Last week I woke up to dry lips – a sure sign for me that colder weather had hit. It may officially be autumn, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start thinking about my winter skincare routine. Winter can be tough on all of us. The combination of lack of sunlight, harsh wind & rain, and cold weather is not ideal. It’s fair to say that we all suffer a little at this time of year. As someone with sensitive skin, I’m always cautious about taking extra care. I thought I’d share my 5 skincare tips for surviving winter with you all.
1. Moisturise like there’s no tomorrow
This is pretty much a given. But did you think about changing up your daily moisturiser? It can be tempting to use up the last of your light summer product, but winter calls for something with a bit more oomf.
Well yes and no. Central heating is pretty much a necessity in the UK during Winter. But it’s pretty dehydrating on your skin. this change can contribute to drying out your skin. If you can set a timer or specific temp, try to stick to this.
If your skin is dry, it may seem like exfoliating is a no-go but that isn’t the case. Exfoliating is still very important during the winter months, just try not to over do it. Stick to once a week, and use a gentle, daily exfoliator in-between.
Cold weather, harsh winds… it can all contribute towards dry skin, and your hands and lips are no different. They can often be overlooked but they should still be a part of your skincare routine. Basically just moisturise the hell out of your body this winter!
Amazingly 6 out of 10 people have difficulty sleeping, and skincare addicts are not exempt! Unfortunately over the past few years I’ve been having trouble with my own sleep patterns. But once again, my favourite skincare brand Dermalogica have come to the rescue. They have partnered with Penguin Random House who have launched a new collection of audiobooks. In particular I was gifted ‘Sleep Tales’. An audiobook which has been developed with the Sleep Council to help you to relax before bed and improve the quality of your sleep. Much like Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon – a revitalising gel-cream that transforms skin overnight by optimising night-time skin recovery. Motion-activated encapsulated lavender, sandalwood and patchouli essential oils work all night to promote deep, restful sleep and healthier-looking skin by morning.
Get a Better Night’s Sleep
I’ve been using the Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon* for about a year now, and I love how it feels lighter than your usual nighttime moisturiser when applied, but it works just as well. Worn by itself, I have actually noticed a difference in my sleep pattern as well as my skin. And since I started pairing it with Penguin’s‘Sleep Tales’ I’ve found myself enjoying a much deeper sleep. Penguin’s Sleep Tales include relaxing sounds like rain, and the sea – two things that I know myself and a lot of people find super relaxing. It’s amazing how something so little can make such a big difference.
If you’re a skincare fan who wants to get a better night’s sleep, or perhaps just add a new product to your regime, Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon is the one for you. And it definitely wouldn’t hurt to download Penguin’s Sleep Tales audiobook for those that love some auditory relaxation too.
The items feature in this post were gifted to me by Dermalogica, however all views, photos and words are my own.
My Spring Beauty Essentials | 2019 Recommendations
With a change of season, comes a change in my beauty routine. Long gone are the cold winter nights, cloudy days and lack of sunlight which brought dry and dull skin. New obstacles arise, with hotter days and more time spent outside. Thankfully I am fully prepared this year. My recent trip to Japan helped a lot, as it meant I was able to stock up on some old favourites, as well as some new products I researched before/during my visit. That said, in 2019 I’ve continued to keep my beauty routine pretty varied in terms of origins & brands – with items coming from UK, Japan, Korea and France (amongst others).
I’ll be spending this spring focusing on the basics; healthy skin and hair, fresh scents and a fully prepped base with minimal make-up. So without further ado, here are my spring beauty essentials for 2019.
I’ve always been an advocate for taking care of your skin first, and I think that’s pretty apparent with this list, as you can see I haven’t added any new make-up products to my cupboard. But I think the most obvious change from my winter beauty products, is the addition of lighter creams and stronger SPFs. It may not be groundbreaking, but it is practical, and it works.
Don’t forget to check out more of my beauty recommendations and let me know in the comments which products you’ll be coveting in spring 2019.
If you’re anything like me you’ve probably spent the last few weeks window shopping – both physical and online – for potential Christmas gifts. I don’t like to make it easy for myself though. I enjoy visiting as many shops as possible, so I can make sure I get a good idea of what’s on offer this year. But that’s time consuming and if I can help anyone save time, or recommend something they haven’t thought of, then my blog’s work has been done. So without further ado, here is 2018’s ‘The Christmas Beauty Gift Guide’. And I’ve made sure to pack it full of my favourite products from the year. Enjoy!
As you can see I’ve focused on brands and products from a range of price points. I’ve included some of my trusted go-tos (Dermalogica & The Ordinary), as well as some new favourites (NIOD & Nails Inc). I’ve also added in a couple of gift sets for good measure. Why? Well I happen to think that they’re perfect for this time of year. Gift sets often feature a variety of complimentary products – sometimes limited edition – that are generally priced lower then they would be when bought separately (e.g. the Gatineau set is worth £276). If we’re being honest, we all know how much we enjoy spoiling our loved ones at Christmas. And if anything can make the gift giving season easier, and cheaper, you may as well make the most of it, right?
By now we’re all used to at-home beauty remedies. Who doesn’t exfoliate and put on a facemark whilst binging on Netflix? But when it comes to the more complicated treatments, such as facial peels, it becomes a bit more complicated. Well Dermalogica is here to change all of that. They’ve just brought out their Rapid Reveal Peel; a professional-grade at-home peel that helps reveal brighter, healthier skin.
What is it, and does it work?
Rapid Reveal Peel comes in a 10-pack, complete with a handy travel bag. At it’s core it’s a maximum-strength exfoliant, which delivers powerful results using a unique complex of phytoactive AHA extracts, Lactic Acid and fermented plant enzymes. Put that all together and you’re promised new, firmer skin. Sounds pretty fancy, right?
So how does it do what it says on the tube? Well it’s pretty simple really. It kick-starts cell renewal to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and evens out skin tone by resurfacing the skin – leaving you with smoother, brighter skin.
Rapid Reveal Peel – final thoughts
First off can I say that I love that I don’t need to pay a ton of money to visit a salon for a facial peel now. I really can’t stress how easy this is to use. I’m currently on my 5th tube, and since I started using it, I’ve seen a big improvement in my skin. I was having a particularly bad time with breakouts, dryness and dull skin when I started. But I’m half way through the treatment and my skin feels brighter and a lot smoother. I can’t wait to finish the pack and really see how much it’s changed.
The Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel costs £79, which may seem like a lot, but those that frequent spas for this kind of treatment will know that it usually costs a lot more. And of course a face peel isn’t something you’re going to do day-in-day-out – more like every few months – so you’re not going to need to repurchase this as frequently as say an exfoliator. Honestly, after seeing how much of an impact this has had on my skin, I am definitely adding this to my at-home regime.
I have sensitive skin and I’m not afraid to say it. But sometimes I am afraid to use beauty products on it. My issue with the majority of brands is that they use chemicals and alcohol in their products, and that upsets my skin, a lot. Because of this – and for many other reasons – I chose to turn my beauty cabinet around.
Dermalogica was one of the new brands I introduced into my routine. At the heart of their brand, Dermalogica offers a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances). Exactly what I wanted. It was a brand that I’d had my eyes on for a few years but never tried. I picked up their Daily Microfoliant and suddenly I understood the buzz.
Beauty Must Haves: Dermalogica
Recently Dermalogica offered to send me some of their hero products. I may or may not have given an audible squeal when I read the message, and I think I typed out ‘yes, I love you’ quicker than when I said the exact same thing to my fiancé when he proposed. I’m joking…kinda. Seriously though, I was so ridiculously happy when I received my parcel, because it included not only my favourite product, but several I had yet to try.
I have already started using the primer, and I’m very excited to try the Precleanse (and everything else, duh)!
If you’re new to Dermalogica, and you can’t invest in a whole new set of products, their skin kits are a great way to introduce some of their top products into your skincare regime. Or you can get one for free if you do fancy a little spree, and spend over £60. Not bad, ey?