Remedying Winter Woes

Though it had a sluggish start, winter has well and truly hit us in Brisbane! The past few weeks have been quite chilly, and to make things worse, quite wet as well. There was crazy rain the other weekend that caused flash flooding - you'd think it was summer! Anyway, as always, with the colder weather comes drier skin! I did a similar post last year and still highly recommend those products. The products I'm featuring today are the ones I'm currently loving and are saving my drier, more dull skin!

Obviously with dry skin comes dead skin and flaky dullness that needs to be scrubbed and exfoliated away! I'm definitely partial to chemical exfoliants, but sometimes I feel my skin just needs a physical exfoliant once or twice a week to really slough off the dead skin. I have been loving the Flash Rinse Facial as it's pretty much the best of both worlds. It almost feels like a textured gel-balm paste with sand in it, but doesn't really feel "scrubby". You do massage it over the skin and then wet the face, massage some more and leave it on for a minute or so. Sometimes if I have a lot of dead skin, I can feel it "pill" off like those asian exfoliator thingies! Anyway, after washing off my skin is a lot smoother and slightly brighter, but it is definitely very dry and a little tight - desperate for some moisture!

Sheet masks
I'm still loving my Antipodes Aura mask (I'm like halfway through my tube) for a moisturising mask, though I've also been getting into the occasional sheet mask. I've slowly been accumulating them and need to get to using them! I really like that each sheet mask has a targeted effect like moisturising, pore tightening, brightening, etc - but all of them are extremely moisturising and leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and fresh. I do find sitting around with a wet, gloppy thing on my face a bit of a nuisance, but it's well worth the finished result!

Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil*
You guys know I go through facial oils like water so this is the one I'm currently using! As far as oils go, I'd still say Rosehip is my favourite (not that there's too much difference). It's very moisturising and definitely helps even skintone and texture. I like using this one in the morning (three drops) and I find it sinks in really well. It leaves my skin feeling plump and moisturised but not at all oily - it sits really well underneath makeup! 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
I've mentioned this a couple of times as the poor man's Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist but it really is the perfect spray for winter. A lot of the other sprays I have are refreshing and hydrating - which is lovely - but sometimes when I'm cold, I don't want to spray my face with cold watery stuff - y'know? :P The Milky Mist, first of all, has a suuuper fine spray so it really feels like a light mist and is essentially like a liquid moisturiser. I feel it leaves my skin feeling moisturised, rather than hydrated. It works well for skin prep, as a makeup finishing spray, a toner or a midday moisture burst!

Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser*
I went to a Lush event last weekend and we were allowed to choose one product to take home (as well as a couple of other goodies) and I ended up choosing this moisturiser! There wasn't anything I particularly needed, though I did really want to try this after seeing Victoria from In the Frow constantly raving about it! It's essentially a rich cream that is extremely moisturising, but isn't heavy at all. What stands out about it though is the pearlescent shimmer running through. It really gives the skin such a dewy, glowy appearance while still being quite natural! Along with an SPF 15, it's a lovely day cream for winter I think, helping perk up dull skin as well as moisturising it intensely!

I've spoken at length about this lip balm already so I won't linger! Essentially a super thick balm and I feel really heals and intensely moisturises the lips! 

This has been my hand cream of choice for the last few months (I'm like halfway through the tube!) and it has served me well. It's more of a lotion-cream consistency that manages to be very moisturising, without feeling heavy or rich. It sinks in really well but leaves the hands (and body) feeling immediately soft and nourished.

Weleda Skin Food*
I've only had this a few weeks but I think it's already made holy grail status! Perhaps this is TMI, but every time winter rolls around, I get extremely dry, itchy, flakey skin on my fingers (or should I say one finger in particular...). I think it may be psoriasis? Anyhow, this winter it's been particularly bad and I tried using balms and creams and nothing was having a lasting effect. I started using Skin Food on it a few times a day, and it has helped immensely. The flakiness is pretty much gone, and the rash is nowhere near as red, aggravated or itchy. I do find if I go a day or so without this, it starts to flare up again, but I think I'm past the worst of it! Anyway, Skin Food is pretty much an oily ointment with a myriad of uses. It's most common is for dry, cracked skin but you can also use it as a moisturising face mask, primer, eye cream, etc!

Natura Siberica Oblepikha Mask for Dry and Normal hair*
Since I chopped off my hair, the ends are super healthy and I'm no longer in need of a bunch of intense conditioners, masks and oily to keep the split ends smooth. I also found the more nourishing shampoo and conditioner I was using was slightly weighing down my hair, so I switched to a more volumising/texturising shampoo and conditioner. Coupled with my hair being slightly drier due to the weather, I've found I need a little boost of moisture for the ends of my hair once or twice a week. I've been using this mask recently and it's absolutely lovely! It has a very thick buttery consistency, but still manages to feel lightweight in my hair. It leaves my hair feeling very nourished and smooth! They also have one for severely damaged hair if you're in need of something more intense!

Southern Hemisphere-ers - I hope you enjoyed this post! How have you been handling the wintery woes?

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