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My Winter Skincare Routine

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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!


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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!


Decleor Hydra Floral and Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate - whathannahwrote



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.


Gatineau DefiLift 3D and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - whathannahwrote



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!




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  • jazminheavenblog

    Love this post. So many people talk about using oils and I still haven’t took the plunge to get one! I will soon xxx

    • whathannahwrote

      They’re so good, it’s something I never really considered before! xxx

  • Corinne and Kirsty

    I haven’t used any of these products before but heard about a few. It is always nice to find out about someone else skincare routine to help improve mine! xx corinne

  • The diary of Ellie

    My skincare routine has like 3 products!! This is so complex haha but seems like you’ve got some good prodcuts x

  • Stacy

    Oil is so important! I love massaging oil into my face at night, I wake up with the smoothest skin ✨

  • Minttu/ Life of Menta

    Nice post and I also love to include oils to my skin care routine! 🙂 Even though I have oily/combination skin, it does dry up during winter. Personally I’m a huge fan of sheet masks for giving your skin that extra hydration. For my lips I’m using a lip sleeping mask which has kept my lips super smooth this winter. 🙂


  • Kelly

    This is such a great post! I’d never have thought of applying an oil & a moisturiser but I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  • Suhrell

    It’s so refreshing reading about different skincare routines. Mine is very simple (organic face wash, and tea tree oil). I really want to expand on my routine and new products.

  • Zara Anne

    Lots of people don’t realise their skin can dry out in winter as well as summer! Great post with lots of needed info xx

  • Hello Bexa

    Love this post! Super helpful 💖 Oil in the winter is such a great tip for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy 😘 Fab post! xx

    Bexa |

  • rachaelstray

    I would like to try some Liz Earle products as I haven’t yet. Great recommendations. The winter doesn’t half plan havoc with your skin.

  • Chloe

    My skin is currently hating the colder months so this is super handy!! I definitely need to look into the Liz Earle oil you mentioned. I’ve also been using the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for my lips recently and I swear it has saved them!!

    Chloe ❤

  • Rachel Sargent

    I always forget about my lips! I’ll definitely have to pick some of these things up

  • Patrice Boothe

    Love a skin care routine I love being able to see what people use. Defo agree your Mum has good advice over the winter my skin always seems to go dry and pale. I love use oils on my skins and a spray for afterwards to give it an extra love x

  • PopularIsWrong

    Winter is so bad for my skin because, it’s already very dry in places. I definitely agree with what you say about using oil, it’s a miracle on my dry skin. Do you use any serums or essences? I find the superdrug vitamin E and Chamomile serums are really good for both hydrating, and boosting the radiance of skin.

    • whathannahwrote

      I don’t actually! It’s pretty much just what I listed on here. Though I’m always open to trying other things as long as they agree with my skin! I’ll have a look out for them 🙂 x

  • Rebecca’s Reviews

    Ooh some really lovely products here! I like the sound of the Elizabeth Arden lip protector xx.

    Rebecca |

  • pinkiebag

    Hi, this sis a helpful post. I tend to use Dermalogica products but have seen a few posts mention Liz Earle’s superskin concentrate so I think I may have to give it a try.

  • hebahpervaiz

    I love reading these kind of posts!! My skincare routine is nowhere near as comprehensive, but I’m going to take a lot away from this X

  • molliewesthead

    Love this post, really helpful, I love using face oil during the winter Xx

  • Corinne @BTRT

    I usually like to ditch the oil all together in the winter and go for a heavy moisturiser or sleeping pack at night. It’s not as cold where I live so my skin doesn’t dry out as much, however I found that the sleeping pack really makes a difference. In summer it’s just way too hot for one so I just use coconut oil at night and light moisturiser during the day. Thank for your post, some great tips in there, especially the one about the lips- I always forget them!

  • charlotte manning

    This is such a helpful post! Got to try out some of these products !

    charlotte /

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