Five Winter Favourites for Dry Skin

My biggest skin concern, in summary, is that I struggle to combat dryness. Over the years, I have learnt that there’s no potion or lotion that will magically improve my skin overnight but that consistently using a combination of products helps tremendously. Of course, the cooler months prove to be a whole new ball game, when the environment works against me and my already dry skin, and without proper care, my skin starts to resemble what can only be described as “a forgotten dry piece of flaky biltong that your toddler dropped down the side of the couch.”

Here are some new products I have been using to add more moisture to my routine:

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel

My mom has always sworn by Bio-Oil (if she could drink it, she probably would!) so when I recently had a strange skin reaction, I stopped using every product and went back to basics and only used Bio-Oil. While picking up a new bottle of “liquid gold” I noticed their Dry Skin Gel, which had launched a few months back. The Dry Skin Gel has completely changed things for me; the texture is super luxurious and absorbs really well into my skin, leaving my skin feeling plump and hydrated. What makes it so different is Bio-Oil have taken the existing dry skin technology that we’ve come to know from creams, lotions and body butters and have replaced the in-active water found in these formulations, with Bio-Oil, making the product 100% active. I love the new gel format so much that I have been using it all over my face and body – it’s perfect in every way and has done wonders for my winter skin.

Available from Clicks, Dis-Chem and Takealot, starting at R59,99 for 50ml.

Bioderma Sensibio Mask

I have been wanting to try Bioderma for ages so did a little dance when I saw some of their products were on sale from Clicks. I decided to try the Sensibio Mask first, to get a feel for their products before investing in buying any more and can truthfully say, this is not the last time that Bioderma will be seeing my money. I hate to play favourites, but for years I have loved the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask (R779), however, I have been feeling that lately it’s not quite doing much for my skin and for the price, I really expect the healthiest, plumpest, softest skin! The Bioderma Sensibio Mask is a cream-like mask that does just that! At a fraction of the price, the mask helps restore moisture with an intensely soothing treatment that is great for sensitive skin. It’s also the ideal post-treatment for skin peels that might result in inflammation, redness or sensitivity, as the mask helps restore and soothe the barrier of your skin.

Available from Clicks and Dis-Chem, R259,99.

The Body Shop’s Body Yoghurt

THIS. STUFF. IS. DELICIOUS! I want to bathe in it. Roll in it. Live in it. IJUSTLOVEITSOMUCH!

No, but seriously! I like The Body Shop’s Body Butter as much as the next person, only, I am not a fan of the sticky residue left on my skin while I wait for it to soak in, so when I spotted their (not so) new Body Yoghurts, I was super keen on giving them a try. The light-weight gel-cream (are you sensing a theme here? What makes you think I love this new gel trend!) easily absorbs into the skin and moisturises for up to 48 hours. I especially love applying it just after a hot shower or bath, as it sinks into the skin and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft, and let’s not get me started on the scents! Oh man, The Body Shop really does know how to woo me with their fruity concoctions.

Available from Clicks, R150.

Blistex Lip Serum*

My lips have been really dry and sensitive, especially with all our recent travelling. Blistex has launched an ultra-conditioning Lip Serum that helps restore and maintain super-hydrated and conditioned lips. This advanced lip serum comes with a unique dose control pump that releases just the right amount of concentrated serum for optimal effectiveness. The moisturizing, nutrient-rich formulation of olive and avocado oils, Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, provides instant relief to dry lips!

Available from selected stores and pharmacies nationwide, R120.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil*

If we’re being honest, I could just say the entire Eight Hour range belongs on this list. The original Eight Hour Cream is still an absolutely essential and a product that I always ALWAYS have within arm’s reach (seriously, I keep a travel-size one in the boys’ nappy bag and my handbag) BUT I recently discovered the All Over Miracle Oil which is a light-weight dry oil that can be used on your face, body and hair. I personally like using it on my legs, especially after shaving, as it helps to sooth the skin while also leaving them feeling hydrated and soft but since my Dove Hair Oil finished, I have also started using the All Over Miracle Oil on my hair, after washing it. I can’t go without a hair oil (read: how I got my hair looking healthy.) as it helps to keep my ends hydrated and keeps my hair from frizzing, so loved the convenience of being able to use the Elizabeth Arden All Over Miracle Oil on both my body and hair.

Available from Clicks and Elizabeth Arden Counters, R399.

And that brings me to the end of my new winter favourites for treating dry skin – what have you recently tried that is working for your skin?

If you’re looking for more winter suggestions, be sure to read some of my older posts.

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  • Yolande Murphy
    Posted at 20:16h, 15 April Reply

    Hi Megan… i have terribly dry skin as well. What make up (primer, foundation etc) would you recommend that is affordable but doesn’t leave your face flaky?

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 20:22h, 15 April Reply

      Hey Yolande, I find that taking care of your skin is half the battle. I start my routine with a good non-slip moisturiser like Neutrogena Hydra Boost Moisturiser, apply MAC’s strobe cream as my primer (not necessary, I just like a glowy look but if I am not going for a full glow, I will skip primer altogether!) and then use MAC’s Face and Body (low to medium coverage) or Revlon’s ColorStay for Normal to Dry Skin (medium coverage). It’s key to look for nourishing formulas, so stay away from matte, mousse and powder foundations and these tend to collect and exaggerate dry patches.

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