Cold Weather Skin Care Routine: Kosmea, A’Kin, Burt’s Bees, DIY OCM cleanser

In the last couple of weeks the temperature has dropped pretty dramatically where I live, and I’ve started (reluctantly) to turn on my reverse cycle air con for heating each morning and evening.

This time each year my skin tends to become very dry, sensitive, and I can start to look like snake lady if I’m not careful. This post is about what I’m using at the moment to give my autumn skin some TLC- so far my skin is going really well with this regime.


 Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream


Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Since trying the Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream for the first time as part of the Kosmea Travel Set, It has quickly become a staple in my regime. I use this as both my day and night moisturizer (one of those rare products that is rich enough for overnight treatment of my dry skin, yet absorbs quickly and completely to form a great base for makeup during the day). It leaves my skin beautifully soft, balanced, and nourished.

It’s chock full of luxurious botanicals- green tea extract, carrot oil, nettle extract, horsetail extract, and of course, a high concentration of their certified organic  rose hip oil.

Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Price: $44.95 AUD/ 50mL

Availability: , (free shipping) , David Jones

Full Ingredients List: 

Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beta-Carotene, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol.

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration

DIY Oil Cleansing Method facial cleanser


DIY OCM facial cleanser

DIY OCM facial cleanser


I’ve been wanting to try OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) since early last year, and even more so after hearing about Sarah’s fantastic experience with it (she describes it in detail including her recipe in this post on ).

OCM has quite a cult following across all skin types for it’s ability to dissolve the sebum plugs that form blackheads, and it’s ability to cleanse dry skin while reducing Transepidermal Water Loss .

My favourite thing about using OCM is that it is FREAKIN AMAZING at removing stubborn eye makeup. I just massage the OCM cleanser onto my skin, and then remove it with a fairly warm washcloth. Waterproof mascara no where to be found. True story.


Current OCM mix:

10% Castor Oil

20% Polysorbate 80  (emulsifier)

40% Olive Oil

30%  Apricot Kernal Oil


Keep reading after the jump!

Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil


Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil


I’ve already reviewed the Kosmea rose hip oil in this post, so I won’t go into too much detail here. I’ll just mention that I use this every other night on top of my Kosmea Replenishing Moisture cream to give my skin a little bit of a boost.

The Kosmea rose hip oil has been part of my skin care regime (particularly in the colder weather) for the last few years and this is not going to change anytime soon.

Price: 20mL:  AU$24.95,   42mL: AU$44.95

Availability: , (free shipping) , David Jones

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration.

 A’kin Lavender Geranium & Jojoba Hand Nail & Cuticle Creme


A'kin Lavender Geranium & Jojoba Hand Nail & Cuticle Creme

A’kin Lavender Geranium & Jojoba Hand Nail & Cuticle Creme


Price: $16.95 rrp

Availability: selected pharmacies and health food stores.


Because I work in the health profession, I am constantly washing my hands- often more than 10 x a day (especially on days when we are inundated with ‘sore eye’ appointments). For this reason, my hands are usually in a pretty pitiful condition.

I’ve been trying to look after my hands more these days since I’ve gotten back into my nail polish loving phase- so I keep a bottle of the A’kin Lavender Geranium and Jojoba Hand cream in my bag to use on the go.

For my extremely dry cuticles, I find that this isn’t rich enough on it’s own to tame them- so I like to supplement this with some Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme on the cuticles (yes, it’s a foot creme) .

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration.

 Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme


Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme

I’ve blogged about this here, but I just wanted to mention this again because my feet and my cuticles (on my hands) love this so much all year round but especially when things get chilly.

Yes, I realise that it is a ‘foot’ product, but it is the best thing I’ve ever used for my cuticles.

Seriously GOOD.

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration.


Posted by on Apr 18th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Reviews, Skincare | 41comments

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41 Responses to “Cold Weather Skin Care Routine: Kosmea, A’Kin, Burt’s Bees, DIY OCM cleanser”

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