My skin already feels like all the moisture has leached away and we are only at the beginning of autumn here in London. And, if my crocodile skin is thirsting for relief, imagine what it will be like once the central heating is turned on.
My apartment in New York was so overheated, and my skin became so cracked each winter, that I got in the habit of balancing saucers of water on the radiators. I wish that these lovely allergy tested and fragrance free humectants from Clinique were available back then so I didn’t keep tipping water on the floor. And maybe my scaly legs would have been more silk than sandpaper by the time spring came around.
There are three new products for this winter, two oils and a balm. First up is my especial favourite, the Deep Comfort Body Oil (£25). It’s a light weight treatment oil spray, containing Jojoba Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil. I’ve found it very soothing – it’s excellent post-shave, my skin drinks it up, and feels very supple and nourished for hours afterwards. It’s also rather nice on bare legs in the evening to give a non-greasy shine, if you can tolerate the idea of leaving the house without tights in the winter.
(Clinique also promise that it can be used to condition the ends of your hair for added shine, but I haven’t tested this claim yet – I always end up looking like I’ve got up close and personal with a bag of chips when I use oil on my hair.)
Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm (£26) is a solid oil balm that is designed to melt into skin. It contains a triple blend of apricot oil, sunflower seed oil, and macadamia oil, which is fantastic for targeting dry spots on the face. It’s also multi- tasking: it can be used as an all-over face treatment, as a 10-minute, or leave-on overnight mask. I think this is best suited as an end of day treatment: whilst it is surprisingly un-greasy, I wouldn’t use it under foundation. It’s a perfect size for travelling too (it screams anti-aeroplane dry cabin air to me) and, whilst it does look quite tiny for the price, a little does go a very long way.
Smart Treatment Oil (£36) If you prefer a facial oil to a moisturiser then this a great option. Meant for a more hi-tech approach to deeply condition dry, damaged skin, it uses antioxidants to help shield against harmful free radical damage. Don’t be scared of the oil – it’s non-greasy and lightweight, and can easily be massaged into the skin.
Grey cashmere bedsocks by The White Company. Available here