We're in the throes of winter and between the biting wind, stinging cold and unrelenting central heating, my skin has been playing tricks on me. Though it is normal for the majority of the year, as soon as it is exposed to weather of any extreme, it seems to shut down and become dehydrated, sensitive and easily irritated. While I do want to redesign my skincare system in 2014, I have been biding my time and digging into my skincare drawers for products that meet the criteria of being ultra hydrating yet super gentle on my skin.
The combination of products I have settled on have been working a treat. Dry patches have been revitalised, sore, sub-surface irritation has greatly reduced and I have noticed that the overall appearance and radiance of my skin has improved tenfold. Here's a breakdown of what's in my skincare arsenal!
To cleanse, I have been sticking with what I know works for my skin which is the La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel. I have featured this on here countless times before and must be on my third or fourth bottle at this point. As cleansers go, it is super effective while still being gentle and non-abrasive on the skin. Every second day, I use this cleanser with the Clarisonic to breakdown any dry patches on the skin while also removing any impurities that may have become stranded beneath the skin.
I don't usually use a toner but, have been fancying this NUXE Gentle Pureness Toning Lotion as a final step to my cleansing routine in the evenings. I got it as a sample with a LookFantastic order and have loved how soothing it is to sore skin. It's also alcohol-free which means it doesn't further dehydrate my skin. Eye cream has also become a part of my nightly routine and I am currently finishing up the Philosophy Eye Hope. I recently did a full post on this hydrating eye serum so, you can see my thoughts on it here.
Moisturisation is my best friend when my skin isn't playing ball and I currently have three different types on the go. Before I apply my make-up, I have been using the beautiful Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum to set my skin up for the day ahead. This lightweight serum packs such a big hydration punch that I ended up substituting it in place of the No7 Pore Minimising Serum which I mentioned here.
Most nights, I moisturise with the uber luxe Neal's Yard Frankinsense Intense which I reviewed last month. While I don't much rely on the anti-aging properties of this cream, I love how it makes my skin look and feel the next morning; plump, smooth and incredibly hydrated. Every third or so night, I will go to bed with a generous layer of the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque all over my face. The sole purpose of this masque, which I previously reviewed, is to impart a shot of moisture to the skin and, on days when my skin is really feeling the pain, this is the only thing that will help calm and replenish it.
What are your winter skincare must-haves?