We’ve never really written about skincare, it’s not something we do as such, we leave that up to the experts. However, we’ve never really kept a blog and so you can appreciate in order to keep the blog going, relevant and enjoyable we have to keep our content up-to-date and relatable. We didn’t want to rule out talking about lifestyle choices, though this is not our priority. This may probably be the only time, as we said there are other people who know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to skincare.
What is contained in the post is just personal opinion based on years of experience with trying different products. If you chose to go and look up the products we have suggested great, if you don’t that’s cool too.
The cold and my skin
I don’t know about you, but when the seasons change from Summer to Autumn, the nights draw in and the temperature drops, quite considerably, my skin suffers the most. It’s no wonder as it’s the body’s largest organ and we wear it on the outside! From as little as I can remember, I have always suffered with dry skin. My mum would massage us all with Johnsons Baby Oil when we got out of the bath (that’s right we grew up in the 80’s). And Johnsons baby oil soon became an essential product in our skincare routine – it was a ritual; wash hair, condition hair, soap and scrub, wash out conditioner and lather with baby oil before rinsing off any excess and getting out of the shower. As I got older however, my skin became dryer, so I started moisturising when I came out of the shower as well. That seemed only to make my condition worse. Puzzled, I thought I would shake up the routine. I dropped baby oil in the shower and just moisturised when I came out with E45. That didn’t help much either and I really didn’t enjoy the feel of E45 against my skin. It felt very heavy and like it was clogging my pores.
I became a vegetarian at the age of 15 and I am, to this day, a worshipper of central heating. I think these things could could have contributed to my dry skin condition. Though I have no scientific evidence to present to you!
In 2015 I was on a theatre job with T (from T.B.C) and he introduced me to Coconut Oil. And, well, the rest is history – coconut oil changed my life in more ways that one. I used it on my skin, my hair, to brush my teeth every now and again and as hand cream in extreme weather. Though not too much, as it can get quite greasy.
Since finding coconut oil I refuse to use anything else on my skin and especially Johnson’s Baby oil. It always felt so slimy and like it just sat on my skin. Everything just felt dirty. Apparently our skin changes every 7 years, as we get older we lose elasticity and cells take longer to replenish and rejuvenate. But that doesn’t mean we give up on it. No, we incorporate a good cleansing routine, early so that we don’t have to play catch up when we get to our 40’s. As we get older our skins requirements change, so it is only natural that we change and use products accordingly.
So without further ado, here are a few of my Autumn, Winter essentials. Well they are kind of my all year round companions but I tend to need a slightly heavier dose as soon as October hits and the heating comes on.
Lips; Berts Bees
I have tried every product going and I have found them to be too greasy, not greasy enough, too chemically, too dry, or just plain and simple ineffective. Having spent shed loads of money trying virtually every product under the sun, I was convinced nothing on the market would ever be able to help lips as chapped as mine. I began to give up hope until I came across Bert’s Bees from Holland & Barrette. I thought, what have I got to loose… and well… since discovering Bert’s Bees, I have never thankfully never looked back. I found the lipsil super moisturising and hydrating and after its first application, I only need to reapply a handful of times. Sometimes when I am anxious, I apply constantly but this is a conditioning I have to to look into.
Bert’s Bee’s (Pomegranate or Wild Cherry) leave my lips feeling super silky and smooth and there is no build up, my lips do not feel tacky after a few hours. The pomegranate one has a little tint to it, so in the Autumn Winter months instead of your lips looking grey and crusty they have a healthy pink glow. Both of these also taste nice. Bonus; Berts Bees are cruelty-free meaning none of their products are tested on animals at any stage of the process.
When the winter get months get me like frost bite and I need something a little more heavy duty (which I have to say is not a lot because of Burts Bees), I tend to reach for PawPaw – a Multipurpose Soothing Balm with Natural PawPaw. This is a magic formula contains 100% natural ingredients is cruelty free and is suitable for vegans! (We’re doing well with these natural products). I used this once when I was on set and I fell in love with it. It also works as a gloss over lipstick to give you that extra sheen. A little trick – use a tiny bit over your eye lids as it gives a natural dewy look. It’s definitely a skin care product that I keep in my bag.
Lips are important to take care of and although I don’t use a lot of product, I believe giving them a good scrub helps keep them soft and luscious. You can make your own scrub at home with brown sugar, lavender oil/argon oil and honey. I was given a Barry M apple lip scrub to try and I have to say it’s rather nice. Quite fruity and easy to use. Just scrape a little bit on to you finger and rub into and around your lips. Leave for a 2 minute, wash or lick off and moisturise with Bert’s Bees Pomegranate lipsil. And now you’re all ready to pucker up and kiss as many folk as you like!
I am very particular about what I use on my face. And now working on the telly I have to be super careful and know how to treat flare up’s or the odd period spot every month. As a teenager and well into my 20’s I used to use Niva, until I found it quite heavy and greasy and again like it was clogging my pores. I switched to a few Boots’ own brands without much luck. So I made do with a Cucumber scrub and moisturiser from Boot’s, until I found Edinburgh Natural Skin care company. This company do some amazing products, all 100% natural, using locally sourced organic ingredients. A little more expensive than your high street brand buy definitely worth your time and money. I still use some of their products – their facial oils are light and delicate giving you enough moisturisation without feeling like you have lathered your face in product.
However, my current favourite is Dr Organics Bioactive facial oil with Moroccan Argon Oil. It feels gorgeous and light on my skin. I use it in the morning after I wash my face with just warm water and at night after cleansing and toning. My Cleanse and Tone products: Botanic’s All Bright (with Hibiscus) Cleansing Solution (Boot’s own Brand) and a Pixi Toner with Vitamin C. The three products have worked wonders for my skin over the last few years. My skin looks and feels fresh, youthful and I have less and less angry breakouts.
I know you are supposed to use a moisturiser that contains SPF to restore and save the skin from sun damage. We don’t get that much sun in this country and when we do – we just opt for a decent enough sun block/cream that helps protect the skin.
In 2018 immense pressure from work and stress led to my skin erupting from the inside out. I came out in what seemed like acne all around my jawline and cheek area. Deep under the skin spots, if you can call them that, had me feeling at my worst and these nodules were here to stay longer than I actually wanted them to. As mentioned before my skin has always suffered somewhat. As a child, as well as dry skin I also used to suffer with mild acne on my forehead. As I’ve gotten older, I have realised a balanced diet and plenty of water with the most natural of products (as natural as you can get them) is the best way to get great skin.
Natural products allow the skin to breathe and do what it needs to in order to repair and replenish itself. We can always help it along with weekly scrubs and kind to the skin moisturising products. A face mask every two weeks doesn’t hurt either, though we prefer hot towel treatment. Just a hot towel over the face for a few minutes to open the pores, a gentle face scrub, rinse and then splash with cold water. Moisture with facial oil.
That’s how we like to do it and we’ve been doing that for years.
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