23 June 2014

Winter Favourites: Part I

I thought I would give the next few posts a winter flavour seeing as we are now properly in the coldest season of the year. I am personally not the biggest fan of winter as I struggle with the cold, but I've been finding ways of making it more bearable, and even quite enjoyable, for myself. 

This post will focus on skincare as I feel it is important to take extra care of yourself during the winter months. Where I live, the winter is cold and dry, and the dry air really wreaks havoc with your skin.


I am a big fan of hot cloth cleansing and to me it's the perfect cleansing method for winter as it gives your skin a gentle exfoliation as well as a fantastic spa-like experience every time you wash your face. I like to use balms and rich cleansers as it leaves my skin smooth, supple, and well hydrated. My current favourites include Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, The Body Shop Cleansing Oil, Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Creal, and Lush Ultrabland.

I have combination oily skin but my skin gets dehydrated easily, so I make sure to use hydrating toners (such as The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner) and a serum containing Hyaluronic acid to boost moisture (I currently use Woolworths Treat Anti-ageing Serum). For evenings I like using The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil underneath my moisturiser.

My moisturisers of choice are the Clarins Multi-Active Day cream and The Bodyshop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet for mornings, and the Clarins Multi-Active Night cream at night. I also use a lot of hydrating masks to replenish my skin's moisture. If I use a purifying clay mask I'll always follow it up with a hydrating mask. I enjoy using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask, The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask, and the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight mask.


My lips always tend to get very dry and chapped at this time of year. I slap on a thick layer of The Body Shop's Aloe Lip Care or Oh Lief's Natural Lip Balm. I also love the Maybelline Baby Lips range, especially the Hydrate variant. My current favourite is Cherry Me which smells like cherries and moisturises my lips nicely.

How does your beauty routine change in winter? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!



  1. Hi Hildegarde, I found Eucerin Aquaphor to be the best rescue product for very dry skin. This winter my skin is seriously dehydrated. Aquaphor before bedtime (it is a shiny, thick gellike consistency) after my cleansing routine did the job!

    1. I've heard about Aquaphor but haven't tried it yet. I think I should take a tube with me to Spain... ;) Thanks for commenting, Alta!

  2. Do you use the Lush Ultrabland as an every day cleanser - or like a once / twice a week "special" cleanse? I'm thinking about getting some with my next Lush order since everyone seems to rave about it - just a bit concerned about committing myself to such a pricey and difficult to get daily cleanser...

    1. Last winter I really struggled with dry, red, angry skin so then I used the Ultrabland twice a day, every day, for about a month and it cleared everything up nicely. I currently have a couple of cleansers on rotation, so I only use the Ultrabland once a week or when my skin really feels "bleh". It's not something I would use everyday because, as you say, it's quite difficult to get hold of. I hope that answers your question! Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Hi Hildegarde - that's exactly what I was hoping that you would say! Thanks so much. Have a stunning weekend! :)