While I love a bit of snow, cold weather generally makes my skin itch.
My skin has got more sensitive to cold weather as I’ve got older and I shrivel up like a sun dried tomato at the first signs of frost. What’s that all about? I really should be living in the Caribbean. I also find it harder to drink the required 8 gallons of water or whatever it is we’re supposed to drink daily and no thank you, I don’t want to switch to fruit-bowl smelling herby/fruity teas.
So I keep myself protected against the drying cold with a battery of good face creams, which today I’m show-and-telling with you. I’m also hoping you’ll do the same back to me as I’m always ready to try something new.
I’ve used this lovely image of Helen Mirren -above, by Martin Schoeller, completely untouched- because I liked it, isn’t it fab to see her un photo shopped? I’m afraid my skin looks no where near as good as Helen’s in this weather, I wonder what she uses?
My go-to favourite cold weather cream, which I’ve been using for years, is the Wild Rose Beauty Balm from Neal’s Yard. It’s a fabulously multi purpose, waxy balm you can use as a cleanser or as a night time balm, or a rehydrating mask or as a day cream when the going outside gets very cold. It smells like a rose garden and is free from all those synthetics, parabens, artificial fragrances an’ all, as you’d expect from Neal’s Yard. I am never without a pot when travelling either, due to its multi purpose-ness.
The richest, best value mid-range day cream I’ve found for cold weather, when you need a bit more protection, is Liz Earle’s Superskin Moisturiser with natural neroli. This is a joy to spread on your poor scrappy skin to give it extra omph before you hit the windy outside. Many people love Liz Earle’s range for its emphasis on natural ingredients and not too high prices. I must admit it’s the only product in her range I’ve tried, but I love it. I’ll use it now until the weather warms up a bit and it’s safe to reduce the cream-layer factor,
If you are more of a night protection person, then I’d urge you to think about the waxy nurturing and heavenly smell of Decleor’s Aroma Night Balm, with added neroli. Nothing in the Decleor range smells anything other than gorgeous, and I am a total sucker for a good smelling cream, but this really does revive red cheeks and dry sore skin. I also smooth it on my lips- which are always dry in this weather- where it soothes things nicely.
Then for the brave, my sister (a beauty-on-a-budget-guru) rates the Body Shop’s Hemp Foot Cream (yes I checked, she really does mean the foot cream) on her face and has done for many years and swears by its richly smoothing and soothing properties. ‘Bloody fantastic’ is in fact how she described it. You heard it here first.
Finally, definitely my favourite never-be-without waxy balm to sooth lips, legs, elbows, hands, face and anywhere else you fancy rubbing it is Goe Oil, made purely from plants, flowers and fruits. It comes in silvery tubes of buttery loveliness, smells divine and costs more than I should spend, but really we need something nice to cling onto while we battle the elements. I can not recommend this enough, for the chamomiles/lemon/beeswax smell if nothing else. It works better in cold weather, in warmer climes it goes a bit runny, but be warned, it’s very addictive.
Now, what do you use on your face against the cold? Any tips?