When considering how best to look after the condition of your skin in the cold winter months the right products to use is a difficult choice, but during the Christmas season with all that makeup we are putting on, (to impress john at the office party maybe) or for our work does, it can leave the face and skin looking tired, sluggish and grey. Not the winter dewy look most of us are going for. Here is my advice on how to look after your skin in its most delicate time, my skin is combination, as I have a very oily tea zone, yet dry patches and although I no longer suffer from acne, I do get the occasional blemishes. So here is some of my advice on what products are best to use.
First thing every girl needs a good one of …. Moisturiser
I have two suggestions for this, firstly Simple light moisturiser
which has no added perfumes and is not harsh on the skin at all and it never fails to leave your skin smooth as a babies bottom. My other alternative if you can afford to go high end is Number sevens day and night moisturisers which are brilliant, the day moisturiser is perfect in brightening up your skin illuminating your face in a glow. The night cream is a very intensive and thick consistency to ensure maximum moisture for the face, and leaving it incredibly smooth when you wake up in the morning.
No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream for normal to dry skin cares for supple skin every day. Nourish your skin daily with this gently caring facial moisturiser. No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream is light and easily absorbed leaving skin soft, supple and smooth.No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream is enriched with soothing Elderflower and caring Vitamins E and F.
No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream is:
- Dermatologically tested
- Fragrance free
cleansers to use for dry skin
cleansers form another crucial part of my daily skin care routine and is an imperative step to anyone prone to spots (like me), I have several different cleansers to suggest based on what skin type you have, or if your skin gets particularly dry in the winter months, do not worry I have the solution for you!
First is the Lush 9 to 5 cleanser which has previously been mentioned on my b
log, and it is no secret that this is my everyday all time favourite cleanser to use. This is perfect for those of you feeling the cold because it is a cream application it retains a lot of moisture as there is no need to wash away with water.
Another great cleanser for dry skin which is maybe slightly more expensive at about £13 is the Number seven range, they have a cleansing balm which is perfect again for retaining moisture and a cream. However, if you prefer washing the cleanser of your face with water they also have an oil based cleanser which in my opinion works equally as well.
Garnier Micellar cleansing water is good if you have slightly more oily skin as it does not need to retain and lock in as much moisture it works in a scientifically proven way. The water contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse. The result? Beautifully cleansed and refreshed feeling skin in an instant. The formula is suitable for the face, eye area and lips, has no perfume and comes in a generous 400ml size.
I did not discover toners until I was age 16 but since using them my skin has been much happier and clearer. My go to toner is the tea tree water by Lush . Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser and it only has seven ingredients in. At £8.50 per 250 grams is a steal.
Best for: Exfoliating
A classic refining toner – this soft alcohol-free formula gently exfoliates skin while refining the appearance of pores, giving a smoother and more even appearance to your complexion.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4 for Very Oily Skin, £16.50, fabled.com
Best for: Very oily skin
You can really feel Clinique’s exfoliating toner clearing away excess dirt and dead skin cells for a deep clean. It instantly brightens the complexion and helps maintain clearer skin.
Best for: Minimising pores
This 100% organic formula contains witch hazel distillate, vegetable glycerine and cleansing grain alcohol to exfoli
ate skin and refine enlarged pores for a more even skin tone.
Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner, £2.69, Boots
Best for: Bargain balancer
bargain beauty hero gently refines skin and balances moisture levels,
making it a great second skincare step for combination skin types.