Looking After Sensitive Skin in Winter

Do you have sensitive skin? Do you find it gets worse in the Winter months?

Well you aren’t alone. After years of trial and error with my own sensitive skin, I think I’ve finally found some products that manage to sooth and protect, without causing further skin reactions. The harsh cold and wind we have at this time of year causes havoc for sensitive skin, especially when added to the drying effect of central heating.

sensitive skin winter

There are so many products out there now for sensitive skin, each with its own list of ingredients. And its this little list that I personally have to pay a lot of attention to. I have sensitivities to a number of things including fragrance/perfume (inc essential oils), lanolin, and some preservatives often used in cosmetics/skincare products.

Heck, my skin can react to temperature and even water.

sensitive skin winter

My favorite product for the skin on my face right now is Weleda White Mallow Face Cream. Its actually part of their Baby skincare range. I find this really protects my face from the cold and wind, it’s fairly thick and a little goes a long way. I use this in the morning and occasionally at night if my face has that tingly, tight feeling. It’s rich without being greasy and I’ve missed it on the mornings I’ve forgotten to apply it.

Regarding cosmetics, to be honest I don’t wear half as much makeup as I did when I was younger. My skin just doesn’t tolerate it as much as it previously did. I also think older skin often looks better with less makeup- less matt more glow, ya know?

Less but better as with so many things in life. I really rate Marks & Spencers Autograph range, their lipsticks are great, as are the blushers and mascaras. I’ve not had any skin reactions using these products and they are also cruelty free too. I often wear one of their moisturising lipsticks to protect my lips on the school run.

To take off any makeup, or just have a deeper cleanse, I use Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm. Now this does have some essential oils in it and is slightly exfoliating, both of which I’ve never been able to tolerate. But I tried a sample of from a magazine a few months ago and I’m hooked.

Because its a cleanser the essential oils aren’t really on my face for that long, which I think is the reason I’ve been able to continue using it. This balm feels (and smells) really luxurious and its actually a pleasure to take off makeup and daily grime now, rather than a chore.

balance me winter skincare

I find my hands also tend to flare up more at this time of year, itchy and sore can begin to feel like the norm. I’m really loving the Hemp Hand  Protector from The Body Shop at the moment (along with over 5000 rave reviewers on their site). It’s rich but sinks in quickly, and has a subtle, calming smell. I have this by the sink in my kitchen as its where I remember to put it on the most. I probably should get another tube for my handbag though, asap.

winter skin protectors

I also use Formula Night Cream  (when I remember!) this is from M&S and is part of their Sensitive Skin range. They’ve changed the packaging since I last bought it, that’s how long it lasts. This is such a great price for a Night cream that doesn’t give me a reaction. It’s lighter on the skin than the Weleda cream which I find better for night time as I don’t get stuck to the pillow!

Last but not least the Dermologica UltraCalming Mist is something I turn to throughout the year. In the Winter months its great for calming my skin down on entering the warm dry house, from the cold, wet and windy outdoors. So instead of having a flushed, hot and irritated face which doesn’t know what is going on, I have a calmer, all be it a little moist, face. I’ve also used this mist over makeup if I’ve felt like my skin was about to start complaining and it’s worked a treat.

What are your favorite Winter skincare products?



  1. November 23, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I have sensitive skin too and swear by Simple 🙂 the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser is my ultimate essential moisturiser, and the new Hydrating Cleansing Oil is one of my favourite products of all time! xo

  2. November 23, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I’m so bad when it comes to sticking to a skincare routine, but the balance.me product you mentioned has struck my fancy. It’ll be so convenient to have a product that can take of my make-up and hydrate my skin at the same time!

    • Susie
      November 24, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      Ah hope you like it!

  3. November 23, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    ooh I need to bear some of these in mind, I hate the dry skin feeling having the heating on brings. I’ve recently discovered avocado oil, super hydrating for the skin, little bit goes a long way!!

    • Susie
      November 24, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I’ve yet to try that, my friend was telling me about it the other day actually. Thanks for stopping by x

  4. November 25, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Great post. I love Balance Me products. I’m an Oil of Olay girl – retro! Have a great day. x

  5. November 25, 2016 / 7:30 am

    I might show my husband this. He gets eczema and is always looking for a good oily cream. He goes back to Cetraben a lot but the baby cream sounds good!

  6. November 25, 2016 / 9:15 am

    I’m a weleda Advisor, so obviously biased. But wanted to say we also do a “weather protection” cream (along with many many other fantastic and suitable products).

    If you ever wanted to trial some more, I’d be happy to send samples.

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Ah really thanks so much !

  7. November 25, 2016 / 9:17 am

    I love balance me products, they are stunning. I’m also a huge fan of Crabtree hand cream too!!! I have been using a much heavier day cream on ‘make up free’ days, almost a night cream as my cheeks get so dry x

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Its great to protect a little more from the elements at this time of year. I dont think I’ve ever tried any Crabtree products!

  8. November 25, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I don’t spend enough time taking care of my skin. And I really should. Hand cream is something I only used “for best” which is a bit ridiculous considering the amount of battering my hands get. Will add some of these products to my shopping list!

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Karen!! Hand cream for best- you are bonkers. Slap it on love and put some of these on your Christmas list

  9. November 25, 2016 / 10:06 am

    You use very similar products to me. Weleda are so good and I love their baby products too. X

  10. November 25, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I need to try some of these. My skin is odd it can be sensitive at times but it’s my hands that are sensitive. i’m prone to eczema and have to watch what i put on my face as it’ll be fine for there but will irriate my hands as i apply it.

    Will look out for some of these x

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Eczema is such a pain isn’t it! I guess that’s why there are so many different products out there- its just finding the right one for you

  11. November 25, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Brilliant selection and really useful as I’m the same! My skin “overreacts” to a change in temperature and I’m particularly sensitive to warmth which is SUPER annoying!

    I find most brands which are “for sensitive skin” are just awful. they either break me out or feel too harsh. Liz Earle has worked really well for me so far but it’s quite dear.

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Yes- Liz Earle is good, I went through a phase of using it but then my skin seemed to go off it! Wah!

  12. November 25, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I’m quite less is more these days too. I love REN, Neals Yard and Elemis. I’ve heard really good things about Weleda products so I should give them a try. Love anything natural and planty!!!

    • Susie
      November 25, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      I’ve never tried REN, thanks Kat. Enjoy your weekend x

  13. November 25, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    A well timed post! I am a huge fan of hemp hand cream and you have reminded me I need more for the coming months, I keep one in my car and one by the sink as well as a small one in my bag! As for all other skin care I.m a clarins girl and have been for years….xxxx

  14. November 25, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I use plain simple Aveeno cream from Boots. It’s effective and affordable. Nice to learn about the products you use. x

  15. November 25, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    It’s the hands with me and yes, the hemp handcream is wonderful. Great roundup. x

  16. November 25, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    It’s my legs that go scaly in the winter – not enough daylight through the permanent wearing of opaque tights! I find cocoa butter helps stop the itching. And for hand cream I love Molton Brown rhubarb and rose. I work in a super hot office so my hands feel tight. I am applying cream all day!

    • Susie
      November 26, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      My legs go a bit like that too!!

  17. November 25, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Winter is definitely the time to kick skincare up a notch, love the look of the night cream, will give a try

  18. November 26, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Genuinely grateful for these suggestions!! My skin reacts terribly to the cold weather and I’ve never tried any of the products you’ve featured here xx

  19. November 26, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I have the weleda hand cream and it’s amazing! 8 also use the l’ocitaine one too! X

  20. November 27, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    My eczema is playing up ridiculously at the moment, especially on my face, because of the central heating at work so the mist sounds like a great idea to calm it down.

  21. November 28, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I have used the same skin car regime for most of my life and never really question. I’ve never thought of changing what I use on my skin according to the seasons but it makes total sense! Some of these will definitely make it on to my xmas list x