While temperatures are still reaching the high 20s in my hometown (I miss you so much, Perth!), here on the east coast, the cold weather has set in and it's time for coats, scarves, hot water bottles and cranking the heater on. Keeping warm, however, doesn't do our skin much good as both the cold air outside and hot air inside can really dry the skin and leave it looking parched. I talked about three hydrating products I love almost two years ago here, and even though I still use and love those products (bar one of them), I've introduced a few new ones into my routine and want to talk about hydrating and moisturising the lips, hands and feet too.
Starting with the face, I've been using this cute little bottle of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil for a couple of months now, which my lovely friend, Jennifer, gifted to me. I have to admit, I've never been interested in Josie Maran as a brand because nothing about it really stood out to me, but after learning a bit more about Josie Maran herself and her products, I really respect what she has done in the beauty industry. Containing Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it sinks beautifully into the skin and you'll wake up feeling fresh-faced and your skin looking plump. It's very comparable to my favourite oil, the NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil, and at half the price for almost double the amount of product, this is an amazing option if you're on a budget. You can also use this on your hair and nails too, making it even more worth your money. After my tube of Indeed Labs Hydraluron ran out, I decided to replace it with the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. Don't get me wrong, Hydraluron worked really well for me, but the sticky gel consistency was something I didn't enjoy and I just didn't love it enough to repurchase it. This Caudalie serum, however, has been a wonderful alternative and its milky texture feels much more luxurious. More than simply hydrating the skin, it regulates water exchange and restores the moisture balance in your skin. It also contains 97% of natural ingredients, is suitable for all skin types and unlike Hydraluron, I can definitely see this lasting in my skincare routine. Lastly, is my all-time favourite skincare product, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which I've been loyal to for many, many years. You can read my full review on it here. While I mostly use it to fade hyper pigmentation left by blemishes and even out my complexion, this really is an all-round wonder product as it also contain hyaluronic acid, which we all know helps to retain moisture. I alternate between this and the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil at night, while mostly using the Caudalie Vinosource Serum during the day, and my skin just drinks up these beautiful products.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel seems to have reached cult status within the beauty blogging community and it's not hard to understand why. Perfect all year round, this nourishing lip balm soothes and protects, and has an ever so slightly gritty texture, which helps to exfoliate. For this reason, I prefer using Rêve de Miel at night, slathering it all over the lips. It contains honey and precious oils, and when I wake up, they feel wonderfully smooth and silky, ready for whatever lip product I choose to apply that day. I really did not need another lip balm, but I couldn't help but feel intrigued by the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, which another lovely friend, Jess, got for me as there is still no Sephora in Melbourne (my patience is wearing thin here!), only Sydney. A super thick balmy texture, this replenishes moisture and will make them feel comfortable again if they're feeling a little chapped or parched. With ingredients such as agave nectar, jojoba oil and antioxidants, this really does the lips some good, but the one gripe I have with this is the packaging. In the cold weather, the product pretty much becomes rock solid and is an absolute bitch to squeeze out! It even hurts my fingers! I recommend trying to warm up the product some way or another prior because otherwise there's just no way of getting this stuff out.
The hands and feet can be neglected at times, but it's so important to give them some TLC too as they can take quite a batting in everyday life. I have a couple of hand creams on the go at the moment, but my all-time favourite is the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. The consistency of this product is thick and rich, and as it's applied, you can really feel it softening the skin. The aroma of lavender and cedar wood is uplifting and soothing, and it's the only product that really moisturises my dry elbows too. A staple in my stash, I never want to be without this. For the feet, I rely on the Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream. I absolutely hate the feeling of wearing socks to bed, so my feet end up really dry from the hot water bottle or even when I've parked them in front of the heater. It has a really refreshing fruity scent and contains ingredients like glycerin, macadamia oil and orange and lemon fruit acid to really nourish the skin.
Last, but certainly not least, is water. A pretty obvious choice when talking about hydration, but sometimes I think the importance of getting your eight glasses a day can be overlooked when talking about beauty products. There's only so much a serum, a cream or a lip balm can do for the body and it's what you put in it that's going to give you the skin you're after. I have to admit that I can be really bad at drinking water as there are times where I simply don't think about it during the day, but when I do, I notice such a difference. So, before heading out to the shops, try the cheaper (and healthier) option of upping your water intake!
What are your favourite products for a hydration boost during the cold weather?