19 December, 2014 My Winter Skincare Routine
Since the weather has become considerably colder and windier, I’ve beefed up the moisture levels in my skincare routine, and have added in a few products that leave my skin thoroughly cleansed and squeaky clean, but also hydrated, nourished and comfortable. As well as an increase in moisture, I’ve started to use gentle chemical exfoliants instead of abrasive physical ones. Below are a couple of the key products I like to use both morning and evening that have improved the texture and tone of my skin, as well how seamlessly makeup applies on top of it.
The type of product that has made the biggest impact on my skin is a cleansing oil or balm. Swapping my regular micellar water or foaming cleansers for a comforting, nourishing oil-based product means my skin is less reactive, more balanced and noticeably softer and more supple. For light makeup, I like to use the Soap & Glory Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10 here). It has a similar consistency to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but slightly more balm-like. I apply this all over my face, concentrating on congested areas like my t-zone and cheeks. Using a flannel to remove this adds some gentle exfoliation, and is great at boosting blood circulation too. For heavier makeup, I go in with The Body Shop’s wonderful Camomile Cleansing Oil (£10 here). This has a light texture that works immediately upon contact with makeup, dirt or excess oil, and washes off easily when emulsified with warm water. Both of these products are incredibly gentle and work well for the first cleanse in the evening. To further cleanse my skin and remove any excess oil or balm, I use the REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser (£18 here). This is a targeted treatment for oily, spot-prone skin, but it’s still gentle enough to use daily. The clay consistency feels really cooling on my skin and because it’s sulphate-free, it doesn’t dry out or irritate any areas that are blemished or spotty.
After cleansing, I use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£20.50 here). These are circular pads soaked in glycolic and lactic acid, that deliver effective exfoliation without any harsh, abrasive particles that could scratch or irritate my skin. The two acids work to renew the top layer of the skin as well as brighten, clarify and tone, and extract of gooseberry and cucumber reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. This is the product I reach for every morning and evening without fail, and it’s gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area, as well as down my neck and on my décolletage. La Roche Posay’s Serozinc (£8.50 here) is a brilliant toner to disinfect problematic skin and cool down redness, and it’s a step I always maintain. It imparts enough moisture to leave my skin feeling comfortable, without stripping it of moisture like some alcohol-based toners. After Serozinc, I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer (£13.50 here). This works in any climate and for any skin problem – I just spray this on all over my face, wave my hands around in the air to dry, and let the gorgeous aroma fill my nostrils. Liz Earle’s Skin Tonic is a brilliant product to rehydrate the skin and soothe redness, whilst also prepping the skin for moisture, SPF and makeup.
The last step in my winter skincare routine is to add moisture in the form of gels and oils. At night, I’ll use two oils before I apply my moisturiser – NUDE’s ProGenius Treatment Oil (£58 here) on the fatty parts of my cheeks and down my neck, and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£32 here) on my t-zone and parts of my cheeks near my nose, where I often get congested and spotty. These two oils definitely aren’t cheap, but they are an investment if you have temperamental skin that doesn’t respond well to mattifying skincare products, but you do need a treatment that’s lightweight and easily absorbed. Using a drop each on targeted areas, these oils balance, soothe and nourish my skin, and provide enough moisture so that it doesn’t become a grease ball the next day. I really enjoy using oils at night and would encourage anyone with typically oily or greasy skin to incorporate a lightweight oil into their routine! The last step is applying a light layer of moisturiser, and the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (£30 here) has been an absolute staple for the last few months. The consistency is soft and blendable, and it does the perfect job of injecting my skin with hydration whilst leaving it feeling fresh and completely grease-free. This works really well under makeup, and the scent is lovely as well – floral and uplifting without being too strong or obnoxious. A 125ml bottle is supposed to last for six months, so I was more than happy to part with my cash as I only need one pump for my whole face!
Honourable mentions: A-Derma’s Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream with SPF20 as a great base for makeup when I need sun protection, and The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum for added moisture when I’m having an awkward flaky-skin moment and need a bit more nourishment.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this rather lengthy post on my updated winter skincare routine – which products are you using this time of year? Leave your thoughts, recommendations and questions in the comments section below, or tweet me @MakingItUpBlog!
Have a fabulous weekend!