I have lived in Durban for a year and half now after relocating from Joburg. I was excited to move as, though the humidity would frizz my hair, the air is not nearly as drying as Joburg air. Well well well, wasn't I pleasantly surprised.
18 months later and my skin and hair are still not used to this climate. My skin has been troublesome, giving me bouts of blemishes and an oily and/or dry texture depending on the weather du jour. To combat my blemishes, mostly hormonal of late, I have been using prescribed products that are very drying on the skin.
Despite escaping the freezing cold and dry Joburg, I still needed something to help me to keep my skin as moisturised as possible. Here are some of my winter beauty lifesavers ♡
• Soap & Glory Hand Food - £4.80 •
If you have read my blog then you probably know that I love Soap & Glory's Hand Food - it is my ultimate favourite hand cream and I use hand cream every. single. day. The scent is absolutely heavenly; shea butter, macadamia oil & marshmallow! I am not a fan of sickly, sweet scents in skin care and candles, but this is nothing like those.
The cream is suitable for both day and right-before-bed uses, it is super rich without being greasy. Sadly we don't currently have readily-available Soap & Glory products available locally.
I always stock up when I am in the UK. You can order on the Boots website here - Boots doesn't ship to Africa but you could always use a global service such as Aramex to get your goodies to South Africa.
• Clarins Lip Comfort Oil - R280 •
I have been obsessed with this lip oil, and while it was pricey I have not regretted the purchase one bit! I save it for night time (although it isn't too oily or rich to use during the day) and apply every night before bed. I got mine at Edgars for R280, you can also buy it online from Red Square here.
Side note: I had a nightmare that I ran out of this lip oil, I think that shows how much I like it ;)
• Eucerin Aquaphor - R74.95 •
I have a friend at work that used to work at the company that makes and distributes Eurerin. She had been telling me for ages how she used Aquaphor for everything! Dry skin, cracked skin, dry lips, burns, alles. I eventually bought it since she scolded me for using Labello (which she says has alcohol in it!!!*) and I haven't looked back. I got mine at Pick 'n Pay but you can buy it at Dischem online here. I checked on the Clicks website too and it's R20 more!
*If your lip product has alcohol in it then it will moisturise your lips with immediate effect and then slowly dehydrate them again. A lot of people I know have tried to stay away from lip balms as they say that once you start your lips become 'dependent' on it. Well, this makes sense if it contains alcohol - it will force you to use the lip balm over and over since you keep moisturing and then dehydrating your skin!
• dr.dermal The Omega Skin Oil - R675 •
My favourite skin oil around! I wrote about this face oil on my June/July monthly favourites here. In short, this skin oil is super hydrating without leaving an oil slick on your pillow. It sinks in beautifully and makes my skin feel fab in the mornings.
Omega oil helps in reinforcing the cell membrane and "help[s] reduce the body's production of inflammatory compounds - natural chemicals involved in the aging process, that affect how healthy the skin looks and feels" - according to dermatologist and skin care expert Nicholas V. Perricone in his book The Wrinkle Cure.
Find out your nearest stockist here.
PS. dr.dermal has just updated their website, it launched today, go have a look! drdermal.co.za
• Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser - R49.95 •
I'm lazy - there I said it! It is such a chore for me to put on a full layer of moisturiser just after I get out of the warm bath and shower. The Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser is great as I just slather it on whilst in said-warm bath/shower, rinse off, and my bod is ready for pjs. I also like that it is not too rich and sticky, just a nice thin layer for every-day use. You can buy it at Dischem online here.
When I write a blog post I find prices and links online, I also mention the cheapest option. Through doing this, I have noticed that Dischem is almost always the winner with their pricing. I'm glad I do most of my shopping there, but I think I shall be doing all of my shopping there from now on! You can find your nearest Dischem store here.
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