Sunday 4 March 2018

Cold Weather Skincare for Sensitive, Dry and Irritated Faces

My skin has been really feeling sorry for itself of late. Just before the snowy weather hit the UK, I started to suffer a backlash from the chemical exfoliating I had been doing. Usually, I'm quite in tune with how much my skin can take, but I didn't factor in the cold weather which had sensitised my face. When I started having flushed red cheeks and dry, flaky patches, I knew it was time to whip out my old faithful: La Roche Posay's Cicaplast cream. 

In addition to this, I switched all of my products to those for very sensitive skin. A new brand to Feel Unique is SVR, an amazing French pharmacy range which is aimed at sensitive skin. The Topialyse range is for very dry, irritated and eczema-prone skin and the Barriere, barrier cream is intensely soothing and hydrating. Putting it over my dry, sore cheeks made all the difference and helped them to heal and re-hydrate. I purchased other items which I can review if people would like, but as an overall comment on this brand I am very excited about the products and feel that they are going to get used a lot in my skincare routine.

For SPF I used Cicaplast Baume B5 (La Roche Posay) and IT Cosmetics CC Cream in the lightest shade (Fair) which also offers an SPF50. This is quite a thick cream which offers quite a lot of coverage for a CC (colour correcting) cream. It feels like it offers more of a hydrating barrier compared to any other foundation I currently own- and believe, me, my skin was not going to tolerate any drying formulas.

My eyes appreciated La Roche Posay's Toleriane Ultra eye cream which is like a drink for the under eyes and non-irritating. I would not recommend this on the most irritated, allergic eyes, but for generally parched sensitive skin, this is great (and affordable compared to some eye creams).

An amazing find towards the end of last year was the Malin and Goetz Lip Moisturiser which is the best lip balm I've ever found (that is saying something as I've tried many). It is exactly the right thickness and lasts ages on your lips. It has no strong or novelty scent and it is really hydrating. Sadly, it is currently out of stock in a lot of places, but I'll definitely be tracking it down when I run out.

Finally, a luxury product to treat dry skins: Josh Rosebrook's Advanced Hydration Mask. This is a real treat for those who are serious about skincare and believe in spending some money now and again. This brand is all natural and sources the finest organic materials to make its products. The mask is a balm to oil formula that feels and smells incredible to apply. You leave it on for half an hour and it transforms dry, tired skin like nothing else I've ever tried. It contains many essential oils and blue tansy gives it the ice blue colour as well as, amongst other ingredients, its calming effect on the skin. May Lindstrom's Blue Coccoon is the closest thing I've tried to this as it is also known for its blue colour. I love that for soothing skin also, but this has a more easily spreadable texture and an even more appealing scent (a combination of the natural oils); it's texture is very similar to Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm in my opinion, but this is far richer and more nourishing. To justify the price tag, you might consider that this gives you spa-level results and you don't need to use a lot of the product each time.

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