Guest contributor Yasmin Din gives us some tips and tricks on how to keep our skin healthy during the harsh, cold winter months by introducing us to her favourite products.
With the coldest time of year approaching, keeping your skin looking smooth and healthy becomes all the more important, especially for those of us who are prone to acne or scarring. When dealing with mixed skin types, products are often a hit or miss. However, after testing products out, here are 5 must-haves to keep your complexion glowing during winter.
- Uriage AquaPrécis Moisturising Gel Cream
Despite not being available in the UK, Uriage products are widely available to find online – and this particular cream is indispensable in my daily skincare routine. Its formula provides you with complete protection from the season’s harsh weather conditions, and it never feels heavy on the skin. It works best when applied after cleansing, or before applying any make up. While it’s not the most practical product to get your hands onto, it is priced at around £14 – and though it might seem pricier, don’t be haste as one tube has lasted me for quite a long time.
- The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Collection
If, like myself, you are prone to have acne and blemishes, this particular collection is a life saviour. Offering a range of oils, creams, cleansing liquids and exfoliators, the tea tree based products will dry out imperfections without damaging your skin. Being (perhaps overly) practical, my go-to product is Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask. Fitting to your needs, the product works just as well as an everyday cleanser and exfoliator as it does as a two-day a week mask. The fact that the whole range is incredibly affordable (this particular product is priced at £8) only adds to the fact that it’ll leave your skin feeling refreshed and not overly dry – something I count as a success when looking for acne-combatting products.
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
This cream is the token high-end product on the list. It’s advantageously not restricted to a single functionality, as it can be used in a number of different ways – from hand smoothing to eyebrow grooming, to chapped lips. However, its number one success is most certainly the ability to handle the driest skin patches. For someone who has had to deal with scarring and excessively cracked skin due to weather conditions, this product is a godsend. While it is quite a bit over my student budget (priced at £27), I would definitely recommend it as a one-time purchase for those harder to fix skin emergencies, especially if you’re prone to weather sensitivity. Moreover, a small amount of product will take you a long way – and after all, Christmas is also an ideal period to treat yourself.
- Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
The Garnier tissue mask is one of my personal favourites – not only for this season, but as an all-time product. Its extremely nourishing formula combined with its extremely affordable price (one mask is priced at £0.99 from Boots) have made it a crucial part of my weekly deep-cleansing and moisturising routine. Unlike other face masks that I’ve tried, both tissue and peel-off, the Garnier mask does not leave my skin irritated or overly red, giving me nothing other than a refreshed and hydrated face. Ideal for pampering days or sleepovers, this bargain is definitely a must to help your complexion get through the cold months to follow.
- Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer
Although the last product on the list is verging onto the makeup section, the Baby Skin primer has become one of my almost daily skincare products. Even when used on its own, the product evens out my complexion and makes it naturally matte – without ever over drying it. It keeps the skin well protected, and makes it way easier to go without a layer of foundation. Priced at £8, the light product gives you an extra layer of protection, both when applying make up or when baring your skin to the wintery winds.