Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Winter Skin Care - Taking care of your face and body during winter

Over the last couple of months I've been trying a lot of different products to keep my skin hydrated during winter. My skin tends to get severely dry during the cold months and I'm always on the hunt for products which are easy to use and do the job. So today I'm going to show you the basics I'm using on my face and body*. Brace yourselves, this is going to take a while... 

Let's start with my face. There are some products which I'm using all year round, like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum but I switch my daily moisturizer for a more hydrating one during winter. My current favourite is Louis Widmer's Remederm Face Cream UV20. This is a very rich moisturizer which I use in the morning after cleansing my face. I only use it during the day because of the UV protection, which is a great add on as it provides some sun protection during the day and the cream protects your skin from the cold too. Even in winter your skin can get damaged by the sun, therefore it's important to use an SPF. My recommendation for the night is the Louis Widmer Pro-Active Cream Light which I've been using for quite a while now but recently used up. When you first use the Remederm Face Cream you might think it's too thick for a daily moisturizer and I agree that it takes a little longer to sink in but it honestly builds a great base for your foundation. The skin is perfectly hydrated for the whole day which automatically makes your makeup look better. Hydrated skin is also key if you want your skin to look healthy and glowing - of course there's a lot of products to help with the glow, as I just recently talked about in the Pixi blogpost but hydrated skin is the basis. I love this rich moisturizer, a little goes a long way so the CHF for the product are definitely good value for money. Nevertheless, I have to say that this product is suitable for people with dry or dry-combination skin and it might be too much for someone with oily skin. 

Every now and then - which is about once a week - I treat my skin with a hydrating face mask. There are several really good ones on the market but the two I've been enjoying most are the Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask and the skin689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask. The former is an effortless moisture boost which I love because I can apply it exactly where I need it. Clarins also has a SOS Hydra Mask which I like to apply all over my face but this one I rather use locally. The texture is rich and balmy and it seems to smooth the skin wherever I apply it (on my face, that is). Most of the time, the driest part of my skin is my forehead, so that's where I apply this face mask generously and leave it for about 20 minutes. My skin absorbs most of the product and I just wipe away the access with a cotton pad. This is quick and easy because the mask stays exactly where I applied it until I remember to remove it. Due to its matt formula it's nearly invisible on the skin so I can imagine taking this on a plane journey with me. The Clarins SOS Comfort mask is available for CHF 50 for 100ml. 

The skin 689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose hyaluron mask which gives your skin a serious kick of hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and an amino acid complex which moisturizes your skin. This is the product I choose if I need a little bit of a break and instant hydration for my skin. After about 25 minutes of lying on the couch I remove the sheet mask and my skin looks healthy, fresh and well nourished. For CHF 7.90 this product easily exceeded my expectations and I already repurchased one to treat my skin after my long haul flight in the end of February - more on that soon. 

skin689 Switzerland is a brand I'm new to and I only ever tried the two products I'm showing you today. The next is their Anti-Cellulite Cream. Well, without going into too much detail here, my bum isn't the perfect image of a peach but it isn't in desperate need of a product like this one. Therefore, there's a different reason than cellulite that makes me talk about this product today. It's designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the structure of your skin, enhancing its firmness and elasticity. Nice! But(t) (hah! See what I did there?!) I was more impressed by the other ingredients of this cream such as jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin C and E. As you might be able to guess, they are great to add moisture to your skin. The product description says, these are intensive caring agents to smooth the surface of the skin and leave it feeling as soft as velvet. And I agree! I think that part of beating cellulite is providing enough moisture for the skin and this cream reeeeally does a good job with that. First, as far as I can tell, my bum does look smoother than before using the product. Second, so does the rest of my skin where I applied this cream because I just used it wherever my skin was dry. I know, at CHF 79 this isn't exactly the product you would use just as a body lotion but I'm honestly impressed with the quality and the effect so I can only recommend to give it a try if your budget allows it. My first encounter with skin689 Switzerland products is very positive, I love the sleek and hygienic design of the packaging and the quality is convincing too. I'm intrigued to hear more about them in the future. 

Another way I like to take care of my body during winter is by using body oils. For me, body oils are more than just a way to hydrate my skin. Other than with normal body lotion, I feel like I have to massage an oil into my skin. Therefore, the process of applying the oil onto my body turns into a relaxing experience. I like Bi-Oil, which is not only created to treat dry skin but also stretch marks and scars. It has a very distinctive scent which is extremely hard to describe. It smells kind of spicy, very warm and slightly sweet and creamy, a combination which is relaxing and cozy. To see a real effect you'd have to religiously use this twice a day for about three months and give your skin a good massage. I just can't be bothered to apply an oil in the morning, it takes up too much time. Anyhow, as a relaxing alternative to a body lotion, I really enjoy using this product and at CHF 26 for 125ml, the price is ok. If you're a very structured or determined person struggling with stretch marks, you might want to give this a try and maybe then leave a comment about the effect below? ;-) 

When it comes to hand cream, I'm not too picky as long as they're not sticky. I just want them to keep my hands hydrated. My current favourite combo are the Louis Widmer Handbalm UV10 with its light but well nourishing formula for the day, again with sun protection, and the Louis Widmer Hand Cream which is a little richer for the night. 

We did it! We reached the end of my current winter skin care favourites. I might do a separate blogpost on lip care as well, as dry lips are the biggest issue for me and I've tried a huge amount of different products. There's one to go, then I think I'm ready to give you an overview of my top tipps. 

What are your skin care secrets to keep your skin nicely hydrated during winter?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

* all of the mentioned products in this blogpost are press samples. Anyway, I always share my honest opinion on the products with you. 


  1. Hi Cheryl! Reading you I think we have so much in common concerning dry skin, dry hands, dry lips... during winter is terrible. I am happy now with my daily routine, but I will definitely be trying that skin689 face mask! I have never tried the brand but I've read a lot of great things!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Oh, then I'm really interested in your routine. Is it on your blog?


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