Winter Skin Essentials!

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and ready to smash the week ahead!

For this week’s blog, I thought I would switch up the layout and share with you some of my favourite products to use in the winter time, to keep my skin feeling it’s best. So let’s dive right in!

  1. The BodyShop Himalayan Mask (75ml, £18)

I am a face mask lover, and so I like to use this mask not just in the winter months, but all year round. It contains, Himalayan Bamboo Charcoal, Green Tea Leaves, and Fair Trade Tea Tree Oil, which are all amazing ingredients to help with congested skin, as it helps to absorb excess oil and sucks out dirt and impurities – perfect for when your skin needs some TLC! This face mask smells of Tea Tree, but it is not strong at all. It is quite a thick mask, so you don’t need a lot, and I have noticed that this product has lasted a good while. Once applied, it generates a tingling sensation, which feels refreshing, and then you wait for it to dry, then gently exfoliate it off. It can be quite tricky to remove every last bit of this product sometimes, so I keep a flannel handy to help. This product for me now is a must-have, I swear by it to help maintain and calm down blemished skin!

2. Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask (£2.99)

I can’t be the only one who consistently buys and adds to their sheet mask collection all the time? 😅 I love the process of using a sheet mask for a morning treat, or a night time relaxation tool! This Simple Ultra Calming sheet mask is perfect for when your skin is feeling super sensitive and dehydrated. From the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil, the sheet mask works to replenish 16 days of moisture! After use, I always notice my skin is glowing and feels so hydrated. It doesn’t have a strong scent and it is really cool and refreshing to apply onto the face. It can be a little tricky to undo the folded mask at first, but it doesn’t take long to open. After I have used the mask, my skin feels plump and radiant, which is exactly why I like to have a pamper night at least once a week. Simple sheet masks are always a great and affordable option, and will be a brand I will keep re-purchasing from for more!

3. Revolution Skincare Blemish and Pore Refining Serum – 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc (30ml, £6).

This serum has become a need in my skincare routine, I am currently on my third bottle, and right now nothing can replace it, I love it! It has so many amazing benefits for your skin, as both the Niacinamide and Zinc help to battle blemishes and minimise the appearances of pores. Especially in the winter months, this serum is so hydrating as well! It doesn’t have a strong scent at all, and you only need a pea-size amount for your whole face. I cannot talk about this serum enough, it makes my skin feel clean, refreshed and reduces the appearance of redness in my skin tone, whilst keeping any blemishes small in size.

4. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (10ml, £11.99)

An eye cream is a relatively new step in my skincare routine and I have enjoyed using this product. After using this eye cream for the past month, I believe that it is has nourishing effects. Around the winter time, I do notice that my eyes become more dry and red in appearance, which is why I wanted to invest in a good eye cream for this year. This product also works to support the skin barrier with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to restore the skins moisture and plump out any fine lines. I have been enjoying applying an eye cream, however, I am yet to notice any dramatic differences to see if the eye cream improves my under-eye radiance.

5. Boots Vitamin C Brightening Moisturising Cream (50ml, £4).

Moisturiser is a must all year round for me, as when I am not dealing with blemished skin, I often suffer with dry and itchy skin, so keeping it hydrated is essential. It also important for my skin type to have an oil-free moisturiser, as it helps to keep my skin clear and less oily. I was attracted to this moisturiser because of both the orange packaging, and the affordable price and the skin benefits it was claiming to have. This product promises to give you brighter looking skin in 14 days, as the Vitamin C nourishes for radiant looking skin and I do agree that this moisturiser works to give you brighter skin, as I have been using it now for over two weeks, day and night. Again, there is no strong smell and it is a lovely thick cream that almost melts into the skin. For the price, I think this product is amazing, and I am really enjoying having a Vitamin C product in my skincare routine in the winter, that can often encourage your skin to look more dull.

5. Carmex Lip Balm (10g, £2.99)

And lastly, lip balm! Who doesn’t love a good lip balm, right? I can’t lie, I am a sucker for buying a new lip balm, and I have recently re-purchased the Carmex Lip Balm in Cherry and it is my go-to right now! The scent is super sweet and applies onto the lips smoothly. In the colder months, because of the frostier air, I suffer with dry, sore lips and so lip balm is a necessity everywhere I go.I love this Carmex one because it instantly works to soothe and moisturise dry lips. I had noticed after using this product for a good two weeks, my lips felt softer and actually looked more plump too!

Thank you so much for joining me again this week! I hope you enjoyed this different style of review blog post – let me know down in the comments your thoughts!

What is your go-to winter skin essential?

I will be posting again next Monday surrounding some more products that remind me of Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Don’t forget, you can also find me on Instagram for more daily content!

Lots of love, Francesca xx

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