Autumn is well and truly here and that means it was time for me to change up my skincare routine. After briefly assessing the texture and look of my skin, I decided that hydration and moisturisation on an ongoing basis was going to be paramount this season. With any luck, locking all the moisture into my skin over the next few weeks will ensure that, when we are in the throes of winter, my skin won't revolt and become an dry and painful mess as it has done in the past.
To pre-cleanse, I am using Bioderma. Generally, I just soak a cotton pad in this micellaire solution and wipe all over my face to remove any heavy make-up residue before going in with a deeper cleansing product. Honestly, Bioderma has to be one of the most overhyped and overrated products ever. It was on my "must try" list for so long but, genuinely, it is like any other micellaire water on the market. If it was as readily available here as it is in France, I would buy it no problem but, ordering it online and paying the inflated prices just make this a thumbs down product for me.
For a deeper cleanse, I have two choices. I only use my Clarisonic every second night now and pair it with La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel*. This is by far the best cleanser I have used with the Clarisonic and this is my second or third bottle. Funny story; I was actually using this cleanser when we started this blog three years ago and the scent brings me right back to what an exciting time that was for us! It is a super gentle, very light cleanser that doesn't foam massively but, leaves skin looking and feeling beautifully clean and clear. It's a true favourite.
On alternate nights, I have been deep cleansing with The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter*. This is a lovely, gentle melting cleanser that removes all traces of make-up from the skin. I melt this between my fingers and apply all over the skin. I allow it to sit and work away while I brush my teeth and then remove it with a damp flannel or muslin cloth. While I like this product, it's not as good as the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm and I don't feel it leaves my skin as clean as the La Roche-Posay.
I'm still using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal* (Review here) as my day and night moisturiser. While this is hydrating enough for summer, I'll be changing over to to the more heavy duty La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque once this jar runs out.
That's my current routine and it has been working really well for me the last few weeks, zapping any dry patches before they have a chance to really appear and take hold. I will probably add a serum or oil in over the next couple of weeks but, I'm pretty happy with how my skin has been responding so far! Do you have any Holy Grail skincare products for autumn/winter?