We’re almost at the middle of winter here in Australia, and I’ve been busily testing cold weather skin care for the past few months. These are some of the products that I’ve found really great for my skin lately- some are new, and some are old favourites.
An old favourite all year round, but especially great for cleansing dehydrated sensitive skin and removing light makeup. I love how it cleanses well without leaving any sensation of oily residue- sometimes creamy cleansers can leave the skin feeling not-quite-clean. Sulphate free, of course. I’ve reviewed it in detail here.
A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum (23mL/ $44.95)
This is another product that I’ve loved in previous winters and I’ve started using this again about a month ago. It’s an oil based serum featuring nourishing and anti-oxidant rich plant oils including as rosehip, jojoba, macadamia, seabucktorn, amaranth, pomegranate seed, chamomile, calendula. It’s a silky, medium weight oil which leaves the skin feeling so amazing after massaging it in. I’ve been using this after giving my night time moisturiser a good 5 minutes or so to completely sink in.
This is one that I recently tried, and fell in love with. Compared with the large number of hand creams I’ve tried lately which are far too light and water based for my extremely dry hands and cuticles- this one is a lot more nourishing. It sinks in well, with no oily residue. Hand bag favourite!
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (rrp $44.95/60mL)
I’m really enjoying this both as a night cream, and as day cream. It’s a silky, elegant formula and makes my skin happy and glowy. I’ve recently reviewed the Rosapene Night Cream in this post.
This is a kaolin clay based exfoliant, with densely packed non-abrasive jojoba beads as the exfoliating particles. I would consider this my HG physical exfoliant because it does such a great job of sloughing off dead skin cells without scratching at, or irritating sensitive skin. Reviewed previously here.
Jojoba beads are also biodegradable- which is important to note- because many scrubs will use non biodegradable polyethelene microbeads which gets washed down the sink and can end up in our oceans.
This is a heavy, balm- like moisturiser for very dry skin. It has great barrier function, so it’s great at significantly reducing epidermal water loss through the day or night (I usually use this as a night cream). It’s not as elegant a formulation as the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream, and takes a bit more massaging to absorb- but you will wake up with super soft skin in the morning.
New from MooGoo and something I’ve been using for the past couple of months. Magic for cuticles, feet, and hands- definitely going to be an ongoing purchase for me. Reviewed in detail here.
Lush Massage Bars
These solid massage bars double as rich body moisturisers for winter time- as you rub them into your skin the butters in these soften and melt into the skin leaving it beautifully scented. I’ve reviewed the Lush Massage Bars in more detail here.
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…. or fiance hack *subtle hint*
These are solid bars of shea and cocoa butter, plant oils, and various blends of essential oils. The Massage Bars soften up as you rub it against warm skin, leaving a layer of oils with perfect amount of resistance for a massage. It also doubles as a rich hand and body moisturiser that leaves your hands feeling and smelling great.
From Dusk Till Dawn (RRP $12.50) comes in a little cone shape, which looks a little like the tip of a giant pencil (and if you rest it on your partner’s neck while you’re massaging, it makes him look like a stegosaurus. So much fun.) It has a gorgeous candied citrus smell from the Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil- sweet but with a zesty freshness. It also features ginkgo, guarana, and ginseng to invigorate.
Yes Yes Yes (RRP $13.95) is shaped like a bar of soap. It has a delicate jasmine and rose scent- if you use it as a body/hand moisturiser, it leaves you with a nice day time fragrance.
If you are using this several times a week as a moisturiser or massage oil it will last you a few weeks or so depending on how much you use each time.
Lush use Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter in these massage bars, so there are some extra feel-good vibes in there.
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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Moogoo, particularly their body care products for my sensitive and eczema prone skin. Their Milk Wash and Milk Shampoo have been bathroom staples for years. MooGoo recently sent a care package with some new products that I hadn’t tried before (thanks guys!), and the product that I’ve been most excited about is their wonderful Shea Sorbet Balm ($17.95 AUD).
“For very dry and cracked skin, Shea Butter is one of the most intense moistursing ingredients. However Shea Buttter by istelf is too hard to be applied to the skin.
Our Shea Sorbet has been made for people we know with hands or feet that are so dry the skin has begun cracking. We have called it Sorbet as we have fluffed it up to the consistency of Sorbet. Our Lime Essential Oil also makes it smell like fruit Sorbet.”
This is a multitasking product for feet, dry cuticles, elbows, and any dry sore patches that need more than the usual moisturising. The way that it’s been formulated (the hard butters emulsified with a small amount of water and apple cider vinegar), as well as the slightly whipped texture, makes it quite easy to spread and absorb. This has been truly wonderful for my terrible dry feet, even better than my other favourite foot cream- Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme- it’s less sticky and absorbs more easily. It’s great as a rescue product for my dry cuticles too- I like massaging it in after applying some hand cream.
Shea Sorbet Balm Ingredients: Shea Butter, Raw Coconut Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Allantoin, Water, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Apple Cider Vinegar, Piroctone Olamine, Lime Oil , Hops Extract
MooGoo Winter Skin Rescue Pack GIVEAWAY:
MooGoo is currently giving away 3 prize packs for My Funny Valentine Readers, with the following in each pack:
Full Cream ($13.50)
Cowlick Lip Balm ($4.50)
Evening Primrose Oil (rrp $15.90)
Shea Sorbet Balm ($17.95)
Oil Cleansing Method- Normal Skin (rrp $24.90)
Total value of $76.30
The giveaway is open to all Australian residents (or anyone with an Australian postal address). It will be open for 2 weeks and 3 winners will be chosen on the 19th June via a random number generator, winners will be contacted by email – please leave an email contact detail on at least one of your entries. If I don’t get a response within a week, another winner will be chosen.
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Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Have you thought about what you might be doing or giving to your Mums on the 10th of May? I’ll be unfortunately interstate on that date but am thinking of taking Mum out to lunch when I’m back from South America. Some hand creams will also go down a treat.
Here are some new skin, hair, fragrance things that might be useful gifting ideas for 2015 Mother’s day.
(for dry, sensitive, skinned Mums this winter)
Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum (rrp $42.95) is a light hydrating formula that I find works well as an extra layer of moisture underneath my night cream, as well as a light day time moisturiser for the eye area. It is aloe vera based and includes extracts of plants used by Navajo Indians and Chinese medicine practitioners for their anti-inflammatory properties (I haven’t heard of these so I can’t comment on their properties).
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser (rrp $30)- combines rich shea butter, coconut oil, mango seed butter, squalene, and other botanicals to help keep dry skin hydrated. It’s a fairly rich formula, with a balm consistency - feels quite similar to Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – and like the Trilogy product, it absorbs quite well without leaving an oily finish.
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream (RRP: $36.95) Another range that targets mature, dry skin. The Night Cream By the way, there is a Mother’s Day promotion on the Wild Rose range- 20% off the range from the 11th April to the 10th May.
Sukin Hand and Nail Cream ($9.95) : I’ve been loving this hand cream for it’s hydrating and fast absorbing qualities- as well as it’s low irritant ingredients. I’ve purchased about 3 bottles of this already. Sukin is so good at making decent skincare affordable and accessible. I think it would be a nice budget friendly option that would go well in Mum’s handbag.
Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set ($45): released for Mother’s Day this year, the Beautiful Hands gift set contains 3 hand creams, each formulated with white truffle. There’s Orange and Bergamot, Gingerlily, Rhubarb and Rose. I was given the chance to try two of the three (pictured above), and they both feel hydrating and easily absorbed.
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It was Maria who suggested that I try the new Nutri-Define range by Jurlique when we were having dinner together. I had seen the press release a month or so earlier but I was trialling so many other things that I didn’t really have a proper read of the details. You HAVE to try Nutri-Define, it is UNBELIEVABLE – she said. So I did.
I was really curious after reading the press information about their use of liposomes in this line. Liposomes are well known as a drug-delivery system. As a tiny bubble- like structure with a lipid outer layer encapsulating your chosen substance, it traverses the top layers of the skin more effectively than the substance on it’s own. Liposomes are becoming more common in cosmeceuticals for delivery of skin care actives, and now Jurlique has entered the game with their new luxury Nutri-Define line- which uses liposome technology to encapsulate their 5 anti-aging extracts- rosemary, horseradish, mulberry, peppermint, and glycogen.
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