Taking care of your skin can be particularly tricky in the winter, especially when you have dry, sensitive skin like I do. The cold air tends to dry it out even more, causing irritation, which in turn can lead to breakouts or just dull, dehydrated skin. Thankfully, I managed to find the right balance and skincare to help me get through the winter time as smoothly as possible. And because sharing is caring, I thought I'd let you in on my new-found skincare favourites and why I love them so much :
ROSE STEM CELL BIO-REPAIR CLEANSING GEL
Cleansers are something I never really thought about until fairly recently. My previous one seemed to do the job and that was enough for me - or at least I thought it was until I tried this Rose Stem Cell cleansing gel, from Peter Thomas Roth. This doesn't only thoroughly cleanse my skin, it also leaves it feeling plump and not stripped of all its natural oils. Win!
SNAIL MUCIN POWER ESSENCE
If you're put off by the idea of using snail mucin on your face, don't be. It has been a key ingredient in Korean skincare for years and can do wonders for your skin. This particular essence is extremely soothing and hydrating, while still helping with scaring and discoloration. The texture is a bit thick and well... slimy (sorry!) but don't worry, the product sinks into the skin very quickly, especially if you use a toner beforehand.
ANTIOXIDANT FACIAL OIL
A facial oil is something I like to use at night, before my usual moisturiser and eye cream (if you're wondering, I am currently using my sister's friend's own skincare line, DermaGenie.) Rosehip oil is especially great at keeping your skin moisturised and supple, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines. It is also a lot lighter than most other facial oils I've tried, which means it can easily be worn during the day when the temperatures drop. I love this one from Grown Alchemist, but I'm curious to see how the pure rosehip oil I just ordered from The Ordinary compares to it, especially since it is only £9 for 30ml.
HYDRALURON MOISTURE BOOSTING MASKS
Ever since Michelle introduced me to sheet masks, I have been hooked. They're fun, easy to use and work extremely well when my skin needs a little boost. These ones from Indeed Labs are especially great to use in the winter since they contain 3D hyaluronic acid, a powerful enzyme which helps hydrate and replenish your skin from the inside out. They are also a lot easier to find in the UK than the likes of Dr Jart's Vital Hydra Solution or LaNeige's Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask.
My skin also tends to lose its luminosity and become a bit dull, in the winter. Keeping it hydrated and exfoliating regularly is a great way to fight this, but if that's not enough, I always turn to the Oskia Renaissance mask to make my skin brighter and tighter. It's definitely not cheap, but a little goes a very long way and it is worth every penny. As a matter of fact, I'm still using the one I got in my advent calendar.
CACTUS FLOWER & TIBETAN GINSENG FACE MIST
Despite using all this, my skin can sometime need a little help throughout the day so I like to keep a hydrating face mist on hand. I'm currently using this one from Kiehl's, which is great since it contains a lot less alcohol than most face mists. Indeed, alcohol can really dry out your skin so make sure yours doesn't contain too much of it or it might do more harm than good.
Of course, there isn't a one-size-fits-all when it comes to skincare, but I hope this was somewhat useful to some of you who might also suffer from extremely dry and dehydrated skin in the winter.
What are your favourite products to use in the winter months?
- Elodie x