The temperatures have fallen and my dry skin is playing havoc with me. We’ve had a hot summer and I reckon we’re in for a cold winter but I’ve found some skincare products that can tackle any weather.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at staying on the wagon with a regular skincare routine – give me four days and I’m too tired to do anything but brush my teeth before crawling into bed.
However, I’ve recently updated what I’m using and have fallen in love with the way my skin feels once I’ve completed it and I’ve even noticed an improvement in the way foundation sits on my face.
Now I’m not saying I’m some kind of skin expert, because I’m far from it, but I do my research before buying a product and I’m in a lot of Facebook groups where skin care is a regular topic of conversation so I like to think I have my fair share of knowledge.
Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser
The first step in my night-time routine is getting the make-up (if I’ve been bothered enough to wear it that day) and grime off my face and to do this, I use the infamous Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. I use one pump if I haven’t braved makeup for the day, and two pumps if I have.
I’ve been a fan of this product for a very long time – and in fact, it’s possibly the only skin care item that I’ve used up and repurchased on more than one occasion (I think I’m in the region of around my 17th bottle…).
I’ve tried using other versions of this product, namely the Superdrug’s own (it’s a good dupe if you’re looking for a vegan product) and No. 7, but neither of them match up to the fresh feeling I get after using this product, and my sensitive eyes reacted quite badly to the No. 7 one.
I would easily call this product my holy grail and I recently gifted it to a friend for her birthday who is eternally grateful to me for “saving her skin”.
L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Moisturiser
Everyone is talking about this moisturiser and rightly so. I started using it last month and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It makes my skin feel so hydrated and soft that I spend any free moment I have at my desk just stroking my face.
It claims to “deliver pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously without overloading the skin,” and I would 100% say this is what it does. It’s like and not sticky and is absorbed almost instantly AND you only need one or two pumps to give your face a healthy coating.
The combination of the aloe and hyaluronic acid just work wonders.
Not only does aloe stop skin from drying out, but it also prevents ageing as it contains a plethora of antioxidants and vitamins (C and E) that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep it hydrated.
And hyaluronic acid is actually something our own skin produces to keep it smooth and hydrated but environmental aggressors diminish our levels of it so by adding extra to your skin, it unlocks the key to hydrated, healthy skin.
Before this, I was using a combination of the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturiser and their Redness Solution and if I’m being completely honest, I think I prefer the Hydra Genius. I will definitely be re-buying it.
My lips struggle, especially during the winter. They get extremely chapped, to the point where they crack and bleed when I smile and it is not pleasant.
I tried sooooo many lip balms; Vaseline, Burts Bees, Carmex, Palmers, Blistex… the list goes on and as good as these products were, they just weren’t enough to fix the mess of my lips.
That’s when a pharmacist I worked with recommended Lanolips. It contains lanolin, which mimics human skin lipids (or so the Lanolips website and my pharmacist friend told me). Whatever is does, it works. My lips constantly feel hydrated and soft, and sure there are days where they still get chapped but a bit of extra Lanolips love and its all sorted.
I’ve tried two variations of the product: the Lemonaid Lip Treatment and the Strawberry 101 ointment. For me, the strawberry one doesn’t work as well as the lemonaid so when it comes to rebuying, I will go back to that.
Now it’s not cheap mind, it comes in at about £8.99, but it is definitely worth it.
What are your skincare saviours? Have you tried any of mine?