Winter Skincare Saviours

How long until winter is over? I'm all for embracing winter clothing and snuggling up with a hot chocolate at the end of the day, but my wardrobe is getting progressively darker (think American Horror Story: Coven) and all this alternating between the cold outside and indoor heating is making my skin take a turn for the worst. In an effort to combat dullness, dehydrated patches and dryness on the lips especially (yep, not even the lips are safe), I've thankfully found a few products to remedy my winter skin woes.

To combat dehydration: When I say my skin gets dehydrated, I don't just mean dry. I'm talking about patches of itchy, flaky and tight skin on my face that feel rough and almost scaly at times (I swear I'm not turning into a fish, it's just dehydrated skin...I hope). Seeing as it's not my whole face that gets this way, what I do before bed is slather Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel onto the dehydrated patches. This stuff is intensely moisturising and has worked wonders for me; by the time I wake up my skin feels much less tight and the flakes are on their way out the door.

To improve dullness: I've never had a true 'Holy Grail' product until I tried the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Though it's formulated with four acids which can sound a bit intense, after leaving this mask on for 10 minutes then rinsing with warm water, I notice immediate improvements to the texture and brightness of my skin. Used once a week, this mask leaves my skin feeling super soft and has actually made a noticeable improvement in fading my post-acne scars and lightening pigmentation. Heads up, this stuff smells strongly of citrus and orange peel which I find lovely, but others may not!

For dryness (on the lips): I love wearing lipsticks, but nothing I do can make lipsticks look good if I have dry lips. This is where Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm comes into play; it's a thick, rose-scented moisturising balm that uses shea butter to hydrate the lips. I find using this once a day prevents my lips from chapping or cracking and bleeding (the worst!) due to the nippy winter air. It does claim to be a 'plumping' balm which didn't appeal to me, but honestly I've never noticed any tingling while using the product and it hasn't plumped my lips in the slightest; just moisturised intensely which I love.

The combination of all these products have really been helping my skin and I swear if this REN mask continues to improve my post-acne scarring I might need to propose to it. Needless to say, when I find skincare products I love, I stick with them.

What are your current skincare favourites?

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57 comments:

  1. I love the Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel and the Dior Lip Balm both great products. The REN mask sounds great, I may have to have a look at that one. Great post!

    Nicole xo | www.nicolesbeautybabble.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Definitely give the REN mask a go or grab a sample if you can, I'm very skeptical of products like that one but it's pleasantly surprised me!

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  2. I love that Moisturising Gel! I might switch it back soon! It's so sad that the Dior Creme de Rose has been discontinued around SEA and the Europe! I hope they still have it somewhere so that I can try it out!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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    1. From what I know the Dior lip balm is still available in the US (it can be bought at Sephora etc), so you should be able to get it there, or online! :)

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  3. I love Ren products! I've heard great things about By Terry's Baume De Rose lip balm, want to pick that up but cringe at the price tag!

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    1. I'm justing getting into Ren but am loving what I've tried so far. By Terry's baume de rose is literally almost identical to the Dior one!

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  4. that clinique moisturizer is such a classic

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. It's definitely a great skincare staple, so many people seem to love it!

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  5. I've been wanting to try out that Clinique moisturizer. Soo many people seem to love it .

    Style..A Pastiche! - Indian Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It is really popular! Just don't make the mistake I did and buy the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion instead of the gel, for me the lotion didn't work at all but the gel is great.

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  6. That clinique moisturiser is amazing! Great post!
    http://onthehs.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Love your blog girl!

    beccawritesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Really happy you like my blog :)

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  8. I have heard such good things about the REN products but also heard that they're quite expensive, i'm looking for something that will completely combat my break-outs on my chin!!!!! Getting SO sick of them! :( might give this a try! Love your blog and such a lovely post :) xx

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    1. Ren products aren't the most wallet friendly, but personally I don't mind paying a bit more if the product delivers results! Completely feel your pain, my chin has a tendency to break out awfully! For breakouts I'd go for the Clinique Anti-blemish mask over this one, this REN mask is better for clearing up acne scarring. I've got an older blog post up on the clinique mask if you want more info :)
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  9. I have had trouble finding that lip balm too, People who can still get it should stock up. What a shame its so hard to get. Its really annoying when they discontinue good products that work. I'm talking to you dior company reps if you are out there reading.

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    1. haha yes! It's the worst when good products get discontinued! x

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  10. Can you believe I still haven't tried Ren Skincare?? Ah - I must get out there and find it, it's not the most available brand in the UK sadly but after seeing so many reviews I want it! :)

    Hope you're well! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Don't worry, so far this is the only Ren product I've used/purchased that wasn't just a sample, so I'm pretty much a newbie to the brand as well :)
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  11. My lips get dry and chapped easily, it's so horrible.
    The Dior creme de rose lip balm does sound divine!

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    1. I feel your pain, my lips have a tendency to get like that as well. If you can track down the dior lip balm, give it a go!

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  12. It's summer where i am and i kind of want autumn now. I havent tried any of ren products and its been blogged about a lot. I think i should try it.

    www.zekalin.com

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    1. Even though I'm in winter the Ren mask is a great all rounder, it's not too harsh so I'll be using it year round :)
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  13. I haven't tried any clinique products yet but I definitely want to!
    I have been loving the Clean and Clear daily clear Vitamins and Extracts wash and mask. It has a really fresh smell and dries my face at the right amount :)
    Peace xo
    www.waitwhatok.blogspot.com

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    1. Might check that out, I love a good face mask :)

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  14. The clinique gel sounds amazing!

    http://perlasancheza.blogspot.com/

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  15. This was so helpful! I have super dry skin and I was looking for a new product to use, and I am so glad that you recommended this one! Definitely keeping up with your posts:-)

    simplycourtneyco.blogspot.com

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    1. If you end up grabbing any of these products, I hope you enjoy using them as much as I do!
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  16. I've never heard of a moustarizing gel before, will definatly have try that one out as you talk so fondly of it:)
    http://photography-duo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I don't use this Clinique one for my whole face, but on dry areas it's a saviour! If you try it out, hope you enjoy :)

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  17. The Ren mask sounds amazing - really helpful post thanks for sharing!
    http://www.zukiniz.com

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    1. It really is a great mask! Glad you enjoyed the post x

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  18. Great skincare go-to! Love the Clinique moisturizing gel!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

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    1. Happy to hear you like the product as much as I do, I think it's a firm favourite for a lot of people!

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  19. Wonderful round-up. I'll definitely need to give REN mask a try. x

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  20. I should really invest more into products for my skin.. I don't really use any besides the occasional day cream.. Great post!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. My routine isn't really that extensive, I definitely don't use a tonne of products but I do have a few staples that I love!

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  21. My current skincare favorites are from Bioderma and the Luvos 'Heilerde' mask.

    Nina xx
    http://ganzbesonders.blogspot.de

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    1. I've never heard of that mask but I love Bioderma as well! So great for removing makeup. x

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  22. I love REN products! I swear by Renee Roulea serums. XX
    Hannah
    http://www.notmycircusblog.com/easy-like-sunday/

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  23. Clinique sure do have some brilliant products for combatting dehydrated skin, as well as Clarins! Have a lovely week :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. You too Gabrielle, thanks for the lovely comment :)
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  24. I love Clinique! Brand to swear by
    Dora
    www.BangsBang.com

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    1. I've just started exploring more of Clinique's range and so far I'm loving it too!

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  25. I'm currently trying to find the perfect thing for moisturising my face before bed, so I might just have to give this one Clinque one a go!

    By the way, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Award tagged post thing. It's on my blog, if you fancy doing that at all.

    ♡ Emily from www.trendpill.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for the nomination! I'll definitely check it out :)

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  26. my skin is having such a dry moment at the moment so I will definitely be checking out these!!
    Can't wait to read more of your posts!

    Love

    Ana

    RavishingRoses

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    1. Thanks Ana, really happy to hear you're enjoying my blog :)

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  27. Looks great! Nice blog you have

    xoxo

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  28. I've tried the Ren mask, and I'm totally a fan! I only use it every once every 2-3 weeks and it makes y skin so radiant.

    http://arnellavanilla.com/category/home/

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    1. It's such a gem, it's literally the only mask I've ever used that's given me instant results!

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  29. Love the REN mask, I am on my second bottle! The face scrub from the same line is also really good! Combined they provide amazing results :) Great post!

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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    1. I definitely think I'll be repurchasing the mask as well, and I'll have to check out the face scrub!

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