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The Winter Skin Update

27 May 2016

Winter is fast coming upon us in the Southern Hemisphere, which means dry skin, a dry throat, and probably dry humour. Although I can't really help with the latter two, this arsenal of products will help ease the dreaded flakiness most of us are bound to get, and leave you winter-ready.

One of the things I'm most lazy about when it comes to my beauty routine is not moisturising after getting out of the shower. I know it's terrible, especially in winter when your limbs start resembling the outback during a drought, but it's just so easy to skip the moisturiser and head straight for warm clothes when it's nippy. That's where the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil comes in. It's a thick oil that turns milky and suds up when mixed with water. I'll usually pour a bit of this into my palm, add some water, and slather it on my bod after exfoliating and shower gel-ing. It's feels very rich and nourishing which is perfect for shaving as that tends to dry out the skin. My hypocrite self would still encourage using a moisturiser after showering buuuut if you're lazy or just like the idea of an in-shower moisturiser, the L'Occitane one is a great option.

Micellar waters have been on the market for a while now so I know lots of people will have used ones from brands like Bioderma, Garnier, and Simple, but I'm yet to hear anyone mention the Swisse Micellar Makeup Remover! I don't know what made me pick this up as I usually do my research before buying beauty products, but I think I was intrigued by the fact that the ingredients in this are all naturally-derived. I use this as a supplement to my cleansing routine at night and have found that it's a lot more gentle and less drying than other micellar waters I've tried, yet still just as effective at removing makeup. Plus, it's cheap as chips! Swisse skincare is often on sale at Priceline or Chemist Warehouse, so I managed to nab a new bottle (which lasts ages, by the way) for a mere $5. Beware that it does smell quite strongly of cucumbers since it's largely made up of cucumber extract, so I'd avoid this one if you're allergic or just averse to that.

If the wintertime wasn't a bad enough aggravator of dry lips, along come LIQUID LIPSTICKS. To prep the lips, I like using the LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub. This is just your stock standard lip scrub, but I like that the sugar granules are big enough to have an effect, and that they've mixed oils in so that your lips aren't dry or thirsty after you wash the granules off. I know you can easily make your own, but again, I'm lazy. For a no-fuss lip balm that actually moisturises your lips, I use the People For Plants Manuka Honey & Shea Butter Organic Lip Balm. It's gentle, soothing, nourishing, and comes in stick form so no having to dig your fingers into a pot.

I'm not the biggest fan of sheet masks as some are quite heavily-scented and seem quite gimmicky, but one that really makes a difference to my skin is the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask. It says to leave this on for 15 minutes but I usually leave it on for as long as I can handle having a wet sheet on my face (around 30 minutes). When I take it off, I massage the remaining product into my face and I'm left with skin that feels incredibly soft, plump, and hydrated. It's by far my favourite face mask. I'm not too sure if it's available for purchase as it's not on the Priceline site, but I got mine in a Hydraluron set which included the serum and the moisture jelly. All three are worth getting in my opinion, so keep an eye out for the set if you're keen on trying the Hydraluron range.
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