Facial Skincare SOS!

Has winter taken it’s toll on your skin? It’s common for your skin to feel more dull, look a little more tired and be all-round less glowy during the cold winter months than it is over the summertime.  Well, don’t worry- I’m here to help!

Being a little tomboy as a child and with the nature of my job, I’ve always tended not to wear much make-up. Meaning that on a day-to-day basis, my skin is often completely bare. I prefer it that way, but it does mean that when winter hits and I no longer have my summer bronze to do the job, I need to look even more so towards my skincare routine to keep my skin glowing. I am obsessed with moisturising (I moisturise my face three times per day and body at least once, sometimes twice), so it’s no surprise that I’ve trialled a fair few products. Here are my fave ones to give your skin that much needed boost!

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The Body Shop Body Yogurt

So, Summer has officially come to an end (even if the weather isn’t saying so just yet- I’m actually typing this while sat outside trying to soak up the last of the sun) and the thought of Autumn has me scrambling to hold onto my tan for as long as naturally possible. FYI, I am not a sun bed user and aren’t so much a fan of fake tan, so they are out of the equation! I could book flights to a hotter destination, which may still happen, but as a quick fix to maintain healthy glowing skin I’m choosing to ramp up the moisturising!

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My Favourite Skincare For Face & Body

Darker evenings and colder mornings are upon us, which means one thing. Winter is near. The weather may be looking pretty dull, but that doesn’t mean that your skin has to too. Here are my go-to skincare products for keeping my skin healthy, hydrated and glowing throughout the cold winter months.

For Your Face

Deep Hydration

If you’re looking for a product to intensely hydrate your skin then Dr. Roebuck’s Ultimite Hydrating Serum (£51) at Selfridges may just do the trick. Dr. Roebuck’s pride themselves on using natural and ‘minimal ingredients with maximum results.’ I headed to Selfridges and picked up a personalised serum for my skin type and am in love (ask in store for details). I find that the serum also help add that dewy look to your skin if you’re going make up free.

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Vita Coco Coconut Oil

With holiday season in full swing, it’s vital that we keep our skin healthy and moisturised. Daily moisturising is key- I opt for day and night- as well as plenty of water of course! But when it comes to layering my skin with the thirst-quenching good stuff, my number one go-to moisturiser is Vita Coco Coconut Oil and I am OBSESSED!

It’s not every day you can say that you can eat your moisturiser. Well with Vita Coco you can. It’s natural, raw and organic, meaning no nasty chemicals to get in the way.  It’s also cold pressed therefore packed with all of it’s original goodness. It will keep your skin soft, hydrated and is my now not-so-secret way of maintaining my holiday glow throughout summer and beyond. Simply apply to your body (I would avoid adding to your face, as it’s a little… oily) wait to dry and you’re good to go. It’s especially great to wear before bed and if you want to give your feet some TLC just layer up the coconut oil, slip on your socks and dream the night away. You’ll wake up feeling silky smooth!

Available in 500ml or 750ml tubs for £9.99 and £14.50 respectively. You only need to use a tiny amount so one tub can last months! x

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Blistex Intensive Moisturiser

After months of battling with the cold UK weather, it’s this time of year that my lips suffer the most. They’re particularly paying for it this time round and have chapped to the point where it hurts for me to even smile. Not great at all.

In an attempt to battle the dryness, I’d been applying my regular lip salve non-stop (one perfect for summer with SPF and a slight gold shimmer), but it seemed that they were past revival. Gallons of water and half a lip salve later, I was beginning to lose all hope. That was until a recommendation came from a close friend- Blistex Intensive Moisturiser. It had to be worth a try…

Priced very reasonably at just £2.59 (currently on offer for £1.69 at Superdrug) I picked one up immediately! I’ve been using mine for just under three days, applying around three times per day and my lips are already noticeably healthier. Although not fully healed just yet- I can’t expect miracles- they are definitely under repair! And finally, I can smile again. Woohoo!

It may not be the fanciest of lip salves, however it definitely does the job. Containing Shea Butter, it’s definitely more of a moisturiser than a balm and Blistex were right to name it as ‘intense’.  If you suffer from dry lips or simply want a boost if hydration, I would definitely recommend. xx

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The Body Shop Virgin Mojito

Who knew that Mojitos aren’t just for drinking? I definitely didn’t. That was until I discovered a refreshing new range created by The Body Shop– a zingy cocktail treat that doesn’t come with a hangover (and that radiates your skin rather than draining it)!

Their new special edition Virgin Mojito body care range has dropped right in time for summer. Helping to leave your skin feeling fresh and smelling delicious. Described by the creators as an irresistible blend of the extracts of zesty lime and fresh, crushed mint from the Caribbean, I couldn’t agree more. So as the heat turns up, you can cool down.

As much as I’m a health freak- it’s OK, I admit it- anybody who knows me at all, knows that I love a cheeky cocktail or two. So I was beyond excited to come across this little beaut of a range. There’s the shower gel, scrub, body butter, splash (the fragrance) and sorbet. Sorbet being the light moisturiser, which I just couldn’t resist. It’s the yummiest body care collection that I’ve found in a while and smells just like the real thing. The only problem? I’ve been craving a mojito ever since… That might not be a bad thing though, right?

Refresh yourself now in store or online and if you have any birthdays around the corner then there’s gift sets that might just tickle their fancy. Enjoy! xx

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& Other Stories Bath and Body

Taking care of your skin is just as important as looking after any other part of your body and & Other stories are making it so much more enjoyable. Their Bath and Body range not only makes your skin feel great but also smells delicious (there’s even a scent to suit every taste)!

From body scrubs, washes, mists and oils to hand lotions and soap, they have every body care product that you would wish for to keep your skin glowing daily and it doesn’t just stop there… Each set of products is available in a different scent. All so yum that I’ve had to list a few below!

Moroccan Tea- fresh mint leaves stirred into sweet amber tea.

Arabesque Wool- deep earthy oud with a twist of citron.

Shinjuku Bloom- scattered cherry blossom petals after the rain (my favourite).

Lemon Daydream- zesty citrus dappled by sun warmed wood.

Floral Memento- dusty violets settling amongst bergamot trees and peony dreams.

Steel Gardens- petals swept in a silver haze revealing hints of forever floral.

Punk Bouquet- frothy vanilla soda on a rebellious rose bouquet.

Tangier Tales- a veil of dark amber lingers over sultry pear.

Botanic Whisper- vivid orange blossom tinged with coriander.

Belleville Bakery- tangy lemon juice melting into creamy vanilla.

And the list goes on… These really are sweet treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about! In fact, your skin- and nose- will be thanking you plenty! Available in store and online, with prices ranging from £4 to £12. They make the perfect gift (for others or for yourself) and will make your bathroom look and smell heavenly. Enjoy xx

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The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

When it’s cold our hands need that little extra care to keep them feeling soft and looking great. I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail Cream. Not only does it work wonders for my skin, it also smells delicious and it’s a great size to pop in your bag or to keep on your desk!

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The strain that our hands go through on a day to day basis means that they need extra moisturisation than the rest of our body. Just think of the work that your hands put in- everything from carrying bags to opening letters (fan mail I like to pretend) to lifting weights at the gym. Give them the care that they deserve by aiming to moisturise at least five times per day or more if they’re feeling extra dry!
You can Buy your own Almond Hand & Nail Cream from The Body Shop online and in store (£5 for 30ml and £11 for 100ml). I love a good hand cream- what’s your fave? I’d love to hear! xx

Nivea Hand, Face and Body

Staying moisturised is super important if we want to keep our skin healthy. Dry skin flakes, looks dull and can even become very uncomfortable- not what you want!! The most natural way to moisturise is to drink plenty of water, but sometimes our skin needs that little extra help. There are a million moisturisers to choose from on the high street but my all time favourite has to be Nivea’s Hand, Face and Body Cream. All the moisture that my body needs in one little tube.

Usually it’s recommended that separate moisturisers are used for your face, body and hands (thicker for the hands and body and lighter for the face), but the consistency of this cream means that it can be used everywhere and anywhere! I use mine on my face and body every morning and evening and then pop it in my bag to keep my hands moisturised all day long. It’s a particularly good buy if you’re planning travels, as it means that you don’t have to weight down your case with multiple moisturisers. It’s also really great for sensitive skin. What a dream!

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Priced as cheaply as moisturisers come, Nivea Hand, Face and Body comes in both a small tube- perfect for slipping in your make up bag- and a larger tub to keep at home. Find yours now in most health and beauty retailers such as Boots and Superdrug. xx