Featured London Blogger: Winter Essentials

09:49 14 December 2012

Winter Essentials

Winter Essentials

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Winter is here to stay and the recent change in weather has had me swapping my skincare products around once more. My aim is to keep my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and radiant during the winter months and I’ll be sharing the products I’m reaching for to help me achieve that.

1. Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil - £19

I bought this a few months ago and it was money well spent. I find it’s great for cleansing my make up off at night and makes a change from applying a cleanser which requires vigorous handiwork, after my skin has already been battered by the elements. I apply to dry skin with my fingertips, massage it in and add warm water to turn it into a milky lotion. You can either rinse it off or remove it with a cleansing cloth/flannel. I use both, using first a flannel and then giving my face a final rinse. I used to be firmly against cleansing oils, deeming them unsuitable for ‘proper cleansing’ but this has helped to change my mind. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this.

2. Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub - £4.99

When I initially think of Clearasil, I think of the ads I was bombarded with as a teen which featured heavily both on TV and in magazines. It didn’t work for me back then, leaving my skin dry and agitated and I was dubious about trying this, when it was sent to me. As you see by my usage, I get on with it pretty well! Gone are the harsh ingredients that left my skin feeling tight, irritated and dry when I was younger and instead is a great scrub gentle enough to use daily which helps to keep my skin clear of angry spots or bumps, whilst exfoliating too. I was pleasantly surprised with how gentle this was.

3. St Ives Warming Scrub - £4.99

My last experience of a St Ives facial scrub was at least 15 years ago and wasn’t repeated until recently. I found it too abrasive on my skin and ended up chucking my tube away. St Ives Warming Scrub really is a fantastic product. It lathers up beautifully, cleansing away dirt and oil and smooths away any dry patches without abrasions of any sort - gone are those ‘scratchy’ rough exfoliating beads. It quickly heats up on contact with water and its smell reminds me of that discontinued Oil of Olay Thermal Polisher (I think that’s what it was called), which smelt of apple pie and also heated up on contact with water and the skin.

Have you tried any of these products? What are you reaching for at the moment?

*Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extract Scrub and St Ives Warming Scrub were provided as press samples, for review consideration.

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