Although my skin is usually on the oily/combination side, during winter it seems to dehydrate and get dryer than a dried out prune. It needs just a few days of cold temperatures, wind and blasting central heating and it becomes an irritated, red mess. My scalp becomes really sensitive too, while my hair becomes flatter than pancake. Charming.
I’m compelled to change up and switch my skincare routine after each season, targeting a richer night time ritual during winter and a high sun factor focus during summer months.
Ive swapped my regular cleanser and toner for an oil based cleanser: im utterly in love with the Shu Uemura Balancing Cleansing oil, with only a few drops massaged onto dry skin you can see all daytime makeup melt off in seconds. With a Liz Earle hot muslin cloth i take all the dirt away, leaving me with a clean, supple and hydrated skin. Instead of toner, i spritz a refreshing spray of La Roche Posay Thermal Water* – rich in minerals and antioxidants (selenium), soothes my skin without stripping.
Whilst the skin is still damp, its time for a facial oil: this winter ive been going back and forth between the Clarins Lotus Oil and Decleor Ylang Ylang. Both are suitable for oily combination skin, so they will regulate the skin oil production while hydrate and nourish. I tend to massage it thoroughly with upwards movements to destress my features. I lock the moisture with the Vichy Aqualia Balm, a very gentle and nourishing balm, rich in thermal water and with soothing and anti-redness properties. It may seem that its a lot, but i assure you that in the morning you will be having a smooth, hydrated and nourished skin.
If im extra dry or particularly irritated, i layer a generous amount of Lancome Nutrix to regenerate and nourish. The royal jelly content, makes this thick cream ideal for healing minor irritations and blemishes.
Once or twice a week i will apply a hydrating gel mask, like the Lancome Hydra Intense Gel Mask. Its like a bath for the skin! With its gel texture, rich in water it manages in just 10 minutes to lock in moisture and plump up the skin. Fine lines be gone!
Are you changing your skincare routine depending the season?
P.S. If you want to see me rambling about my routine, you can watch my video here.