We had many questions off the back of our recent Instagram stories about winter skincare essentials, so we decided to dedicate this week’s Journal to the subject.
This time of year is when our skin starts to feel the effects of the changing temperatures, making it the perfect excuse to look at our beauty cupboards and stock up on new season must-haves.
Read on for a report of the products that are firm fixtures in our beauty cabinets over winter, along with our favourite places to find inspiration.
Pink Clay; Vogue's Body and Beauty Book; Jade Roller.
Overall, our philosophy on beauty is easily summarised – it must be simple, effective and, of course, cruelty-free.
Here at L&O we are big fans of products that consciously do as they say they will. And if there is an efficacious option that does all of these things, yet does not break bank, well, that's even better (all the more money to spend wisely on rare and beautiful jewels and accessories, we say...)
When in need of a little inspiration, whether it be guidance on getting that ‘lit from within’ glow we all lust after, hair styling or makeup looks, we often turn to our beauty board on Pinterest – a collation of everything from workday looks to ideas for special events, and skincare tips we have accumulated over time.
Instagram is also a wonderful source for ideas, namely @violette_fr for her chic, no-fuss tutorials, along with any beauty look by dream girl, @rosiehw.
(NB: Keep an eye out for beauty Journal parts two and three, where we’ll talk about our favourite makeup, haircare and styling tips, respectively.)
We also love delving into our collection of vintage Vogue beauty books, which not only look beautiful on the coffee table, but which also provide fresh ideas that haven’t been circulating the internet already.
Sukin Charcoal Facial Scrub; Behind the scenes at our vintage shoot, by the talented Luci Hare.
But onto the matter at hand: the winter skincare regime. Our theory is simple – for everything you do in summer, double the dosage. And by that, we mean bump up the hydration by 200%. If you work in an office, aircon can wreak havoc on the skin, and at home, heat pumps are equally unfriendly – often a key culprit of causing dry skin and chapped lips over winter.
To combat the drought, we love Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Serum, followed by a clean moisturiser and a thick layer of moisturising sunscreen - Cetaphil’s SPF 40 Moisturiser is a desert-island must have.
A page from our Beauty Photography in Vogue Book; Aveda Tulasara Calm Concentrate.
For evening, it’s time to add even more hydration, anti-redness balms and Vitamin C for overnight repair. We love Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Serum, a wonderful active serum that is still gentle enough for sensitive skin. Aveda’s Tulasara Calm Concentrate is also a favourite for battle redness (and a little tip from CC - it’s a great topical product if you have a reaction to any makeup testers). Weleda’s Skin Food, a thick moisturising cream, has a cult status for a reason – it is a winter holy grail.
A gentle exfoliator after cleansing and before applying hydration will slough away dead skin cells, whilst preparing your face for ultimate product absorption. Sukin’s Charcoal Scrub is gentle enough to use a few times a week. For the body - a dry body brush is essential, followed by the super decadent Antique Mexican Tuberose Dry Body Oil, by Officine Universelle Buly, which comes in the most beautiful bottle.
Essential Oils; Sukin Charcoal Scrub; Dry Body Brush, Officine Universelle Buly's Tuberose Dry Body Oil; Crystals for the bath; An image from our Beauty Photography in Vogue book.
If you have the time, add a mask – Sukin’s Pink Clay Mask for Sensitive Skin is one of our must-haves for clearing congested, tired skin and is very budget friendly. Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask is also fabulous for providing an extra moisture hit without clogging pores.
Year-round, we are big fans of Jade rollers to de-puff and stimulate glow – especially mid-winter when that can be a challenge. If your skin is really feeling in dire straits, try using a humidifier with an essential oil in the bedroom – one of CC’s favourite fixes.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask; Jade Roller; Our Vintage Cosmic Earrings; Aveda Tulasara Calm Concentrate; Zoo Nurtured Lash and Brow Serum; Sukin Pink Clay Mask.
Finally, just before bed is the perfect time to apply a lash serum. We love Zoo Nurtured Lash and Brow Serum which truly works wonders, plus, a percentage of profits go to conservation – a charitable cause you can take part in with your eyes closed!
It’s wonderful to see so many brands on the market now offering stunning, effective products that are also created with a conscience. For us, beauty is about feeling comfortable in your skin (making it the ultimate base for accessorising!), whilst knowing you are doing good with your purchasing power.
Happy Friday, lovers. Enjoy the weekend, stay beautiful, and stay tuned for parts two and three soon… x