My skin takes a serious beating in the winter. All the forced heat indoors and extreme dryness outside, I get extremely dry, cracked skin. Even the combination skin on my face dries out completely during winter. These products have saved my skin this year and given me some major relief from dryness.
Dr. Roebuck’s Ultimate Hydrating Serum
This serum has an almost gel-like texture and a few drops goes a long way. It absorbs into your skin instantly and doesn’t leave you with that greasy feel that you can get from some serums. I definitely feel a moisture boost when I use this one and when you add your moisturizer on top of it, it’s amazing. This is the only Dr. Roebuck’s product I’ve tried but I like it enough that I want to try more.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
When this first showed up, I was convinced it would be too strong for my combination skin. I mean, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial was almost too strong for me and this sounded much richer. But I had a week where my skin was so dry, nothing I had was helping, so I tried this out and it worked. The texture is a little like butter, fairly thick and spreadable. But it absorbs much quicker than I expected. Plus the moisture lasted hours and hours. I don’t need to use anything else for a full 24 hours when I use this. I also didn’t have any issues with my sensitive skin and it didn’t make me break out, but if you’re concerned, get a sample first.
Aveeno Gentle Scent Skin Relief Body Wash and Lotion in Chamomile
The skin on my body gets much more dry than the skin on my face and I’ve used numerous things over the years that didn’t really help. Aveeno’s Gentle Scents line comes in Chamomile and Coconut options and the Chamomile smells amazing. It’s not a strong scent but it’s really fresh. The body wash doesn’t make my skin feel stripped of moisture and is soap and dye free and allergy tested, so it doesn’t irritate my skin. The addition of Colloidal Oatmeal gives you a boost of moisture. The matching lotion has the same scent and absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy. The combination leaves my skin feeling hydrated and way less itchy.
L’Occitane Intensive Hand Balm
I honestly don’t know how many L’Occitane hand creams I’ve gone through over the years and I was convinced that nothing would work better on my dry, cracked hands than their classic Shea Hand Cream. Well when this hand balm arrived, it was clear I was wrong. This is quite a bit stronger than the hand cream but not much thicker. It takes a little longer to absorb but in under a minute, I can go back to whatever I was doing. I find if I use this before I go to bed, I don’t have to use hand cream until the next afternoon and it’s healed the cracked skin in my hands and cuticles. It might be a couple dollars more than the regular hand cream but if winter is killing the skin on your hands, it’s worth the money. I would actually go so far as to say, if you only buy one thing for winter skin, L’Occitane’s Intensive Hand Balm is what you need.
L’Occitane is pretty well known for their fragrances but founder Olivier Baussan recently invited pastry chef Pierre Hermé to create two fragrance collections that represent Corsica. The results were Jasmin-Immortelle- Neroli and Grapefruit-Rhubarb. Initially I was pretty sure I was going to like the Grapefruit-Rhubarb collection more, but once I had both scents on my wrists I was completely sold on Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli.
I’m not a huge fan of jasmine in perfumes, they always smell fake to me, but with this one I smell real jasmine, almost tea-like. I’m thinking it speaks of the quality of ingredients that L’Occitane uses. The jasmine balances out the immortelle flower and neroli and keeps it from being too sweet. The pink pepper gives it a little spice.
The packaging is gorgeous and pretty unique. I still have the box it came in because I love the way it looks. Included in this collection are shower gel, body lotion, hand cream and in the gift sets, soap. If you happen to buy the Star gift box, $10 from every purchase will be donated to Dress For Success.
Pierre Hermé’s Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli is hands down my favourite L’Occitane fragrance ever. I wish it wasn’t limited edition because I’m going to want more of this in my life but I’ll just have to use it carefully because I want to smell this delicious for a long time.
Now that we’re almost at the end of January I think we can all agree that we’re ready for spring. Unfortunately it’s not going to be here that quickly but luckily L’Occitane’s Arlésienne collection will give you a little hint of spring in the middle of winter. We got to try the Eau de Toilette and the Velvet Hand Cream and the scent is a gorgeous spring floral.
There are three main notes in Arlésienne; Rose, Violet and Saffron and they really work so well together. This isn’t as delicate a fragrance as I would’ve imagined it to be, that said it’s not overpowering either. The Eau de Toilette lasts for hours and I tend to like it more the longer I wear it.
The hand cream is on the thicker end of the L’Occitane hand cream spectrum, perfect for winter. And the scent is identical to the Eau de Toilette, something which doesn’t happen very often with fragranced creams. There are thirteen items in this collection, so you’re literally covered head to toe if you want to layer.
It may not be spring yet, but Arlésienne definitely has me dreaming of it.
The second October hit, it’s like my hands knew winter was on it’s way and immediately dried out. And it’s only going to get worse from here. The one thing I hate about hand cream though is waiting for it to absorb so I can actually use my hands. These are my Most Wanted hand creams that not only work instantly but let you get on with your day in a hurry.
L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream
There’s a reason this hand cream is a classic. It’s thick, creamy and sinks into your skin super fast. I love that it still works even after you wash your hands.
CeraVe Theraputic Hand Cream
If you need to use something unscented and have really rough, cracked hands you need this hand cream. It’s not as thick as I was expecting but it literally absorbs instantly and you’re left with completely dry, moisturized hands. This is going to be a dead of winter staple.
butter LONDON Backstage Basics Intensive Hand Cream
This isn’t your typical Glycerine based hand cream. While it’s just as moisturizing as the ones you’re used to, it’s way less greasy. I’m not a huge fan of the scent but it does a great job keeping my hands soft.
The Body Shop Honeymania Hand Cream
Where has this scent been all my life? This is the lightest of the hand creams and something I reach for when my hands are just a little on the dry side. It’s not as thick as the others but absorbs just as well.
EOS Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers
This hand cream is the perfect size for my purse and since it’s a flip top, I don’t have to worry about unscrewing a cap and losing it in the car. It’s also a super fast dryer and smells delicious.
These are my Most Wanted Hand Creams for the weather coming up, what are yours?
My skin is pretty dry but winter in Toronto this year has pretty much killed it. Luckily I’ve found a few hand creams that have saved my skin.
L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
This is my go to hand cream. I must have 5 different scents lying around but the original Dry Skin Hand Cream is my favourite. It’s non greasy, absorbs super fast and lasts for a really long time.
Lush Charity Pot
I keep a small tub of this on my desk. I love the scent, it’s absorbs relatively quickly and I love that the proceeds of every sale go to different charities.
Soap And Glory Hand Food
This is what I keep in my purse. It goes on really smoothly and it has a pretty girly fragrance that I love.
There are definitely other hand creams I use but these are my most wanted