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Winter is knocking on our doors and I have to say that in the last few days I've been slowly increasing the heat on my electric blanket. I think I'm trying to envision myself back on the sunny beach in Portugal, cocktail in hand. As the days go by and my foundation grows slightly too dark for my skin, the sun kissed memories and my tan are getting hazier and hazier.
There are however lovely things to look forward to this winter, Halloween being one of them and being a make up artist you can guess it's my favorite holiday! Unfortunately it is a time that can be rough on our skin, both winter and Halloween (outfit dependent). So rest assured, I've been busy trying out some must have winter skin care products to help you keep your skin photo fabulous.
To start you off, I would always suggest a good skin care system. The skin hates change which is probably why it doesn't react well do the harsh diversity of extremely hot and extremely cold environments, such as central heating to outdoors. It also hates the use of too many product changes, and swapping and changing them around.
My advice here is to find something that works for your skin type and stick to it. What I use, and adore is Do-Terra's Visage cleanser, toner, moisturizer and serum. I'm not a huge fan of interfering with my body's natural chemistry and tend to lean more towards natural skin care products, possibly because I grew up with severe acne and was prescribed every harsh product you can think of and it left my skin sore, red, over sensitive and bruised.
If you haven't read my article on growing up with acne here it is. Visage is made purely from powerful plant extracts and essential oils, and my skin just loves it.
Skin Ceuticals Aox Lip Complex
Lips, being an easy focus point in our Christmas make up looks, have got to be kept in prime condition.
There is no better way than this exciting product by Skin Ceuticals. Aox Lip Complex pumps up the volume of the lips by restoring hydration, refining and smoothing the appearance of lip tissue and protects against premature wrinkling and environmental damage. Its full to the brim of antioxidants, humectants and emollients along side active ingredients which I love!
I would also recommend using a moisturizing stick over the top of this one, to seal it in. But I definitely found my lips less chapped, slightly plumper and primed to perfection for my Lazy Halloween Outfit.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate
The skin around the eye is thinner than the skin on the rest of our face so it's important that we treat it separately.
Heavy products can lead to milia (little white bumps that cant be squeezed) and weighting down the eye area which will inevitably lead to bags, lines and wrinkles, all of which we don't want!
Shiseido recently sent me in this eye concentrate to try out. I have to say they are one of my favorite skin care brands and while not cheap, I find that their products are worth the pennies.
And for anyone with over sensitive or reactive skin, this could be a great brand for you. The Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate protects against moisture loss which leads to the diminish of fine lines, roughness and dryness which is exactly what we need coming in to the winter months.
La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner
For anyone with seasonal rosacea or seasonal dermatitis, otherwise commonly known as "dry patches", you'll love this product. It's been specifically designed for those of you with highly sensitive skin and it's soap-free, alcohol-free, ccolorant-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.
It literally leaves the skin soothed and protected, and feeling like its just been "hugged" especially if your skin in rough, dry, flaky or chapped.
Coming in to winter we are look looking for that comfort, warmth and cozy feeling. Does anyone have a "go to" product essential for keeping their skin flawless this winter season?