With winter almost here it’s important to start looking into skincare that helps our skin cope with low humidity levels, the office heating – check out my recent post on looking after your skin in the office – and general skin emergencies that results in moisture loss and lack of luminosity. Although we tend to swap a moisturising gel for a thicker cream, it’s not always about the switch but also putting in a regular routine including a good old facial, whether it’s at home or professional, to keep your skin looking as good as it did in summer of radiance and hydration. Here’s the winter facial that fixes any skin emergency – as well as maintaining healthy, plump and hydrated skin.
Breakouts. We all get them, especially at times we really don’t want them and it’s one of the biggest skin emergencies there is. For some, definitely me included, gets these on the daily and I’m lucky if I can find a patch of skin without one! So, a good spot treatment is always in the line up for my skincare routine and a good at home facial. My current go-to, which is to cater for the whole of my complexion rather than one spot, is the Mary Kay Clear Proof Spot Solution for acne-prone skin (£13.50, 29g), as all I need is a few nights covered in this and my spots go back to looking less angry.
Dark circles. Some of us are blessed with healthy-looking eyes with next to no dark circles whereas others are simply defined by them! Even after those blissful eight hours, my eyes can still look as if I’m surviving on three – which is why I always use the same eye cream for those little emergencies. The Kiehl’s Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment (£26, 14ml), which I’m still loving since my last review in the summer. The thick cream provides velvety finish containing avocado oil and vitamin A – both rich in antioxidants – that helps to replenish the delicate skin around the eyes that leave it feeling smooth, hydrated and healthy-looking. I’m so in love with this and always use it on emergencies but for those wanting to spend a bit less on an eye cream try the Green People Eye Cream Night (£14, 10ml) as it contains Aloe vera and avocado oil that soothes, hydrates and nourishes the eye area.
Lacklustre Complexion. When it comes to winter our skin suffers a lot from the colder temperatures to the full-blown heaters and can resort in a bit of a lacklustre complexion – which nobody wants! But first, what exactly is lacklustre skin? It can be everything from being ‘dull’ and lacking in radiance to the texture of your skin – which is usually lacking in moisture. We want the same bright, hydrated and glowing skin we got back in the summer and the only products I’ve been using to try and give my skin a bit of…life, is the BeautyPie Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops (£7.62, for members, 50ml) and the proto-col microdermabrasion (£31.95, 60ml) – also available in 20ml- both used separately. The peeling drops refine pores, exfoliates, evens skin tone, softens and smooths and removes impurities by dissolving the top layer of your skin which is perfect for combination, oily and acne-prone skin. Being considered as the backbone of any facial, it is definitely one you have to slowly bring into your routine or facial. The non-greasy liquid is easily adaptable to your routine as after cleansing and toning, massage the product into your skin and allow it to absorb before applying your treatment step and moisturiser.
For the times I need a good old pick me up and my acne is looking rather calm, I tend to reach for my absolute favourite – proto-col’s microdermabrasion. The chemical and mechanical polish works gently to remove dead skin cells as well as transforming your dull complexion into a brighter, more even looking skin. If you’ve only got a quick five minutes, I would recommend using this before applying your moisturiser.
Dehydration. With dehydrated skin lacking in water and dry skin missing oil, sometimes we try and solve the problem with products suited to dry skin – which can lead to overproducing oil resulting in doing more harm than good. Treating dehydration can be crucial this time of year with environmental changes, stress, fatigue and general ageing but with Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster (£6.99, 25ml) it treats five early symptoms of dehydration (dryness, roughness, tightness, fullness and dehydration lines) to leave skin dewy fresh. One simple little step can ward off any signs and help to balance out your skin and is very affordable. Personally, I would use this before and sometimes after my moisturiser for extra protection and it was a recent favourite from my holiday to Austria.
An emergency you just can’t describe? Do you have dehydrated, dry, irritated skin that’s also breaking out and simply lost the will to live? Your skin is suffering from winter in general and the best way to treat it is to incorporate a facial oil that’s perfect for dry, combination, oily, acne-prone, dull, ageing…every skin tone and every skin concern, whatever skin you have, a facial oil is a great product to have and may be the answer to all your worries. I have recently been using the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil (£39, 30ml) as the rose helps soothe and calm my acne and the vitamins and essential oils help to brighten, even and hydrate my skin.
I haven’t included facemasks into this blog purely because I believe a good skincare routine and facial are key to any skin emergencies but as facemasks are very good at fixing the problem temporarily, here’s a breakdown on what you can use. Or for my favourites, click here.