My winter moisturiser essentials

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How to cite: Wong M. My winter moisturiser essentials. Lab Muffin Beauty Science. August 28, 2012. Accessed May 28, 2024.

My skin is usually oily and doesn’t need much moisturiser, but winter wreaks havoc on my skin! This is what I’ve been using this year to keep it happy:

Daytime moisturiser: Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream*, $44.95 AUD for 50 mL

Moisturising and smoothing but doesn’t leave the skin shiny or greasy – perfect under BB cream.

Leave-on exfoliator: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, $42.00 for 118 mL ($29.40 for members)

Salicylic acid exfoliates oily skin to eliminate blackheads and dull skin. Leaving it on for longer periods allows it to work properly. But it itches something awful for the first 5 minutes!

Serum: Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil*, $24.95 AUD for 20 mL

Slightly pricier than other brands, but gives me the best blackhead-eliminating, skin-smoothing results.

Night cream: Sukin Facial Moisturiser, $9.99 AUD for 125 mL

A recent find, full of aloe goodness, glycerin and rose hip oil. Also, incredibly budget-friendly!

Sleeping mask: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_Ex (bought from HK a few years back, can’t seem to find it on any e-tailers apart from eBay)

Supposedly like clingfilm for your face, this is an award-winning treatment you wear over your night cream to seal in moisture. You wake up with the softest, plump skin, and has a relaxing, light and floral scent.

SOS super moisturising cream: Olay Moisturising Lotion, $13.20 for 150 mL

This gives me tiny whiteheads if I use it too often, but restores dry skin to normal-feeling elasticity within seconds, without leaving you shiny. Great for emergencies, and another one your wallet will thank you for.

Soothing body lotion: Lush Dream Cream, $28.95 for 240 g

Full of oat milk (which contains anti-irritant avenanthramides and other goodies), this quickly calms down red and irritated skin.

Moisturising body cream: DIY Body Butter (recipe here)

Incredibly thick homemade body butter containing only shea butter, grapeseed oil and a few drops of fragrant oil. Shea butter acts as an emollient to soften the roughest skin.

What are your favourite moisturisers?

Products marked * provided for editorial consideration by PR, which did not affect my opinions.

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5 thoughts on “My winter moisturiser essentials”

  1. Hello Michelle!

    I’m new to your blog and I’m already addicted to it, especially all the scientific explanations. I’ve taken general Chemistry at uni, so I can understand the basis of it, but I’m more limited when it comes to understand what a certain ingredient does (even though I always try to think as “scientifically” as I can, so your blog is perfect!
    I was wondering, what’s your opinion on alcohol, sd alcohol… in skincare products? I know it dries out my skin, so I try to avoid it, but Paula Begoun says they can even cause free radical damage.

    By the way, that body butter looks amazing! I usually use The Body Shop ones, but I’m going to check your recipe asap!

    Thank for sharing your knowlege! Kisses from Spain 🙂


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