So as you can see I use quite a few different products to look after my skin. You probably guessed after reading my post on Too Much Exfoliating, that my skin has really dried out and it was generally not particularly happy!
So lets dive in with Cleansers
For morning cleanser I tend to use the No7 Beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser majority of the time. This is lovely and gentle while still giving my face a thorough cleansing. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, it leaves it nice and soft. If I want something to really wake me up in the mornings I use bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser. Yes this is a foaming cleanser, no it doesn’t have the bad stuff in it that strips your skin. This is lovely and generally just leaves my skin nice and clean, sometimes it’s a tad drying but I can use my Liz Earle toner if I think I need it (we’ll talk toners in a minute).
For my evening cleanse I’ve been reaching for Botanics hot cloth cleansing balm. This is great for a second cleanse and I like that help to nourish my skin. I would prefer to use Emma Hardie’s cleansing balm but I’m all out of it and I have to admit that I’ve been enjoying using this cleansing balm from Botanics. It definitely requires a toner afterwards to remove all residue but it’s a good cleansing balm. The other balm I use is the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. I always use this when I’ve gone full out on the makeup front. This cleansing balm is brilliant at removing any left over traces that I may have missed when using my L’Oreal Micellar solution to remove my makeup. This can be slightly drying to again, so I reach for my Liz Earle toner.
I use Dr Jart Clear Away Gel as my physical exfoliator. This isn’t particularly abrasive but it does give my face a good clean. I use it before I use a face mask just to help my face mask out. This has no beads or bits in it to scrub my face. It has a slightly odd texture and I use this with wet hands but dry face.
So as I’ve mentioned the Liz Earle toner a few times, we’ll start with it. This is the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I have fallen quite in love with this toner. Seriously. I’ve always had a crush but since my skin has dried over winter, this toner has been a staple in my skin care routine. This really does help nourish my skin and it seems to allow my moisturiser sink in much more effectively. It helps sooth my skin and I tend to use this in the evenings. I love it and would recommend you check it out. I have two chemical exfoliators I use regularly. First, Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening toner. This is a great chemical exfoliator and it helps to brighten my skin and keeps it all in check. I only use this twice a week and generally in the mornings. I like that it brightens my face and freshens everything up, plus my skin hasn’t been through the rigmarole of harsh weather or office heating, so in my head it makes more sense to use it in the morning! (Good logic right?). The last toner is Botanics cleansing toner. This is another brightening toner and it’s a bit more gentle that the Clarins. I use it about 4 times a week and really enjoy it. Again I use it in the morning (same logic). It helps to wake my skin up in the morning and similar to the Clarins, it generally just help to freshen my face up and keep everything in check.
Now on Moisturisers & Treatment
Winter Moisturisers & Treatment
My morning moisturiser is Avene Skin recovery cream Calming formula. This is for Sensitive and irritated skin. This has become my favourite moisturiser. I use this in the morning and sometimes in the evenings if I feel my skin needs it. This has really helped my spot prone skin. It sinks into my skin really well, hydrating my skin and helping it stay clear of breakouts. I still have the occasional break out but my skin is generally looking better. Although it is quite light in consistency, it really packs a punch. You only need to use a small amount to moisturise you whole face. I’ve done a review of this moisturiser which will be up later this week.
In the evenings I generally use my Origins GinZing energy-boosting moisturiser. This again is quite a thin, light consistency but it’s heavier on my skin. So it sits better on my skin at night time. Again, this absorbs well into my skin, really hydrating it.
For eye cream I’ve been using Origins GinZing. This is much thicker than the moisturiser. I generally only use this on the corners of my eyes where I suffer from dry patches. This is great for that and it’s really helping them clear up. I will once or twice a week bring it under my eye but not too often as I get those lovely little white dots under my eyes. So, this isn’t my ideal eye cream but it is great for the dry patches.
The final moisturising sort of product is Hydraluron. Everyone and their neighbour has talked about this. I’m a bit under-whelmed by this product but I use it a few times a week before applying my moisturiser. Note, I cannot use my eye cream when I use this because it stings. This does help moisturise my skin more than just the lone moisturiser. So it has helped my skin recover.
Finally for Face Masks!
So I’ve reined in my use of face masks a wee bit too. I now use masks that last for 5 minutes. I’ve bee using Liz Earle’s Deep cleansing mask for those days when my skin really needs a good cleanse, I use the small sponges to remove it – giving my skin more exfoliation. If my skin just needs a bit of brightening I’ve reached for Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment mask, this is a 2 minutes mask that really does brighten my face and help it look much less tired! If I feel the need to mix it up I use Super Facialist Tea Flower Deep Clean. This is good if I’m trying to really bring a spot to a head. Again it’s just a 5 minute mask. I’ve gotten into the habit of using Origins Drink Up mask to give my face a real moisture boost, I generally use this after using a deep cleaning mask. Generally I’ll use a muslin cloth to remove the masks (apart from the sponge as mentioned).
So that’s it for my winter skin care! I know it’s a lot, but it seems to help my skin by switching it up. You can check out my video below if you fancy a look.