Winter can be tough on skin. Cold weather makes blood vessels contract, which slows cell turnover and blocks moisture from reaching the skin. In addition to this central heating creates a de-humidified atmosphere often causing dryness and dullness. Three stand out beauty products are saving my skin this winter. It’s no surprise that two of them are for lips as mine get dry and flaky in the winter months if I don’t pay a lot of TLC to the delicate skin here:
Ole Henriksen Lucky Pucker Lip Scrub
This multitasking apple and cinnamon scrub gently exfoliates and conditions lips. Sugar grains buff away dry, flaky skin whilst kokum butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and sunflower oil soften. The formula can be wiped off immediately or left to melt in.
I absolutely love this lip scrub. The first thing that hits you when you unscrew the lid is the scent. The apple and cinnamon fragrance conjours notions of comforting autumnal desserts (it tastes delicious too). Another other unique thing I like about this scrub is the shape. Stick lip scrubs are usually in the style of a lipstick bullet. This wider stick is makes application all over the lips super quick and easy. The fact that this bullet is so substantial means I can apply a lot of pressure without fear of the product breaking. I enjoy the satisfying scrub I get from the granular sugar crystals and the balmy conditioning residue that it leaves behind. I also like the cheeky name and cute packaging. I’m not the only one that loves this unique, multitasking product. Here are the results of a consumer study of 35 women:
100% agree this product exfoliates dry, damaged lips
100% agree this product nourishes lips
100% agree this product improves lipstick application
97% agree this product leaves lips feeling smooth
97% agree this product softens lips
Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips
I love using this lip mask in conjunction with the scrub for extra nourishment and protection through the winter months. Buttermask is infused with fairly traded coconut oil and wild mango butter which help reinforce the moisture barrier and nourish lips. This is not just for use at night; Kiehls recommend applying a generous layer before bed and reapplying throughout the day as desired. It can also be used to prep lips for lipstick by leaving on for 15 minutes before blotting then applying lip colour.
Buttermask really is smooth as butter. I love smothering it on at bedtime and before going out into the cold. The mask leaves the lips looking shiny and juicy. It has a faint chocolately smell and doesn’t taste of anything. As this leaves a protective coating I advise not to apply prior to eating or drinking. This product feels so comfortable on the lips and is a winter essential for me.
The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
This antioxidant-rich oil comes from the kernels of the fruits of Marula tree. The Ordinary’s offering contains 100% unrefined cold-pressed virgin African Marula oil. The super silky oil is extremely hydrating and gives skin a beautiful glow. Being composed of smaller molecules than most other facial oils means this one oil absorbs particularly well. Marula oil is non-greasy and aroma neutral. This oil can also be used on the hair.
I adore the luxurious feel of this oil. When I apply this before going out into the cold it feels like the equivalent of putting on a winter coat for my face to protect it from the elements. I also like to use a layer of this oil as the last step in my evening skincare routine to lock in actives and prevent moisture loss.
What are your winter skincare recommendations?
Details: Ole Hendriksen and The Ordinary are available from www.boots.com
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