Over the last few days the temperature in the northern hemisphere has really dropped drastically and we have already had snow in some places. When I was younger, I never really used to notice the different effects the weather had on my skin but lately I can feel the difference in my skin long before I notice the change in weather. With Winter slowly creeping in, I have had to change my skincare routine because my usual moisturiser is just not good enough for the harsh weather.
The one constant between the winter and the summer months is definitely my face wash. I absolutely love the Garnier Pure Active 3in1 with Charcoal. It is by far my favourite out of their full range and while I usually use it as a face wash, you can use it as a mask as well which is perfect when you have a tight schedule. I have found that even when I have breakouts, it helps to clear my skin a lot faster.
As a toner, I always use a mix of witch hazel with rose water. I buy it already mixed but I also like to have witch hazel which is perfect for summer when my skin is extra oily and sweaty. Witch Hazel is an amazing astringent that helps with a wide range of skin conditions including insect bites and has been known to soothe acne as well. I use it mainly to tighten my pores especially on my nose which is where my pores are the largest. Witch hazel also has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is also safe to use daily and very affordable.
When it comes to moisturiser, this is where I have the biggest and most significant change in my skincare routine. During summer, I opt for moisturisers that will be easily absorbed into my skin. I opt for a Nivea Urban Detox Day Cream with SPF. During Winter, my skin absorbs the moisturiser a lot faster than usual so I really need a long lasting solution. During the day, I will use my Nivea Creme (The one that comes in the blue tin) and this has been an absolute lifesaver for my skin. At night I opt more for an oil. My go-to has been Bio-Oil but I have also experimented with Jojoba oil which I mainly use on my cuticles. Both of these oils have had an amazing impact on my skin and are non-comedogenic which means they won’t clog your pores and cause blackheads.
For me, there is no season that goes by without me doing a moisture bomb mask and my ultimate favourite has definitely been the sheet masks from Garnier and the clay mask from the Primark and Alex Steinherr collaboration. I use the clay mask one to two times a week in summer and only once a week in winter and reserve the sheet masks for when I shave my face (if you haven’t done this yet, it is absolutely amazing and helps your moisturisers and serums to be absorbed better as well as making your make-up application look a lot smoother. The hair DOES NOT grow back thicker, I have been doing this for over a year now) or when I dermaroll my skin because it soothes my skin afterwards.
Another item I use a lot is definitely my glycolic acid peel pads from Pixi. It has really made a difference to my skin since I moved to using acids to exfoliate instead of using skin damaging products like manual exfoliants. I started off using the Nip and Fab daily pads but found the Pixi glow peel pads in Sephora on one of my trips there. I use this twice a week in summer and only once a week during the winter months because I don’t have a lot of skin issues during the winter. The pads come in packs of 60 and is the most expensive item in my skincare but this is the product that tends to last the longest because it is not used more than 2 – 3 times a week.
Another thing to note is that I only wash my face with a face wash once a day. I have noticed a difference in the moisture of my skin by doing this. When you wash your face using products,
you strip the natural oil layer from your skin and this can cause breakouts and other skin issues in some types of skin. I prefer to wash and exfoliate in the evenings especially when I have had makeup on, and I opt for a heavy duty moisturiser in the evenings. In the mornings, all I do is rinse my face with lukewarm water, tone and moisturise and my face is ready for makeup application.
It is important to know that these are the products that seem to work best with my skin for now, your skin changes over time and products also stop working on your skin after using them for a long period of time so it is important to know what you are allergic to and what ingredients work for your skin. If you have really problematic skin, I would suggest that you see a dermatologist in order to find products that would work for your skin. My skincare will also end up changing once I am employed again and can afford to resume my monthly facials at my favourite salon back home so I will definitely do an update sometime in 2020.
Do you use any of these products? I would love to hear about your skincare routine and what products you have found to work best for all seasons and skin types!
-The Uninspired Blogger