning. If you've not already heard of this new range from Nuxe, I would certainly check it out at your local beauty counter if you're in the millenial age range.

Givenchy L'Intemporel Blossom Beautifying Radiance Serum £63

I was invited along to the relaunch of Givenchy's counter at Debenhams in St. Enoch last year and one product impressed me that much that I had to return to finally invest in a serum. The lovely makeup artist who did my makeover that day commented on the odd flaky skin texture that I have on my forehead and cheeks and said that if exfoliating wasn't keeping on top of this, a serum would and this was the one that she recommended. It may be pricey but boy is it good!

If you have dull skin, this is the product for you! My skin feels so hydrated and much brighter after using this. The rosy pink micro beads lift the look of the skin and make me feel so confident to go out completely makeup free after using this. I also feel like a proper adult when using this.

The next few products are ideal for those of us with dry or dehydrated skin or skin that can be problematic in the Winter months;

winter skin care routine for dry skin

Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist* £65

For years now I've wanted to try Omorovicza's Queen Of Hungary Mist but after hearing mixed reviews, I've yet to give it a go. I was, however, sent this Magic Moisture Mist from the brand. If you're feeling extra bougie, give this a go. It doesn't replace a traditional moisturiser and is quite a big bottle to take with you for touch ups throughout the day but it has piqued my interest though and I've already got my eye on a little travel size of the Queen Of Hungary Mist to possibly take with me on my next trip abroad.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance* £61

A new and improved take on one of Dermalogica's highest rated products, the Intensive Moisture Balance is a cold weather essential! If you're someone who really struggles with dry, dehydrated or increasingly sensitive skin in the Winter, this is a must buy! You only need a tiny amount, which is in stark difference to every other moisturiser that I've used for my dry skin. I normally have to slather moisturisers on to even get the slightest bit of actual hydration. This, on the other hand, actually feels like it's really penetrating the skin and is easily the best moisturiser that I've tried in the colder months.

If you have similar skin to me, seriously check this out!

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Last but not least, we have two mud based face masks;

ALGENIST ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask* £38

Now you might think that this product is a bit of a gimmick (it changes colour after being applied and is really rather cool to watch) but it's a clay mask unlike any other that I've tried. It doesn't leave my skin feeling itchy or dry, like other clay masks often do and it also feels like a mousse instead of a thick gloopy consistency and for that reason, it makes me want to reach for it over and over again. Something to certainly check out.

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment Masque* £16-42

I'd heard a lot of hype surrounding this product so was really intrigued to see how it would perform on my skin. I put this to the test right before Christmas, when it was starting to get really cold and I now get why I've seen so many positive reviews of it. First of all, the smell of this is so dreamy and makes me think of Summer holidays but what impressed me the most was how immediate the results were with this. My skin felt brand new after having this on the first time and it worked wonders on my really dry and dehydrated skin.

how to take care of dry skin in winter

So those are my top 10 picks for cold weather appropriate skincare products.

Have you tried any of the brands or exact products in today's blog post? If so, what were your thoughts on them? Are there any skincare brands that you are completely loyal to or ones that have caught your eye recently?


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