I think it is safe to say that winter has dragged on quite a bit this year. Christmas feels like a long, lost, distant memory.
Our My new year’s resolutions have come to a somewhat grinding halt and the optimism of a ‘new year new me’ has worn off. I mean the old version isn’t that bad really, is it? Like everything my skin hasn’t escaped the wrath of winter, not only am I an undeniably a few shades paler (unless you see me Thursday night – Sunday), it no longer has the bronzed, plumpy, glow that spring and summer bless me with. Nonetheless, I have really invested in my skin care this winter, mainly because I am on a downward slope to 27 *sob* and I don’t want to start getting lines around my face. These are the five products that have literally saved my face this winter.
I mentioned a while back how double cleansing and incorporating a better skin care routine has completely changed my skin. This is an affordable adjustment and one you will notice a huge change from. My favourite high street cleanser is the Garnier oil infused Micellar water, I couldn’t recommend this product more. For the other cleanser I prefer to use a balm, the one that I think sits miles above the rest is the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, I absolutely love this product, but at £38 I don’t think it’s the most purse friendly. The Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser leaves the same fresh clean skin for a fraction of the cost. To many, double cleansing may seem unnecessary but it really makes a difference in lifting all the make-up, sweat (soz, gross) and dirt from your skin and then the second cleanse is the one that actually cleans your face. I will always start with the cleansing balm or Kiehl’s Gel and then finish with the Garnier Micellar water.
I know it may sound pretty scary but this has to be one of my all time favourites I have recently added into my skincare. I purchased the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid from ASOS which hands down wins as the best £6 I have ever spent on cosmetics. Hyaluronic acid is the new kid on the block that everyone is lusting over, it helps lock in a large amount of water which not only hydrates your skin it also helps you when you are applying your moisturiser on top. A little bit of this before you moisturiser works wonders.
This is one of my favourite things to add to my face, it changes it almost instantly. Facial oils can usually set you back quite a bit but The body shop (yep I am there again) do an AMAZING Oil of Life and it’s an absolute corker, no remortgaging in sight, but I find just the humble coconut oil works well, a good pot of this can be picked up everywhere these days. Switch your moisturiser for a facial oil a couple of times a week for a bit of plumping, hydrating and repair from the dryness of winter.
An Acid Toner
Nip and Fab are my go to range for these, I love Glycolic fix night pads extreme. I find with a lot of these products that I use on a regular basis I want affordable and effective. I don’t necessary think that more money means better quality but I also believe you get what you pay for. Nip and Fab are an amazing meet in the middle brand that has done great things to my skin. These pads are so useful as they are already soaked in the toner, such minimal effort. I use these a couple of nights a week before I get into bed.
Eye creams are my saviour. A few years back I would have never dreamed about eye cream. I thought they were solely for the over 50s who wanted to keep wrinkles at bay, but how wrong could I be? Eye creams now are my everyday essential and I love them. Out of all the products I have listed this is the one I wouldn’t scrimp on. My two favourites at the minute are the Kiehl’s avocado oil eye cream (Aka the eye cream of dreams) and the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Cream.