It’s safe to say the weather has been pretty woeful of late. The cold wind has crept back in which means my skin has been taking a real battering and has been looking a little dull and feeling a bit drier than usual. When it’s miserable outside, I am perfectly content to stay cosy inside and have a bit of a pamper and what better way to do that than to give yourself a nice, hydrating at home facial?
The first thing I do is make sure my skin is thoroughly cleansed by removing any make up and grime from the day. My most reached for cleanser recently is the cult Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm* which breaks down any make up in seconds. The smooth balm not only smells incredible thanks to the inclusion of various essential oils but also conditions the skin as it cleanses to reveal fresh, clean and hydrated skin. Plus it feels like a real treat on the skin as you massage it in so it’s perfect for a pamper session.
For a second cleanse, I love the Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser* because of its creamy, nourishing formula. The cleanser also contains mineral clays to detoxify the skin as well as soothing aloe vera and conditioning avocado. I typically use this with my BeGlo PURA Sonic Cleansing Brush* to give myself a gentle and effective exfoliation whilst working the cleanser into my skin. I love this cleansing brush because it is so gentle in comparison to others that I’ve tried and it doesn’t cause any break outs, so when my focus is on treating and nourishing the skin, this is the perfect option. It is also really compact too, which would make it a good travel companion also.
Once my skin is fully cleansed, I reach for a mask to inject as much moisture as possible into my skin. One of my favourites recently is the Rose Hips Mask from Mario Badescu. This smells beautiful (I love a good rose scent) and is really moisturising and nourishing on the skin. The complexion boosting ingredients also help revive dull skin so after use, my skin looks dewy and radiant. Whilst the mask is at work, I pop on a couple of eye gel patches to moisturise and revive my tired eyes, my favourites are the Pixi Beauty Detoxifeye Patches*.
When I have removed my mask I apply a healthy sprtiz of hydrating toner, my favourite for this routine is the Elemis ReHydrating Ginseng Toner. For serum I love the Alpha H Hyaluronic 8 Serum*. It is amazing for ensuring moisture gets deep into the skin’s layers, so good in fact it’s dubbed as the perfect alternative to dermal fillers so have high expectations and you won’t be disappointed. The non-sticky formula is intensely hydrating and my skin feels like it’s had a huge boost after using it.
For moisturiser, I reach for something a little richer and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is perfect. The emollient based cream is rich but not heavy and my skin drinks it right up, so no residue is left behind. The inclusion of ingredients such as shea butter and ceramides allow the cream to deeply hydrate whilst repairing the skin’s structure from within.
To finish off, I apply a few drops of the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil* to really lock in moisture and boost the complexion. The oil feels light on the skin and it helps boost elasticity whilst balancing sebum production so for me, it’s a good all rounder. After use, I wake up and my skin looks healthy and glowy, what more could I want?
What are your hero skincare items for rescuing skin in the depths of winter?
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* products marked are gifted items. As always, all views are 100% my own.