As the nights start drawing in rapidly, the chances are it’s more than just your body clock that’s being thrown off-kilter. Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Yes, it’s time to winter-proof your skin! @josiesmithmedia has sourced some great #skincare products and scented delights from here @forgeshopping – and here’s some useful information on taking care of your body’s largest organ this festive season.
*Firstly, just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your suncream. While there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA (or UV-Ageing as it is known in the dermatology world) are still significant enough to age our skin. Use a sunscreen that specifically has a high UVA rating, all year round to protect your skin.
*Your skin will become drier and often more sensitive with the onset of colder weather and central heating. Make sure you keep hydrated during the day; swap your coffee for green tea which has great antioxidant effects.
*Gentle cleansing is a must: you need your skin barrier to be as healthy as possible so that it can retain vital moisture. As a rule of thumb, if your skin feels tight after washing it is likely that the cleanser you are using has disrupted your skin barrier. Skin should feel calm and hydrated after washing, so if you are reaching immediately for your moisturiser you may want to consider a gentler cleanser.
*Embrace using more occlusive, rich products too, especially for the evening routine, which can help maintain the skin barrier and prevent the need for prescribed treatments. Similarly, products marketed as ‘recovery masks’ often contain rich ingredients that are great for moisturising.
*Research has shown that alcohol can increase inflammation in the skin and worsen many skin diseases, such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. It has a dehydrating effect on the body in general and also disturbs sleep which is important for skin regeneration and general skin health; this disruption of our body’s natural equilibrium may lead to our skin looking dull and tired.
HOLLAND & BARRETT Sea Magik 3-Seaweed Scalp Mud By Sea Magik @ £11.95A
97% natural mineral hair treatment to soothe the scalp and hydrate hair. Infused with three organic seaweeds, Dead Sea mud and pure coconut oil. Suitable for a dry and sensitive scalp. This lightweight formula blends mineral-rich ingredients with essential oils of citrus, Provence and aromats, for an uplifting spa hair treatment that’s suitable for daily use. Great for comforting an itchy scalp whilst naturally conditioning the hair.
HEART SCENT Tea Tree & Mint Soap @ £4.49
Made using essential oils, these Tea Tree & Fresh Mint soap bars have a fresh, invigorating fragrance which can help to wake you up in the morning or to feel refreshed after a long day at work.
THE FRAGRANCE SHOP Balance Me Beauty Sleep Edit @ £35.00
4 Steps to Bedtime Bliss and Healthy-Looking Skin. Expect a blissful night’s sleep and smooth, hydrated skin come morning. For all skin types and ages. This edit is worth £70. Save 50%. This edit features: BAKUCHIOL SMOOTHING SERUM 30ml Wake up looking more youthful and well-rested with plant-derived natural alternative to Vitamin A. It’s a best-seller for a reason, and known to visibly reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. WONDER EYE CREAM 7ml Cool, soothe and hydrate tired eyes with Cucumber, Aloe Vera and Chamomile. We also added Witch Hazel which is amazing for tightening and reducing the appearance of dark circles. In other words, this will help to cheat the look of someone who slept eight hours. ROSE OTTO FACE OIL 10ml The most luxurious blend of Rose Otto, Rosehip and Arctic Cloudberry. Spoil your skin to a blend of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants and wake up with plumped-up skin. Also, a total SOS miracle worker for calming and soothing inflamed skin. BEAUTY SLEEP HYALURONIC MIST 10ml Yes, you could spray your bedsheets with sleep-inducing essential oils, or could spritz your skin and benefit from a hydrating hit of Hyaluronic Acid too. The blend of Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense and Cedarwood induces relaxation, alongside Full Spectrum CBD oil to help alleviate sleeplessness and St John’s Wort and Valerian to calm a busy mind.
BODYCARE Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Deep Pore Face Wash 150ml @ £2.19
Searching for everyday skincare solutions for clear and healthy skin? Time to try Garnier Pure Active! The clear skin range is designed to target oily skin, spots and blackheads. Clay, Charcoal, Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide – each product contains highly effective active ingredients dermatologically tested to address specific problem skin concerns.
SAVERS Calvin Klein Ladies 4 x 15ml Set @ £24.99
Discover the classic Calvin Klein fragrance collection. Bask in the timeless scents of Calvin Klein with this Mini Collection Gift Set, which features 4 of the most iconic fragrances from the Calvin Klein range. With a scent perfect for every occasion, this Calvin Klein Mini Collection Gift Set makes an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one. The gift set includes Eternity 15ml EDP, Obsession 15ml EDP, CK One 15ml EDT, Escape 15ml EDP. (Product code: 812533)
THE PERFUME SHOP Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Night-time Miracle Moisturiser @ 50ML – £32.00
Waking up to smooth, nourished, hydrated skin is a pleasure every woman deserves. This restorative Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer helps nature work its magic and lets you say good morning to radiant, healthy-looking skin. Utilising the award-winning formula of the Original Eight Hour® Cream, this advanced overnight skincare solution intensely hydrates your skin and seals in moisture as soothing lavender scents help to calm skin and soothe the senses. You’ll love waking up to soft, supple skin that looks and feels refreshed. Lightweight and easy to apply, the new unique lavender formula is a simple and extremely satisfying addition to your nighttime routine. Lavender essence gently lulls your senses. Awaken to supple, radiant and revitalised skin. Soft moisture that skin drinks in. Soothing lavender for the sweetest dreams. (Product code: 1235640)
SAVERS Nivea Shower Sunshine Love 250ml @ £1.00
Do you hate winter and long for summer? NIVEA Sunshine Love Shower Gel with Aloe Vera has the unique scent of NIVEA Sun to remind you of a day at the beach! A new formula that will leave you feeling fresh and clean, envoking summer. (For daily use. Contains Aloe Vera. Refreshing and lightly scented.)
SUPERDRUG CeraVe Moisturising Lotion – Dry to Very Dry Skin 473ml @ £14.99
Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Moisturising Lotion effectively moisturises while helping to restore the protective skin barrier. This lightweight, non-greasy lotion also utilises patented MVE technology, delivering a continuous release of the ceramide enriched formula for 24h hydration. Fragrance free formula is suitable for sensitive skin. Apply liberally, as often as needed (Product code: 774877)