Lovely Winter Skincare
Ah Winter, you really do suck. My skin swings between flaky and spotty and my hair is dryer than a horses mane. So, naturally, I've switched things up and I'm using the real creme de la creme of my beauty products. That's right, i've cracked out the crack dream team of Winter Skincare.
First change is to my morning cleanser, which regular readers will know, was the Cetaphil High Tolerance cleanser (£8.99, Boots). I was super happy with this, but when I nipped out to re-purchase.....naturally, my bag was filled with various goodies and sadly, Cetaphil didn't make the cut. I plumped for a £4.99 Manuka Honey cleanser from Alice Hart Davis' amazing (ethically sourced, 100% organic) range Good Things. Good Things is actually designed for teenage skin, and is especially good if you suffer from sensitivity or breakouts . Well, I may be 31 but my skin is that of a teenagers and not in a good way and this divine smelling gentle cleanser is amazing. The honey scent is amazing in the morning, and I am already eyeing up some of the other products in the Manuka Honey range, so watch this space.
This leads nicely onto my evening skincare. Y'all know I have a soft spot for Rodial....and I've been using their Glamtox Cleansing Balm since August. Whilst I absolutely love it, I feel like it's really good to mix your skincare up a little bit now and again and even more so when the seasons change. To that end, The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil is the new kid on the block and it's working it's magic thus far....but too soon to tell if it's as good as my Rodial balm but first impressions are good. It isn't as effective with one cleanse, so I have been doing a double cleanse. But that's ok, I like washing my face!
A very luxurious, but rightly so, addition to my moisturising whizz kids is the Shiseido Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream (£28.50, House of Fraser). Now, this one is expensive but it is sooooo worth it (although, full disclosure -- I didn't pay for it). With all luxe products you often quickly realise that you only need to use a little bit to get good results and I've been pretty tight with the amount I use! It is rich, but has a gel like consistency rather than a creamy one.
Now as I mentioned, I have been experiencing both dry and oily skin, which let me tell you, is a joy. As such, I have taken to using 2 different products on my skin before popping the Shiseido moisuriser on all over. I know it seems ridiculous but given that I only have spots on my chin and jaw it seems silly to waste product by using it in places that have no need for it. I picked up La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo Anti Blemish Cream as soon as things started looking a bit ropey in the old chin area and like the wonder cream it is, the spots have been kicked into shape.
Last but not at all least, I have been alternating my Clinique Anti Blemish Mask with a more mosturising one from Nuxe. The gorgeously titled Creme Fraiche de Beaute Face Mask (£19.50, Nuxe) promises intensive, de-stressing moisturising action which it abolsutely does. It's not as satusfying as a mask which dries (and even better are those that you get to peel off!) but, it works a treat when you use it whilst having a hot bath. Love.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Are you a seasonal skincare swapper like me? Don't be shy, comment away.