Now the weather is getting colder and my skin is inevitably getting drier, as it does every year, this time of year is when I like to focus the most on my skincare routine. The winter elements really start to take their toll, especially those cold winds, and I’m constantly making note of where my dry skin needs extra care next. Earlier this year, I did a pretty big order of skincare products to refresh my collection with new bits and pieces to try and I’m so glad I did; I’m now super well equipped for winter!
For this post, I really wanted to focus in on my long skincare routine that I tend to do on one or two evenings a week. I don’t have a lot of time in the morning so a good cleanse and moisturise is sufficient, but in the evening I like to spend a little more time on it and I try to dedicate a few days a week to going all out. Of course, everyone has different skincare needs but if you’re in a similar boat to me, hopefully some of these products might help you out this year!
This year, I’m keeping it simple. Dry skin is what I struggle with most, so rather than overloading my skin with hundreds of different products, I’m sticking to a set few and focusing on moisture. Also, the joy of ‘maskne’ has blessed my face, like it has for a lot of people, so targeting blemishes is another focus. I swear by the products below, so if you’re having similar issues, or you’re just looking for some new bits to jazz up your winter skincare collection, I hope you find something that’s helpful!
Earlier this year, after months, if not YEARS of considering it, I finally bit the bullet and switched from the Neutrogena cleanser I’d been using throughout all my teenage years (yes, that pink grapefruit one, it’s honestly all I used from age 14 to 21) to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. And I’m so glad I did. I use it every single day without fail and I’ll never look back. It’s quite a price jump from what I was used to (£5 to £27, yikes) but two bottles have lasted me all year.
I loved it in summer but I’m feeling its benefits even more now! It’s the best product I’ve ever tried for getting make-up off, but more importantly, I find it really moisturising! In summer, I was using my moisturiser less and less after cleansing as I didn’t feel like I needed it. I definitely need more of a top up in winter but nowhere near as much as previous years. This cleanser is an absolute dream, all year round.
I actually thought that in winter you weren’t supposed to exfoliate as much as your skin is drier and it might irritate it. Turns out I was really wrong. After some research, I found out that your skin cells dehydrate more in the colder weather (makes sense) and then die and create a barrier that stops your moisturiser absorbing as well as it could, so buffing them away with an exfoliator is really important. The more you know!
So, I’ve kept up with exfoliating. Also, with the added congestion caused by masks, it’s been so necessary. I’ve been using the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator and it’s the best one I’ve tried for targeting congestion. It also has cocoa butter in it which adds an element of moisturiser which I love. I use it once or twice a week when I’m doing my long skin care routine!
As I said, now that maskne is a thing, I’ve been focusing on blemish treatment and control. I really struggled with spots during the winter months last year and had a mix of cystic and whiteheads which I’d never really had before. I panicked a bit and tried lots of new products but none really worked and if anything just made it worse, leaving me with scars. I’m still getting spots this year but they seem to be directly linked to mask wearing and much easier to get rid of.
When I did my skincare haul earlier this year, I picked up The Ordinary Azelaic Acid. I’ve found that’s it’s really helped to combat scars and it’s not drying at all. I’ve also been using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on active spots and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. It feels like a miracle product and I only wish I’d discovered it sooner!
If there’s one mantra for winter skincare it’s moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! I can’t recommend one single product as I tend to use a range of different ones, pretty much whichever is closest to me at the time, but I do like to do a moisturising sheet mask once a week. I absolutely adore the Garnier ones; they have so many different choices to target different issues. My personal favourite is hydrating and soothing one in the pink packet. Saying that, I’ve actually been on a bit of a quest to be more sustainable this year, and I know sheet masks aren’t the best, so if you have any recommendations of sustainable moisturising face masks I can replace them with, I’d love to know!
And an added bonus… silk or satin pillowcases!
I’d heard of this before but never really looked into it until this year. After a bit of research, I was totally persuaded by the benefits of switching out your normal pillowcases for silk or satin ones. Mine cost me around £7 on Amazon and they’re so worth it. I’ve only been using them for a couple of weeks and so I haven’t seen too much of a difference to my skin yet but for my hair, they’re incredible! They keep my hair smoother and less tangled, and the pillows feel lovely on my skin!
How have you switched up your skincare for the winter months? Anything you think I’m missing out on?