Skin care,  Winter faves

Top Winter picks

After the oil slick that is Summer, we sometimes feel relief as the Winter air sets in and our T-zone isn’t quite as noticeable…..but that is short lived as the oil becomes desert dryness in some cases. So as the season changes, so must our products.


I’ve put together a short list of items I feel are a must have to keep you looking hydrated and not feeling like a dried out prune in Winter.

Night Oil 


The 2 I use are the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and The Body Shop’s Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil.

Kiehl’s MRC

The bottle states that this is ‘A replenishing Elixir of Pure Essential Oils and Distilled Botanicals to Visibly Restore the Appearance of Skin by Morning.’

It contains the following oils:

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose Oil is an effective on skin barrier repair and boosting radiance.

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. Creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin.

Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal) 
A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.
I absolutely LOVE this oil. This oil smells amazing (though to some the scent can be a bit strong) and in the morning my skin just feels so good and well hydrated. It doesn’t leave an oily residue at all.
I was fortunate enough to be selected to receive this as part of a campaign held last year via Luzanne from Pink Peonies, so I’m not sure what the retail selling price is, but I know it is a bit pricey. My 4yr old first spilled some of this product and then my 10 month old managed to spill another third of the bottle…*sigh* Two sad days……
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
The label says this oil’s job is to ‘Replenish and recharge moisture.’
The key ingredient in this oil is:

Soya Oil

We source our Community Trade organic soya oil from Gebana Brazil. Gebana produces soya oil from GM-free, organically grown soya beans cultivated in the hinterlands of the Iguazu River. Gebana comprises around 350 families, mostly smallholder farmers. We have been working with them since 2006, because Gebana differs from much of the soya farming industry, which is one of the major contributors to deforestation in Brazil, by promoting sustainable farming methods and organic produce. Our Community Trade Soya oil products restores precious moisture to the skin and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with no tightness.

This is a great budget option if you’re looking for a night oil. This is also non greasy and fast absorbing. I love the scent of this one more than the Kiehl’s as it’s not as strong, but I don’t feel the oil is as hydrating as the Kiehl’s oil when I touch my face in the morning. In Summer however, this is perfect for my skin. The RSP when I purchased this was R155.00.

Moisturising exfoliator 


I use this Moringa Creme Body Scrub from The Body Shop and I absolutely love this stuff. I am so lazy when it comes to moisturising after a hot shower, but when I use this stuff I don’t need to worry about lotion that has me feeling all greasy in my PJ’s. To me this feels as if it exfoliates AND moisturises my skin in the shower due to the Moringa Seed Oil. Dual purpose product to me <3 I bought this last year and the RSP was R140.00 at the time. I’m not sure if it’s part of their permanent range, but I hope it is.

Lip Oil


I use the Essence prettifying lip oil on days when my lips feel dry and in need of some moisture. It isn’t overly oily or thick and it’s non-stick….*hey that kinda rhymed*. This oil contains Jojoba oil.

This is exactly that though, a lip oil. It doesn’t last all day as I need to reapply a few times. Also it doesn’t ‘heal’ dried lips as it isn’t a treatment. For the price I think it’s a great addition to your handbag on those days where you want a little bit of moisture and shine that a lip balm can’t give you.

Essence products are available at Dischem and Clicks.

Lastly, the most important thing for dehydrated skin is H2O…good old fashioned water. It’s honestly your best defence to keeping your skin feeling hydrated in Winter.

So what are your Winter must haves? Do you already have a night oil in your routine? If so, let me know what you’re using and loving.

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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