Just like you change your wardrobe, you should also change or update your skin care for winter. Some will need to make bigger changes than others, but it's very important for anyone to do some tweaking as winter means your skin will be aggravated from cold weather & strong winds outside, as well as artificial heat and very dry air inside. I have combination skin that is reasonably manageable during the winter, as long as I amp up my routine and stick to it. When I forget or when I'm slacking with the routine my skin turns very dry and uncomfortable - so I have been paying extra attention this year. And it's been working very well!
Add some extra moisture to your routine
Go the extra mile
Upgrade your moisturisersDon't forget to upgrade your moisturiser a little: you can go a little heavier & creamier for this season. A richer moisturiser will protect your skin even more from going as dry as the sahara as it'll also provide a barrier against those cold winds and dry indoor air. I've been experimenting with the renewed Sisley Sisleÿa L'Intégral Anti-Age moisturiser: a very high-end and luxurious anti-ageing care that had me wonder whether my twenty-something skin (I'm turning thirty next year) was already ready for the heavier stuff. This definitely wouldn't be right for my skin during summer time, but I've really loved using this one as a night time treatment this winter. Clinique's Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer is a lighter and more budget-friendly option for anyone who doesn't feel like turning to the hefty anti-ageing products yet but still wants a nighttime treat for their skin. During the daytime I've been switching between two newbies that both really tickle my fancy: The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Gel Cream is a gorgeous lightweight but still very nourishing gel cream formulated with a precious blend of oils. This one is just perfect for oily or combination skin types - I really love it. L'Occitane's Shea Face Soothing Fluid is a little heavier but luckily still doesn't break my combination skin out. It feels wonderful on the skin and is my go-to moisturiser this winter when I know I'll be outside a lot or when I'm not wearing any makeup.
the one by Lisa Eldridge or this guide by Caroline Hirons. I have been trialling quite a few oils, but narrowed my favourites down to these three. Caudalie's Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil (review here) is a beautiful overnight treatment oil that is formulated with an infusion of anti-oxidant grape seed, regenerating rose hip, purifying neroli, soothing lavender and detoxifying carrot oils. It makes my skin glow beautifully in the morning. I have been recommending this one to anyone looking for a nighttime oil that won't break the bank. Clinique's Smart Treatment Oil is relatively new to my beauty cabinet but has definitely succeeded to convince me already has a pretty big online following. And with good reason! This oil is great for anyone with sensitive skin as it contains a blend of plant oils (safflower seed, sesame seed & sunflower seed), antioxidants (clary extract, barley extract, wheat germ extract & vegetable squalene) and vitamins C and E, without fragrance. L'Occitane also released a Shea Face Comforting Oil, which is as the name says enriched with 5% shea butter and marula oil. This one absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel super quenched and soothed in the morning. It's so hard to pick one true favourite!
Know how to layerTo avoid confusion.. all these different products: in which order should they be used? After cleansing, you'll use your toner(s). If you use two, use the exfoliating toner before the moisturising toner. This will balance out your skin after cleansing and will serve as a first prep for your skin care. After this you can use an essence - just pat it in and wait until it's absorbed. Now it's time for your serum of choice, followed by your moisturiser (and eye cream). And finally it's time to add SPF. Of course it's not imperative to follow each step - you could for example choose between an essence or a serum if you feel like your skin doesn't need both steps. Take your time to get to know your skin and what it likes best - it'll love you for it (and look the part)!