The weather getting cooler, heating being ramped up indoors and the days drawing in can be unsettling for the skin. Tired and puffy eyes, redness, chapped lips and a general feeling of lacklustre are just some of the problems that crop up once summer ends. But fret not, at Luxuriate Life, we have tried and tested some of the most exciting and innovative products on the market to make sure your 2020 winter skincare routine is on point.
The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser
I love this cleanser – you may not associate carrots with beauty but wait till you try it. Apply on to skin dry and it glides on like butter (of course) and you can feel it soaking up and ridding your skin of every bit of grime. After washing off, your skin feels supple and beautifully clean. It’s infused with rosemary and Shea butter, too, and best used in the evenings. The Butter Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, but particularly oily skin as it balances the oil production of the skin. And guess who else is a fan? Kylie Minogue. So it must be good!
Available from The Organic Pharmacy, £43
Kiss the Moon LOVE Rose Ritual Bedside Set
The set comes in beautiful but nocturnal-looking packaging and consists of pillow mist and hand cream. Both are wonderfully scented with rose, frankincense,palmarosa and ylang ylang which produce a feeling of peace and harmony, perfect for dropping off. We put it to the test and the relaxing aroma of the pillow mist did just the trick. Nudged along by the frankincense, a renowned healing oil and enriched by the shea butter, the hand cream is also a joy to use. Highly recommended – especially as a Christmas present.
Available from Kiss The Moon, £30
Fuaraìn Active Moisture Cream
Scottish spring water sounds like a “magic ingredient”, doesn’t it? Cleansing, organic and home-grown – perfect for winter. Inspired by the Scots Gaelic for spring, Fuaraìn Super Active Moisture Cream is a rich, hydrating and beautifully luxurious potion that smells divine. Alongside the magic Deeside mineral water, it’s blended with botanical actives like heather and horsetail. A must for any Christmas stocking.
Available from Fuaraìn Skincare, £48
Dr Lamia 24 Hour Anti-Age Luxurious Cream
Created by top Knightsbridge cosmetic practitioner Dr Lamia Eltohamy, this newly launched moisturiser is superb. Rich, delicately scented and absolutely packed with vitamin E and other ingredients to increase skin cell life, it’s a must for those on the go (or to lather on at home, of course). It comes in a sophisticated gold and cream pot and is the epitome of “guilt-free glamour”.
Available from drlamia.co.uk, £150
Dr. LEVY Switzerland’s 3Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser
This ace cleanser means business. And we love the subtle, medi spa packaging. The micro surfacing element adds a slight exfoliation aspect to the cream which can be intensified by applying straight to dry skin. Dr Phillip Levy is a laser and wound-healing specialist so you know his products are going to be the real deal. No flowery packaging and perfumed scents here — this cleanser leaves your face feeling fresh and very clean.
Available from Cult Beauty, £39
utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water
Infused with CBD and Scottish lavender oil, this patented formula works as an anti-inflammatory to soothe redness on the skin, as well as its anti-bacterial effects to reduce the appearance of breakouts. But best of all, this pretty potion gives your skin a fantastic and subtle glow. For darker shades, there is a 50% deeper version. Simply spray and go about your day!
Available from utan, £18
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift
La Prarie is synonymous with both luxury and game-changing skin science. The Swiss skincare and beauty giant has reimagined its legendary caviar-infused face serum and we couldn’t wait to try it. From its super chic packaging to its heavenly smell, this potion is the real deal. After just one week of using it, we can definitely see some “gravity-defying” results. It’s the ultimate investment.
Available from La Prairie, £550
Pretty Athletic’s Cool Down Cleanser
This is a great one for all you exercise fiends – it soothes and reduces redness after a work out as it’s packed with aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile – all amazing ingredients that help maintain cleansed skin. Pretty Athletic is also brilliant for those who suffer from skin irritation and inflammation with its lavender and green tea extracts. It does the job!
Available from Pretty Athletic, £18.
Wild Beauty Day Cream with Blue Tansy Oil
You’ll struggle to find a brand more organic than this. Wild Beauty’s ingredients are all foraged from the Rhug Estate in North Wales. It even arrived nestled in a box of wool that was shorn straight off a sheep. This light but nourishing cream has a pleasing farm smell, too. It targets wrinkles and dehydration and is enriched with plumping hyaluronic acid and a powerful antioxidant blend of organic raspberry seed, plum seed and blue tansy oils. It feels like pure British countryside on your face.
Available from Rhug Wild Beauty, £95.