During the winter I need face, body and hand creams that are a little thicker and more moisturising, due to the constant exposure to the wind and rain. My skin is always drier, more patchy and prone to painful cracking. Because of this, I have a select list of products that I like to use during this time of year to stop all of the above.
That being said, come Springtime, my skin breaks out if I continue to apply those thick face creams, so I need to do a bit of a beauty overhaul and swap things around a little, so my skin isn’t neglected and continues to stay blemish free.
I like to use a facial scrub near the start of the warmer weather, in order to remove all the dead skin cells and clean clogged pores that may have formed throughout the winter. By removing the outer layer of skin and making way for the fresh skin underneath, you’re allowing your skin to breathe a little more freely, and also prepping it for some (much-needed!) vitamin D that you probably didn’t get much through the winter.
This is something that I use year round, and even though I don’t tend to move away from the same products I always use, it is nice to try a new product for Spring. I always try to look for ones that are unscented and mild on my skin, so it doesn’t strip away too many layers! I don’t like the ‘chemical feeling’ that you can sometimes get from Cleansers, so I tend to stick to my trusty Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (RRP £4.99, Boots) because it does a fab job at removing makeup, without being too harsh on my skin. It also comes in different varieties depending on your skin type, which is great if your skins needs change seasonally like mine. Saying that, I also like Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser (RRP £15.00, Kiehls), which is a gel-cleanser that is moisturising for any dryness that may have accrued through Winter. I also like using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (RRP £15.50, Boots), which is really gentle on the skin, but removes all makeup completely.
I try to use one with an SPF all year round, but especially during the Spring and Summer months, where you are exposed to more sunshine. If you’re looking for the best way to prevent skin from aging, then this is it.By investing in a good SPF moisturizer, you’re on the way to preventing signs of early aging. I really like the Yes To…range, particularly the Yes to Cucumbers Calming moisturizer (RRP £11.99, Boots), as it absorbs really quickly into the skin, but also feels very light and cooling. I also love the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light moisturizer (RRP £4.19, Boots) as it is so affordable, but does a damn good job at keeping my skin fresh and nourished. I tend to apply a facial moisturizer fresh out the shower, whilst my pores are still open so it has time to sink into the skin before I apply any makeup.
I also try not to neglect my body, which is often overlooked. I love to apply body moisturizer, but in the morning I don’t have the time and simply forget to do this step, so I tend to do this of an evening after a shower instead, just before I go to bed. I love using The Body Shop Body Butters (RRP from £6, The Body Shop) – in a variety of different fragrances! They are so light and moisturising, but don’t leave any sticky residue (Which I hate!) and sink in fairly easy so you’re not waiting around for your skin to ‘dry’. At the moment I’m using the Vanilla Chai from their Christmas Range, but I also love the Honey one, the Shea butter one, the Aloe Vera one….the list is endless!
This is a recent step that I’ve added to my skin care routine. As someone whose skin falls on the oily side of combination, I thought that adding more oil onto my skin was a big no-no, but was told that actually, it’s a step that is essential to any skin care routine – including us oily girls! I don’t apply any facial oil in the morning, as I’ve found that it affects my makeup too much, but I definitely use one in the evening before I go to bed! Recently, I’ve been using Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (RRP £36.00, Debenhams), and have noticed a massive difference in the softness and plumpness of my skin. There has been a reduction in fine lines, and my skin looks and feels healthy and youthful. It most certainly isn’t the cheapest product on the market, but as you only need 2 to 3 drops at a time, it does last a long time.
This is an absolute staple in my skin care routine, and one that I absolutely never miss. Ever. The product itself changes depending on what I’ve brought, what was on offer etc, but some of my favourites or products that I’ve liked do make a reappearance. At the moment, I’m using The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (RRP £14.00, The Body Shop) because they had an offer on at the time, so I stocked up. I also brought The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream (RRP £14.00, The Body Shop) during the same offer. Both creams are excellent night creams, as they contain ingredients meant to soften, soothe and heal. The Vitamin E cream also contains Hyaluronic acid, so it makes your skin feel plump and youthful. I’ve also tried their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream (RRP £20.00, The Body Shop) which left my skin feeling a lot firmer and brighter. I’ve tried a number of different brands, but I find that The Body Shop have a great affordable range of skin care, with all natural ingredients. I always finish with the BeeGood Plump and Firm Youth Enhancing Cream (RRP £23.50,, which I apply around my mouth and cheeks to stop fine lines and sagging, and across my forehead for the same reasons.
I always try and apply a separate eye cream to specifically target wrinkles and signs of aging. At the moment I’ve just finished Heaven SkinCare Eye Cream, which was wonderfully thick and creamy under the eye, and let my skin feeling softer with less noticeable dark circles. I’ve just started using Kiehls Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream (RRP from £33.00, Debenhams) and have been massively impressed with the results so far. It aims to improve elasticity in the skin, and I can testify that the area does seem a lot clearer. I don’t have wrinkles, but I am starting to get fine lines just underneath my eyes, where concealer sends to sit and crease. Since using this, the area has been softer and ‘tighter’; I haven’t noticed my concealer creasing as much either.
There are so many good products on the market, and so many that I would like to try. This is just a small selection of the products I’m using for Springtime. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been using, and any recommendations you may have.