I am so unlucky to have really crap skin but I’m super lucky to have amazing friends and literally before I could even recover from the Christmas day food slump I had packed my bags, boarded a flight and arrived in the Alps with my trusty Wolfpack.
Girls on tour…
I LOVE being in the Alps. I came to Morzine for the first time last year and it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. The air is so fresh and you pretty much shower in Evian every day. It’s impossible to be miserable here. The sense of freedom, nature and peace hits you as soon as you arrive and I’m so grateful I have incredible, generous friends to come away with.
Going on any holiday normally really sorts my skin out. My eczema has been particularly bad before Christmas and I’m hoping my time whizzing down the slopes and consuming a mountain of fresh water will sort me right out. I’m also in FULL on chill mode. Being with such relaxed friends is awesome, there’s no pressure just fun times and happiness. No work, no rushing around, good food, the occasional Gin (obvs) and some much needed exercise after all those pigs in blankets! My body is LOVING me right now!
Being away has also given me the chance to try out some of the skincare products I got for Christmas as well as putting my old faithful’s to the test. Being in colder climates can be really harsh on any skin, let alone sensitive skin, so it’s important to come armed and ready!
As you know I’m a massive Elemis advocate so of course my day and night collagen cream had to come with me. My skin has been really tired looking and worn out recently so to supplement these I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate. This feels so luxurious on your skin and my skin is always baby soft the next day. I’ve been using it straight after cleansing at night. If you have sore or particularly sensitive skin I would definitely patch test first. The first time I ever used this my skin was really dry and sensitive and it didn’t feel great, however the skin on my face isn’t too bad at the moment and I’ve not had any problems with it. If you have oily/occasionally dry skin I think this is a fabulous product but I think if you are really suffering and need a good overnight boost for sensitive skin then the ElemisPro-Collagen Super Elixr is much better. However this comes with a very hefty price tag, but god it’s worth it! I’d definitely recommend trying Kiehl’s products, in fact another little gem I brought with me is their Daily Reviving Concentrate. I have been using this in the mornings on a cleansed face as I haven’t really been wearing any makeup during the day so it’s given my skin a good rest and some much needed R&R. You only need a teeny tiny amount and although it’s an oil it doesn’t feel greasy and really absorbs well into the skin. I’m not sure I will be replacing this when it runs out but my skin definitely feels more hydrated and smooth.
I’m going to do another blog post on these products but I’m mid- way through a solid first time run using the Salcura Bioderm Two step system for sensitive skin and eczema. I’ve brought with me their Zeoderm Extra face and body and their Face Cleanser. I’ve been using the Zeoderm for daily hand cream too and it’s SO good! I love Salcura products so much. I tried Salcura years ago but my lovely friend re-introduced me to their brand recently so I’ll let you know how I get on. Their products really suit my skin and although my Eczema didn’t suddenly vanish when I started using them I really feel like my overall skin condition has improved. Their cleanser is so gentle but goes on really thick. It’s never brought me out in spots or left me red-faced and sore. I’m cross with myself for forgetting the spray for step one of their system but I’ll blog about this another time. If you need a great moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin that won’t break the bank, and is free from the bad stuff and full of the good stuff then this is the product for you! I wouldn’t use the Zeoderm on my face, even though it says you can, as for me it’s far too thick and feels like it sticks on the surface of my skin, If that makes sense!
Let’s all take a minute to appreciate how CUTE my little makeup bag is! I’ve wanted one of these for AGES and my amazing friend Gemma, who knows me SO well, bought me this for Christmas. Such a lovely, thoughtful gift and it was such a great present as even though I’ve been looking at these I’d have never treated myself to one. My little bag is by Tillyanna from Not on the High Street. They make such cute gifts and I’m going to be taking mine everywhere with me. Right now there’s 20% off too!
Being on holiday with beauty Youtubers is great for discovering new products and brands. I always think I’ve found an amazing product and then they recommend something that wipes the floor with the one I’ve been in love with. When I’m anxious or stressed out I have this disgusting habit of biting my bottom lip and my lips have been really sore this winter. This week I’ve been saved by the luxurious Nuxe ultra-nourishing lip balm. I’ll confess right now I’ve never used Nuxe before but they sell their products in the pharmacy here in Morzine, and I’ve learned from my many trips to France that ‘la pharmacie’ always stock quality products. I really love French beauty brands, they always seem to get the blend between science and nature just right and I’ll definitely be purchasing more, so big thanks to TalkBeckyTalk for starting my new Nuxe love affair!
As it’s pretty much been a makeup-free holiday I’ve been using the Caudalie Beauty Elixr to pick me up and give my face a shot of essential oils. It’s basically an Espresso shot for your face. Oh Caudalie, let me count the ways in which I love thee… I am in LOVE with Caudalie! Again another amazing French company, I think there’s a theme developing here… I have been using Caudalie since I mistakenly bought a cleanser from Space NK almost ten years ago thinking it was another brand and what a wonderful mistake that was. I’ve read a few blog posts last year saying some people with sensitive skin had reacted to their products but I’ve never had any problems. I think it all depends on several factors- what’s in the product, if you react to natural ingredients and essential oils, and what state your skin is in. If my Eczema is really bad I’m obviously not going to be slathering much on there, but if my skin is being kind then I like to treat it to the good stuff and Caudalie loves me right back. I also purchased the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator while I’ve been out in France, yep- from the trusty pharmacy, and it’s been sloughing away at my face leaving it nice and smooth. All their products smell so good without having that OTT scream of ‘I’M MADE FROM NATURAL SHIT’ after you’ve applied them. Definitely a range I’ll be continuing to use throughout 2016. Their products feel so luxurious and despite my Eczema and sensitive skin my skin has never reacted at all. Go send them some love!
Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and have been smiling and loving life as much as I have,
Here’s to discovering more amazing products for our sensitive shells in 2016,