We're well in winter now and I've realised a long way back that sticking with the same skincare products all year round is a big no-no for my skin. Whilst I do get the odd breakout, my combination skin is very dehydrated, which is even more accentuated through the winter cold and blasting radiators. Through the past few months I've managed to put together an array of products that are hydrating and balancing for my skin.
First off: cleansers. I've got two which I alternate depending on how my skin is 'feeling'. On days my skin is particularly dry, I crack out Radical Hydrating Cleanser, which contains 74% active ingredients and is packed with antioxidants to give the skin an extra boost and protect the skin against free radicals. It has a milky consistency and is so gentle on the skin, which is great for a morning- and second cleanse. I love using my FOREO Luna to massage this in, as I feel that it gives me the benefits of the antioxidants and pulses, resulting in looking like I just had a facial done. When my skin is looking a bit congested, I reach for Mel Millis Phytonutri Qi Plankton Skin Remedy, which is a green powder that you have to mix with water. I usually use this in the evenings where I can leave it on my skin as a mask for about 10-20 mins. It's really tightening, which you see immediately and I've noticed my skin to appear brighter and smoother after one use.
I follow up with a few spritzes of Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and pat that gently into my skin. My sensitive kin reacts real well to rose products, and Jurlique's offerings are no exception. Indeed Labs Hydraluron has become a firm staple – more on this in a different post – and I keep coming back to this. It's a godsend for anyone who is suffering from dehydrated skin as it really does what it promises. Generally it sinks in super fast, but I wait at least a minute before I continue with my next step, which have improved the texture of my skin so much. I tend to just apply S5 Replenish Serum (which is more like an oil) in the morning, but layer S5 Illuminate Serum on top in the evenings. Both serums contain ingredients that replenish, brighten and renew the skin and over the past few months I've noticed my hyper pigmentation to fade whilst using this combination. They're great on its own, but even better when paired. I seal it all with a generous amount of Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus, which is so rich but not greasy. When I tried this come summer, it was way too heavy for my skin, but when autumn started to show its colours, my skin literally drank this up. It's so hydrating without the heaviness and it sinks into the skin without much effort, which I love.
My skincare routine wouldn't be complete without mentioning my favourite part: masks. Obviously I don't use these on a daily basis (that'd be cray) but that doesn't mean I'm not picky. Being as time-hungry as I am, I love anything that can be slapped on and washed off simply because I don't have 30 mins to spare to do the whole shebang. Meet REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, a super facial that exfoliates and brightens the skin in just a minute (read more here). I follow up with a purifying mask, Antipodes Aura Mask if my skin is congested and dry or Aesop Parsley Seed Mask when I'm doomed with the 'Pepperoni Face'.