Winter Skin Savers: My Top Three – First Defence; Aveeno; Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mask

By Lynnie | December 20 2012 | 9 Comments

Dealing with seasonal skin problems can be a right old pain in the hoop, but I’ve actually escaped surprisingly unscathed this winter. It’s not down to looking after my skin any better – I’d rather be coming up with Christmas nail art ideas, frankly – so I have to give credit to this magic little trio for keeping things on an even keel.

ONE: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion with shea butter
You know how some people like luxurious body lotions, and some like ones that come in pretty containers, and some like ones that match their perfume?

Well, I’m in a whole ‘nother category altogether. I have yet to meet a beautifully fragranced souffle encased in swoon-worthy packaging that has the ability to make applying body moisturiser feel like any less of a hassle, so I tend towards hardworking products that I can sneak in with the grocery shopping.

My ideals are easily absorbed, non-greasy, and provide long-lasting hydration whose effects can be measured in days, not hours (or worse still, minutes.) This unscented, unfussy lotion from Aveeno ticks all those boxes. As it’s quite thick, I like to apply it at night, but it has enough slip to spread easily on skin. I’m not using it more than twice a week at most but its oat-y triple threat (of oatmeal, oat oil, and oat essence) and shea butter are still ensuring my skin is calm, supple, and flake-free.

This is nothing short of a miracle where my legs are concerned, and makes 2012 the first winter ever that taking off a pair of tights hasn’t made me feel like I’m inside a snowglobe.

(You are welcome for that delightful mental picture.)

TWO: Vicks First Defence
Himself brought me home a cold from work recently – not his finest present, it has to be said – and the only reason it didn’t devolve into a nose-shredding, full-blown infection is because of this little nasal spray. Used at the first sign of a cold, it’s supposed to trap, inactivate, and help your body naturally get rid of the virus before it has a chance to develop into a full-on cold.

I used to think this was probably a load of cobblers – until I tried it, and now I’m a total convert. I catch everything going and, until this week, had never managed to shake off a cold before it took over.

Admittedly, it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world to be using four times a day but the small discomfort of spritzing a gel up your schnozz (and the ensuing, er, “nasal discharge”, as the box describes it) is infinitely preferable to smothering with a cold and battling to stop the skin around your nose from cracking wide open for a couple of weeks.

THREE: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mask for sensitive skin
It may be winter outside, but that doesn’t mean my skin can suddenly handle rich nourishment without breaking out into a painful mess. A face mask that can soothe and intensively hydrate skin without overwhelming it is what’s called for, and I think Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mask with hyaluronic acid is the answer.

The creamy-gel texture feels immediately comforting and, after just 10 minutes, skin feels supple, smooth, soothed, and plumped, and the results are noticeable the next day, too.


Have you tried any of these products, or what are you loving this winter?

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9 Replies to "Winter Skin Savers: My Top Three – First Defence; Aveeno; Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mask"

  • *Aisling* says:

    VERY interesting about the First Defence – I didn’t think things like that really worked. Must get some
    And am totally with you on the er tights snowglobe…

  • Atkin says:

    It hasn’t been that cold this year so I’m thrilled to get to December without a flaky nose.

  • Babs says:

    Oh I heart that Vichy mask, I have oily / combination skin that dries out in the wind and cold and is also sensitive (pain in ASS). I was under the assumption that a moisturising mask would make me get spots because I was convinced I had oily skin, until I got my skin analysed, found the Vichy mask and hey presto, lovely skin.
    I bought a No7 microdermabrasion scrub thing in Boots Liffey Valley the other night, it’s amazeballs at getting rid of all the peely bits that were on my face and then lashed on the Vichy mask and I have lovely skin – YAY!!!

  • Lynnie says:

    Aisling – yeah me either but have been so impressed with it.

    Ooh Babs it sounds like we are skin sisters! That’s great to hear that you got on well with the No7 microdermabrasion stuff; I am almost out of my lovely Origins Modern Friction and fancy a change, might give it a whirl :)

  • Babs says:

    Lynnie, it’s brilliant. I was in Liffey Valley meeting my friend and saw myself in the mirror of GBK, to my horror under the harsh lights it looked awful, I nearly burst into tears honestly as it’s dry but also spotty especially in the chin hormone spot department, I went to Boots in a flap and bought it thinking “this will never work”, have only used it once and you can see the difference already, use a good moisturiser or the Vichy mask afterwards and you’ll be only gorgeous.
    My skin is a pain in the arse, it’s sensitive, oily and dry all at the same time. As I said I assumed just oily so was using the Normaderm range but it made my skin worse. I now use the Aqualia Anti Ox (in the jar not the tube) and have found it brilliant, it’s great under make up too which is my favourite thing about it. Using the Trilogy rosehip face oil too at night time and finding that really good although it doesn’t smell great.

  • The Hydraphase cream by La Roche Posay has been my absolute savior this winter! I never used to have problems during wintertime, but for some reason my skin has been painfully dry this year. The Vichy mask sounds lovely, might give that a try!

  • fififinx says:

    LRP Lipikar Baume AP is great is you get really dry and itchy. It moisturises, but also (as it was designed for eczema) de-itches. I’m violently allergic and violently addicted to woolies and I can’t live without it.

  • Eimear says:

    NEED the Vichy mask pronto!

  • Ana says:

    I’m the same as far as moisturizers are concerned.
    I need some heavy duty stuff I won’t be too worried about spending.

    Snowglobe situation here, too.

    Twice a week, you say?

    I don’t think Aveeno’s available in our market, but I’ll be sure to check it out if they ever appear on our shelves.

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