It’s that time of year when I step up my skincare and try to be a lot more disciplined when it comes to skincare, applying body lotion twice daily, switching my gel cleansers an oil cleanser, and using richer moisturisers. This is reflected in my October empties which includes moisture boosting sheet masks, a rich body butter and nourishing lotions.
The first empty is a product I previously featured here. Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash is a soap and alkali free cleanser that moisturises, prevents dehydration and stabilises the skin’s acid mantle. Whilst it may not have the most attractive packaging it’s a great cleanser, especially for sensitive skins. I kept it in my gym bag and used it after my workouts and weekly swim session, where the formula really counteracted the drying effects of chlorine.
Moving on is the DDung Family Peeling Gel, a Korean facial peel that featured in the Scrub 2 Memebox. Applied to the face, you rub this product in circular motions and it lifts off makeup and impurities. I found it quite a bizarre product to use and I wasn’t particularly convinced by its effectiveness, so it wouldn’t be a product I recommend.
Next up is a trio of body lotions; Soap & Glory Orangeasm, Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter and Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion (full review here). My favourite one to use was the Sukin body lotion as it is packed full of botanticals, has a lovely natural scent and the company has a fantastic ethos. When my skin is particularly dry however, I do like to reach for a heavier body butter, like the Clinique or Soap & Glory ones.
This time of year my feet and hands really suffer from the cold, getting much drier, so to combat this dryness I apply a foot cream and hand cream nightly. One of the go-to brands for footcare is Scholl and their Velvet Smooth Night Mask is particularly effective. I liked to slather this on generously, cover with a pair of socks and leave on overnight. Come the morning my feet were as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I also keep a hand cream by my bedside to apply last thing at night and the one I used in October was Compagnie De Provance Mediterranean Hand Cream. I wasn’t particularly bowled over by this, with neither the scent or the consistancy doing much for me, and I definitely prefer something richer such as Burt’s Bees Almond Hand Cream.
October was a busy month and involved a few late nights. When my eyes looked tired I dabbed on my Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer to help disguise those tell-tale dark circles. This concealer has lasted ages as you need only the smallest amount to cover up blemishes and discolouration, and it has great staying power.
As I said I definitely up the ante with my skincare as we move into Winter and The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream is a great option if you need a moisture boost. I layered it over my Decleor Ylang-Ylang Aromessence, which I use when I’ve got a breakout, and along with Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream, I was pretty chuffed with my skin in October which was radiant and clear! Add into the mix a nourishing oil cleanser like DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and you can be sure of nourished, glowing skin this winter too.
As usual I threw some skincare samples and a couple of moisturising sheet masks into my regime, including the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Sheet Mask, which is fantastic and I’m happy I have a few of them to use over the winter, and the Purederm Brightening Korean Herb mask.
Do you try and shake up your skincare during the colder months? If so i’d love to hear what changes you make and which products you reach for!