I have two different skincare routines throughout the year, one for cold weather (that’ll be Autumn, Winter AND the majority of Spring!) and another routine for Summer. When it’s cold, I tend to use creamier, richer products to protect my skin from the cold throughout the day and restore moisture and elasticity. I can’t use the same products in the Summer because it makes my skin oily so I tend to switch to something a bit lighter, contains SPF and perhaps control the excess of oils. Summer is months away though, so lets focus on the present! THE BLOODY COLD!
A few days ago, I blogged about my Winter Skin Saviour Recommendations
, but did not include that many face care products (because I had planned to do this blogpost for a few weeks now, I just hadn’t got round to writing it!) So today, I’m going to talk about what skincare products I use on my face.
Bee Good 3-in-1 Cleansing Water:
Cleansing waters are so convenient, it’s great for the morning if you’re in a rush as it’s quick and feels refreshing on skin. It removes make-up, cleanses and tones. I find most cleansing waters to dry my skin out but this Honey and Wild Water Mint cleansing from Bee Good is delicate and hydrating. It isn’t harsh and it doesn’t strip your skin. I use it on evenings to remove the majority of my make up, however it doesn’t remove eye make up very well but this is where the next bit comes in to play…
Every time I do a skincare routine post like this, this little beauty gets right up in your face! It is honestly my favourite cleanser of all time! I have mentioned it loads on my blog so won’t go in to much detail, but this cream cleanser removes every last inch of make-up (even eye-make up), dirt and grime. I use this twice daily.
I don’t use a toner after cleansing because toner doesn’t do good things to my skin. I have tried to find one that suits me but I have wasted so much money that I’ve given up! Skipping this step hasn’t done any (visible) harm to my skin… but anyway! After I have cleansed, I’ll use two drops of facial oil to smooth, repair and protect. I highly recommend Antonia Burrell’s Facial Oil but I’ve finished my bottle of that, every single drop of it, so I’m trying out cheaper options to see how they match up. I have a choice of two at the moment and that’s the Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil* (shown in photo) and Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil – both made with natural, organic ingredients and free from nasty synthetic chemicals. I haven’t decided which one I like the best but I’m currently putting them to the test which takes time and patience. I once put loads on in one go and woke up with very dry, scaly skin which lasted for two weeks!
Claudia Louch Restore Face Cream*:
Before this, I was using Claudia Louch Jojoba day cream which was really light and did amazing things to my skin! After finishing that, I switched to their Restore Botanical face cream which is much richer, great for dry skin and more suitable for using throughout Winter. Because it’s quite rich, it works really well as a night cream. It is a non-comedogenic, mild, 94% natural cream is formulated with grape seed oil, jojoba, aloe vera gel, avocado, green tea and shea butter.
The Twice-A-Week Treatments
I don’t use all of these products in one go. These are just some of the treatment products I use twice a week, and I alternate between them depending on how my skin feels. I use an exfoliator followed by face masks; The pores are open after you have exfoliated so to prevent a break out, always use a face mask to treat and condition the skin.
If I’ve worn a lot of make up or been outside a lot, then I’ll treat the skin with a good quality scrub and face mask twice a week. Otherwise, once is enough. I am very lucky to be given a lot of skincare products to try and usually, I will repurchase! They all work different so depending on what my skin needs, so there is always one that I can use to help restore and balance it out again.
Here are some of the face masks treatments that I’ve been loving this past six months:
Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream*:
This one is different to all of the other exfoliators I have ever used because it’s doesn’t contain rough particles and it doesn’t feel “scrubby”. It a creamy consistency that contains oats, honey and almonds (it does smell a bit like breakfast) and you wouldn’t think that it would have any effect because the oats are so soft, but it does indeed lift away the dead skin cells and leaves your skin looking bright and feeling smooth. Jurlique products are powerful and potent, and this isn’t any different, so you only need to use a tiny bit of these for it to work wonders. If you’re not a fan of rough face scrubs, this one might just be the one for you!
REN Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial:
I wrote a full review of this one. I got it for Christmas after trying a PR sample of it last year. It’s not an exfoliator and it’s not quite a mask, it’s just a very unique product which transforms your skin in 60 seconds. It isn’t suitable for those with sensitive skin so please do a patch test before using this. Read my full review of REN Flash Rinse here
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask:
This is another one that pops up on my blog every now and then! The first time I tried it was two or three years ago, I was sent a sample of it and it has been a favourite ever since! This is 3rd or 4th repurchase, I absolutely love it. I do sometimes prefer the two-phase exfoliating and face mask process but conveniently, Balance Me Radiance Face Mask is an exfoliator and a mask in one! It contains ground walnut shells which scrubs away dirt and dead skin cells, and then you just leave the kaolin clay mask for ten minutes. It’s 98% natural and is an effective product for all skin types.
Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1*:
When I received this mask and read that it’s a 7-in-1 product, I was like “oh, really? That’s a big claim!” The seven wonders are: hydrates, smooth, detoxify, repair, clarify, illuminate, protect and perfect your skin. It has proven to do all of those things and the results are noticeable, skin is brighter, softer, plump and radiant. When something is this good, and luxurious, I try to use sparingly. I give my skin a little treat by using Mask Supreme about twice a month for a deep cleanse.
The Little Extras
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist:
I don’t use this rosewater every single day but in the past fortnight, I have found myself reaching for it. Sometimes, I apply this in the morning instead of a facial oil because an oil can take a while to absorb properly and when I’m in a hurry, I just don’t have time to wait around for that. I mist a bit of the hydrating rosewater on to clean skin before I apply a moisturiser.
Sk:n Anti Blemish Pore Refining Lotion:
If you are someone who is prone to breakouts and acne, this Anti-Blemish lotion will help control your pores by clearing them and prevent spots occurring. Again, this is not part of my regular routine as breakouts only happen sporadically – but along with spot treatment, this lotion is on stand-by for when I am going through a flare up (most likely due to hormones and stress). Needless to say though, it is most effective when you’re using it on a regular basis.
I do use eye cream on a daily basis, but it is something that I have recently introduced in to my routine. I’ve only been using eye treatments for a year now, I haven’t tried many so I’m not so clued up on it as I should be. I was using HealGel Eye before but decided to try Sk:n Brightening and Firming Eye Cream. It is moisturising but I found the cream to be quite heavy, and doesn’t absorb so easily. I think, for now, as a newbie to eye treatments, I’ll stick to an eye gel that feels refreshing and just sinks in straight away.
Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think of them?
What skincare do you recommend?