Do you have sensitive skin? Do you find it gets worse in the Winter months?
Well you aren’t alone. After years of trial and error with my own sensitive skin, I think I’ve finally found some products that manage to sooth and protect, without causing further skin reactions. The harsh cold and wind we have at this time of year causes havoc for sensitive skin, especially when added to the drying effect of central heating.
There are so many products out there now for sensitive skin, each with its own list of ingredients. And its this little list that I personally have to pay a lot of attention to. I have sensitivities to a number of things including fragrance/perfume (inc essential oils), lanolin, and some preservatives often used in cosmetics/skincare products.
Heck, my skin can react to temperature and even water.
My favorite product for the skin on my face right now is Weleda White Mallow Face Cream. Its actually part of their Baby skincare range. I find this really protects my face from the cold and wind, it’s fairly thick and a little goes a long way. I use this in the morning and occasionally at night if my face has that tingly, tight feeling. It’s rich without being greasy and I’ve missed it on the mornings I’ve forgotten to apply it.
Regarding cosmetics, to be honest I don’t wear half as much makeup as I did when I was younger. My skin just doesn’t tolerate it as much as it previously did. I also think older skin often looks better with less makeup- less matt more glow, ya know?
Less but better as with so many things in life. I really rate Marks & Spencers Autograph range, their lipsticks are great, as are the blushers and mascaras. I’ve not had any skin reactions using these products and they are also cruelty free too. I often wear one of their moisturising lipsticks to protect my lips on the school run.
To take off any makeup, or just have a deeper cleanse, I use Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm. Now this does have some essential oils in it and is slightly exfoliating, both of which I’ve never been able to tolerate. But I tried a sample of from a magazine a few months ago and I’m hooked.
Because its a cleanser the essential oils aren’t really on my face for that long, which I think is the reason I’ve been able to continue using it. This balm feels (and smells) really luxurious and its actually a pleasure to take off makeup and daily grime now, rather than a chore.
I find my hands also tend to flare up more at this time of year, itchy and sore can begin to feel like the norm. I’m really loving the Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop at the moment (along with over 5000 rave reviewers on their site). It’s rich but sinks in quickly, and has a subtle, calming smell. I have this by the sink in my kitchen as its where I remember to put it on the most. I probably should get another tube for my handbag though, asap.
I also use Formula Night Cream (when I remember!) this is from M&S and is part of their Sensitive Skin range. They’ve changed the packaging since I last bought it, that’s how long it lasts. This is such a great price for a Night cream that doesn’t give me a reaction. It’s lighter on the skin than the Weleda cream which I find better for night time as I don’t get stuck to the pillow!
Last but not least the Dermologica UltraCalming Mist is something I turn to throughout the year. In the Winter months its great for calming my skin down on entering the warm dry house, from the cold, wet and windy outdoors. So instead of having a flushed, hot and irritated face which doesn’t know what is going on, I have a calmer, all be it a little moist, face. I’ve also used this mist over makeup if I’ve felt like my skin was about to start complaining and it’s worked a treat.
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