How to help your skin survive winter

Fear not, this is not an announcement that I am taking to the slopes. (I have never been skiing, and as much as I fancy trying, I fear my level of clumsiness and the slopes may not be compatible.) Instead, I want to talk about the products which bring back the glow to put-upon winter skin.

This winter, my skin has really suffered. Redness, dry patches, itchy, eczema-like flare-ups around my eyes and nose. It’s been loads of fun. ‘Help!’ I cried, via Instagram Stories. And lo, my call was answered. After a solid tried and tested session, here’s what’s worked for me…

I switched my cleanser to Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser – which has the same distinctive fragrance and gives skin that squeaky-clean-without-feeling-stripped feel you get from the original. Then I came over all French pharmacy and swapped my usual moisturiser for La Roche-Posay. The Cicaplast Baume is designed be used as a healing, soothing balm. However, I am happy to report that you can also slap it all over your face (in lieu of an oil) before moisturising, without any adverse effect. If you have red, inflamed skin, then Rosailac Anti-Redness Moisturiser might just calm your irritations (skin – not grievances like people pushing onto the tube before others have got off). Overnight, I’ll also use Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules which are little wonders in a capsule. (Anyone else love going to bed with a shiny face? It makes me feel peculiarly virtuous.) If there are any dry patches which can withstand this onslaught, try Weleda Skin Food. Top it off with Balance Me Tanning Drops to add a slightly sun-kissed look to grey winter skin.

It is with a heavy heart that I must add that not drinking alcohol (being the ultimate lightweight who has been known to have a hangover after on glass of wine, I tend not to drink very much, but not drinking at all definitely helped) and going to bed earlier made a difference, too. (I imagine cutting back on sugar and coffee would also be beneficial, but I’m not ready to give up my two cups of coffee and sweet treats quite yet),

You may remember that, last August, I dallied with excess baggage when I loaded mine with as many of the Le Petit Marseillais shower cremes as I could squeeze in. (You can find them on Amazon if you’re willing to pay more than French supermarche prices.) It is with a heavy heart that I report I am on the last – although I am going out on a high: Fleur D’Oranger is probably the best yet: the scent reminds me of lazy high summer days and it’s creamy and nourishing, which is exactly what I want from my morning shower. This, followed by a Kiehl’s Creme de Corps (satisfyingly rich but doesn’t take forever to sink in, which means you don’t have to hop around in your knickers waiting to get dressed), has kept the skin on my body soft. I can also recommend keeping a tube of Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream on your desk/bedside table/in your handbag and applying with due diligence.

Anything other burning recommendations – please holler. There’s more of that winter chill to come.

1. Balance Me Tanning drops, £30; 2. Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream, now £10.88; 3. Le Petit Marseillais Fleur D’Oranger shower cream; 4. La Roche-Posay Rosailac Anti-Redness Moisturiser with SPF 15, £17.50; 5. Kiehl’s Creme De Corps, from £18.50; 6. Eve Lom Gel Balm cleanser, £45; 7. Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules, from £39 8. Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm, £6.50


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  • Reply
    Sophie Taylor
    January 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Hugely helpful! Could you recommend something for winter chapped lips and nose please? Other than eight hour cream!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Sophie,
      Alex here! Natasha wrote the post, but I’ve been having huge problems with chapped lips this year and 8 Hour Cream just makes them worse for me. After a lot of lip balm buying, I’ve found the best thing is Blistex combined with classic lipsalve. Vaseline makes it worse, Burt’s Bees didn’t really work for me (although it does for some people). I didn’t try Carmex because it contains petroleum, which is meant to make them worse, but I have a friend who swears by it. Let me know how you get on! Hope you can sort it, it’s horrible x

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