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Beauty Bites: My Top 5 Winter Wonders

Winter. It's the season where the combined evils of cold weather, dry winds and artificial heat set out to wreak havoc with our skin and hair. So, it's more important than ever to preserve, protect and pamper ourselves so we can continue to sparkle when the sun isn't shining. 

So, I've chosen my top 5 beauty saviours that can beat the chill and help alleviate those winter woes. 

1. Blistex Relief Cream - £2.69, Boots
Thanks to some words of wisdom from my sister, this is my go-to cream for lip care. Although it has a thick consistency, it soothes dry, chapped lips immediately and doesn't leave a horrible sticky residue like some lip products I have tried. It also contains peppermint oil to sooth, giving a nice cooling sensation on application and makes your lips feel plump and energised. My only issue with this product is that the tube is prone to splitting, which can leave you with an oozy disaster on your hands. So keep it safe. (Tip: it is great to apply before lipstick, as it stops it from becoming cracked and dry.) 

2. Coconoil Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (460g) - £9.99, online
I may be a self-confessed coconut oil obsessive but that's because it does the job and it does it well. Some people seem to be intimidated by oil and do whatever they can to keep oiliness at bay - and in the process, they strip themselves of all their skin's oily goodness. But all this does is cause the skin to panic and produce more oil to compensate. It may sound counter-intuitive to use oil if you are a naturally oily, but it can trick the skin into stopping overproduction of its own oils while benefiting you in other ways too.

I use coconut oil on my skin and nails daily and as a hair masque once a week. On my face, I usually use it after I have cleansed in the evening and I apply it as I would a normal moisturiser. I have always had oily skin but coconut oil has really helped, keeping my skin hydrated, clear of blemishes and soft. (Tip: It also works great as a makeup remover!). I also massage it into my fingernails and toenails daily and find that this keeps them strong. When I use it as a hair masque, I massage it into the lengths of my hair and my scalp, leaving it for about 15 mins before washing my hair as normal. As I have long, thick hair, it keeps it soft and helps to prevent breakages and split ends. It also nourishes the scalp and stimulates hair growth. 

For most of your beauty needs, coconut oil is king. 

3. Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque (100ml) - £11.49 , Holland and Barrett
This product is a beauty must-have and an absolute pleasure to wear! A clay-based masque infused with kale, spirulina, avocado oil and parsley, offering a super green blend of detoxifying antioxidants and vitamins to promote healthy, youthful skin. Not only does it smell amazing, invigorating all senses, it is very easy to apply. Simply use your fingertips to smooth all over the face and leave until the clay is dry to touch (approx. 20 mins). Then rinse with warm water. Instantly, your skin feels cleansed, refreshed and revitalised. 

You can read my review for the rest of the Sukin Super Greens range here.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teinte Touche Éclat Foundation (30ml) - £31.50, Debenhams / Boots 
I like my makeup to look fresh, dewy and light - and this does exactly that. The lightweight formula moisturises, illuminates and perfects the skin while leaving you with a lovely healthy glow. As it is so light, it blends beautifully but coverage is not compromised and can be built to offer a medium coverage. In the colder months when skin can be dry, foundation can often dry up too, giving a caked-on appearance but Le Teinte Touche Éclat literally shines on. The final finish is a natural look of radiant, youthful skin that can breathe.

(Tip: If you are a fan of the Touche Éclat pen, then you will also love this product.)

5. Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, (120ml) - £7.95, Lush
My face doesn't usually appreciate face scrubs. They tend to aggravate my skin and leave me looking blotchier than before I used the product. However, this little number from Lush has been fabulous from Day 1. It's made with both fine and course sea salt to exfoliate and lift dirt and dead skin cells from your pores. I use a small amount of product once a week and massage in small circular motions, taking care around my eyes and rinse. I find that this is enough for me, especially in winter when my skin is particularly dry and easily irritable. It leaves my skin looking bright, revived and feeling soft. But why I love this product what really seals the deal for me is the delicious citrus smell! The combination of fresh ingredients, including coconut, avocado, lime, grapefruit and seaweed is so invigorating and uplifting that you just want to eat it (but please don't!).

How do you protect your skin and hair during the colder months?

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