Burts Bees Hand Salve
This tiny tub is a winter miracle – especially if you suffer from particularly sensitive hands when they’re dry. I do – and just a tiny amount of this balm creates a silky, moisturising barrier between your skin & the elements, without that slimy, drop-everything-you-touch effect.
The smell is a little bit medicinal (sort of like Vicks, or yanno…beeswax) but I quite like it, and it wears off very quickly.
You can pick this up for about £8, but I’ve had mine over a year and it’s still hardly dented, so it does go a long way and it’s well worth the investment. Just don’t use it before doing your hair, as it will leave it greasy (I learn the hard way… almost every day).
Superdrug Vitamin E Night Cream
I use this night and day in winter, because its really thick but doesn’t leave your skin greasy. The smell is very mild but lovely, and it leaves your face and hands feeling really smooth and deeply moisturised. I also find this a great product to apply when flying, as it works so deeply. It’s also really budget friendly, at around £3 for a huge tub, which goes a long way. I probably only need to buy this twice a year.
Nettle & Peppermint Tea
You’re probably no stranger to the fact that great skin isn’t all about moisturising and exfoliating. Nettle tea has properties which aid firm and clear skin, as well as tons of digestive benefits. It sounds creepy, but through winter I keep a couple of nettle & peppermint teabags with me, and drink them whenever I feel the urge for a coffee. For me, its easier than drinking tons of water as the flavour is actually really lovely.
Honey & Cinnamon face scrub.
This is a DIY skin saver, it sounds a bit nuts but give it a go. Combine 1tsp honey with ½ tsp cinnamon & mix. Apply to face and leave on for around 10 minutes. Using a circular motion, exfoliate using the cinnamon grains before removing with a warm towel. The cinnamon will sting a little bit but it’s a great natural remedy for redness and uneven skintone, and it helps combat severely dry skin (for me anyway). Plus it doesn’t taste gross when you accidentally get it in your mouth.
Superdrug Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash
For day-to-day cleansing, I have never found a better face wash than this. The grapefruit scent it lovely, and it product itself is very gentle, meaning it doesn’t irritate even my sensitive skin. It doesn’t sting when you get it in your eyes, and it lathers up really well, meaning it lasts ages.
I use this year round, but I thought I’d include it in the list because some cleansers/facial wash can dry out your skin, which is usually more of an issue in winter. This usually sells at just over £3, but they have a 2 for £4 offer on right now, so I’ve just stocked up. Both me & Mr K use this, so a 150ml bottle usually lasts about 2-3 weeks.
I’m rubbish, in general, at knowing what types of food are good/bad for what. However, during winter I am usually prone to dry, flaky skin and a couple years ago I did some heavy research on how to combat that through diet alone.
Through the colder months I try to eat at least 1 meal a day that has all the essential vitamins for good skin (A, C, E and Omega-3). You can probably do your own research into what foods this includes.
So, those are my go-to products and tricks to keeping my skin in good nick during winter.
Do you have any top tips for combatting winter skin?
I’d love to hear them, so leave a comment!