Winter Skin Soothers

Model Face Cream Review

I’m building up quite a collection of soothing creams for wintery, stressed-out skin. I tend to suffer from little patches of problem skin – chapping around the nose, on the lips, and rough, sore skin on my hands. I also like to use something quite heavy duty if it’s bitterly cold outside and I know that I’m going to be outdoors for a while – if I use any of these under makeup, though, I leave them to sink in for a fair while. About twenty to thirty minutes does the trick for me.

You can just about see L’Occitane’s Fabulous Serum creeping into shot – this isn’t really a rescue balm, which is why it’s been cropped out. It’s lovely, though, for very dry skin. I did a bit of a shea butter bonanza last week – you can read that in a separate window HERE. The Barefoot SOS Cream and the MONU are both really very affordable. The MONU can be used as an all-over moisturiser, it’s nice and light and smells wonderfully rosy! It’s £16.25 with free worldwide delivery at The Barefoot SOS cream is slightly heavier and really packs a bit of a moisture-punch. It is lightly fragranced and costs £10.50 with free delivery.

Moving on over, and creeping up in price we have Darphin’s Intral cream. Bit of a beauty editor favourite, this one! I use it as a night moisturiser, sometimes, when my face just feels battered by the elements. It’s excellent – really soothing and unfussy. If you wanted to boost this one up a bit for a night treatment then it works beautifully with a touch of face oil mixed in! Intral cream costs £38 with free delivery.

Selexir – I’ve written more extensively about this one HERE. The Peace Balm is new onto the beauty market and has had brilliant trial results. I think that it’s fabulous – it really seems to soothe and make the skin instantly more supple. Prices for this cream (which is actually more of a thick balm) start at £20 for 15ml – it’s not an all-over face cream by any means, unless of course you have eczema or skin condition covering an extensive area. Best to warm this one and press onto the skin, I find, and then a little goes further.

Next, All For Eve’s Balm. Sat up there in the right hand corner, looking very handy and compact, I must say! This is a multi-purpose balm for small areas – chapped lips, dry cuticles, tips of noses! I find these multipurpose balms more difficult to like, but only because, I think, I prefer a tube. They also (and by they, I mean the Liz Earle version, the Antipodes Saviour, the Trilogy one) tend to have this herbally scent and taste that I have gone off over the past year or so. It’s just a personal preference kind of thing! Anyway, I’m including Eve’s Balm because I’ve never mentioned it before and the proceeds of each sale go to charity. You can find it here.

Ah, saving the Cicaplast until last, you will notice! Do you remember what a fan I am of the original version? That one is great for targeted skin repair after a chemical peel, or if you’ve overdone your facial scrubbing, or if you’ve stayed out in the sun a little too long. The new Baume B5 contains 5% panthenol to soothe irritated skin and it comes in a chunky 100ml tube. It’s more suitable for general calming and comforting of the skin, I’d say – it has a far creamier, more satisfying texture. Fragrance and paraben free, and contains antibacterial agents (as does the original version) so it’s suitable for minor cuts and grazes. An excellent cream to have in the first aid kit to treat those random itches and scratches that we all sometimes get. Cicaplast Baume B5 costs £15.50 and you can get it with free delivery from

Any winter skin saviours of your own? I have missed a good few out, but I’m planning a bigger post and video so do tell me your suggestions!

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  1. Anna
    November 9, 2012 / 7:19 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I have to say a huge thank you for your earlier post on Selexir. I have eczema on my neck, which my doctor described as some of the worst he has ever seen. The steroid cream prescribed clears it up to an extent but I am always left with a less severe bout of eczema which never clears up and is prone to flaring up from time to time (there is also the issue of using steroid cream generally). After reading your post I took advantage of the Selexir/AMR trial size offer and I can’t tell you how effective it has been already at clearing up that perpetual, stubborn eczema that I could never get rid of. More generally, this balm is just incredibly soothing – providing relief to the pain without the use of steroids.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience for other readers thinking of buying the cream and to say a massive thank you to you for arranging the trial size offer, without which I may not have been able to experience this product!

    • RuthCrilly
      November 9, 2012 / 10:27 am

      That’s amazing Anna, I’m really pleased for you! xx

  2. Sophiabencks
    November 9, 2012 / 9:56 am

    Weleda Skin Food is a good, thick cream/balm. I wouldn’t put it on my face as it is SO rich, but I have a friend who does, at night. It’s fantastic for parched hands and feet too and any other dry areas. I always have a tube on my bedside table. It’s not too expensive either and smells really good!

    • RuthCrilly
      November 9, 2012 / 10:26 am

      Oh yes, that’s a good one – too rich for me as well, though! x

  3. Evelyn girasoli
    November 9, 2012 / 11:42 am

    Ruth, I have started using Avene products for sensitive, stressed out skin. I too was having patchy dry areas I just couldn’t get rid of. Their product are so good for soothing and helping skin out. I’m really pleased with the results. I think it’s a combination of stress, cold weather and central heating.

    • RuthCrilly
      November 9, 2012 / 3:13 pm

      Yes, their products are great! x

  4. NeenaJ
    November 9, 2012 / 4:16 pm

    On a recent trip to Germany, (I’m American), I fell in love with the Cicaplast Baume B5. So much so, that on my last day, I bought 3 more tubes to bring back with me and showed my friend which Apothecary had it cheapest and where it was on the shelf for when I need more. Incredible stuff!

  5. Susie F
    November 9, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Weleda Skin Food is my winter skin saviour

  6. Julie
    November 10, 2012 / 3:50 am

    Bobbi Brown Extra face balm is a nice one pressed into dry cheeks and surprisingly does not interfere with make up application (for me at least). Thanks for the post…my skin has been getting drier and would benefit from one of these :)

  7. November 10, 2012 / 3:38 pm

    I love these dry posts :D okay, that was my failed attempt to being witty … MOVING on, the Cicaplast sounds really good! Have you reviewed the original one? I’m thinking of getting some .. but don’t know if I should get the original or this new version :/

  8. November 10, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I was just wondering if the Darphin cream is fragranced, as I am super sensitive to perfumed products. Do you have any recommendations for sensitive and dry skin? My Clinique Turnaround overnight cream is running out and I am on the hunt for a new night cream! I did like the Clinique one, but i didn’t LOVE it. Have you tried the Pai range? Is REN any good for sensitive skin? Sorry for all the questions, LOL!

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