Saturday, 4 October 2014

Skincare Shake Up : Combination/Sensitive


Even though the cold weather is fairly consistent in the UK, I've found my skin begging for thicker, more hydrating products lately. 

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.

top image : morning routine // bottom image : night routine

Cleanser

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!

Toner

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!

Serum

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.

Moisturiser

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!

Masks

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?
xo

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  1. The vitamin E oil sounds really, really nice. I actually haven't heard of it before so I'm definitely keen to do some more research.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. You should! I've used it for a fair few months now and really like it as almost a mini nighttime treatment xx

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  2. The Body Shop serum sounds great, will definitely need to check it out. Lately, I've been loving the Balm Balm Frankincense deep cleansing balm, it just feels so luxurious on the skin and gets rid of all the makeup :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you like it! :) that cleansing balm sounds lovely! xx

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  3. The entire body shop vitamin E range is fab! I mainly get dry skin (especially when I am lazy ), and have been using pieces from this range for about 6 months, with the oil at least 3/4 times a week. It's all quick and simple and I've really noticed a difference. Altho I am now intrigued by the Ren Global Protection Day Cream, as I now work in central London and have noticed how dirty my skin gets just from pollution - yuck! x

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    1. Ah, sounds like it would be perfect for you then! It's really soothing and gentle :) perfect for harsh cold days xx

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  4. I've got combination skin too, although more oily, so I have to use a lot of 'sensitive' skincare too. I love the sound of the REN Cleansing Milk, and I've always got a tube of the Antipodes manuka mask on hand.

    Catherine, xo || Lady Liquor

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    1. It's lovely on a morning :) but does remove make-up if you're thorough! xx

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  5. I love everything I've tried from Ren! They do such good skin care!
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  6. I love the look of that toner water, it sounds so nice!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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    1. It's super refreshing but not overpowering at all :) xx

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  7. The Antipodes mask is always a good one. I love how nourishing it is while being effective at clearing up blemishes. The ingredients are more natural than most other masks I've seen too which is always a much appreciated bonus. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. It's lovely, isnt it? Such a great little product! xx

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  8. REN products sound so good and seem to be targeted for the kind of skin I have! Loved reading this Sam it will definitely help the next time I think of a switch up! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :) xx

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  9. Thank you for sharing. The change in temperature, I've noticed that my skin is more combination/oily. Unfortunately, I haven't anything that I could stick with. The Vitamin E serum and Origin's Drink Up masks sounds great!

    Aissa // tea in january

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    1. Ah, I hope you find some things that work soon then! :) xx

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  10. I've heard about the Origins mask! It sounds promising, and I'm especially liking the fact that it doesn't make the t-zone more oily (I have combination skin as well). xo

    EsraSevgi.com

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    1. Yes! :) it's a lovely little product, great when your skin needs a boost xx

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  11. I'm really quite the fan of the Hydra Calm range from REN having used the day cream myself. The Cleansing Milk sounds like something I would enjoy, my skin is playing up quite a bit at the moment sadly.
    Amy | A Little Boat Sailing

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