January 3, 2014

Winter Blues


I've got to admit that this winter has been one of the mildest one I can remember. No crazy snow falls, no natural ice-skating rinks or temperatures below Celsius. That being said, it's still necessary to crank up the heater from time to time, which means swopping some skincare products in my routine to avoid the oh-so-flattering flaky bits on my skin.

When I think of winter, I think of moisture, hydration and more moisture. I've got combination skin, which tends to be very dehydrated all around the year, but with the heater turned on in the winter, my cheeks are almost a flake-fest. Not pretty. I start with cleansing my skin with whatever cleanser and oil I fancy that day and follow up with a toner, which has been Caudalie Beauty Elixir (I've you've got dry/very sensitive skin, their Grape Water Toner is brilliant as well). Whether it's the evening or in the mornings, it just preps me and my skin for the next step of the routine (and it smells bloody amazing). It's packed with extracts of Grape, Rose, Orange Blossom, Rosemary, Mint to minimise pores and prep skin. The first step to pump in some moisture is with Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum, which is a very runny serum which I use twice a day, before my moisturiser. It sinks in almost immediately and you won't feel it sitting on the skin at all. The serum is packed with Grape Water, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape-seed Polyphenols to hydrate the skin.

In the mornings I follow up with either the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet or Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, depending on how my skin is acting. If my skin is immensely dry and patchy already, I slap on a thick layer of Embryolisse and let the Shea Butter do its thing before I continue with make up. Personally I'd say it'd be suitable for all skin types, but I wouldn't recommend it if you've got very oily skin as it might be a bit too rich. When my skin is normal-ish looking (or when I'm in a hurry), I go for the Moisturizing Sorbet as it sinks in super fast, provides enough moisture for the day and it's great under make up as well. Suitable for sensitive and combination skin - the product is very calming and I find that my face isn't as red when I use this moisturiser, which is probably because of the Camomile.

In the evenings I prefer to use oils as they are the best if you want to wake up with plump skin and it's basically an overnight treatment. My pick for the past few weeks has been Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, which is brilliant. It's a bright orange oil, which is so nourishing in all the good ways. It's nasties-free, certified organic and created for the most sensitive skin. It should improve the texture of the skin and also should fade scars, which I haven't noticed just yet. But because of all the good ingredients and Vitamins that are infused into this oil, my skin just loves this. I apply this very generously and massage and pat it in gently. You see the results immediately the next morning: my skin has drunk it all, it feels soft and looks less aggravated and inflamed. It's a staple, people. Excuse me for the long ramble and I know that these bits are a bit Caudalie-biased, but you know me, my French pharmacy products and my love for skincare.


What did you change in your (winter) skincare routine?


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15 comments

  1. I don't go anywhere without my Beauty Elixir - it's amazing to keep moisture levels up throughout the day :O). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. It's one of the best on-the-go sprays I've tried, though I ran out of my 30ml bottles a while ago. So now I just have a big bottle on my desk to freshen up throughout the day. The scent does it for me though - so uplifting!

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  2. Used happily caudalie Grape water and have need a fan of face oils in the evening.
    The latest one I am using is Acure Organic argan oil :-)

    www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

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    1. I love Argan Oil. Guess it deserves the name 'Liquid Gold' fair and square.

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  3. Thank you for this post. I'm going to pin it. My skin is so dry this winter, it's ridiculous. Thanks for the tips!
    xo
    Tiffy
    Blog: CuteLA.com

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    1. You're very welcome, so glad I could help!

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  4. I use all of these minus the Pai which I have never tried :)

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. They're so good, aren't they? Definitely recommend Pai as a brand, great products as well as their company philosophy.

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  5. Caudalie sounds like a really good brand. Been hearing and reading a lot about it. I want to try some of their products one day. Rosehip oil is amazing!

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    1. If I had to pick my favourite skincare brands, Caudalie would definitely be in that list. Really nice products and they've got such great products to add (and keep!) moisture in your skin. They've got free worldwide shipping and the likes of Beauty Bay and Content Beauty carry Pai as well.

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  6. They're so good, aren't they? Definitely recommend Pai as a brand, great products as well as their company philosophy.

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  7. If I had to pick my favourite skincare brands, Caudalie would definitely
    be in that list. Really nice products and they've got such great
    products to add (and keep!) moisture in your skin. They've got free
    worldwide shipping and the likes of Beauty Bay and Content Beauty carry
    Pai as well.

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  8. You're very welcome, so glad I could help!

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  9. I love Argan Oil. Guess it deserves the name 'Liquid Gold' fair and square.

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  10. It's one of the best on-the-go sprays I've tried, though I ran out of my
    30ml bottles a while ago. So now I just have a big bottle on my desk to
    freshen up throughout the day. The scent does it for me though - so
    uplifting!

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