MY WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE FT. SK:N
Ah, winter. The season of parched skin, static hair, and chapped lips. What a season of joy *rolls eyes*
As winter temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. If neglected, the harsh cold can easily cause havoc on ones skin, causing skin to look lifeless, dull and dry. Those are three adjectives we don't need right now. My skin is always partial to dry patches but in the colder months, I really have to target every single aspect of my skincare routine to maximum hydration in order to combat any skin concerns.
I recently got invited to the new SK:N clinic launch in Clapham Junction and had a really eye-opening experience. I have been to several salons before but SK:N are real experts in dermatology and skin care treatments and really focused on providing high-quality treatments with excellent results. Whilst at the clinic, I had my first ever skin peel and was immediately impressed with the results. They offer a variety of skin peels, all of which are targeted to rejuvenate and brighten skill, revive dull skin, remove dead skin cells, even out texture and tone of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All of which are massive issues throughout the winter months when your skin is dehydrated. I woke up the next morning and my skin looked noticeably more hydrated and nourished... and if I say so myself, I even looked that bit more youthful. Thanks SK:N for working your magic!!!!
Below I'm going to outline my skincare routine, tell you all about the products I'm currently using but I'll also let you know some other suggestions that may work for you too.
STEP ONE: CLEANSE
The first swap that I make during the winter months is to switch up my cleansers. I steer away from harsh, exfoliating or foaming cleansers as they can cause skin irritation and even further dryness. Errrrrr, no thanks. Over the years, I've been prompted by so many people to double cleanse and ever since I've been doing it myself, I've noticed such a difference in my skin. I start with the SK:N Vitamin-Rich Cleanser on a cotton pad to remove my eye-makeup and then swipe the other side across my face to roughly remove the first layer of makeup.
SK:N Vitamin Cleanser
This creamy cleanser is really effective at removing makeup and has Evening Primrose Oil as a main ingredient which targets any inflammation and helps to soothe the skin.
Next I'll go in with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I'll start by massaging a pea-sized amount all over my face and neck and then rinse off with a damp, warm muslin cloth.
Despite the name, this cleanser is much more of a gel like consistency but 'milks up' when massaged into the skin. It's definitely a 'no frills' products and just feels very simple and and gentle on the skin which is perfect for my sensitive skin.
STEP TWO: SERUM
My main focus throughout my skincare routine is injecting as much nourishment and moisture back into the skin that has been stripped away. The easiest way of doing this is through serums. There are so many on the market, varying in price, but the best one I've found on the market, which is also super reasonable is the Hyaluronic Acid 2% from The Ordinary. I apply a few drops to the face in the morning and let it sink into the skin before applying any moisturisers.
The Ordinary have created a miracle product that somehow creates multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin! Don't be scared by the name, it may sound super technical and fancy but in short, it's just a quick-fix to get some goodness back into your skin.
STEP THREE: MOISTURISERS
It's all in the name really...! I actually use two different moisturisers, one for day and one for night as I think they serve different purposes and can tackle different issues. In the morning, I use the SK:N Age-Delaying Cream, firstly because it sinks into the skin really easily leaving my skin feeling nourished, but also because helloooooo anti-ageing! It's never too early to start using anti-ageing products!!!
Filled with loads of anti-oxidants, my skin instantly feels nourished once applied and the Shea Butter makes my skin feel suuuuuper smooth. The two things I look for. It also sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn't leave any weird residue so makeup applies really well on-top.
In the evenings, I tend to want something even more hydrating and I've been reaching for the Darphin Hydraskin Light. Don't be fooled by the 'light' title, there's nothing light about this product and it definitely packs a punch. I massage quite a large amount into my skin and neck before getting into bed.
This moisturiser is quite thick in consistency, which is something I really enjoy in a night-time moisturiser. Although its thick, it sinks into the skin really nicely and instantly soothes any dryness. Darphin is a real luxury brand, everything from the scent to the ingredients just ooze high-class so I feel really pampered whenever I use their products. Automatic win.
STEP FOUR: RESCUE MASK
No matter how much effort you put in, there may be a day or two where you feel like your skin could use a little lift. In those instances, I always pop on a great mask. Both of my flatmates have raved about REN as a brand for aaaages and so I took the plunge and invested in this Ultra Comforting Rescuse Mask. So far so good, it really helps to soothe any problems and doesn't dry out my skin whatsoever!
So there you go, there's my winter skincare routine. I hope it helps any of you that are struggling at the moment! One part that I forgot to mention was my lip balm of the moment... I'm staying ever so loyal to my Glossier Balm Dot Com at the moment. The coconut flavour is to die for.