Soothing, Hydrating, Skincare Saviours

The wind, rain and cold can be brutal on your skin plus 'tis the season of the sniffles so you're skin is pretty much guaranteed to take a battering as we begin hurtling towards Christmas coldness. Having suffered recently from a horrid bout of tonsillitis, plus a long-term affliction known as permanent 'Rudolph Red Nose' the second September ends, I have been reaching for two products in particular to soothe, hydrate and calm my skin..

Eau Thermal Avene Skin Recovery Cream £12.50 - This calming cream is specifically designed for naturally sensitive skin (fair, thin, prone to redness), or skin which has become sensitised due to climatic conditions, excessive cleansing, drying cosmetic or dermatological treatments. It quickly calms irritation, helps restore the hydrolipidic film and provides long-lasting protection. It's 'Non-comodogenic, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free and colouring agent-free', so I've found it's absolutely perfect for me to use on my skin after using my at-home dermaroller, on my red raw nose during tonsillitis/the sniffles and any time I feel my skin has taken a pounding from the good old british weather (so any time I head outside at the moment). It really helps with soothing, balancing and reducing any dryness or flakiness.This is quite a thick product which I tend to use only at night after cleansing, I apply a thick layer all over my face and leave to absorb over night.

Gazelli Triple Youth Ultra Nourishing Saviour Mask £40*-    This luxuriously rich mask treatment contains Gazelli’s regenerative White Oil™ to 'increase metabolic processes at the cellular level, improving skin ability to regenerate itself, without drawing upon its reserves, and absorb nutrients and oxygen'.  I have been using this mask twice a week, I leave it on for 15 minutes and relax. It smells divine as it contains extract of figs and works to thoroughly to hydrate and nourish and comfort the skin. A little goes a long way with this product and you don't need to wash off, just tissue off the residue (I usually spray Avene thermal cleansing water onto a cotton pad and gently wipe off any excess after 15 minutes) so the ingredients can keep on working.

So there you have my perfect pair, a gentle calming, soothing cream and an indulgent, hydrating treatment mask. What products are you putting on your face to soothe it now the weather has turned? x

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