8 August 2014


During winter when the temperatures drop, my skin reacts but getting so much drier than it usually is. That is sometimes a blessing for those of us with combination skin, as suddenly you do not have the dreaded afternoon shiny face – however, the joy is short lived, and soon the skin gets drier and drier, and often irritated too. So today I’d like to share with you some of the products I use on my face during winter to save it from drying out but rather keep it moisturised and looking healthy.

But before I start, have you been following my series of post with products to care for your skin and hair during the cold winter months? If not you can see the one on winter care for hair or for hands and feet, or maybe the one for the body or what about the one for lip care?

Anyway, here are my selection of winter saviours for the face…

Veet Face Precision Wax & Care*


I don’t have a lot of facial hair. Thank goodness! But do like to keep my eye brows neat, and that’s where the Veet Face Precision Wax & Care comes in handy. It comes in a small dual-ended pen with was in one end, and Soothing Aftercare Cream with aloe vera in the other end. And it is so easy to use, you simply pop the wax end into a cup of just boiled water and leave for a minute before you apply a thin layer to the desired area. You then pop a fabric strip over the wax layer, rub it a few times before you pull it back. And the final step is applying some of the soothing cream which quickly soothes the skin, taking away any redness, leaving the skin soft and moisturised. The wax end has a slanted nozzle which makes it easy to apply precisely, and giving you such a nice result that personally I prefer to do this from the comfort of my own home, and not have to venture out in the cold to salon to get it done – it is quick and easy to do, and I save quite a few dollars on the way too, as there is plenty of product in the pen for approx. 20 uses.

RRP: $15.99 – Available from supermarkets, Priceline and select pharmacies

La Mav Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub*


When it’s in the midst of winter and warm summer days seems to be but a faint memory, and the face is looking pale and lifeless, nothing works better than using an exfoliating scrub to rid your skin of dead skin cells to leave your skin looking smooth, healthy and glowing. A great option is the certified organic Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub from La Mav which is perfect for combination and oily skin types such as mine. It is a deep cleansing facial scrub which contains bamboo and ascophyllumnodosum extracts to not only gently buff away dead skin cells, but also deep cleanses your pores from excess oil, surface dirt and impurities, while regulating sebum production and improving circulation, to leave your skin more even toned and luminous. 

RRP: $29.95 (60ml) – Available from La Mav

Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub*


Another option is the Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub from Racinne. It contains super fine exfoliating beads, yet it so gently and efficiently scrubs away dead skin cells and impurities from the pores to help promote a more glowing a brighter skin. It also contains lemon grass, peach and seaweed extracts which helps promote the skin to renew itself in 28 days and increase its absorption of nutrients and hydration for a more luminous and radiant skin. The ingredients make it smell so lovely and fresh, and as it is so gentle it can be used daily, although just a few times a week is more than sufficient as it is so potent and efficient.

RRP: $24 (75ml) – Available from Racinne


Pure Fiji Eye Crème*


And of course you cannot forget the sensitive skin around the eyes also needing some extra TLC, and generally, eye cream is one of those products that I cannot live without. This eye crème from Pure Fiji contains a botanical blend of cold pressed nut oils, boosted with dilo and beach almond hydrosol, green coconut kinetin and a powerful of anti wrinkle peptide to help smooth fine lines and strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes. The light cream has a lovely delicate scent, and absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving it feel ever so soft and thoroughly hydrated. And it comes in the cutest little frosted glass pump bottle which makes it so easy to dispense and use.

RRP: $54.95 (15ml) – Available from Pure Fiji

Boots Laboratories Optiva Radiance Boosting Eye Balm


If you’re on a budget this Optiva Radiance Boosting Eye Balm from Boots Laboratories is a great suggestion. It helps to soothe and brighten the delicate area around the eye, which is more vulnerable to puffiness and dark circles as the skin is so thin in this area. The light balm has next to no scent and helps make tired skin look more radiant and healthy looking in a short period of time. It is so easy to spread and absorbs into the skin instantly as it has a quite thin formula, yet it leaves the eye area thoroughly moisturised, and without irritating as it is so gentle. And because it absorbs so quickly, it is also perfect for using under makeup.

RRP: $22 (15ml) – Available from Amcal

Elemis Maximum Moisture Day Cream*

The words ‘maximum moisture’ is for someone with combination skin prone to breakouts enough to make me run away as fast as I can – but no need to worry with this day cream from Elemis. The cream has the consistency of a light fluid absorbing instantly into the skin, and in spite of its light formulation it is so moisturising, containing an adaptive technology that intelligently adjusts to your skin’s needs, leaving my skin moisturised, smooth and soft all day long, - and even though it is so moisturising, it never leaves my skin feeling greasy. This also means that it works perfectly under makeup too.

RRP: $83 (50ml) – Available from The Facial Co

Ella Bache Paris Spirulines Intensive Wrinkle Smoothing Cream with Spirulina*

The constant change between the cold outside air, and the warmth inside with the heather going, is enough to leave my otherwise combination and slightly greasy skin craving extra moisture. One brilliant suggestion is the Spirulines Intensive Wrinkle Smoothing Cream from Ella Bache. This concentrated cream is rich in 220 life-essential elements including 70% protein, vitamins, trace elements, minerals, amino acids, which instantly recharges the skin, nourishes it and gives it intense moisture, while visibly improving the appearance of the skin and helps reduce any signs of ageing.

The slightly green cream smells seriously divine, and I love how velvety soft, smooth and glowing it makes my skin.

RRP: $118 (50ml) – Available from Ella Bache

Nutrimetics Ultra Care+ Vitamin Oil with Vitamins A & E*

If you want to give your skin a vitamin boost, then you just cannot go past the Vitamin Oil from Nutrimetics which contains a concentrated blend of oils from Soybean, Safflower, Wheat Germ and Avocado as well as Vitamins A and E, which combined delivers an intense treatment and nourishment to your skin, improving moisture retention and instantly restoring and relieving even extreme dryness. Just a few drops after cleansing and toning your skin is all that it takes, and the dropper bottle makes this quick and easy without any wastage.

And the beauty is that this small bottle of oil is a multi-tasking oil, also suitable to help improve dry areas on the body, for dry and flaky nails and cuticles, in your hair to tame down any fizz or use as an intensive hair treatment before washing it. A true little gem!

RRP: $47 (25ml) – Available from Nutrimetics

Thalgo Melt-Away Mask*


Sometimes not even a very moisturising moisturiser is enough, and you need to reach for a moisture mask to get your skin back to optimum health. I do not have sensitive skin, but a walk with my little boy in the pram in the cold and chilly Melbourne winter weather is enough to leave my cheeks flushed and wind burnt – but as soon as I pop on the Melt Away Mask my skin is instantly soothed and replenished. It is rich in Omega 3 and 6 and helps regulate skin flaking mechanisms, reinforce skin barrier to reduce excess water loss and stimulate cellular regeneration. Left on my skin for just 10-15 minutes and I am left with the softest and most glowing skin.

RRP: $48.95 (50ml) – Available from The Facial Co

Avene Thermal Spring Water*


Another fantastic option for irritated, blushed and red  skin is a quick spray of the Avene Thermal Spring Water, which is enough to instantly offer relief by soothing and calming my skin. And it is perfect for use too during summer when your skin needs cooling down in the hot weather. And the best part is that it is as perfect to use on both clean skin and on top of makeup, and also works like a dream as a makeup setting spray.

RRP: $13.99 (150ml) – Available from Priceline and select pharmacies

Thalgo L’Oceane*


Sometimes applying moisture to your skin is just not enough, and you need to moisture from within. During summer I haven’t got an issue with drinking lots of water, but in winter when it’s cold, I just tend to forget to drink until I am actually really thirsty, or I reach for a cup of tea instead, neither of which is benefitting my skin, or my overall health for that matter.

Enter the Thalgo L’Oceane. These small ampoules contain hypertonic seawater collected in the pure water and are chock full of essential micro-nutrients for the physiological elimination and regeneration of cells, helping to relieve you from feeling of tired, stressed and dehydrated. Just  one or two of these ampoules a day taken before a meal, will give you an energy boost, while helping to detoxify, revitalise and hydrate the body and help you feel more energetic and less fatigued. And who doesn’t need that during winter. The water does taste slightly like salty sea water, and although I don’t particularly love this taste, I do like that these natural ingredients makes my skin look more glowing and radiant and gives me a little extra energy.

RRP: $29 (20 Ampoules) – Available from The Facial Co

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.


So there you go, these are some of my winter saviours for my face.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think of this selection? Does your skin tend to get drier during winter? Which products do you reach for?

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  1. I love the sound of the scrub. As I have Oily combination skin, I exfoliate twice a week, so go through quite a lot of scrubs x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

    1. I'm sadly the same, and tend to exfoliate every second day to keep my skin clear - but obviously using a very gentle one so I don't over do it! xx


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