These beautiful, cold, crisp winter mornings are some of my favourite, especially when the sun is out. Winter can cause havoc with your skin though – with central heating drying out skin and icy weather leaving your face feeling worse for wear.
For the first time though, my skin hasn’t suffered this winter. I know it’s all down to the products I’ve been using! It’s so satisfying knowing you have a skin care routine that really does work. My naturally dry skin has felt hydrated, soft and in pretty good condition! I want to share the products I’ve been using to nourish and look after my skin this winter.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
I know it’s a bold claim, but this is the best makeup remover I’ve ever used. For a while I was using micellar water to remove my makeup, which did a good job. It didn’t help or hinder my skin’s condition – it literally just removed makeup. Honestly, if you make one change to your skin care routine, start using a nourishing cleanser to remove your makeup.
I went through 2 mini pots before diving into the full size of the Moringa Cleansing Balm. You scoop out a small amount (a little goes a long way) and massage it all over your face. Small circles, and gently rub over your eyes to remove every trace of mascara. As you use it, the balm turns into a nourishing, slightly oily consistency that quite literally melts makeup away. Remove with a damp face cloth and follow with a gentle face wash (the Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser pairs perfectly with this) and job done. Clean but nourished skin – it’s the first step to battling the winter weather.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum
Once my skin is completely clean, I love to use the Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum from Estee Lauder. I was kindly sent this from TJ Hughes, where you can buy affordable skin care treats. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and I’m loving it! As someone who still has quite young skin, I’m interested in preventing ageing skin, whether that is from sun damage or otherwise. Applying an eye treatment each evening provides nourishment, this being a particularly good ‘un!
You can use it alone or underneath your normal eye cream, fighting all the signs of ageing, whether that is fine lines, wrinkles or puffiness – you name it! It has genuinely helped with the fine lines under my eyes, leaving a velvety softness. Definitely one to add to your collection if you feel like a skin care treat!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Throughout the colder months, hydration is key. Central heating really can dry out your skin, so it helps to have a great serum to hold moisture in your skin. The best hydrating serum you’ll find on a budget has to be The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid. I use a few drops worked into my skin (it does dry quite quickly) and follow with my moisturiser for the day. For around £5, this serum basically super powers your regular moisturiser, allowing your skin beneath to remain hydrated all day.
I think of it as an extra layer of moisture protection in my winter skin care routine. In fact, you can’t go too far wrong with The Ordinary as a brand. I raved about them in my ‘Brands I’ll Always Repurchase From‘ blog post because they really are hitting the nail on the head when it comes to skin care. Affordable, scientific and effective. Impressive stuff.
Alpha H Liquid Rose Gold
Sloughing off dead skin cells is one of the best ways to avoid dryness. When dead, dry skin sits on the surface, it will start to appear ‘dry’ and make your makeup look thick and caked on. Traditional, scrubs with ‘bits in’ can be drying though, as they strip a little too much, sometimes causing damage (this doesn’t mean I don’t still occasionally go in with a good old-fashioned exfoliation scrub!)
Acid exfoliation is the best way to remove dead skin cells and reveal fresher, brighter skin over night. I love the Alpha H range, particularly the Rose Gold liquid. Applied onto bare skin a couple of times a week with a cotton pad, you can leave it as it comes, or apply a moicturiser/serum on top for a more gentle treatment. Overnight, it will get to work on your skin and the results are so satisfying. Makeup will be a dream to apply the next day! Just be sure to use an SPF to protect the fresh new skin cells.
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
I mean, I couldn’t write a winter skin care post without including the most nourishing lip balm ever! Whoever you are…this is a lip balm that you need. One pot of the Reve de Miel lip balm lasts for months and months and will probably become your go-to lip product. It’s more matte than the traditional lip balms, meaning that you don’t get that sticky feeling – just good nourishment and soft results. At around £10, it seems extortionate for a lip treatment, but it is one I will keep repurcahsing.