Combating dry skin this winter

December 4, 2014. No comments.

Well it’s been a long time since my last blog, I just dont know where the time goes! I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas again.
We have had such a busy year at the makeup academy and just finished our final three week intensive makeup course, the last one until the 16th of January. So far in the last year we have run six three week intensive courses and fourteen five day courses. I am also in the middle of a private course, as we are very flexible at the academy and like to be able to offer tailor made courses to suit your schedule and needs.

So with the weather suddenly getting colder and everyone turning up the heating in their homes, I am getting more and more people asking me what I recommend for sensitive and very dry skin. Unfortunately as the weather changes so does our skin. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

So here is my list of favourite products to help beat dry skin this winter:

I recently used this amazing moisturiser from Embryolisse when trekking Kilimanjaro as the air got thinner my skin got dryer and this moisturising balm made a huge difference.

Embryolisse Rich Balm
When dry skin sends out an SOS, this cold cream is the answer. Ultra-concentrated in essential, moisturising, lipid-replenishing natural nutrients (olive extract, shea butter, white beeswax), it acts as a balm to nourish and repair, protect and soothe the most irritated and driest skins. Restored and reinforced, skin is supple, soft and radiant with a new feeling of well-being and comfort. The very rich and nourishing texture is like a cocoon that protects sensitive skin from external aggressions.
Very dry, iritated and senstive skin. 40ml


Next is a lip balm by Lucas paw paw relied on it heavily up Kilimanjaro, as my lips began to get incredibly dry and cracked.

The ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can be used as a local topical application on the following:

Minor Burns & Scalds
Gravel Rash, Cuts & Minor Open Wounds
Nappy Rash & Chafing
Insect Bites
Splinters & Thorns


Foundation is often what most people will ask what I recommend and my answer is it depends on your skin, how much coverage you want and if you prefer a dewy or Matt look to your makeup.
This Bobbi brown foundation would be best for someone wanting a medium coverage, with normal/ dry skin and wanting a slightly dewy glow without looking shiny.
Bobbi’s revolutionary 2-in-1 foundation utilises Light Reflecting Technology to instantly give skin natural luminosity. The formula’s effect: skin looks instantly radiant, plumped and moisturised with flawless wear that never looks cakey or dry-a long wearing foundation that’s great even for dry skin. Glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and muru muru seed butter boost skin’s moisture immediately and long-term, while milk thistle extract and natural collagen. Bobbi Brown luminous moisturising foundation


Next is a foundation I started using when I trained to do makeup and still use in my kit now is Stilas luminous liquid foundation. This silky, lightweight formula glides on effortlessly for sheer to medium coverage that hides flaws and imperfections so you’re left with a luminous, air brushed look. A silky, semi-matte finish evens out natural skin tone to uncover your true beauty.Stila luminous liquid foundation


And last on my list is a another product I swear by and love is Darphin Kiwi mask, it has been called for on many occasions when I have had models or brides with very dry skin and applying makeup to dry skin is tricky and will end up settling in the dry patches. I usually put this mask in the fridge before use so it goes onto the skin nice and cool.
This delightfully refreshing mask with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Pomegranate, Kiwi and Mango extracts, instantly helps quench dry, parched, thirsty skin.
Darphin kiwi mask


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