The Products That Have Saved My Dry Skin This Winter

Winter has officially arrived in London, and with it has come my least favourite annual visitor: excema. Over the past couple of years the condition that led to many Oilatum baths in my childhood has reared it’s head once more and seems to be here to stay, much to my frustration. I spend my days uncomfortable in my clothes, having to slather on E45 morning and night to stop me from incessantly scratching myself like a dog with fleas throughout the day. When it comes to my face, the dryness has caused patches of flaking and it’s making all of my face products oxidise within an hour of application. It’s not ideal, and out of sheer necessity I’ve had to change up my skin routine quite drastically. However, there is a silver lining in all of this; gradually, I am discovering cruelty free products that really work for relieving the itching, flaking and irritation of dry skin. Here are my findings thus far – my skin saviours, if you will.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate

I have to start with this product as it’s honestly been a miracle worker over the past couple of weeks. After many late night sessions on beauty blogs, forums and magazines, I finally found a recommendation on Into The Gloss for this cruelty free moisturiser that was endorsed across the board by readers. I ordered it immediately, and since the first application it has relieved the irritated dry skin across my forehead and cheeks in an almost unbelievable way. My skin feels nearly normal, doesn’t grease up in the night and actually feels like it’s retaining and regaining moisture during the day. Even the Glossier Priming Moisturiser couldn’t fix this face, so I’m beyond thrilled to have found a moisturiser that has managed it. I’m a big fan of french pharmacy skincare, however it’s often the case that it’s tested on animals so I can’t invest. However, discovering Embryolisse has CHANGED THE GAME. I’m indulging in my french skincare crush and I love it. It also has a lovely rose scent – I checked the back of the packet for irritants as initially I was worried about fragrance being the culprit but I think this is just rosewater or something added for it’s nourishing properties. I’m not too sure, probably better to ask a pharmacist, but I’m not going to question the magic as it’s working wonders for me.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

I’ve got to shout out The Ordinary for democratising skincare. Whilst their products might not be the most complex or revolutionary on the market, they definitely offer some of the most effective treatments at their price point. I’m not in the market for a superstar hydrating serum right now (the blessings of being a mere twenty-two years old,) however I am in need of some assistance when it comes to retaining and absorbing moisture, and this little pot of wonders takes the biscuit. I’ve been using it since summer in the evenings, either mixed in with my moisturiser or applied just before, and it makes a massive difference on dry patches and the overall quality of your skin. I no longer look hungover every morning! Oh, the woes of perpetual dehydration. And the best bit about the serum: It’s around five pounds!! All hail The Ordinary; bring on the skincare revolution.

Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask

It’s a weird jelly cream that you leave on your face for twenty minutes as you let it do it’s business. Then you take it off and you look plump and nourished, like you drank a massive green juice before bed. I don’t know about you, but I really like looking like I eat more vegetables than I actually do. The moon mask has been a real blessing these past couple of weeks, rescuing my skin at it’s most dire before I discovered a moisturiser that worked. It’s especially good for targeting dry patches – just pop it on those as you do your emails, then wash it off when you shower. Bingo, your skin is calmer and friendlier and it hasn’t even had it’s morning coffee yet.

LUSH Rose Lollipop Lip Balm

This stuff is the real key when it comes to dry ass lips in winter. Whilst I’m a big fan of the Carmexes, Balm dot coms and Chapsticks, they create a layer to keep the moisture that’s already there in as opposed to adding additional nourishment. Lush lip balms have actual oils in them that can penetrate and add moisture to lips that didn’t really have any to begin with. Actual oils. I know right. It’s exciting shit. I keep a pot by my bed and one at my desk so that I can top up my hydration when things are feeling bleak in the lip department. Whilst they’re slightly more expensive than your standard chapstick, they’re still cheaper than the boujee ones like Korres and Balme de Rose. If you suffer with dry lips in winter, I’d 100% recommend doubling up and investing in a Lush balm for house or handbag use.

One or two months in to the dry skin struggle and these are my 10/10, recommend to a friend products. Soothing, moisturising and cruelty free; what more could you want? Let me know your dry skin saviours in the comments, or how to resolve the oily-but-dry conundrum I used to battle each winter.

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  1. RS
    December 18, 2017 / 9:35 am

    I dont know if you’re still using the glossier milky jelly cleanser, but I found that SO unbelievably drying! overnight my skin became itchy, dry sandpaper. I persisted for about a week (because it feels so lovely to put on) but the morning after i stopped using it my skin normalised. I would suggest swapping it out for a few days to see how your skin goes!

  2. Susan
    December 19, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    ya know, this is like the 6th time today I’ve read a post about The Ordinary. I’m taking it as a sign from the universe that I need to check it out !

  3. Meagan
    January 9, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    l’Occitane creme mains hand cream is so thick and moisturising, while its expensive I’ve had a 10ml pack that’s lasted me a year (crazy, I know) but it’s so thick you only need a little and it’s so good for my skin. I’ve just moved to England as an exchange student from Australia and this has saved my skin!!!

  4. Debra
    May 11, 2018 / 5:14 am

    What do you suggest I use for very dry sesnitove skin to cleanser with….

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