As a general rule, my skin is combination; leaning more dry than oily, with sensitive patches around my eye and nose area. Which, as you can probably imagine, is a little bit tricky to get a routine together that works well.
However, I've been quite pleased with my skin lately. It has been behaving itself for once, with minimal blemishes, hydrated dry areas & quite a balanced t-zone. If you want to get a glimpse of what my face looks like sans make-up, you can see my bare chops in this video.
So, incase anyone was curious (I love looking at what other people use) I thought I would share what I've been reaching for most as the weather gets colder and the heater gets turned up.
Morning : REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk* I like to start my day with a quick cleanse and this does just the job. It's thick & creamy, so perfect for the colder months, plus it's designed specifically for sensitive skin in mind, which tends to happen more so in the autumn/winter. It does remove make-up, but I find it's lovely and refreshing to just apply on a morning & take off in the shower. It balances my skin ready for the day ahead without any dryness or tight feeling.
Night : Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. On a night, I want something that will take all of my makeup off in one sweep - I'm a bit lazy & I like it done as quickly and effectively as possible. This turkish delight smelling gel/balm hybrid is wonderful at dissolving everything, including stubborn eye make-up. It leaves my skin lovely & hydrated and feeling super soft. I love it!
All round : Lush Eau Roma Water. I'm not hugely into toners, but I do love a little spritz of this post-cleansing, both on a morning and night, as it feels so refreshing and preps my skin for the next steps in the process!
Morning : REN Anti Redness Serum* This is up there with 'holy grail' items for me - it's such a wonderful little product. It's a lightweight serum that packs a punch in the moisture stakes (thank you, hyluronic acid) but also calms and protects any redness, which for me is around my nose. I've really noticed the difference this makes in balancing my skin and reducing redness & irritation lately. I'll definitely be picking up another when it runs out!
Night : The Body Shop 8hr Vitamin E Oil in Serum Although you can use the Anti-Redness serum both day & night, I find this alternative from the Body Shop a little bit more night-time appropriate. It is so gentle & hydrating, smells lovely and calming and I always wake-up with glowing skin after using this.
Morning : REN Global Protection Day Cream* If you really suffer from dryness and/or live in a polluted city, like I do, this really is perfect. It's super thick but skins in quickly and leaves a nice base for make-up. It instantly plumps up any dry areas and feels like a greta barrier for protecting my skin throughout the day.
Night : Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream I've worked my way through many a pot of this stuff and for good reason. It's simple & gentle, hydrating & balancing... What more could you want? It's thiner in consistency than the above, but I prefer to slap this on just before bed and it sinks in so quickly, it's ideal for those of us that fall asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow!
Morning : Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. Ah, an oldie but a goodie. I've used this all year round really, but it never fails to amaze. It's so rich & creamy to apply yet has the cleansing properties I need when my skin is feeling a little clogged. A lifesaver if you're a little sensitive to clay masks.
Night : Origins Drink Up Intensive. Again, one I've had and re-purchased for years now! Nothing, at all, hydrates like this does! Somehow it manages to completely plump up my dry areas but without making my t-zone oily... Magic. It also smells delicious - I can't get enough!
Do you change up your skincare?
What have you been loving lately?