Skin care is super important all year round, but especially so in Winter. As the temperature drops and the wind blows, your skin can get a real beating. Now is the time to focus on hydration, moisturising, exfoliation and that added drop of TLC. Here are four skin care products that have quickly become saviours at this time of the year – perhaps you’ll find something to suit your skin schedule.
A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil ($19.95)
I’ll tell you the honest truth right now. I had no idea what rosehip oil was until I purchased a new A’Kin cleanser recently and the free gift with purchase was a vile of the cold pressed heaven in a jar. After doing a little bit of research on the product I was super keen to try it out. And I’ve discovered something new my skin just loves! Backtrack a little bit – if you’re like me and had never heard of rosehip oil I’ll explain it all. Extracted from the “hip” of the rose, rosehip oil boasts many benefits including skin calming properties, hydration, anti-inflammatory properties, skin regeneration, anti-ageing and scar removal. Packed with vitamin’s C and E, lycopene and omega 3, the product is a bit of a skin godsend, and of course it is al la natural, which makes it even better.
The product is quite oily on your fingers, but it’s oil so of course it’s going to be. A few drops are all you need for your face as you don’t want too much. Being a cold pressed oil it sinks straight into the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling oily, and the product is suited to all skin types. It’s recommended to apply the oil to a clean, damp canvas so I tend to cleanse my skin prior. To really get the product working it is suggested you apply your usual day or night cream after application to kick the process into gear. I’ve been using my rosehip oil most evenings, and I’ve really noticed my skin is looking firmer, smoother and feeling so much more hydrated, especially in Winter. My A’Kin oil is almost out and I’ll totally be repurchasing in the near future. This stuff is just gorgeous.
Jumped on the rosehip band wagon, haven’t I? As I’ve previously mentioned I like my night creme thinner than most people, as I feel like my skin is drowning when I apply anything too thick, and Essano’s night creme is exactly what I was looking for! Firstly, it smells so divine. Light and delicate in scent, I’m not a huge fan of rose scented products, but this night creme just smells so good. Secondly, the moisturiser absorbs so easily into my skin and it’s not left with that icky, greasy feeling you find with other night creme’s. And finally, I wake up in the morning with dewier, plumper looking skin, fresh and refreshed! The creme is packed with certified organic rose hip oil, organic Jojoba oil and Shea butter so it’s even okay for those sensitive skinned souls like myself. I’ve never had any irritation or a reaction to the product which is a total plus. I like to apply this creme to my face post applying my rosehip oil – double rosehip blast! The two work well together, and leave my skin super fresh. I can’t wait to check out the rest of their range, available at Big W and Priceline.
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub ($9.95)
One thing I notice in Winter is my lips become so dry and cracked for no reason. Well, I understand the weather is colder and that does strange things to your skin like dry it out quickly, but my poor lips! That is why Lush’s lip scrubs are a go-to in the cooler months. Like all Lush products, the Popcorn Lip Scrub smells (and tastes) absolutely amazing, like salted caramel popcorn to be precise. Made from natural ingredients including polenta, sugar, sea salt and coconut oil, it’s very safe to use on your lips (and accidentally eat if you’re anything like me). The product is super simple to apply – grab an ample amount on your finger and gently exfoliate the dead skin off your lips. Easy! I use circular motions to remove any flaky skin and buff for a few minutes until the dry scales are removed and my lips are plump and moisturised. I’ve incorporated lip buffing into my regular beauty routine as there is nothing worse than dry lips if you’re wanting to wear a nice matte lipstick. You want a smooth canvas like the rest of your face, and scales are not so pretty under your favourite red lipstick! I exfoliate my skin every second day, and I’ve come to realise my lips need it to! Lush also has a Bubblegum flavoured lip scrub available – definitely putting that one on my wish list.
Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner ($11.99)
I had no idea multivitamin brand Swisse were now in the beauty and skincare game! Did you? I’m so glad they are, now that I’ve tried and tested their all new Hydrating Mist Toner. What a gorgeous and simple product. I’ve been a fan of mist sprays for a while now (check out my review on Zen Botanic’s rose spray mist here), as they’re so easy to apply and really do hydrate the skin when you’re too lazy or don’t have a lot of time for skin care. A simple spritz and your skin feels immediately fresher and looks brighter. This product smells zesty and almost herby, very natural. When they say deep sea mist, they mean it, as the minerals used in the mist were sourced from Australian mineral springs and rivers. Fancy! With ingredients including aloe, the product is very soothing to the skin. Again, my irritable face showed no irritation – small win. I’ve taken to spritzing my face with the product as soon as I’ve gotten out of a hot shower in the morning. It cools and rehydrates post bathing and has settled into my skin by the time I’m ready to start my face in the morning. The rest of the facial care range looks so lovely too, I can’t wait to sample a few more of their products!
What is your skin loving right now? Do you use organic or natural skin care products?