Hi, my name is Angelica and I blog over at onelittlevice.blogspot.co.uk. I’ve been working with the girls over at Lookfantastic to share my winter skin care routine with you all. Make sure you to have a read of my step-by-step skin care regime, and skin care favourites of 2014, so you too can learn how to get healthy skin this year!
The first step in any skincare routine is to get your skin clear. In the evening you want to remove your makeup, following this up in the morning by gently cleansing your skin of the natural build up of oils that occurs overnight. I opt for a micellar solution, L’Oreal Paris’ Dermo Expertise Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution is both affordable and effective. But if you have dry or sensitive skin then I’d recommend Weleda’s Almond Cleanser (which has the benefit of a delicate but delicious sweet scent).
In the evening, once your makeup has been removed, follow up with a second, deeper cleanse. I tend to choose cleansers with a non-drying consistency, such as a cream, balm or oil. If your skin isn’t prone to break outs then I’d opt for Eve Lom’s Cleanser but I also really like using Elemental Herbology’s Cleansing Balm.
A couple of times a week I supplement this routine by exfoliating my skin. It’s important to exfoliate year-round, as removing dead skin and the build up of sebum will help keep your skin looking radiant and feeling smooth. Unless you have the most sensitive of skin, I’d always recommend a chemical exfoliating treatment over a manual exfoliating scrub. I like REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and Elemental Herbology’s Skin Glow. However, if you love using face scrubs then opt for a micro-exfoliant that’s effective without being harsh.REN’s Micro Polish Cleanser is a good option for a variety of skin types.
Once you’ve finished cleansing and exfoliating your skin you should reach for a toner. Toners help refresh and balance skin, and can also help to close pores. I love sweeping the Caudalie Beauty Elixir across my face with a cotton pad. It works as both a toner and a serum, win-win!
Whatever your skin type, I’d recommend adding a facial oil into your evening skincare routine, especially in the winter months. Facial oils help to deeply rehydrate, smooth and soften skin. They’re particularly effective when used after exfoliation as the oils are better able to sink deep into your skin. Rosehip oil is my preference as it has the added benefits of helping fade scars, dark marks and redness. Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil is lovely and doesn’t have much of a scent, but if you like using essential oils then Antipodes Divine Oil is another great choice.
After your facial oil has been completely absorbed into your skin you should then reach for your moisturiser. I first apply a hydrating eye cream (I like using Balance Me’s Wonder Eye Cream), gently tapping it into the skin around my eyes using my ring finger. I then apply a rich, but not heavy, moisturiser. If you have dry skin then I’d recommend L’Occitane’s Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream. For oily skin I’d go for Korres’ Wild Rose Moisturiser. Or, if you have sensitive skin then I’d opt for Weleda’s Almond Soothing Cream.
Once or twice a week I’d recommend swapping out your normal evening moisturiser and replacing it with something slightly more hydrating, like a moisturising mask or treatment. In the winter, I find this an easy way to really nourish and restore my skin from the effects of central heating and harsh weather. Jurlique’s Rose Moisturising Cream Mask and the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid Radiance Mask are both great choices.
How do you look after your skin in the winter? Let us know in the comments box below – we’d love to know all about your skin care favourites!