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It happens every year, as soon as Winter comes around and the temperature drops my skin screams out for a more hydrating & more nourishing skincare routine. After chatting to a few of my girlfriends about it, we've sussed that so many of us are in the same boat, which is exactly why I wanted to share with you guys a few of the products I've been using.

I'm a firm believer that less is more when it comes to skincare. I've said it a thousand times on this blog, I couldn't think of anything worse than having a skincare routine made up of a dozen products. Not only would it be a nightmare for my bank balance, but I really don't like the idea of clogging my skin with a tonne of products. The following five products aren't ones I use on a daily basis, but they are products I've relied on this Winter for hydrating my skin. 
Claire looking at REN skincare product.
NSPA Beauty Rituals pure exfoliator.
When it comes to combating dry and lackluster skin I find the best way to start is with an 'out with the old, in with the new' type attitude which is exactly where a good exfoliator comes in to play. I tend to find less abrasive exfoliators better for this time of year as they're less damaging on my already dry & damaged skin. My product of choice at the moment is the NSPA pure exfoliator from their sensitive skin range, which bizarrely I picked up on a bit of a whim during my weekly shop in ASDA. I didn't really think anything of it, other than I need a good scrub to get rid of dead skin cells on my face, but this little product is blooming amazing. It's nourishing & gives my dehydrated skin an instant boost of moisture which for an exfoliator is pretty hard to come by. I've been using this product twice a week, as I don't want to overdo it, but every time I use it I can instantly feel the boost in hydration to my skin.
Hydrating skincare products.
Eve Lom cleanser.
I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I unpacked the Eve Lom cleanser from my Look Fantastic beauty box last month. Quite frankly I'm sad I only received the sample size tub of this product as I've fallen in love with this pretty pricey piece of skincare - One I'm not sure I can afford to hand my pennies over for when this one runs out, even though I really really really want to! I've found because the oil based cleanser is quite thick in consistency it works best by heating between the fingertips first before popping on your face as it makes the application process much smoother & the task of removing makeup super duper simple - It feels like an absolute dream to use! It's packed full of goodness too, with ingredients such as chamomile oil, cocoa butter & clove oil, which if that isn't a recipe for success, I don't know what is! Not only am I left with super duper fresh clean skin, but my face feels so much more hydrated and nourished after using. It really is a brilliant cleanser, especially for this time of year.

Ren glow daily vitamin c gel cream*
A newbie to my collection is the vitamin c gel cream from Ren; a light moisturiser with as the name suggests a creamy gel like consistency. I've not actually used a moisturiser with this texture before, so when I first pumped the product onto my palms I was super intregued and couldn't wait to lather my skin with it. I made the mistake initially of using three pumps of the product on my face which was way too much, when in reality 1 pump is more than enough. I have the 50ml size product and can already tell that it's going to last a long time, the bottle's also super handy in the sense that you can see how much of the product you've used - Perfect for  reminding you to repurchase before you've ran out. This product contains vitamin c which boosts collagen production and also helps with UV damage to the skin, magnesium to nourish the skin and Tara Pod extract to help even skin tone - This product is an all round good egg when it comes to giving the skin some much needed glow. Even after only using the glow daily vitamin c gel cream for a couple of days, I'd noticed my skin appeared plumper, softer & more luminous.
This little tube of citrus scented goodness doesn't officially launch until early next year, it's scheduled for release on the 2nd January, but once it does I'm sure it's going to be a total hit!
Hydrating skincare products.
Rodial dragon's blood hyaluronic tonic.
I've never really been sold on toners before, I didn't understand how they worked & to be honest thought they were a bit of a fad when it came to skincare. In reality toners are super important, they soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin restoring the delicate PH balance. The hyaluronic acid contained in this toner gives my face a plumped & hydrated appearance, which is very much needed during Winter. Obviously this product does what it says on the tin, however what I love most about this, is just how refreshing it feels when spritzed on the face, it's cooling properties leaves me feeling rejuvenated and my skin stimulated - It's blooming amazing! Truth be told this is the only toner I've tried in spray form so I can't really tell if it's the best of the best, all I know is that I enjoy using it & I can definitely feel a difference in my skin when I use it.
Skincare products.
The Body Shop lip scuff.
If I could recommend only one product for Winter, it'd be this one... I've been using it since I was a teenager and one I can't imagine going through the winter months without. Not only does my skin get really dry around this time of year, but my lips literally go as dry as the Sahara desert. I've gone off lip balms as I find they're often quite sticky or claggy, I much prefer a scrub as it gets rid of all the horrible dry skin I seem to accumulate on my lips. This one from the body shop exfoliates, nourishes and moisturises the lips all in one go... And the fact it's in a super handy bullet form, it's literally the easiest thing in the world to use - Sadly I don't think this product is available anymore, but I'm fully stocked up & ready for whatever Winter may throw at me.
Claire looking in mirror with the body shop lip scuff.
So there we have it, my five favourite products when it comes to combatting dry, lack luster skin over Winter time. Like I say, I've not been using all five every day, but without them I really think my skin wouldn't look half as good as what it does. 

Has your skin been suffering this Winter? What products have you been using?

Claire. X

1 comment

  1. Awesome post but it really isnt possible to "clog" your skin with lots of skincare unless something is specifically comedogenic



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