Although winters in London are generally mild, the heating and the change of humid/dry air does take its toll on the skin. I tend to layer my skincare a bit more in winter than I do in summer to make sure it’s hydrated but at the same time I still address it’s concerns – which is hormonal breakouts on my chin and clogged pores as well as some hyper-pigmentation and sensitivity.
First – cleanser – I try to always always double cleanse because I can see a difference in my skin if I don’t. Those daily tube journeys and walking around polluted streets definitely clogs pores. I like to start off with an oil to dissolve make up like Bravura London First Cleanse Oil or with a micellar water like the Bioderma one (I find that the above oil irritates my eyes so I try to remove eye make up with afore-mentioned Bioderma or some simple coconut oil and them the rest of the face with the oil). Second cleanse is my beloved Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser – this cleanser is the best I have come across so far. It surpasses the Oskia one that many people rave about and is better than the Bravura London alternative. It’s cleansing without stripping and prevents and treats any blemishes, just leaves the skin amazingly smooth, clean but still hydrated. I always wash cleanser off with a wet warm flannel (like so), I like how it feels on my face, especially in winter – the nice warming sensation.
After this – toner – I try and use exfoliating toner like these Nip and Fab pads or Pixi Glow Toner (I have used multiple bottles of it) and then, I spray on hydrating mist – currently it’s this Josh Rosebrook one (which is a lot of money for what it is) but I also like the Pixi Milky Mist and Caudalie Grape Water which are priced a little bit more reasonably. And then, I like to add an extra layer of hydration with this Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, it might seem bit excessive, but I like this extra step of hydration in winter.
Next up – serum – I am trying to use antioxidant and brightening serums to fight free radicals and soften the harm of pollution and because I get hyper-pigmentation where the pimples were so I am trying to fade them away by using some brightening product. At the moment, the serum of choise is Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which I quite like, however, I am not loyal to serums and try to use something else all the time. Although, this one is good and it works, but once it’s finished I’ll try something else.
Then – eye cream – one thing I have to have is eye cream. The way my face creases when I smile is very unforgiving for under eyes but I am not going to stop smiling because of that, so prevention is key:). I use the Estee Lauder ANR Eye and the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado at the moment. I alternate between the two and tend to use the Kiehl’s one under make up more, especially in winter it provides a little bit more hydration.
And finally – moisturiser – at the moment I am loving the Atopalm MLE Cream. It’s rich but buildable, meaning that it absorbs really well, does not clog pores and makes the skin feel so comfortable and you can top it up. On no make up days when I am at home and the heating in on, I would apply it and then would go in and reapply in the areas where needed, where I feel that my skin drank it and it’s just the best feeling ever. Make up also goes really nicely over it and there is no ‘pilling and clumping’ of the product which sometimes happens when you mix water based and silicone based products. Sometimes, I go for the Nuxe one if I feel that I did not get enough sleep or feel a bit hangover and I really quite like how it sits under make up and gives a little oomph to the skin.
So that’s essentially it at the moment on a daily basis, I also se some acid products on alternate nights and oils but that is a different post in itself.
Let me know what your thoughts are and what are your day to day products you like using?
Lots of love!