My son’s prep newsletter came home last Friday … as it does every Friday. It’s sort of an intro to what will become nightly homework, a few things for us to talk about with our preppie and notification about the next week’s show and tell topic.
The problem with receiving it on a Friday is that I usually read it over a glass of wine. There I was last Friday sipping and skimming and I got as far as this:
Talk with your family and see if you know what is unique about this Wednesday? There is something extra special about it. Can you work out what it is?
Now, I’m standing at the kitchen bench, wine glass devastatingly empty, trying to process these probing questions. First thought, brought on my latent Catholic guilt, I’ll need to Google and see if there’s some Christian celebration I’ve forgotten … then I swung around and looked at the calendar on the fridge.
Ahh, derr. (Clearly you can take some of the blonde out of a girl but you can’t take girl out of the blonde … or some such thing.)
It’s WINTER people. June 1.
One lone Frangipani flower didn’t get the change of season memo and was still trying to open on one of our trees yesterday but elsewhere across Australia (love this vlog over at Edenland), the flowers – and leaves – have long left their branches.
I’ve talked A LOT about what to wear for winter 2011 but I realised there was no better day – than today – to give you some Mother Hen advice about how to come out the other side on September 1 with soft, hydrated and glowing skin.
Skin in winter needs special attention … even those bits that we keep covered.
The main thing you are looking to do here is keep your face and body skin hydrated. This won’t be easy. Winter will rage a cold and windy battlefront. And if your skin is starting to feel that first feeling of winter “tightness” (not the good stuff that takes away the
deep crevices fine lines … the tight that usually results in scaly, lizard-like features if left unchecked) then it’s time to tweak your current skincare regime.
Here’s what you need
FACE: cream cleanser, day moisturiser with SPF, night moisturiser, hydrating mask, lip balm
BODY: exfoliator, body moisturiser
FACE AND BODY: hydrating serum
Here’s what I’ve been trialling recently*
Why these products might work for YOU this winter?
Innoxa Thirsty Skin Hydrating Creme Cleanser (150ml $17.95): I do love a foam cleanser but some formulations can be drying. Opting for a cream cleanser during winter could be a good move for you too. I’ve found this one to be particularly good. Skin is super supple after cleansing and ready for moisturising. www.innoxa.com.au
Olay Complete Defence SPF 30+ (75ml $14.69): Even if you live in a part of Australia that sees more cloud than sun, it’s still important to wear sunscreen every day during winter. I’m not talking the sticky stuff of beach holidays, more the easy-to-wear moisturising sunscreens. This one ticks all the boxes for me. It’s lightweight, it’s perfect for under makeup and you can stock up when shopping for groceries. www.olay.com.au
Happy Skincare Anti-Ageing and Repair Cream (60ml $46.95): This isn’t strictly just a night cream but I’ve been using it that way (opting for the SPF 30+ during the day). I’m mighty impressed on so many levels. Happy Skincare is small Australian (Hunter Valley, NSW) company – this is currently its only product. The product is free from colour, artificial fragrances, parabens, sulphates, mineral oils and petrochemicals. It’s FULL of natural ingredients that are listed in full on the jar. This natural cocktail, which includes rosehip oil, vitamin E, coconut and jojoba oils, is designed to protect skin – and rejuvenate it. I love the way it’s easily absorbed – and I love the way how nurtured my skin feels each morning after use. Head to www.happyskincare.com.au to find out how you can get a free trial of the product.
Ella Bache Hydra-Vitalising Repair Balm (75ml $78): Love, love, love this balm. You apply in on one area, thickly, or over your face like you would a mask. Leave it 10 minutes and let it absorb. I’ve been using this about twice a week. It was a lifesaver after one recent, particularly over-indulgent night, helping rehydrate my skin from the outside while I was working on the inside! It would also be your perfect in-flight buddy (if someone say wanted to sponsor me to FLY to BlogHer and test it, I’d be happy to do so). Key ingredients are wheatgerm, shea butter and hydraline – all working together for the skin to hydrate, reduce inflammation and protect. www.ellabache.com.au
Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm (15ml $36): My lips run a close tie with my toes in telling me that winter is here. That first gust of a classic Queensland winter south-westerly and mine – lips that is – start cracking. I carry a gazillion lip balms in my various handbags. This one is a new – and a good – addition. It’s got just the right amount of hold. It’s not sticky but provides the protective coverage you look for. The fragrance is a subtle vanilla. Active ingredients include Katafray bark extract to prevent moisture loss, Hyaluronic Acid to increase hydration, rose wax to act as a protective barrier and Ceramide 3 to help repair chapped lips. Available from department stores, Clarins Gold Salons, select salons and pharmacies online at www.adorebeauty.com
Subtle Energies Rasayana Detox Body Scrub (250ml $38.50): I’m guilty of paying A LOT of attention to exfoliating and moisturising the skin on my body during the summer months … because it’s exposed! But come Winter I’m like a hibernating bear, complete with resultant body hair growth. This Winter I’ve vowed to be different and it started with this scrub. The finely milled nut shells act to shift dead skin cells and unclog pores in a liquid Ayurveda Aromatherapy formula which includes lime, wild turmeric and Tulasi to detoxify and tone skin. It’s also said to help with in-growns on waxed skin. www.subtleenergies.com.au
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Cream (312g $14.95): This is another product I’ve enlisted for my anti-hibernating winter stance. I’ve got to admit, I’m more inclined to dip in (generously) to this tub because I know when it’s finished I can buy another at the supermarket. It’s a power tub of budget body moisturisers, working on even the most dry and cracked skin. Love the cooling menthol and the oatmeal and shea butter, which work to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. Moisturising your legs every day is a must through winter, particularly if you’re planning on wearing tights. It reduces the static that comes with those dry winds I talked of earlier. www.aveno.com.au
The Jojoba Company Pure Australian Golden Jojoba (30ml$18.95): I’ve left this one for last. On purpose. I’m going to be blogging more about the products from The Jojoba Company in the next few weeks but for now I just needed to share how AMAZING its star product, this pure Australian Golden Jojoba is. I liken it to a serum – and yes, it can be used under your day and night moisturising creams. But it is also super powerful on its own. I’ve been told it has the same molecular structure as the wax esters in human sebum, so when you apply it, your skin thinks it is your own and absorbs it immediately. You also only need the teeniest of squirts from the bottle. A little goes a long way. Its powerful formulation of anti-oxidants, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D and E has been cold pressed to protect the nutrients. I’ve used it on my face (divine) and also on some small, dry patches of psoriasis – and its working to reduce those. They’re not gone yet but if they do I’ll be buying this product by the vat-load. www.jojobacompany.com.au
That’s a wrap, Stylers. How are you spending the first day of Winter 2011? And have you slapped some moisturiser and SPF on this morning? Please tell me you have … and let me know if you have a “can’t survive winter without” skincare product.
* These products were supplied to me in accordance with my Disclosure Policy