Taking a look at my Instagram feed, it seems like I was the only person who didn’t wake up to a wintry blanket of snow outside their window this morning. Rooftops and tree branches were covered with a very pretty, albeit fleeting, dusting of snow. There’s something quite magical about the calm and quiet snowfall can bring; the way it encourages us to wrap up warm and stay indoors, bundled up on the sofa with a hot cup of something and a good book to read. Bliss.
But, if there’s one thing I dislike about winter, it’s the effect that it has on my skin. I find the colder weather contributes to and exacerbates dryness around my eyes and other facial problem areas, as well as my lips and hands. It’s just unpleasant, and makes putting on makeup a messy, frustrating chore.
To combat this, I’ve been doing what I can to pack moisture back into my skin, and one area of my routine that I’ve been focussing on is nighttime skincare. Taking the utmost care to remove my makeup gently and cleanse away the day’s dirt and grime, I have added two products into the mix and have so far been thoroughly impressed with them both!
Sub-zero temperatures and unexpected allergies led to an itchy, inflamed under eye area for me during my break in Sweden, so I picked up an eye cream from this German brand in a local health store. Formulated using Avocado oil, Vitamin E, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera, this product’s main ingredient is organic Noni plant leaves. The Noni plant is native to the Caribbean and is packed with healing and nourishing qualities.
Massaging a small amount of cream into my under eye area morning and evening, I have really noticed a difference to the dryness and general inflammation along the outskirts of my lower lash line. It instantly soothes the cracked, dry skin there and provides day-long moisture and protection.
I picked up this balm at the Animal Aid Christmas fayre back in early December, and have been using it religiously since then as a night cream. Living Naturally is a brand that interests me greatly – they’re becoming well-known for their Soap Nuts (which I am excited to try having heard many wonderful things about them). The company’s credentials could not be better: their range is all made ethically in the UK, using mostly organic, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients. They tick all of my boxes.
Having initially been concerned that the oiliness of the balm would trigger a breakout, I needn’t have worried, because it hasn’t. The main ingredients are soap nuts extract, rosehip, rose and calendula which combine to fight dryness, inflammation and other common skin conditions. I take two fingers and swirl them atop the balm, then apply to my face, adding more as needed. The product doesn’t feel too oily or uncomfortable on the skin, and a little really does go a long way – I can’t imagine my 60g pot running out anytime soon!
I am delighted with these products, and can already see the benefit they are having on my dry winter skin. Knowing that they are comprised of ethically sourced, natural and organic ingredients – that are all vegan friendly – is very comforting and I can’t wait to try more from both lines.
How does your skin fare during the colder months? Tell me your secrets in the comments below!