Cold conditions and harsh winter weather can cause uncomfortable dry skin. Switching between plunging temperatures and central heating can damage the barrier of the skin, causing dryness and flaking, it can flare up existing conditions like acne or eczema and leave you feeling itchy.
If your skin is in need of some repair and nourishment, we have six options below for your face, body, nails, hands and feet that are all pretty affordable.
Remember to be cautious with hot water in winter months too – it will deplete your skin of moisture, and make it red and blotchy. Make your showers and baths quick, try to avoid water on your face in the shower – try warm water with a face cloth instead – and follow up with your moisturiser as soon as you get out. Your skin will drink it up.
Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm
Formulated with only seven ingredients, it is free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives. Active ingredients, Panthenol and Bisabolol are clinically proven to support the skins functions, whereas Glycerin intensely moisturises and helps to strengthen skin’s barrier. It’s also a water-free ointment, so it creates the ideal environment to support the recovery process of dry, damaged or irritated skin. Available from Boots, €10.00.
La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Rich
This is an in-depth nutri-reconstituting cream and will relieve your skin of painful sensations like tightness, tingling or stinging.La Roche-Posay specialises in sensitive skin and their products are usually rich in hyaluronic acid, which is a really effective skincare ingredient that helps to hold water in the skin. Look for it in everything from skincare to primers and cosmetics. Find your closest supplier here at laroche-posay.ie.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil
What can we say about Eight Hour Cream that has not already been said? A necessary follow-on from their cult favourite Eight Hour Cream, this miracle oil combines a potent blend of moisturising ingredients, including Tsubaki Oil, to deliver intensive, all-over moisture for not just your face but body and hair too. The perfect multi-tasker for all skin types. And no greasy after-feel either. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil Set above is available from Boots for €28.00.
GELISH Nourish Cuticle Oil
Nourish Cuticle Oil from Gelish® (the first brush-in-bottle gel-polish ever invented) rehydrates and restores essential oils in cuticles and skin surrounding the nail with a unique blend of Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Sesame and Vitamin E. Available for €12.50 in salons nationwide or on morgantaylor.ie.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 100ml
This moisturising cream has extracts of Sesame, Japanese Mulberry and Myrrh which protect against chapping and irritation. It promotes soft, supple hands, long-lasting comfort and also strengthens nails. Massage in gently from fingertips to wrists. Available in Boots, €22.00.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius 125ml
Soap & Glory Heel Genius is a soak-in foot mask. Rub some on your feet, with extra care around your ankles and put your socks on straight over it before you go to bed. Available in Boots, €8.00.