Now that the temperatures have really dropped, the central heating has gone on and the fire has been lit, I have had to make some changes to my skincare routine. I have posted about some of the products I am currently using here, here and here but there also some additions I have had to make. Because my skin is like the Sahara, I like to use rich, nourishing products that will protect and hydrate my skin. Of course there are the staples that I use all year round, such as Pixi Glow Tonic, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Omorovicza Omoressence and Sunday Riley Luna Oil but these are the products that I have added into the mix in recent weeks.
Cleansing balms are my favourite type of cleanser and, particularly in Autumn/Winter, because they feel really nourishing on my skin so I can remove every scrap of makeup without stripping it. I like to take my time to massage it in and if I have time, I will leave it on for a few minutes before removing with a cloth. I recently opened a new tub of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm and I've remembered why I always keep a back up pot of this in my stash. It feels so nourishing on the skin, has a beautiful scent and leaves my skin feeling plump. One or twice a week, instead of using Glow Tonic, I will follow this with Lixirskin Vitamin C Paste to help brighten my skin - it really is a quick fix solution for dull skin - even if I only leave it on for 3 minutes, it will make a difference but if I have time, I will leave it for 15 minutes to really work its magic. Sometimes I will use Pixi Rose Tonic, depending on how my skin is feeling, as I find that it really soothes and calms my skin if its inflamed. My day serum of choice for the last 6/7 weeks has mainly been Antipodes Hosanna Intensive Hydrating Serum and my skin has been loving it. I adore the scent (like baby powder) and the texture is quite light but the formula packs a punch in terms of adding moisture to the skin without leaving it greasy. There is nothing else new in my daytime routine but I've switched a few things up in my evening routine.
Oils are an absolute must for me at this time of year - my skin just drinks them up and they help to keep my dry patches at bay.. The two that I am currently rotating are Antipodes Divine Face Oil and Rá Oils Skin Rescue. The Antipodes Oil is quite light in texture and the mix of avocado and rosehip oil, sweet orange rind and jasmine petal combine to create a nourishing treat for the skin. The Ra Oil is part of a small range of products developed by a mother and daughter team in Iceland. All of the products are handmade in small batches with all natural, filler-free ingredients. The Skin Rescue oil is the answer to my Sahara-like skin problems! It contains a blend of evening primrose oil (to calm the skin). argan oil (to moisturise the skin) and vitamin E (to protect the skin) as well as chamomile, myrrh and other skin nourishing ingredients. It smells so calming so I put a few drops into my hands and inhale before applying to my face. It's quite thick in texture but it is an absolute pleasure to massage into the skin and I will use any residue on my hands. I would describe it as a chill pill for my skin because as soon as I start to massage it in, my skin just relaxes - it is instantly soothed and calmed with its thirst quenched and it feels nourished. In the mornings after I use this oil, my skin is still soft to touch, which is no easy task with skin as dry as mine.
If I am not using an oil at night, I will use an over night mask and the two that I love most are Omorovicza Midnight Radiant Mask, which I raved about previously here and Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask. The Belif mask is a little more moisturising than the Omorovicza one but I know that when I use either of them, I will wake to better skin - bright, plump with less texture and refined pores. Another mask that I have recently added to the mix is Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour. I will have a full review of this mask on the blog soon but for now I will tell you that this mask brings the glow! It contains a BHA/AHA mix with Colloidal Silver and Niacinamide and is brilliant for declogging and refining pores, improving skin texture and pigmentation and adding radiance. Post coming soon!
Overall, my skin is currently happy, comfortable and glowing despite the low temperatures and dip in my health and I couldn't be happier. All of these products will be used consistently over the coming cold months to prevent any scaliness occurring!
What changes have you made to your routine to combat the effects of the cold weather/central heating mix? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!