We’re quickly transitioning from fall to winter. In fact I have been wearing a lighter coat instead of a jacket for the past two days. Halloween came and went and we’re officially in preparation for holiday season. This also means it’s getting colder, the days are shorter, there is less sun and we’re starting to use heating as well. The main effect this has on our skin and hair is that they get more and more dry. Which calls for a shift in skincare. There’s actually a lot of body parts that are affected and require different care so I decided to split this in two parts.
Let’s start with the first one.
My hands get really dry, really quick as soon as heating season starts. Not so much when I’m home but at work I can really spot the difference. Maybe because all of the typing and also the heating type is different than at home. Luckily I have found a solution to this problem. And it comes in the form of a fantastic smelling cream by L’Occitane. I’ve used this since forever. In fact I don’t think there’s a product I use that has been with me longer than this one.
It’s their Shea butter hand cream. But just last year they have released a new version, the Shea butter intensive hand balm and it is just as good or even better. Also smells just as heavenly. I am not a fan of the scented ones though. Granted, they do work just as well and smell pretty nice but there’s just something about the smell of plain shea butter that I absolutely adore, so I’d rather not overrule it by adding anything to it. I always get the biggest, 5.2 oz packaging and have it handy and on display in my upstairs bathroom, so I can reapply it anytime I feel like it.
Having said that I do have a number of small creams by other brands lying around everywhere else like at work, in the car, in my bag, if I ever feel like I need a quick rub. But for those I don’t stick to a particular brand or type. Since they’re small and there’s more turnaround I like to experiment with those.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have a skincare regimen for my body at all. I do now that I’m pregnant and I explain this in more detail in The definitive guide on how to avoid stretch marks but in general no. I do use a body butter from time to time but mostly just on the lower part of my legs and on my feet. Maybe on the arms and shoulders if I’m feeling really dry but never the whole body. My preferred ones are from The Body Shop and from Sephora.
Ahh, another L’Occitane staple. Shea butter lip balm stick. I always carry this one with me. First of all it does its job and very well. Why I prefer this to some colored options? Because I can use it for my boys as well. Why I prefer this to liquid or pot balms? Because I can use it without a mirror and with gloves on. By far the most convenient option for all occasions.
Of course I then have a number of fantastic, very nourishing lipstick but I don’t count those towards lip care. That’s makeup. The Shea butter stick is basically all I use to get rid of cracked lips or avoid them altogether. Well that and a lip scrub.
As a lip scrub I use a very simple and home made solution:
Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub
1 tablespoon brown sugar (if you have sensitive skin, regular white sugar is a better option since it’s usually finer)
1 tablespoon of honey (or just enough to mix with the sugar and make a paste)
Just rub your lips with this concoction and it will leave them silky smooth. Of course a layer of THE balm is mandatory afterwards. The ideal time to apply anything nourishing is always just after a scrub when it can penetrate more easily and the ingredients can work its magic.
I know by this point I probably sounds like a walking advertisement for L’Occitane so I think it’s worth mentioning that these are the only products I use by them. No face creams, no soaps, no fancy shower gels. But the hand cream and lip balm I really do recommend.
Technically this is not skincare but we can’t let haircare be left out, can we?
I spend a lot of time at the seaside during the summer so I have to take proper care of my long, colored hair. My haircare routine thus does not change much in the winter. Maybe I do less masking and more oil but the products stay the same.
Shampoo and conditioner have been from L’Oreal Elvive for quite some time now. Both from the Extraordinary Clay line. Sometimes I would change the conditioner to the one from the Extraordinary Oil line and then go back to the clay version.
I do not have a go-to hair mask. Currently I use the Damage Eraser Strength Cutter Repairing Rinse-Out from Garnier.
I do however have a go-to oil. It is the one and only Moroccanoil Treatment, the one that started it all. I used the light version for some time but now I’m back with the original. If I feel like I don’t need it so much, I just use less of it. The relationship I have with this product is similar to the one I have with L’Occitane’s hand cream. Of course it does its job brilliantly but what sets it apart for me is the smell. It’s neutral but intoxicating. Also I cut my hair like twice a year and still don’t have split ends. So of course I’m in love with it.
So there it is, my winter hand/body/lip/haircare routine with my favourite products to match. in part two I will of course cover the face part.