Winter Skincare Saviours

How long until winter is over? I’m all for embracing winter clothing and snuggling up with a hot chocolate at the end of the day, but my wardrobe is getting progressively darker (think American Horror Story: Coven) and all this alternating between the cold outside and indoor heating is making my skin take a turn for the worst. In an effort to combat dullness, dehydrated patches and dryness on the lips especially (yep, not even the lips are safe), I’ve thankfully found a few products to remedy my winter skin woes.

To combat dehydration: When I say my skin gets dehydrated, I don’t just mean dry. I’m talking about patches of itchy, flaky and tight skin on my face that feel rough and almost scaly at times (I swear I’m not turning into a fish, it’s just dehydrated skin…I hope). Seeing as it’s not my whole face that gets this way, what I do before bed is slather Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel onto the dehydrated patches. This stuff is intensely moisturising and has worked wonders for me; by the time I wake up my skin feels much less tight and the flakes are on their way out the door.

To improve dullness: I’ve never had a true ‘Holy Grail’ product until I tried the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Though it’s formulated with four acids which can sound a bit intense, after leaving this mask on for 10 minutes then rinsing with warm water, I notice immediate improvements to the texture and brightness of my skin. Used once a week, this mask leaves my skin feeling super soft and has actually made a noticeable improvement in fading my post-acne scars and lightening pigmentation. Heads up, this stuff smells strongly of citrus and orange peel which I find lovely, but others may not!

For dryness (on the lips): I love wearing lipsticks, but nothing I do can make lipsticks look good if I have dry lips. This is where Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm comes into play; it’s a thick, rose-scented moisturising balm that uses shea butter to hydrate the lips. I find using this once a day prevents my lips from chapping or cracking and bleeding (the worst!) due to the nippy winter air. It does claim to be a ‘plumping’ balm which didn’t appeal to me, but honestly I’ve never noticed any tingling while using the product and it hasn’t plumped my lips in the slightest; just moisturised intensely which I love.

The combination of all these products have really been helping my skin and I swear if this REN mask continues to improve my post-acne scarring I might need to propose to it. Needless to say, when I find skincare products I love, I stick with them.

What are your current skincare favourites?


57 comments so far.

57 responses to “Winter Skincare Saviours”

  1. I love the Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel and the Dior Lip Balm both great products. The REN mask sounds great, I may have to have a look at that one. Great post!

    Nicole xo |

  2. Angeline Lee says:

    I love that Moisturising Gel! I might switch it back soon! It's so sad that the Dior Creme de Rose has been discontinued around SEA and the Europe! I hope they still have it somewhere so that I can try it out!

  3. Tanya Stone says:

    I love Ren products! I've heard great things about By Terry's Baume De Rose lip balm, want to pick that up but cringe at the price tag!

  4. that clinique moisturizer is such a classic

    Jessica |

  5. I've been wanting to try out that Clinique moisturizer. Soo many people seem to love it .

    Style..A Pastiche! – Indian Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • It is really popular! Just don't make the mistake I did and buy the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion instead of the gel, for me the lotion didn't work at all but the gel is great.

  6. That clinique moisturiser is amazing! Great post!

  7. beccawrites says:

    Love your blog girl!

  8. I have heard such good things about the REN products but also heard that they're quite expensive, i'm looking for something that will completely combat my break-outs on my chin!!!!! Getting SO sick of them! 🙁 might give this a try! Love your blog and such a lovely post 🙂 xx

    • Ren products aren't the most wallet friendly, but personally I don't mind paying a bit more if the product delivers results! Completely feel your pain, my chin has a tendency to break out awfully! For breakouts I'd go for the Clinique Anti-blemish mask over this one, this REN mask is better for clearing up acne scarring. I've got an older blog post up on the clinique mask if you want more info 🙂

  9. Phoebe says:

    I have had trouble finding that lip balm too, People who can still get it should stock up. What a shame its so hard to get. Its really annoying when they discontinue good products that work. I'm talking to you dior company reps if you are out there reading.

  10. Can you believe I still haven't tried Ren Skincare?? Ah – I must get out there and find it, it's not the most available brand in the UK sadly but after seeing so many reviews I want it! 🙂

    Hope you're well! 🙂

    Layla xx

  11. My lips get dry and chapped easily, it's so horrible.
    The Dior creme de rose lip balm does sound divine!

  12. Elisa Z says:

    It's summer where i am and i kind of want autumn now. I havent tried any of ren products and its been blogged about a lot. I think i should try it.

  13. I haven't tried any clinique products yet but I definitely want to!
    I have been loving the Clean and Clear daily clear Vitamins and Extracts wash and mask. It has a really fresh smell and dries my face at the right amount 🙂
    Peace xo

  14. This was so helpful! I have super dry skin and I was looking for a new product to use, and I am so glad that you recommended this one! Definitely keeping up with your posts:-)

  15. Shannon W-H says:

    I've never heard of a moustarizing gel before, will definatly have try that one out as you talk so fondly of it:)

  16. The Ren mask sounds amazing – really helpful post thanks for sharing!

  17. Adria says:

    Great skincare go-to! Love the Clinique moisturizing gel!

  18. Wonderful round-up. I'll definitely need to give REN mask a try. x

  19. I should really invest more into products for my skin.. I don't really use any besides the occasional day cream.. Great post!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  20. My current skincare favorites are from Bioderma and the Luvos 'Heilerde' mask.

    Nina xx

  21. I love REN products! I swear by Renee Roulea serums. XX

  22. Gabrielle says:

    Clinique sure do have some brilliant products for combatting dehydrated skin, as well as Clarins! Have a lovely week 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  23. I love Clinique! Brand to swear by

  24. I'm currently trying to find the perfect thing for moisturising my face before bed, so I might just have to give this one Clinque one a go!

    By the way, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Award tagged post thing. It's on my blog, if you fancy doing that at all.

    ♡ Emily from

  25. my skin is having such a dry moment at the moment so I will definitely be checking out these!!
    Can't wait to read more of your posts!




  26. Lara Rose says:

    Looks great! Nice blog you have


  27. I've tried the Ren mask, and I'm totally a fan! I only use it every once every 2-3 weeks and it makes y skin so radiant.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Love the REN mask, I am on my second bottle! The face scrub from the same line is also really good! Combined they provide amazing results 🙂 Great post!

    Daniela |

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