Monday, 4 December 2017

Why I won't be left red faced this Winter - My 3 Winter Comfort Creams

eucerin face cream, swissforce pharma couperose cream, oilaitum face cream

There are times during the depths of Winter (normally around January) where I suffer a short period of extreme dryness and redness. The overindulgence of Christmas food and booze, combining with living on the coast during the coldest month of the year, and the need for the heating to be whacked up full blast probably doesn't help matters for triggering my skin going haywire. So, when these moments occur, I have on stand by what I call my comfort creams. Yes, these three clinical tubes may look like something out of a Pharmacy rather than from a department store or from some cult beauty site, they have been wonderful for calming down any irritation, dryness and redness whilst also providing that much-needed barrier. But what's also great about these is the texture is light enough to wear even under make-up.

eucerin face cream, swissforce pharma couperose cream, oilaitum face cream

Eucerin Ato Control Face Cream 50ml

A product that was initially discovered in a PR package and have since repurchased. It forms an excellent barrier to protect the harshness of extreme temperatures and prevent battered winter skin. This is also great for people that suffers atopic skin problems such as eczema as it contains no nasties and is fragrance-free.

At the time, I gave it to my daughter because she was still suffering with a touch of eczema. But it wasn't until one day during Winter that I too was suffering with a touch of dryness and decided to use for a quick fix. I was expecting this thick and heavy greasy feel but instead was left bowled over at just how lovely this applied and how brilliant it was for use under makeup. This formula contains a combination of highly concentrated Omega Fatty Acids (Evening Primrose Oil and Grape Seed Oil) and soothing Licorice Extract to help replenish the skin, helping to restore its natural barrier and making it more resilient

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Triisostearin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Piroctone Olamine

Swissforce Pharma Couperose & Thread Veins Balm 30ml*

Did you know that during the colder months, around 4 million people in the UK suffer with skin sensitivity? Skin care specialists, Swissforce Pharma, a brand based in Switzerland, have released a revolutionary new balm that helps to reduce the appearance of Couperose, Rosacea and Thread Veins; a common cause that's triggered as soon as the temperature drops. The results from the clinical trials do seem rather impressive, with 81% seeing a difference in just 1 week. This nourishing balm claims to strengthen skin and blood vessels, reduces the appearance of couperose, thread & spider veins with its unique blend of ingredients to help protect and soothe skin.

Couperose: accurs when red capillaries become visible on the skin due to poor elasticity of the capillary walls. It can be caused by both external and genetic factors. A thicker, darker skin with normal or slightly increased sebum is less likely to fall victim to couperose due to its increased insulation; while a thin, fair, dry skin is much more vulnerable. Some of the risk factors that can lead to couperose are: extreme and sudden changes of temperature, stress, working in high heat conditions, pollution, alcohol and smoking, hot drinks and eating spicy food, medical conditions such as high blood pressure, incorrect skincare products and overexpose to the sun.

Thread Veins: are those tiny red/purple wiggly blood vessels that are seen close to the surface of the skin. They tend to develop as we age, when our skin and blood vessels become less elastic. Some of the risk factors that can lead to thread veins are: hormonal changes, menopause (that'll be me, then), genetics, pregnancy, sun damage, exposure to windy weather or extreme temperatures, and also cortico-steroid medicines and radiotherapy.

Spider Veins: are those small, twisted blood vessels that are seen through the skin. They are generally red/purple/blue in colour and most often appear on the legs or face. They are a result of weak or damaged valves in the veins. When the valves don't open to allow blood to leave, the blood builds up causing the veins to swell which results in that spider web pattern (hence the name). Spider veins can be caused from: ageing, sun damage, heredity, history of blood clots, hormonal changes during puberty or menopause, or hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, standing or sitting for long periods of time, wearing tight clothing, obesity and constipation.

One of the things I've discovered in my short time blogging is just how many amazing brands there are out there that were never under my radar due to me simply not knowing about them; and it's not always about the pretty or glamourous ones either, it can be about discovering products that can really make a difference. Swissforce Pharma is another one I'm currently trialling even though I don't suffer with thread veins as such, I do suffer on the odd occasional redness on my cheeks which can often get worse during the colder season.

I found this pleasantly scented cream to be very gentle on my skin. The texture is non greasy and absorbs very quickly. You really only need a tiny amount because a little goes a long way. The cream also comes in this subtle mint green colour, whether this helps contribute to calming down of my redness, I'm not sure, as I've found the few times I've used this my redness looks a lot less obvious than before. I really like this cream and I'm really looking forward to really putting this to the test should the worst happen.

Full listing of ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Decyl Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Pathenol, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethiocone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, Plankton Extract, Glycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Calendula Offincinalis Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Ginkgo Bilboa Leaf Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Soy Isoflavones, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate

Oilatum Natural Repair Cream 50ml

An oldie but a goodie that use to be a favourite of Sam and Nic from Pixiwoo. Unfortunately, I can  only purchase this from Amazon now as for some reason it's no longer sold in Boots - although I did hear a rumour that Oilatum have discontinued it - WHY DO THEY DO THIS???

The consistency in this cream is slightly more heavier than the one from Eucerin, so I generally only use this on the cheek area for combating dryness or as a night cream. I remember one time when my cheeks were particularly bad as they were so dry, everything I used on my skin just drank it up but was still left feeling tight. But after a couple of days of slathering it on, my skin was back to its normal self. It's just so good!

Ingredients: Aqua, Olea Europeae, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Palm Glycerides, Olus, OleicTriglycerides, Hydragenated Lecithin, Squalane, Betaine, Palmitamide MEA Acetamide MEA Sarcosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Carbomer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

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Which products are your Winter saviours?

Toni. xoxo

Disclaimer: Products marked with (*) asterisk were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.


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