If you're living in Australia right now, you're likely stocking up on knits, pretty scarves and new denim to see you through the season. And who can blame you? There's nothing like new threads to boost your mood. Just as your wardrobe changes to accommodate the new season, so too should your skincare routine. Your skin needs all the TLC as the wind chills. Fear not, I've got the down-low on the 5 hero products that help your winter skin glow.
Winter means one thing for your skin: a dry, blotchy complexion. The remedy? Skin cell renewal. Now, your skin is really smart and renews itself automatically *but* those shiny new cells won't be seen unless you get rid of the flaky ones sitting on top. Cue: all-mighty exfoliator/expert dead skin cell remover.
Botani's Exfoliating Scrub is packed full of the good stuff that will not only banish crusty skin, but it also renews and nourishes at the very same time. Sweet, huh?
Oh and the good stuff includes:
- Jojoba Oil which replenishes naturally occurring minerals and oils.
- Quandong Fruit Extract which boosts skins appearance while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and settling inflamed skin.
- Olive Squalene which is a literal miracle ingredient. It hydrates, slows down ageing, rejuvenates and calms your skin all at once.
Choosing a high-quality exfoliator is really important and I can vouch for this one. It draws out impurities and removes the flaky bits to give you a beautiful radiant glow. A winner for sure.
If you ask me, toners don't get enough airtime. I have combination skin
And just to add to the fun, it switches between 'good glow' to 'embarrassed teenager full-face blush' multiple times throughout the day. Gar. So, I like to keep it hydrated and even. A few sprays of this aromatic facial mist keeps my wayward skin in check.
As a bonus, it is the antidote to indoor heating which drys out your skin like nothing else. Keep it in your purse and give your face some love 3 times a day. Infused with rose floral water and chamomile, it's the perfect fragrance to calm your mood too. Yay for that!
Sometimes, you just need to pull out the heavyweights and this jar of goodness certainly is that. And more. So much more.
Before I get into the reasons why this cream is the ducks, there's something you need to know. A whole heap of moisturisers you find on the shelves today contain 90% water. That might sound ok but what it really means is, only 10% of it has active ingredients that will hydrate your skin. The likelihood of these products penetrating your cells and actually moisturising is pretty low.
The olive repair cream, on the other hand, is packed full of the good stuff that *will* work.
When you open this delightful tub, you're met with the most delicious, thick and juicy pot of miracle cream. Once applied, it plumps up your skin immediately. You'd expect a product of this weight to give your winter skin a greasy appearance but, my friends, it's the opposite. Matt, hydrated, smooth as a baby's bottom, glorious skin is what you'll get.
Highly recommend all year round but particularly in winter, when the drying gods are out in force.
As a lady who gets oily skin on the reg, I shied away from serums. So deep was my fear of oil on oil that I relied on moisturisers alone for most of my adult life. Oh, how misplaced my fears were. This serum is what skin dreams are made of. It's so powerful that it minimised the appearance of my husbands post-melanoma removal face scar in three months. Thank the heavens because it's a glorious face.
Anyway, I digress. This serum is a multi-tasker. Highly skilled in the art of hydrating, calming, reducing the appearance of fine lines and adding a pretty glow to freshly serum-ed skin. Use it morning and night and see if you don't agree. It will banish that dreaded winter skin.
Also, it trumps any primer you'll find on the market. Apply, wait 10 minutes, add makeup and enjoy.
Ugh, there's nothing worse than peeling, dry lips during winter is there? Well, sure, there's global pandemics, economic ruin and isolation but funky lips do come in a close 4th for sure.
This healing lip balm, like all of Botani's products, is 100% vegan and 100% plant-based. Basically, a 200% improvement on Lip Smackers. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a grape scented, glittery tube of Lip Smackers as much as the next 90's kid *but* they don't do much in the way of hydration do they?
This one, in comparison, is a gorgeous blend of natural vanilla oil, olive butter, olive wax, olive squalene, evening primrose oil and healing calendula oil. When you put all of those glorious ingredients together, you get an explosion of high-quality amazingness that make your kisser well, kissable.
A must for anyone who has lips.
Alrighty. I think I've hit my word count for the day. Thanks for reading. I'll be back next month to give you my insight on something related to skincare. Or Tiger King. Or maybe even 70's music. I do enjoy the 70's.
Stay hydrated all you cool cats and kittens.
Aka Professional Rambler + Skincare Enthusiast