Winter and dry skin are by far a match made in heaven; in fact, it can often seem much like a nightmare. Besides the whole flakey foundation face scenario, it can also feel downright uncomfortable - especially when combined with sore chapped lips (I'm really not painting a very attractive picture here am I?!).
Luckily, over the past few months I've encountered a handful of products that hydrate and sooth my dry skin thus, making life just that little bit easier.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II when applied post-cleanse and pre-moisturiser, adds an extra kick of moisture to help make dry skin more manageable. I use this nightly, though if for some reason I skip this step (usually down to laziness), I really notice a difference in the morning as my skin feels tighter and looks duller. A couple of drops of this patted over my face really ensures that my skin is in the best condition come morning. I've also noticed that over time, this also seems to have helped even out my complexion and reduce redness. It's a pricey investment, but for me has been really worth it, plus, a little goes a very long way.
After applying the Estee Lauder serum, I've then been reaching for Origins Make a Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment for a serious injection of hydration. My skin seems to love this stuff. Used morning and night, this moisturiser has really helped banish the tight, uncomfortable feeling associated with dryness, and leaves my skin feeling and looking refreshed. I've also found that my foundation applies so much better when I use this - it's not at all oily, yet it's rich enough to stop my skin appearing flakey.
Though I do have dry skin in general, my under eye area is by far the most dehydrated. After squeezing the last drop out of my Alpha H absolute eye complex, I decided to look for something a little bit more affordable. Una Brennan's Super Facialist Brightening Eye Cream is my current favourite. I can't really say whether it succeeds at brightening dark under eye circles, but it is pretty good at hydrating and refreshing skin. It's also a great base for concealer as it absorbs quickly.
Since finding By Terry's Baume de Rose in my stocking this Christmas, (thank you Santa), it's hardly left my lips. I think this could quite possibly be my most favourite lip balm ever (a strong statement but I kid you not - though it is rivaled for that top spot by Nuxe's Reve de Miel). This might be mind blowingly expensive, but nothing soothes and repairs dry chapped lips like it. I can only describe it as a little pot of heaven.
So that's my current army of dry skin fighters, though I'm sure that my little stash will be growing soon as the cold weather seems reluctant to go away. What are you dry skin saviors?