December 19, 2014

Winter Skincare Staples

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'.




  1. yea i've heard the rosewater mist is good for redness. do you find it works on redness for you?

  2. Well, I wouldn't say it takes away the redness instantly – cause that'd be a lie – but it does soothe my [rather sensitive] skin and 'locks in' moisture.

  3. Jurlique is a brand I've always been interested in, but I've never taken a chance on their products. The moisturiser sounds like something I'd try out.

    blush and simplicity

  4. Same, I received their Antioxidant Serum in a goodie bag a few years back and I've been hooked on the brand ever since. Their hand creams are tha bomb.

  5. You have a pretty good winter skincare routine down, I have had a nasty reaction to something and my skin is looking very bad at the moment. Great picks !!

    Zeynab xx

    The Beautifully Disastrous

  6. Some nice products here! Hydraluron sounds really great, and my eyes just honed in on the phrase "if my skin is congested", because that's me! Haha. I've heard so much about the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, it must be good!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  7. I have literally been dying to try the radical cleanser since I saw Amelia Liana raving about it on her blog, and now i need to try it even more! I'm a huge fan and a big user of Antipodes and Aesop products so I couldn't a agree more with your choices! Great post :) xxx

    Jessica Anna

    A So Called Beauty Blog

  8. I hope your skin will recover and slowly calm down from the nasty reaction!

  9. Haha, yes the Parsley Seed Mask is good! Can sometimes be quite drying (depending on how my skin is acting), which is why I always follow up with a hydrating mask. Hydraluron is really worth the try. I gave in after years of reading and hearing raves from others and now I wish I'd tried it from the get go.

  10. I'm sure you'd love the Radical cleanser! It's just so gentle and nourishing —perfect for the season.

  11. Thank you! I'll definitely be trying that out!! Xxx Merry Christmas!

  12. Let me know what you think! Hope you had an amazing Christmas x

  13. I definitely will! I did thanks, hope you had a good one too xx


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