My skin’s taken such a dip recently! I’ve never had perfect skin, but in the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed my face has been really dry. I blamed it on exam stress at first, but then it never usually happens during my exams in May… so what else could it be?
Cold weather! Surprisingly, not many people consider making an extra effort to protect their skin in the cold winter months. I certainly didn’t take much notice until my mum coached me on it! Taking steps such as extra nourishment through regular moisturising can combat the effects of low humidity and temperatures; here’s how I deal with it!
How satisfying is exfoliating your face!? Removing dry or dead skin cells after cleansing not only allows your face to look smoother, but it also helps other steps in your skincare regimen to be more effective. By clearing dirt from your pores, any nourishing treatments will be able to get deeper into your skin. I’ve been loving Soap and Glory’s Scrubatomic – even though it’s marketed as a daily polish, I find it really good as a weekly exfoliator. Others I’ve discovered recently are Decleor’s Phytopeel and Gatineau’s Peeling Expert. These ones are a bit different; rather than scrubbing, you continuously rub the cream into your skin until it starts to come off in bits, taking the dead cells with it. A bit like the way an eraser leaves bits… Sounds a bit grim, but actually seeing it all come off is really pleasing to me! I also use my Magnitone cleansing brush from time to time; I got it back in 2016 and still love it!
Of course, too much exfoliation can end up causing damage. Sensitive skin should only be exfoliated around once a week, while normal or combination skin can be exfoliated around two or three times.
After exfoliating, it’s time to nourish your skin. I do this by first of all applying an oil; one I’ve been using recently is Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate. This comes in both a pump and rollerball option – I use the rollerball! By massaging a small amount onto your face and neck, it’ll sink in deep and hydrate your skin. Plus, it acts in a way where it seals in the moisture while keeping all the bad stuff out; I always feel that my skin looks way healthier after applying it. Sooo many people (myself included before using it!) think that oils will make your skin greasy, but they’re actually super useful for improving your complexion!
I then double up by applying a light moisturiser. Using both the oil and moisturiser gives your skin the extra nourishment it requires, and ensures that both the deeper and outer layers of your skin are hydrated. I’ve used Liz Earle’s Skin Repair moisturiser, which I’ve talked about using in a previous post, for a number of years now. I’ve also been using Decleor’s Hydra Floral hydrating light cream, which works really well and smells AMAZING. Plus, it contains Neroli essential oil, which is known to have antibacterial properties and is fab for revitalising your skin.
Don’t forget to take care of your lips, too! I’m pretty guilty of just covering dry lips with a lipstick when heading out, but I’ve been trying to change my ways! Gatineau’s DefiLift 3D Perfect Design Revolumising Lip Care (bit of a mouthful) is great for providing nourishment to your lips, as well as plumping them up a little! The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant is also effective for dealing with chapped lips – and it comes in a handy little tin option! Handy tip from my mum – toothpaste can also be the cause of dry lips, so apply a lip balm after brushing your teeth!
Let me know what your skincare routines are over the cold months!