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The cold weather is starting to set in; I'm not happy about it and neither is my skin! Today I thought I'd talk you through some of the products and ingredients I've been using to protect and nourish my skin as we head further into autumn / winter...
Let's start by talking about my beloved Wow You! Zen Cleanser | £16 (use code JASMINE15 for 15% off (affiliate)). This cleanser contains three ingredients that are amazing for battling against the cold weather. The first is oat, these contain lipids and proteins to really moisturise the skin. It also has antioxidant properties, so can protect the skin, as well as soothing it, making it great for any environmentally-induced sensitivity. The next ingredient I wanted to highlight is another antioxidant: cucumber, which has soothing properties. My final star ingredient is the avocado this cleanser contains. Avocado is full of fatty acids, as well as being an antioxidant, which makes it a great combination for winter skin that's feeling a bit lacklustre. This cream cleanser has such a nourishing formula, whilst still having a lightweight texture on the skin. It's not only refreshing but it's incredibly nourishing and really softens the skin.
I've also found myself reaching over and over again for my Fourth Ray Beauty Remedy 10% Niacinamide Serum | $15. Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) is one of those rare skincare ingredients I think can work for just about anyone and another pro of it is that it can be combined with 'heavier' actives like retinols, Vitamin C and acid exfoliators without being too much for the skin or counteracting them. Not only can it help balance surface oils and reduce the size of pores (for the oily-skinned among us) but it can help reduce the impact of the environment on your skin by repairing damage (which is the reason why I'm recommending it for the autumn / winter months). I just think it's a great one to contribute towards overall skin health. I like this product because it delivers those benefits, it's non-tacky to apply and it's affordable.
You can check out my brand overview of Fourth Ray beauty here.
Another great all-rounder for virtually all skin types is the Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum* | $6. Hyaluronic acid has insane water retention abilities and is best applied to damp skin so it draws that moisture into the different layers of your skin. It's lightweight and fast-absorbing, making it a great option for all skin types that are lacking lustre in these colder conditions. It plumps the skin, making it look fresher and healthier, and feel nice and soft. It's especially great if your skin doesn't like the central heating, because it provides lasting moisture. I'm a huge fan of this option from Good Molecules; it gives me a healthy glow, even when my skin is lacking sun and suffering because of harsh weather.
You can check out my brand overview of Good Molecules here and my affordable hyaluronic acid serum comparison here.
A lesser-known but very exciting addition comes in the form of Niod's Modulating Glucosides* | £21. This milky emulsion can be used in place of a serum or layered on top of something like the hyaluronic acid or niacinamide. Glucosides are plant-based sugars with skin-soothing antioxidant properties. This product also contains ceramides, which we'll dive into next, in the form of oat lipids. If you suffer from winter redness; rejoice! I rarely get redness but sometimes I do when it's colder - primarily around my nose and mouth - so this is amazing for just calming things down so my skin feels soothed, if irritated, and moisturised at the same time. If you suffer from increased sensitivity around this time of year; this combination of ingredients is well worth a look.
You can check out my overview of Niod, the Ordinary and other Deciem brands here.
Another hero ingredient I just love can be found in the Dr Jart + Ceramidin Cream | £35.50. The complex of five ceramides is the highlight of this moisturiser formula. These lipids are naturally found in the skin but - you guessed it - as we age, these stores deplete. They help reinforce the skin's natural barrier; protecting it and preventing water loss. If you're suffering from redness, dryness or dehydration; odds are you'd benefit from replenishing the ceramides in your skin. This is a gorgeous moisturiser, although it is quite rich, it doesn't leave a greasy layer on my skin; it's just intensely nourishing, softening and smoothing on my skin. Exactly what it needs during the winter months!
You can check out a more in-depth review of this product here.
One of my go-to products when my skin needs some TLC is the Dr Roebuck's Tama Healing Mask* | £25. What I really love about this brand is that they're all about minimal ingredients, making them a great option if you have sensitive skin because you can have a look at the ingredient list and just know if a product is for you or not. The first star of the show in this face mask is turmeric, which you're probably more used to eating than putting on your skin! That's what this mask owes its curry-esque colouring to and this root has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, for when you're suffering from redness or irritation in the cold weather. Manuka honey is an old favourite of mine; not only is it nourishing but it has antibacterial properties, so can help keep the breakouts at bay. This also contains avocado oil, which is full of fatty acids to replenish the skin. I leave this on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing to calm my skin and reduce redness. I don't usually have reactive skin but it's quite sensitive to temperature and weather changes, so having this on hand is really helpful for calming things back down.
You can check out my brand overview of Dr Roebuck's here.
A newer discovery that my skin is loving right now is the Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum | £26. This is a milky-gel serum that's fast-absorbing, though definitely a little difficult to get out of the dropper. The first ingredient I really like in here is good old-fashioned glycerin. This is a simple but effective humectant that can be found in many moisturisers; it's colourless and odorless and draws water into the skin. I also really like jojoba oil, an emollient that makes the skin nice and soft. It contains fatty acids for dry skin and can soothe the skin. I also really love aloe vera as a lightweight thirst-quencher that's soothing and has antioxidant properties. One word of caution, though, is that it does contain rose and other fragrant components, so may not be for everyone. For me personally; this softens, plumps and hydrates my skin, which is exactly what I want at this time of year.
You can check out my past Pixi skincare reviews here.
A favourite of mine is always the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil | £34. I love marula oil as a source of fatty acids, making it incredibly nourishing on dry winter skin. It's also non-fragrant so suitable for sensitive skin types. What I love about this formula is how it delivers that softening nourishment but has pretty much a dry-touch finish. It absorbs nicely and doesn't sit on the surface; my skin just drinks it right up. I tend to use this before bed so it can work its magic overnight, but if you want an oil for the daytime; this will work nicely!
You can check out my reviews of Drunk Elephant here.
- BODY -A product that's a staple in my skincare routine is the Nuxe dry oil, however for winter I up the ante with the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil Spray* | £32.50. This is an extra-nourishing version of the oil mist that's amazing for dry skin on the body and can also be used to nourish your hair. Macadamia seed oil is a rich emollient to soften dry skin and sunflower seed oil can have soothing and replenishing properties. This is a cocktail of amazing oils that will see dry skin on the body through the colder months.
You can check out my reviews of Nuxe products here.
A newer discovery has been the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream* | £34. Whilst not everyone will love rose on their face, unless you have eczema or a similar condition; it's a really lovely hydrator for the hands and body. This is my perfect hand cream; super-moisturising without being slippery and it's not just surface nourishment, it really lasts throughout the day.
Finally, there's an old favourite in the form of the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm* | £10.50. This is a thicker lip balm, so I personally use it overnight. It contains nourishing honey and shea butter, so by morning my lips are softened and smoothed. I pretty much never get chapped lips in the cold weather now and pretty much never exfoliate them these days! That's how great this lip balm is.
What are your essential products and ingredients for cold weather?