10 Skincare Secret Weapons That Will Change The Way You Protect Your Skin In Winter
Photos: This Brit & Unsplash
I woke this morning to a snow dusted balcony, and streets covered in frozen sludge. Not quite the picturesque scene I was hoping for as I opened my curtains, but it’s Britain, what did I really expect? Winter is officially in full swing, and the impact that has had on my skin is something else.
Unlike many people this time of year who suffer from dry, cracked and painful skin, mine is overcompensating by producing excess oil. I’m not sure whether it’s spending most of my day in an air conditioned office, where the air con spits out a strange musty smell – that can’t be good for my skin. Or the fact that my flat airs on the side of very warm, and outside is … well snowing. My skin is suffering from some major breakouts, dull and uneven tones, and finally, no amount of makeup will remain on my face for more than 5 hours due to the oil slick running down my T zone!
As many of you are probably also experiencing skincare troubles, I thought I’d share a few new budget products I’ve picked up and a couple of old favourites that are really making a difference to my skin.
Fortunately the old myth around avoiding moisturising when you have oily skin has pretty much died now, and we are all taking better care of our skin. I am pretty lazy when it comes to skincare and I’m not a fan of having a huge and complicated routine every evening. In fact, when I’m tired, I usually just go straight to bed and don’t have a “bedtime routine” as such. Therefore, when I get home and don’t intend to go back out again, whether that’s at 4 pm or 10 pm, I’ll sort my skin out straight away so I don’t have to worry about it later.
As a general rule, creams are better at hydrating skin than lotions, and although you may not believe your oily or combination skin needs hydrating, this may be the cause of your skin over producing oils.
SIMPLE: CLEAR SKIN OIL BALANCING MOISTURISER
SIMPLE: SPOTLESS SKIN ANTI-BLEMISH MOISTURISER
SIMPLE: KIND TO SKIN NIGHT CREAM VITAL VITAMIN 50 ML
NIVEA ESSENTIALS URBAN SKIN NIGHT 50 ML
When I first heard of using an oil to combat oily skin, I almost laughed. I want to avoid oil, not increase the amount I put onto my skin. After doing some research, I found it is actually extremely good for your skin, and can give your skin a natural barrier which then stops the over production of oil. Although for this section I have yet to try a product which works for my skin, I wanted to recommend a few styles of oil to look for when buying this type of product:
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL
PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL
Masks are super important to regularly refresh your skin and allow a product to sink deep into the deeper layers. It will help tighten and plump your face and reduce the appearance of pores. It has the same principles as deep conditioning your hair, or taking a deep soak in an essential oil filled bath.
FREEMAN DEAD SEA MINERAL ANTI STRESS MASK 15 ML
L’OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK BLACK 50 ML
ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT ACTIVE CHARCOAL MASK
Hand and Lip
My hands and lips are often rejected, the only time I think about using hand cream is when there is free creams in the bathrooms of posh hotels, or after completing a shift on post room duty, where opening post dries my skin. As for my lips, this is usually an after-thought of my skincare routine, however I have found that the below two products are really easy to incorporate into my routine, and they both sink into the skin quickly and leaving little residue.
NEUTROGENA HAND CREAM CONCENTRATED UNSCENTED 50 ML
NIVEA LIP CARE PEARLY SHINE
These are my favourite products that are getting me through the relentless winter. I’d love to know what your favourite products are, and any holy-grail products you use to off-set overly oily skin? If you’re looking for recommendations on higher end products, check out inthefrow’s post about her skincare saviours, if you have the budget for them, they really work!