So if, like me, you pray for the day when you see the crocuses starting to show themselves in the ground - here are a few of my friends that carry me through until the clocks go forward.
Sounds simple enough - but I don't know anyone that drinks enough. I drink at least two pints an hour throughout the day (more in the Summer). When I don't drink enough, I get headaches, dry skin and moody. *pauses to go get water* *no, really*
I have posted previously about the importance of Vitamin D here. Read it. Make your own mind up. But it does make a difference.
Top-to-toe, every day. I have listed some of my favourites for the body previously, but some facial must-haves for me now are:
Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream
Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream
I'm enjoying this at the moment - a little goes a long way and it's incredibly light yet still moisturising. The essential oil scents are not overpowering which makes a refreshing change for a natural/organic product. Contains aloe vera, shea butter and grapeseed oil - suitable for all skin types and frankly at £7.99 it's an absolute bargain. Albeit a luxurious one.
Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream
A good balm is an absolute essential year round must-have but especially in Winter.
My favourite is Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Important: Don't think that if you are oily/combination you must avoid oil. Just avoid bad oils (mineral etc). Stick to oils that you could call edible (or could take as a supplement) and you'll be fine. If you starve your skin of oil it will make more and you'll never break the cycle. I rub the Wild Rose Balm all over my face - spots and all. It softens the skin and not only aids the swift removal of the spot (if you're a popper) but takes down the redness.
Wake Me Up
Getting up at 6am in the pitch black when everyone else is still asleep is not my favourite thing. I need help. These shower gels give me a kick up the backside or a full on slap in the face depending on my needs:
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Wash
Kneipp Shower Washes in Juniper or Rosemary
Sleepless nights? Late nights? Need an extra boost in the mornings to go to work/do the school run? The Kneipp products are like blow torches to the nasal cavity. In a great way. In the middle of winter I prefer the Rosemary or Juniper versions. Invigorating and stimulating, they really clear your head as well as cleaning your body. If you like a bath you have to try their bath salts too, especially in Eucalyptus and Spruce. A-ma-zing. You'll never look back. This is also great for smelly teenagers.
What are your Winter Essentials???