The combination of harsh cold weather this time of year combined with indoor heating does nothing to help my already dry skin. I’m all too conscious that dry skin draws the short straw when it comes to aging gracefully, and so am nothing short of religious in looking after mine and putting back moisture at any given opportunity.
I try a lot of skincare products and admittedly am hard to please in this area and expect noticeable results, especially when forking out a considerable chunk of change on skincare. Every now and then comes along a product that knocks my socks off leaving me in a hydrated baby-soft skin situation that I’ll gladly part with cash to achieve! Right now, my dry skin secret weapon skincare line-up for winter is looking a little like this:
Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oils and balms are always my product of choice when it comes to taking the war paint off before bed, and I’ve recently fell in love with Caudalie’s makeup removing cleansing oil. Started by a couple living on a French vineyard, this brand stays true to its all natural organic roots and produces some beautiful natural skincare. With sunflower and grapeseed oil, waterproof mascaras and long-lasting lip stains are lifted clean off without any greasy residue. Now available in lots of independent Irish pharmacies and Space NK (Hallelujah!) priced €19.95.
Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm
No doubt inspired by the Korean skincare regime hype that we’re hearing so much about, I’d read Clinique moisture surge melting mask balm to be just the ticket for dried out winter skin. Having always been a big fan of the Clinique moisture surge range, I was intrigued to give this one a shot. A thin layer is applied before nodding off and thinking no more about it until the morning, when I woke to baby soft, plumper skin- result! Usable as a regular face mask, I find the best results are when used overnight. Visibly more hydrated and softer to the touch, this absolutely deserves a place in your winter secret weapon skincare stash. Available from Clinique counters nationwide, priced €32.00.
Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
Featured not so long ago, this little beauty deserves its place on our dry skin secret weapon arsenal. It may be small, but so is dynamite! This potent facial oil targets dry, lackluster skin with a combination of cold pressed seed oils from all around the world including Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile, bursting with Omegas and Antioxidants. Despite the decadent ingredient listing, the formula is lightweight and non-sticky giving instant softness and revitalizing tired skin without and heavy, oily residue. Available from The Body Shop stores nationwide, priced €48.00, admittedly a little steep but considering it seriously gives back the results department, I reckon well worth it.