Blissful Winter Skin

21 November 2013

Say what?! 

“Blissful” and “winter” are typically not used in the same sentence when describing one’s skin. It’s more like “unidentifiable, red flaky patches, peeling chapped lips and dry skin that looks like the Borrego Dessert. 

Winter works my skin and my nerves so I asked my favorite beauty blogger and skin care enthusiast, Carly Woods of Se1 Girl, to help me out. She likened a winter skin care routine to your winter wardrobe, lots of layers and transition pieces. This is one concept, I think I can follow.

Here’s Carly’s advice for beautiful blissful angelic skin this winter. I mean, take a look at this picture of hers!


carly woods ocean violet

For some, skin care is a three or less step process and replenishing products is a bore. For others Sephora and Space NK take up most of their bank statement with skin care products that take more realty than their clothes. The latter is would be me.

It will therefore come as no surprise that I treat my skin care as I do my wardrobe; ensuring I have the basics, investing in key products and keep going back to brands or products I love and suit my skin. I also ensure I switch things around when the weather turns, so I thought I’d share my skincare wardrobe, explaining what new seasonal buys you need, what products can do more than you think and those products that can transition you through to winter.

Where to Spend that Cash:

The products that are going to make the most difference are serums and oils. Opt for a serum that will address specific problems, such as wrinkles, aging, brightness and a face oil for added hydration. By adding in this hydration step you will be preventing moisture loss within in the skin, which in turn helps prevent wrinkles.

My picks: Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which helps fade any blemish scars (not going to lie, I’m a picker!) and add some radiance into my dehydrated skin, followed with Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil from their rebalancing oils range. This range offers oils for all skin types, so there is one for all of you!

blue orchid

Also great options:

Serums: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Synchronized Recovery Complex II (newly formulated with added science!), Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (all over radiance boosting), Eve Lom Intense Firming Serum (firming & anti-aging)
Oils: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (simple & effective), Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil (all natural)

Transitional Pieces:

Some products have the ability to take you through every season, like eye creams for example. But what about your moisturizer? Sure if you can afford to stock your wardrobe full of ‘em, I say go for it. But just looking in my teensy tiny medicine cabinet, I just don’t have enough space or the funds. So, just like layering your tank top under your cashmere sweater and topped off with your scarf, you gotta layer.

Layering involves sandwiching the re-hydrating oil between your serum and moisturizer, as well as adding extra oil over the top if needed. You could also play bartender and make a cocktail of mixing oil and your moisturizer upon application. Here’s a recipe for you: try mixing 1 or 2 drops oil to your daily moisturizer or tinted moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated and nourished throughout the day, plus it wil give you a little glow we all so desperately need during these dull months.

For this step your transitional moisturizer needs to be a good one and well thought out. An all-time favorite used by many (including Ocean Violet) is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. Make note of the little “+” sign too. It means it has been newly formulated with the impressive additional ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid (my all-time favorite skincare ingredient – if that’s a thing) and Glycerine – both containing uber moisturizing properties. I currently use this in the evening but would happily use it during the day if my skin needed it.

Other recommendations:

Day: Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator (easy, calming and nourishing), Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream (comforting and hydrating)
Night: Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins (full of good things!), Clarins Multi-Active night Recovery Cream (hydrating and corrective)

The One Stop Shop:

The do-it-all’s or everything balms, whatever you chose to call them every woman will have their favorite! Generally formulated from waxes, oils and vitamin E, they can be used all over the body from cuts, cuticles, lips, elbows, quick hair fixes, highlighting and moisturizing.

My top five picks are:

1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (cult favorite!)
2. Josie Maran Argan Balm (easy and simple)
3. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (very similar to Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour)
4. Boiron Homeoplasmine (French & hard to get your hands on, Gwen’s fave too.)

The Wonder Cream

The Wonder Cream

Final note – don’t forget to layer! In the winter I love a good layering of knits, it makes the changing rooms at Zara turn out to me more of a work out but hey, cardio and shopping why not?! When it comes to skincare if your skin needs more, don’t pile it on – layer in on. The same way you may opt for a huge wool sweater then, as I do, break out in a heat rash throughout the day, just loading on a ton of thick moisturizer won’t do your skin any favors. So keep the amounts small (1 or 2 drops or pumps is sufficient) and once they have all absorbed if you need more, add more. Even if you are putting more oil on top of your moisturizer, it will make a world of difference!


Thank you Carly, my skin thanks you too. You can keep up with Carly on twitterinstagram and of course her blog.  Photo Credits by the multi-talented Elle Lasher!


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