Saving my winter worn skin!
I seem to be talking to you all non stop on instagram DM’s about how to sort out your winter worn, dehydrated, flaky yet oily, blotchy, dull ..(I could go on) skin. So I thought I’d put together a little post on how I have gone about saving my sad winter skin, and have turned it into super smooth shiny new amazing … ok.. ok .. maybe not quite that amazing, but let’s just say I managed to change it around by using a decent routine every day.
I’ve included lots of product recommendations, and have tried to pick at least one if you want to splurge, and at least one if you’d like to save! All these products are have been used an approved by me, but if you’d like full reviews of any, do let me know. Any product I’ve listed from the Jolie beauty store you can purchase for 15% off with the code: BALANCEDBEAUTY (and you can even use this code on all their other products – except for Kypris, Josh Rosebrook, Kjaer Weis, May Lindstrom, In Fiore, + NUORI ) and psssst! they have a sale on too!!
Without further ado, let me introduce you to my new and improved skincare routine to save my dull winter skin...
Cleanse morning AND night! I’ve been choosing between my Esse Refining Cleanser or Esse Gel Cleanser for the morning. Then in the evening I use my Oilixia Gummy Cleanser to remove my makeup and SPF, then I cleanse again – this is important! Do try to double cleanse when there’s a little more to remove. I like to use a milky cleanser next – just a personal preference! The queen of all milk cleansers being Ila’s Cleansing Milk for Natural Beauty.
Oh man, exfoliating is SO important.I’ll probably have to write a separate post on all thing exfoliation to go into the details a bit more. But just remember, this is a very important step in your routine. By exfoliating you are prepping the skin perfectly for what’s coming next. The serums/moisturisers/oils will all get to work better as they can work on the living skin! Rather than sitting on top of dead skin not doing much at all…
I’ve had real trouble over the years finding one that works for me, and I actually even ended up just not bothering as everything I found was just far too harsh for my sensitive skin. I did fall in love with Ila’s Face Scrub for Glowing Radiance – the perfect amount of gentle physical exfoliation, but then you can leave it on for 5-10mins too, to let the honey doing it’s thing, naturally exfoliating and moisturising. But that’s where I hit a problem… honey. Obviously I’ve been trying to stick to vegan beauty products so the Ila scrub was sadly shelved.
Now my eyes have been opened to the world of chemical exfoliation, and boy has it been life changing. Chemical exfoliants sound harsh and scary, and you can get strong ones if you need that! But you can also find gentle ones that suit even the most sensitive of skins. You can find wash off chemical exfoliants, like the Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask or the Supermood Youth Glo Luxury Peel. I prefer acid toner, which come as liquids and you apply on cotton pads and then sweep over the face and leave on. I’ve been using the Pixi Glow Tonic most nights now, but I do use The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 5% + HA sometimes too – as this is quite a gentle acid toner.
Some people think this stage is pointless, I personally love it. It adds extra moisture to the skin, and if your skin is currently dehydrated – this is not a step in the routine you want to miss out!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, and it’s currently free at A Beautiful World if you buy two other Josh Rosebrook products! But if you’re looking for something a little less luxe, try the Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol. Just spritz these directly on your face (erm, do close your eyes obviously.. ) And you can even spritz again once your serum has settled in, and you can even spritz AGAIN if you apply makeup, it just “sets” it.
Water based and oil based serums are brilliant for different reasons. Dehydrated skin will love a water based serum like Kimberley Sayer’s Wild Rose High Performance Face Serum or Patyka’s Advanced Plumping Serum. Go cheap as chips with The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid – although do remember that these are cheaper because they generally just do one thing, the Patyka and Kimberley Sayer serums have many, many more benefits – which explains the higher price tag.
Dry skins will thank you for an oil based serum. Absolution have made a beautiful oil called Addiction – which has it’s name for a reason believe me! Also a big fan of Wild Source Apothecary’s Miracle Skin Oil, and the Magic Organic Apothecary Aphrodite Facial Oil.
I’ll be talking much more about serums in some blog posts coming up, as this is where you can get all your lovely antioxidants and wonderful WONDERFUL ingredients that can be so beneficial to all skin types.
So really if you have super dry, dehydrated skin you want to finish with a moisturiser that’s super nourishing, and also help to protect and restore the skin’s natural barriers to retain all it’s lovely water… aka. to stop it from becoming more dehydrated.
My skin has been loving Pure & Light Organic Skincare’s Essential Face Cream. Get a bit more plain and simple hydration with the Madara Deep Moisture Cream, or go grand with Absolution’s La Crème Riche Face Cream.
Sunscreen (am only)
If you’ve been leaving this out you are what my son would call… a “silly billy”. Sunscreen should be applied every morning, to prevent burning – obviously, but ALSO because the sun ages the skin beyond compare. Sunscreen has been scientifically proven to prevent photoaging – aka ageing caused by the sun. So you can slap on all the anti- ageing creams you want, but what’s the point if you then go about your day with no suncream on?!
If you’ve been put off in the past because of thick, gloopy creams that do NOT sit well under makeup…. well I think it’s time you tried some different SPFs! Odylique have a super “green” suncream that’s completely affordable, vegan, and even suitable for babies! It’s broad spectrum protection SPF30, using non nano zinc oxide, it’s certified organic and fair trade. However, darker skinned folk may notice a white sheen on application. Luckily there are other options! Many! But I do like the Algamaris Certified Organic Face Sunscreen SPF50. Or if you would prefer a chemical suncreen I have used the Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+ many times over the years, and have been very happy with it.
I personally would wait a few minutes to let my moisturiser “set” in place before apply my suncreen. And then doing the same again for my sunscreen, before applying any makeup. It’s actually quite important to let you sunscreen “set” before applying makeup, as you don’t want to dilute it down, which could mean you aren’t getting the protection you think you are.
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