Health & Beauty

Cold snap skincare

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Spring is getting closer but it is not quite time to ditch the heavy-duty skincare that has graciously dragged us through this winter. Brisk winds that cause chapped laps and dry skin are still among us and at the moment it feels chillier than ever. But, it seems ridiculous to splash the cash on another range of winter skincare products. So, here is a break down of how to see your skin through the transitional period before spring and will see you through until the summer (sooner rather than later we hope).

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We all know that it is important to cleanse our skin all year round. Micellar water and foaming cleansers are a thing of the past and in the sub-zero temperatures it is time to bring out the big guns. You want something with a thicker consistency and a hydrating formula to take off make-up but at the same time nourish your skin. A personal favourite is ‘Ultrabland’, a creamy balm cleanser from Lush Cosmetics. Its main ingredient is bees wax meaning that it is based on super natural ingredients that are perfectly suited to sensitive skin. Beeswax is also one of nature’s most hydrating and nourishing ingredients so it is great for this time of year. You can also use this product as a lip mask. Just slather a thick layer over your lips before you go to bed and wake up with lips that are good as new. Other great cleansers include Clinique’s ‘Take The Day Off, Balm’ and Botanics ‘Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm’.

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To get rid of dry skin you must forget abrasive exfoliators that will irritate sensitive skin and swap to an exfoliating toner. These are relatively new to the beauty hype scene but they basically exfoliate the skin using safe acids rather than exfoliating beads that cause horrific environmental issues and generally do nothing for the skin. One that has hit the beauty industry by storm (and for good reason) is the Pixi ‘Glow Tonic’. With aloe vera and ginseng, this toner resurfaces the skin and leaves you with that well-needed glow in the colder months. Exfoliating pads are also a great way to go, they work in the same way but are a lazy girls alternative. The Nip + Fab ‘Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads’ works wonders in re-balancing the skin. Glycolic retextures the skin whilst the blue daisy soothes and calms – just remember that stinging is good, burning is bad.

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It is time to pack on the moisture. Whether it be in serum, moisturiser or oil form it is very important to protect your skin from the harsh weather conditions. Of course, here is the opportunity to splash out on a skincare product that contains active ingredients. But, as always you do not have to break the bank to bag yourself a skincare product that works. Lets start high. Sunday Riley’s ‘Luna Sleeping night oil’ is a spectacular night time oil that works its magic overnight to reveal immediate results. It is a great option for this time of year because it is majorly hydrating and contains an advanced retinol complex that corrects damage caused by weather, pollution and lifestyle. But if you do not have £85 to spare on facial oil, another face product that is a beauty blogger favourite that comes in at a much lower price is the Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal Serum’. As the name suggests this product is centred on hydration and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Apply before your everyday moisturiser to add an extra layer of moisture.

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It is not just your face that needs a little TLC in cold weather. Hands can get just as dry and can be pretty painful. A staple for many people and for good reason is the Neal’s Yard ‘Wild Rose Hand Cream.’ It contains wild rose hip oil that will deeply nourish hands and prevent redness. It also comes in a travel size, which is convenient to simply chuck in your handbag to top up during the day. Want something a little more heavy-duty? Then the L’Occitane ‘Shea Butter Hand Cream’ might just be for you. It is as moisturising as it gets but has a non-greasy formula. No frills, no fuss just an effective product that works.

To avoid the negative skin effects of a cold snap as we are coming into spring, make sure you up the anti in your skincare routine. It is all about heavy-duty balms, serums and oils that will give you that much-needed extra layer of hydration. Whatever your budget there is no reason why dry skin and chapped lips cannot be avoided, whether you opt for high end or high street you’ve got it covered, girl.

Words by Becca Green

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