We’re deep in to the month of January now, which lets be honest, is a perpetual month long hangover after the buzz of the festive season. You’ve overindulged in a tad too much alcohol (or in my case, a shameful amount), eaten your weight in chocolate and cheese, exchanged gifts and been merry, and done little else. Then bam. It hits. All of a sudden you’re back at work/school. It’s dark when you get up and dark when you get home, but there’s no pretty Christmas lights or the promise of a break to get you through. It’s just cold, and you’re probably half a stone heavier. Before starting, thank you Sarah for giving me ideas to write articles in January. Let’s visit her latest review – best indoor & outdoor rabbit hutch.
Not only does January take a toll on my mood and waistline, it takes a serious toll on my skin. Indoor heating causes dry, cracked patches, coupled with breakouts from toxins. While I’m also doing other things to combat this, such as drinking lots of water and cranberry juice (fab for flushing the system, don’t cha’ know), I’m also bringing the big guns out when it comes to my skincare. For someone that generally doesn’t require a routine, what I’ve essentially done is taken a variety of things and thrown them at my face in the hope that something worked. I’m pleased to say, the results are in, and they are good ones.
The LUSH Ultrabland Cleansing Balm* was in my December and 2014 favourites, and for good reason. This stuff is ultra gentle (or bland, as the name would suggest), but melts off makeup to leave the skin refreshed, cleansed, and moisturised. This has continued to be my cleanser of choice throughout this month and is serving me very well. It’s possibly a bit much for the summer months, but it’s ideal for the winter time, and will definitely become a staple item in my beauty arsenal.
Trying to take off the layers of dull winter skin, The St. Ives Apricot Scrub has been serving me well. This is a firm budget favourite for exfoliation, and I’m a fan. I prefer it to the only other very abrasive scrub I’ve used, the Clinique Exfoliating Scrub. It is quite abrasive, which I personally like, it feels like it’s actually doing something. It does leave the skin feeling soft and looking fresher. Make sure to moisturise afterwards to replace the oils lost in the process!
I made an accidental wonder discovery which I am very proud of. The Boots Simply Sensitive Deep Cleansing Mask was a purchase I made before Christmas. I thought my skin may take a turn for the worse, so I picked it up in advance. Nice work, past Zoë. I’d never heard anything about the Simply Sensitive range, but it looked an awful lot like Simple skincare, only even more competitively priced. It definitely lives up to all promises! Pop this on for 3 minutes, rinse off with warm water and your skin will just look and feel so clean, all dirt was gone from my pores. It also was no issue on my incredibly sensitive skin. Best part? It’ll set you back less than €4.
Sticking on the mask topic, I’ve also been loving the Dermalogica Hydrating Masque. It does what it says on the tin, a thick, balmy mask that leaves your skin plump and softer than a newborn. It says to leave it on for 5 minutes, but I tend to just leave it for as long as it takes me to do my homework. Always leaves my skin feeling fantastic.
Winter skin is always duller than a physicist at a dinner party. That’s where my NeoStrata Illuminating Serum* comes into play. I mentioned this in my November favourites and have been using it twice daily for a few months now, and I honestly think it has been a massive help in keeping my skin looking bright and healthy in the months where the sun ceases exist temporarily. I’ll be very sad when this runs out!
And finally.. Another product that featured in my 2014 favourites. As well as my August Favourites, and got a review of their very own. Although spots aren’t really a problem for me, occasionally, I get problem skin.Dream Dots* has eased me through one of the worst breakout months of my life so I’ve gotten away with minimal issues.. Pop one of these little patches on a spot overnight, and bam. It’s virtually gone. These get some seriously mixed reviews, but I personally rave about them to every man, woman and child that will listen. Once again, they’ve saved my skin (literally).