Cruelty Free and Natural Winter Skincare Saviours

Aside from the whole Christmas thing, I am not a fan of winter. It makes me want to hide under a blanket, applying layers upon layers of moisturiser and dreaming about a time when I didn't have to wear 5 jumpers in order to feel slightly warm. Frankly, I think England in December is determined to destroy me. As well as leaving me a hell of a let less motivated to leave my bed, freezing winds just seem to strip every good thing that my skin has going for it. Even a matter of minutes out in the cold sends it into a crusty melt-down.

Luckily, the past few years have guided me towards a skin saviour: Oil. Whilst I used to avoid it because I was scared it would leave spots in its trail, I now slather it everywhere. As a moisturiser, in my cleanser, on my lips. No area of my body goes untouched. And it makes winter at least 20% more bearable. So, if your skin suffers like mine in the colder months, these might just be the products that you need in your life.

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If you've been around this parts for a while, then you know that this product is my holy grail. Winter or summer, it is incredible stuff! I've been using the cleanser Ultrabland by Lush for over two years now and I truly don't think I will ever stray from it. Its gentle mix of almond oil, beeswax and rose water means that it doesn't strip my skin of any of the good stuff, but still keeps it clean and nourished. As I said, I'm all about the oils in winter, so its thick consistency is the stuff of dreams, especially in cold months when my nose is all nice and flaky.

Lush Lip Scrubs 

Talking of flaky, my lips really suffer during winter. I've taken to keeping a Lush lip scrub in my shower to remind me to give them a good exfoliate every single day. So far so good. When used in conjunction with the lip balm I'll mention next, I can almost pretend that it's not bloody freezing outside.

Mallow and White Blossom Balm 

This amazing multi-purpose balm by Mallow and White can be used anywhere on the body. It's another oil-dense product containing camellia seed oil, apricot kernel oil and beeswax. In fact, it's pretty similar to Ultrabland but slightly less thick. I use it on my lips after exfoliating and it works absolute wonders.

Avocado and Rosehip Oil 

As far as face moisturisers are concerned in winter, I go with straight up oils. I have quite the collection building up, but my current favourites are avocado and rosehip. The former is said to boost collagen, reduce dark circles and deeply moisturise and the later is incredible for scars and discolouration. I add in essential oils like lavender and tea tree for extra goodness.

Handy Gurugu 

If you need a super thick, super effective hand cream for when your normal moisturiser just won't cut it, this is the one for you. This next statement will probably be music to your ears: It's not full of oils, but nourishing butters like shea, peanut, cashew and almond. Just make sure that you put it on before bed, because it does take a while to sink in.


  1. I need to be brave and trust oils more! I miss Ultrabland: I stopped repurchasing when I went vegan but honestly, I've still not found an alternative I love as much </3

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