Have you guys seen the most recent Alexa Chung makeup tutorial by Lisa Eldridge? In it, Alexa refers to her skin issues in the colder months as 'a classic case of winter face,' which is certainly something I suffer with.
The drop in temperature, indoor heating, blustery winds and abundance of cold/flu around makes my skin go a little crazy - it's red (especially around the nose), it's dry, it's itchy, it's sallow... not really the most glamorous of looks.
Most of these skin changes come from the fact the skin is incredibly dehydrated and sapped off moisture... luckily, I've recently found something that helps with this.
I was sent the Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil* back in early December, and loved it pretty must instantly - but I like to trial things extensively before telling you guys all about them!
I've previously used Merumaya products before (their cleansing balm is one of the best I've ever used - click here to read the review) and have always been impressed by the quality - they often contain ingredients you'd find in similar high-end products, and at a fraction of the cost. They also don't test on animals if you're interested in cruelty-free beauty (something I'm trying to adopt now I'm no longer vegan).
The Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil is a relatively new product from the brand and contains a blend of lots of lovely natural plant-based oils... rather than your standard Rosehip, Almond and Argan Oil combinations which seem to be in every bloomin' beauty product under the sun right now, it contains Kahai Oil. If you're currently scratching your head wondering what the heck Kahai Oil is, let me enlighten you. It is produced from the nuts of the Cacay tree, which is found in the Amazon. The oil itself is twice as high in its Vitamin E and (...nerdy beauty word alert) Linoleic Acid content than the aforementioned Argan Oil, and contains three times more Retinol than Rosehip Oil.
To break down a bit of that geeky technical bumf, Vitamin E is an antioxidant which reduces the risk of sun damage and the effects of ageing, as well as having beneficial super-charged moisturising properties. Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid, much-needed by our skin to maintain its youthful elasticity and plumpness. Finally, Retinol is another name for Vitamin A and is widely used in the skincare world, as it is known for its anti-ageing properties, and its ability to fade hyperpigmentation. As you have probably gathered by now, this oil contains some pretty awesome ingredients.
I've been loving using this product for the last month - even though it's an oil, it's not remotely greasy and hasn't caused me to breakout. It's light and quickly absorbed into the skin, and leaves such a lovely glow after it has sunk in, plus I've had next to no issues with inflamed, dry skin since using it. I don't think I can necessarily comment on the claims of fading hyperpigmentation in just one month, but I do think my skin is looking much healthier of late, and I've had a few people comment on how good my skin looks recently, and I do really believe it's mostly down to this (along with the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer, that stuff is magical).
My favourite way to use this is after I've cleansed my skin - I massage in 3-4 drops of the Everywhere Everything Beauty Oil in, leaving it for about 15-20 minutes before proceeding with my day/night cream.
As the name of this oil would suggest, it can be used everywhere - I haven't actually tried using it anywhere other than my face, and I'm quite a simple girl when it comes to moisturising my skin, hair and nails (coconut oil is my favourite).
I'm really enjoying using this oil and think it's been brilliant to combat winter skin - Alexa, if you're reading, I've found you the cure to a Classic Case of Winter Face.
The Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil is priced at £26.50, and available from Merumaya.