Now, this post is a little different from my normal musings, but I think that one of the hardest parts of travelling is getting back to normality afterwards. For me, that’s coming back to the UK and often a very cold climate here in London. This year in particular, the British winter has been really bloody cold and we all know that the dropping temperature can not only play havoc with our emotions and (my) eating habits, but also on our skin.
At the moment, I work in an office in central London and the changes in temperature, as well as the hard water and pollution that come with living in any big city, has doubled the effects of winter on my skin. Quite unimaginatively I have called this “City Skin”, and quite frankly, my make up wipes and Nivea cream just don’t do it for me any more so I’ve had to call in the reinforcements and be a bit more of a conscious and sensible adult when it comes to skincare, well, sort of.
Anyway, I am not (and do not claim to be) any kind of expert, really more of a complete novice, but I know what makes me personally feel good. So, I thought I would share with you my top five products that I use to tackle the problems that come hand in hand with living and working in a big, cold city.
1. Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist
Hydrating facial mists (as with a lot of other things) are something I am still relatively new to. I always thought they were not only a little bit unnecessary, but also that they would be sticky and of course, ruin my makeup. I thought I had my priorities straight, but oh how I was wrong.
This mist is super light, but also really hydrating and it makes my skin feel plumb and soft. I tend to use this every day underneath my moisturiser, but I also use it throughout the day if I feel my skin needs a little boost or if I’m feeling a bit groggy – particularly when I’m switching between warm cosy office and the harsh wind and rain in the outside world.
2. Dove Derma Spa Goodness Indulgent Hand Treatment
This product I actually came across by accident as it was left at work by a colleague who left to have her baby (thanks/sorry Teuta!) and it’s so nice. It has a lovely silky texture and makes your hands feel velvet smooth and hydrated for hours.
The best thing is that it’s only £3.00 and you can even buy it from some UK supermarkets alongside your food shopping – obviously my dream.
3. Nuxe anything
Now, this is a little bit more upmarket than the first two and particularly as I am not usually one for really really splashing out (unless I’m having a horrible day, obvs). I am a huge fan of Birchbox and I found this brand through one of the boxes I received. The fact that I proceeded to buy loads more is beyond the point, but it really is good. My favourites are the dry oil and the lip balm, both super hydrating and perfect for this weather.
The dry oil smells amazing and I love it because you can use it for absolutely anything, face, body, hair, and it works. A great all rounder and definitely worth the price even though I still can’t pronounce it.
4. The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask
For me, The Body Shop is really great all round. I was actually recommended this by Instagram as you know, one of those things that they thought I might be interested in, and they were actually right for once. I love love love face masks because they always make me feel squeaky clean and ready to take on the world and this one really takes the biscuit.
The air in London really does put a lot of pressure on your skin, and can make me feel really groggy, but this makes me feel human again. As I said, I’m not an expert, so the science of whether is does or doesn’t clear pollution is beyond me, but it really does make me feel good and for that reason I’d definitely recommend it.
5. Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
An oldie but goodie, this body butter has been going for a while now and I actually haven’t bought any for a long time. I recently received some as a gift for Christmas though and it has reignited my love for it. I particularly love the smell of this product and also the fact that it isn’t too heavy. It’s perfect for using after showering to put a little spring in your step.
If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear about them. It’s so important to feel happy and positive, so I’m always up for new ways to make myself feel good in my own skin!
Disclaimer: None of the links included here are affiliate, these are simply recommendations based on my own experience and what makes me feel good inside and out.