There is just something magical about winter. The short days and cold nights are perfect for snuggling up indoors drinking tea and reading a book or watching a movie. (I am currently eating fresh pumpkin pie while I write this. For fashion it is the best time of the year, I have always just found warm coats, heavy knits and long boots so stylish. But when it comes to skin care, winter seems not so great.
Winter is the absolute devil when trying to maintain your complexion. It takes much more time and product to keep your skin hydrated and supple through the winter months. For the last 5 years living in Canberra, my skin has struggled. I go through phases of having an oily T-zone, then my forehead gets so dry you could probably peel off the top layer of skin, then my complexion just goes so dull, I get huge breakouts and dry patches in the same spot (go figure) before it all comes full circle and I am oily again.
Now I know I have dehydrated skin, so essentially my skin is oily moreso than dry, meaning I have to use products for oily skin, but my skin does not retain much moisture, so it can come across as being dry (It’s not, it just needs some hydration). This is one of the biggest misunderstandings that people have with their skin. If you find that you are sometimes dry and sometimes oily, chances are that your skin just needs some H2O.
Now I am not a doctor or a dermatologist, so please if you are having issues with your skin, get professional advice. All opinions here are my own, and have worked for me. Which brings me to my top tip:
If you are unaware of your skin type, go get assessed! Speak with a dermatologist that can give you an assessment and suggest products that will be suitable for you.
Trying and testing is never going to work for you unless you know your skin type. There are so so many skincare brands and products on the market that it will be almost impossible for you to know what you should be using.
My winter skincare routine is quite extensive, I use a lot more products than I would in the summer time. I have a different routine for morning and night as well as a Sunday routine. Skin care is my ME TIME so I don’t mind spending a bit of extra time. If you are very time conscious then this may not be the best advice for you.
I know your initial thoughts are ‘cleanse, tone, moisturise.. DUH?’ . I do like to keep my skincare routine a little more simple in the morning than the night. Cos lets be real, I gotta get that beauty sleep.
In the morning, I will cleanse with the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, followed by the Mario Badescu Seaweed Toner, before I moisturise, I spray the Mario Badescu Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea Spray all over my face for hydration. I then follow with the Belle Botanicals Facial Moisturiser and finish off with The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane. Sometimes rather than putting this directly onto my skin I will mix it in with my foundation or CC cream as it adds a nice natural glow.
The 15 minutes that I spend on my night time skin care routine are the favourite part of my day. It is my chance to relax, reflect on the day that was and just wash it away. I’m sure you have all had that feeling at the end of a crappy day where you just want to go home take your face off and go to sleep. Skin care is like my meditation.
Firstly I take my makeup (if I am wearing any) with the Neutrogena Makeup remover towelettes. These are my favourite. I have been using them for years and they are the only makeup wipes I hae come across that really get in there and take it all off.
After I have taken my makeup off, I cleanse with the same Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel that I use in the morning but at night time I like to use it with my clarisonic to make sure my skin has had a really deep clean.
I dont tend to use a toner at night time *gasp* I know. I just dont think my skin really needs it. I still follow my cleanse with the Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray (I tend to keep this chilled in the fridge) so I guess to some extent this acts as a toner.
Next I lather my eyes up with the Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream, I really like to work this in gently with my ring finger to massage the under eye. I find that massaging my eye cream in really helps in reducing puffiness.
For moisturiser I like to use something pretty strong and hydrating, so I apply a thin layer of the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment. It is meant to be a face mask but works perfectly in small amounts as a moisturiser. And lastly use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to spot out any imperfections!
Sunday nights are perfect preparation for the week ahead, and no-one likes to start the week with bad skin! I like to add in some super intensive treatments to keep my skin firm and glowy for the week.
Again, the same as always I cleanse my skin. I then follow with a clay/mud/charcoal mask to draw out and trap any impurities. My current favourites are the Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque and the Belle Botanicals Green Clay Mask. Something about watching these masks set, when you can see them trapping the oil in your pores is fascinating. (I am a bit of a creep). At the same time as this I tend to do a Biore Charcoal Pore Strip on my nose. This is Mitchell’s favourite part, he often asks if we have any of the ‘things that rip all the yuck stuff out of my nose’. When I told him that Biore PR were sending me a package he was stoked!
After I have taken my masks off, I will spray my face with the Mario Badescu Rosewater and take out my dermal roller. I have seen the biggest change in my skin in the last 6 months since I have been using it every week. Basically it promotes collagen growth in your face and helps with the absorption of products.
After I have finished my dermal rolling I will put on a sheet mask let the serums soak into my skin and relax. So many people I know, just take the mask off when its done and wash their face?????????????????????????????????? NO! Stop doing this!!!! If you do this there isn’t really point in doing the face mask in the first place. Get all the serum and work it into your skin, rub it into your face and neck, let your skin soak up all the goodness! My current favourite masks are 23.5° Rice soothing Ultra Feather Mask (available from Bare and Be) and the Tony Moly sheet masks. I have also always been a fan of the Sephora Masks too!
You may think this is a lot of product and time to be wasting, but this routine has worked wonders for my skin. I do adapt my routine in the Summer time to simplify and not over do my skin in the heat. But in the cold winter this is what works for me.
Let me know your thoughts, are their any products above that you love or hate? Are there any that you want to try?