Little winter essentials

I feel like winter has only truly arrived this week. Bitter winds and cold temperatures play havoc with my skin & hair so I need a little bit of extra help. 

On my face I have been using Yon-Ka Hydralia*. This is described as a hydrating concentrate - it's somewhere between a serum and an oil. I have frequently featured Yon-Ka skincare on my blog over the years and it never fails to impress me. This product is perfect to increase hydration, plumpness and general dullness. They suggest mixing it with your favourite moisturiser but if my skin is super dry I do a mini facial on myself and use this sparingly as the final step. It also smells amazing (all Yon-Ka skincare does!) as it's packed with lots of raspberry, blackberry and good acids for your skin. 

In the cold weather my hands also get super dry. I have used the same hand cream for years but I heard someone on Instagram rave about Hand Chemistry Triple Function Hydrator. My skin loves hyaluronic acid and the geniuses behind this product have packed it into a hand cream. It's unlike any other hand cream I've ever tried - you feel a difference plus it's not oily or sticky. They also make a hyaluronic anti-bac hand gel that I can't wait to try! 

In the winter I weirdly seem to wash my hair more so it needs more than my usual twice a week. I have curly hair that I tend to blow-dry out but in the winter between the rain, wind, general dampness and hat hair, it needs more love! I've been testing out the Alfaparf Precious Nature range* for a few months. The range is salon exclusive & prescriptive to your hair type. As I have curly hair the range for me is the grape & lavender range. I enjoyed the shampoo and conditioner - as it's sulphate free it really helped me to get my curls in tip top condition. However it is the Precious Nature Grape & Lavender Hair Oil* that continues to impress me. Hair oils are often too heavy for my curls but no matter how much I use of this leave in oil, my hair looks so shiny & healthy. I use the hair oil after towel-drying my just washed hair. It makes blow-drying easier and has given my winter battered hair a little bit of a lift. 

If you are like me and spend the winter nights hiding in your bed or bath with a good book & a candle, you need to look into local brand Sass & Boho. The candles are made from soy and are hand poured in some of the most interesting scents I've come across. I am absolutely obsessed with the Sass & Boho Sweet Tart Candle* which is a mix of rhubarb and damson plum. It's an amazing mix of winter & spring and it has such a comforting smell that reminds me of my Grandma's house as a child. You can purchase Sass & Boho in Bedeck on the Lisburn Road.

*PR Sample. All opinions my own