I’m blessed with dryness, dullness, breakouts and dark, under-eye shadows year-round (!) but in winter I could dedicate my waking hours to fighting these issues—and still fail. Cold winds and central heating play havoc with my sensitive epidermis. The struggle is real.
There are a handful products I’ve come to rely on, and while it might look like a lot this routine takes me less than 5 minutes.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: suitable for all skin types but especially good for those that are that bit more delicate. Daily go-to.
St Ives Invigorating Scrub: I love how soft my skin feels after I’ve used this, once or twice a week.
Konjac sponge with french green clay: I alternate this with the scrub, with an exfoliation-free day in-between, and afterwards my skin feels squeaky-clean but not stripped (though I am disappointed by how quickly this is falling apart considering it’s not used daily!).
Simple Kind-to-Skin Toner: I use Simple products on the advice of a GP, who recommended only basic ingredients. While I’m perfectly happy with this I’m keen to try Lush’s Rosewater Toner next!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum: new to my line-up, this is incredible and a bargain at £12 (I bought the aloe version too, though I’m yet to try that one).
E45 Cream: a classic. I’ve tried so many moisturisers over the years, some pretty expensive, and don’t know why I haven’t just used this my entire life: it’s unbeatable.
Emu Oil Well Moisturising Eye Cream: I blogged about this fairly recently but (while I like it) have since discovered the revelation that is almond oil. I’m alternating ’til the cream is gone, then it’s oil all the way.
Nivea SOS Lip Relief: I pop a bit of this on just before bedtime to wake up with soft, smooth lips.
Sudocrem: it sounds weird but if you’ve tried it you know I’m right. This is magic, literally making blemishes disappear overnight. (Gross fact: it also healed my recent post-cold, chapped nose in just a few hours and believe me the poor thing was a mess.)
Tea tree oil: confession time—I sometimes squeeze my spots. Don’t say you don’t! When I’ve failed to resist temptation I just dab a bit of this natural antiseptic on. I get it from Home Bargains or Savers, where it’s about 50p for a teeny bottle that’ll last a year or more.
Read my updated skincare routine, for autumn/winter 2015