Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Intense Skincare Solutions: Winter Snow

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While I’ve been using skincare for many years, there are some products that I didn’t really get until I needed them personally.  eg I didn’t need body lotion as my skin was soft anyway and those little balm things that everyone raves about - just why!?!  Until now. Or until the past year or so to be precise.  My skincare always needs moved up a notch in Winter, but when temperatures plummet below zero and central heating soars, the regime goes into overdrive. 

I have a few posts planned along similar lines, but today I want to focus on specialised skincare saviours for truly parched skin, all of which have been a godsend to me lately.

Jardins D’Eden - Detox Heavenly Butter

This my friends is a whole new level of body butter.  It comes exquisitely packaged in a gold ribboned box and reminds me of a little tub of solid balm for serious moisture on little dry patches, except you get a whole jar of it, so you’re allowed to apply it all over! 

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It is solid in the jar as I hope this illustrates - and requires warming between the hands to melt it into a nourishing oil.  The solidity comes from the high percentage of natural ingredients - organic unrefined Shea butter, unrefined Cocoa butter, Mango butter, Kukui butter and Jojoba, Rosehip and Vitamin E oils.  I’m usually happy if a product contains one of these, so to get them all in one jar is pure luxury… and even better - natural luxury.

A little goes a long way and the fragrance is divine, infused with detoxifying Juniperberry, lymphatic-boosting Grapefruit, astringent Cypress and toning Lemongrass.  So up my street!

LEMONGRASS & MANDARIN AROMATHERAPY CANDLE

Next on my wishlist from D’Eden is this Lemongrass & Mandarin aromatherapy candle - the perfect combination for a gorgeous smell and uplifting effect.

Weleda Skin Food

This multi award winning cult product has been used and loved by celebrities and supermodels for years.  For me, it provides an invisible pair of gloves below my leather ones before I head out in the cold, as well as nourishing my hands while I sleep.  I also apply it on my little boy’s cheeks before school as he is prone to eczema in extreme temperatures - and so far they have remained baby soft.  

Weleda is one of a number of beauty products now certified with the Natrue kitemark, set up to help consumers identify products from 100+ brands that are genuinely organic and natural. The whole ‘just how natural is your natural skincare’ debate is such a topical issue at the moment that I think this concept will be embraced by many more.

eos Lip Balm

I’ve had a love affair with this for the past year since I picked it up at cutecosmetics.co.uk (yes it IS available in the UK!) and a string of fabulous ingredients mean it soothes my lips like nothing else does.  Not to mention its cute squatness and lovely aroma. I’ve reviewed it in full here if you’d like more info and the new Pomegranate Raspberry flavour is next on my list (it does seem to go on forever though!).

Organic Surge - Million Dollar Anywhere Balm

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This does a similar job to D’Eden Heavenly Butter, but comes in a dinky little portable jar that I can bring everywhere with me for soothing on the go! Cuticles, lips elbows and those pesky little dry itchy patches that seem to appear from nowhere all get soothed by this concoction of cocoa, shea butter and sweet almond oil. Again it’s a solid, firmer in texture than the D’Eden and melts into a balm rather than an oil.

For every purchase from the Million Dollar range, Organic Surge will donate $1 towards a $1 million target for Kenya Children’s Home Baby Care Unit and Orphanage.

CND Solar Oil

Last but most definitely not least is this teeny little bottle of heroic proportions.  I got this on eBay for a few pounds last year, loved it, then forgot about it & moved on to something else (beautybloggeritus). Around 10 days ago I was actually despairing at the cuticles on my right hand. They were red, sore, thickened, cracked - you name it - I genuinely didn’t think anything would fix them.  I applied this before going to sleep one night and next morning, before even opening my eyes, noticed the skin around my nails felt softer.  They’re not quite perfect yet, but cracked, red, sore swollen skin has gone. And I put it down to this product. I’ve just discovered that Cult Beauty has full sized bottles and will totally be getting one as soon as this mini runs out.

What are your favourites for keeping your skin happy in this weather?

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