I struggle daily with red, itchy, scaly skin and it’s taken years to finally come to terms with the fact that that is just how things are. No matter how much water I drink, not matter how many milk baths I take, no matter how many avocados I eat (mind you, I eat a fair few), my skin is still as dry and irritated as ever, especially during the extreme cold and heat of Canberra’s bipolar seasons. If there’s anyone else in the same boat out there (I feel your pain), I though I’d put together the five current saviours in my skincare drawer that are helping me get through this winter.
A new addition to my skincare routine is actually taking baths. I’m lucky enough to have a bathtub available at any time I fancy, so I’ve been making the most it with this Loccitane Ultra Rich Foaming Bath (with 5% shea milk), which is particularly nice after a good run or workout to soothe the aching legs and stinging chilblains (too much information?). It’s not super creamy (but it does make the most amazing bubbles), so I follow it up with a really thick and rich moisturiser like The Body Shop’s Shea Nourishing Body Butter, which I’ve been using for years. It literally has the texture of butter, so it can be a bit thick and oily to put on before getting dressed for the day, but it soaks in pretty well and can be used both in winter or in summer to help with heat rash or sunburn, as it’s very soothing. Plus, it smells amazing. Even my boyfriend comments on the scent when I use it.
In terms of my face, while I’m in the bathtub or getting ready for bed, I tend to reach for a hydrating mask like the new GlamGlow Thirsty Mud which is pretty thick and intense (but works wonders if you leave it overnight!). In my usual morning and evening skincare routine, I’ve been using The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, which I recently wrote a full review blog post about (you can read it HERE) – if you apply it before your moisturiser, it helps the skin absorb it better and keep the hydration for longer – and it has made the biggest difference to both my dark circles under my eyes and my really dry patches on my cheeks. The final product that I would highly recommend (yes, even in winter) is a good UVA and UVB sun protection moisturiser, like the Cancer Council Face Day Wear Sunscreen SPF 30. A daily SPF can make the biggest difference in terms of the elasticity and health of your skin, so, if all else goes out the window, this is the one step I would not recommend missing. Safety first, guys!