Winter skin care routines are so necessary.
It’s been pretty cold here in London for the last week or so. I’m not too sure what I was expecting to be honest. LOL. For some reason I can’t seem to handle the cold any more. I hope this isn’t a sign that I’ve fully graduated into the granny club.
Last week, we spoke about products to combat some skin behaviours that you might be seeing during this winter. If you didn’t get a chance to read last week’s blog post it would definitely help you to understand this week’s blog post. Last week’s blog post is right here.
This week we’re going to be talking about adaptations that you might need to make to your skincare routine. As everyone has different skin types, I think it’s important to look at what can be done in the winter to make sure your skin remain nourished and beautiful. Bog standard cleanse, tone and moisturise works for very few people and I also know there are a few lucky people who have those really irritating goddess genes and their skin looks fabulous 97% of the time! Errmm well…..
HAHA, I joke, I joke!
So let’s look at Skin Types. Just to be clear, skin types are not the same as skin conditions. You could say that skin types are an internal thing (genetics, hormones etc) and skin conditions are external (environmental and circumstantial etc). Most people know what the different skin types are but they don’t always know what categorises or differentiates them.
In my opinion there are 5 Skin Types which are:
Most people have normal skin in their lives at one stage….when they were born. The skin is at its purest when a baby leaves the womb (and those really annoying people who have great skin 97% of the time). This skin type has very little blemishes or imperfections, barely visible pores, and is just generally radiant
Oily skin usually has a shiny appearance, enlarged pores, congestion and sometimes has blemishes. Oily skin can make wearing make-up for extended period difficult.
Dry skin is often crepey to the touch, can have a dull appearance, pores on dry skin are barely visible and dry skin can sometimes have red patches on fairer skin complexions
Combination skin is exactly as it says. It’s generally a combination of more than one skin type with the most common combination being oily in the ‘T-Zone’ area of the face and normal everywhere else
It’s important to be clear with this skin type. Sensitve skin is not the same thing as sensitised skin and many people often get them confused. Sensitive is generally a skin type that you always have, however there are many factors that can cause your skin to become sensitised such as weather conditions, environmental changes such as pollution, pregnancy, hormones and medication to name a few.
It’s important to get to know your skin and understand it as it unique to you.
Every skin type requires the same basic care, it needs to be clean and it needs to be moisturised but there are definitely certain ingredients and products that can help you along in winter so lets get to it:
In winter, I would suggest adjusting your skincare slightly if you have normal skin to account for the drier air. I would suggest increasing the moisture for normal skin
For normal skin I would recommend a straight forward regime:
Daily: Cleanse your skin twice a day, apply a serum, apply an eye cream and use a day moisturiser and interchange it with a night moisturiser or serum at night. Also find somewhere to include an SPF. Your skin still requires protection from the sun even if you can’t see it in the sky.
Weekly: Apply a moisturising mask to give the skin an extra boost
My Saviour Product for Normal Skin is….
Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream – RRP £15.50
Texture: Creamy & Rich
Oily skin requires a bit of extra love during the winter as skin might get even drier due to the weather. Your skin may get oilier due to the air being drier
For Oily Skin I would recommend the following regime:
Daily: Pre-cleanse the skin or double cleanse the skin, only tone with something that contains NO ALCOHOL as toner should not be an astringent, apply a moisture booster or serum and apply an oil free moisturiser in the day and a moisturiser, serum or light oil at night.
Weekly: Exfoliate once but no more than twice a week. This will help to ensure that your pores don’t get clogged. Also try using a mask containing some kind of clay or charcoal as these ingredients are great for oily skin and help with drawing out any impurities.
My Saviour Product for Oily Skin is….
Pixi Glow Tonic – RRP £18.00
Texture: Silky & Refreshing
Dry skin can really suffer in the winter. It’s important to make sure that the skin is not only well moisturised through.
For dry skin I would recommend the following regime:
Daily: Pre-cleanse, cleanse the skin, apply an eye cream, apply an spf, apply a serum and apply a rich moisturiser at day and night
Weekly: Use a non grainy exfoliator once a week, use a moisturising mask twice a week
My Saviour Product for Dry Skin is….
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser – RRP £20.25
Combination skin can often be a bit of a challenge regardless of what season it is however I would say that you need to target your problem areas with different things. There is no point in trying to treat your skin as if it all the same because it simply isn’t.
For combination skin I would recommend the following regime:
Daily: Pre-cleanse, Cleanse with a cleanser made for oily skin, use a moisturising serum or booster and use a light moisturiser in the day, possibly gel consistency. Incorporate an SPF and use a serum and moisturiser at night
Weekly: Combine a clarifying mask on the areas of your face that aren’t oily and use a mask recommended for oily skin to combat your oily skin
My Saviour Product for Combination Skin is…
Clarins HydraQuench Cream – RRP £30
Sensitive skin can also be a challenge in winter. I think the main things are to ensure that the skin is not irritated and it is well protected. I would also recommend keeping products as a natural as possible and also to a minimum
For sensitive skin I would recommend the following:
Daily: Cleanse the skin, apply a serum/SPF and apply a moisturiser or balm
Weekly: Use a redness relief product for fairer skin and ensure that you make sure that you use a mask that has a high oil content for protection.
My Saviour Product for Sensitive Skin is…
Avène Rich Skin Recovery Cream – RRP £16.50
Texture: Thick & Smooth
So this brings us to the end of this weeks’ blog. I hope that you have found some useful information here for your winter skin. If you loved what you read today please feel free to share the love!
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Next week we’re going to be discussing makeup for winter and how you can stay looking fabulous whilst giving your skin the care that it needs.
Until Next Week!
Cheers to The Freakin’ Weekend.