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I think most of us go into a bit of a slump during January. Maybe you drank a bit too much, spent a bit too much or you're feeling a bit down with all the festive excitement out of the way and not much to look forward to during the start of the year. I can't help with all of that, but I can share with you my favourite products for getting your hair and skin back in shape this winter...
When it comes to hair, I'm all about nourishment, especially in this cold weather. I've been loving the Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut and Fig Hair Mask* | £34.90. It really does transform dry, brittle hair into smoother, silkier, healthier-looking hair. I slap on this oil-based hair mask, leave it for a good 15-20 minutes and rinse to bring my hair back to life. If you're looking for an all-rounder that can help your scalp as well, then I recommend the Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque* | £30. It's amazing if you get a dry scalp at this time of year (I'm definitely suffering at the moment in that respect!) as well as working to smooth and soften the hair. It isn't too heavy and won't lead to product build-up, yet it works so well! I also really love using the Umberto Giannini No Wash Conditioner | £7.25. This is a lightweight, non-greasy oil mist for the hair that smells amazing and adds hydration and shine when things are looking a bit lacklustre!
I really love nourishing cream-based skincare at this time of year. Not only does it revive my skin after having been out in the cold, but it's great when I've been indulging a little with late nights and eating and drinking... The product I always reach for without fail is the Wow You! Zen Cleanser | £16 (15% off with code JASMINE15) | full review. This has a rich, nourishing formula that's nothing too smothering. It's formulated with skin-loving ingredients like avocado, cucumber and oatmeal. I'm also really enjoying the Sukin Rosehip Rich Moisture Facial Masque* | £11.95. It really softens and nourishes my skin with rosehip oil, Vitamin E and aloe.
Serums also act as great boosters to get my skin back on track around this time of year. I really like the Fourth Ray Remedy 10% Niacinamide Serum | $15 | full review. Niacinamide is a great all-round skin maintenance ingredient. Not only can it help reduce pores and inflammation but it can even diminish the appearance of fine lines and protect the skin against environmental factors. The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum* | £29 | full review | is also perfect for this time of year. This is a water-based serum that my skin drinks right up. It hydrates and plumps with grape water, plant squalane and hyaluronic acid. Overnight, when my skin is feeling dry and dull, I really enjoy the Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules Essential Ceramides + | £7.55 | full review. Ceramides are like the building blocks of our skin and a product like this isn't only softening and nourishing, but it can help repair that natural barrier and protect the skin against the harsh elements.
My go-to day cream to slap on when my skin is dry and lacklustre is the Dr Jart + Ceramidin Cream | £35.50 | full review. It contains those amazing ceramides we just discussed and also really softens my skin, taking care of any dry patches and providing intense nourishment without any surface greasiness. Eye cream is also a must after party season! My current go-to is the Too Cool for School Caviar Lime Hydra Eye Treatment Cream* | £24.99. This is a lightweight gel cream that's refreshing and hydrating but not too rich. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid and multiple variations of Vitamin C (through the caviar lime). Overnight, I've been reaching a lot for the Bybi CBD Booster | £12. Whilst CBD is having a bit of a gimmicky boom, rest assured, hemp is a well-known skin hydrator and CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This lightweight, emollient oil is lovely for providing moisture, and it's nothing too heavy or greasy on the skin. I like it a lot for counteracting dryness during the colder months.
Finally there are a few treatments I recommend for whipping your skin back into shape after the festive period. The first is something I use as a spot treatment when I'm breaking out and to help reduce any scarring as a result of blemishes. The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | £4.20 | full review | is so affordable but always works a treat. I usually apply it overnight to the spot and by morning it's significantly less red, swollen and noticeable. For gentle, possibly even everyday exfoliation, I really recommend the Inkey List's PHA Toner | £9.99 | full review. PHAs are the gentle chemical exfoliation option, so perfect if your skin reacts to cold weather and your usual glycolic acid is feeling a bit more irritating. It still smooths the skin but acts more on a surface level, so can be more suitable for sensitive skin. Finally, there's obviously a face mask in the mix! I really like the Dr Roebuck's Uluru Purifying Face Mask* | £25 | full review. This is a classic clay mask that will provide your skin with a deep cleanse, pulling out impurities without being overly drying. Perfect if your skin is a bit lacklustre and spotty after Christmas.
Which products are helping you recover from the festivities of Christmas and New Year?