My Winter Night Skincare Routine | Blogmas

winter skincare routine, clarins, the body shop, kiehls

Whilst I may love Autumn and Winter, I'm not always a massive fan of some of the things that come along with it. The dry lips, the parched skin and my frazzled hair, what's not to love?! It's taken me some serious time and dedication (I'm a bit of a lazy beauty blogger!) to get a skincare routine that works perfectly for me year round, I then just add in a couple of different products in per season depending on what I need.

winter skincare routine, clarins, the body shop, kiehls
winter skincare routine, clarins, the body shop, kiehls

Now being a critical care nurse I spent 90% of my work day (which is 13.5 hours) inside where everything is controlled by air con and central heating, I normally don't get to go out into our patient garden unless my patient is willing and fit enough to go, so I basically don't see any of the day and it's often not the nicest conditions for my skin. That all coupled with being chronically dehydrated and tired is a recipe for disaster.

For years when I was younger I never really got the whole skincare and makeup craze and didn't really understand why we needed a skincare routine day and night. Because of that my skin suffered awfully, not in the spotty sense but skin looked awful, dull, tired and incredibly dry. As a result whenever I tried to wear makeup I found that it always sat awfully on my skin no matter what I did. You will all be happy to hear that I have now seen the error of my ways and put a great deal of time, money and effort into maintaining my skin and skincare routine. I can definitely see the difference in my skin if I do the lazy version of my skincare routine (we've all got one!).

Step One ~ Makeup Remover
As a religious makeup wearer, one of the worst things that I can do for my skin is not cleanse my skin and get rid of all the makeup, dirt and oil trapped on my face. Depending on how tired I am will depend which products I use, if I have been in work and am exhausted I will normally take my makeup off with the No7 Quick Thinking wipes. These are actually the only makeup remover wipes I use as they actually take your makeup off and they don't sting or burn your skin and eyes. If I'm actually being good and taking my makeup off properly I use a muslin cloth and the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop, it takes off every inch of makeup. With it being a balm cleanser, it doesn't completely strip my skin of moisture either.

Step 2 ~ Cleansing
I always have to make sure no matter what I use to take my makeup off, I always wash my face. As I've already used a more intensive makeup remover, I use the Aloe Foaming Facial wash from The Body shop to cleanse and calm my skin after all that harsh Winter weather and all that central heating!!

Step 3 ~ Toner
Now I know right now that I use the wrong type of toner for my skin as I live for using toners that really make your skin feel clean and I was using one my friend gave me from Clarin's until they told me that could be drying out my skin, so I swapped to the Rose Toner from The Body Shop. Since I made the swap I've noticed how less dehydrated and plumper my skin looks!

Step 4 ~ Serum
Thanks to the lovely girls at Giorgio Armani Chester and Clarin's Liverpool, I've gotten into using an essence before my serum. I for one had no clue these existed before I started using one but they have made their way over from Japan where is part of their 10-step skincare routine. I've been using the Clarin's Super Restorative Treatment Essence as a pre-serum step and I have really noticed how much better my serum works if I use this beforehand. Now I did use to use the Clarin's Double Serum day and night, however I've been recently converted to the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil.

Step 5 ~ Moisturiser
Always, always, always use an eye cream and whatever you do, don't put your face cream around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is super sensitive and much thinner than the rest of your face so your face cream is going to be WAY too heavy! I've been loving the Clarin's Multi-Active eye cream since I hosted an event with the Liverpool counter. Not only is it an eye cream but you also get a metal applicator that helps to drain the fluid out from under your eyes. My big tip with this eye cream is to put it in the fridge before you eat breakfast when you've got a important event or even on a day you want to look more well rested and then apply it after breakfast and the cold will help you look more refreshed and help your eyes look less puffy.

For my night cream, I use the Clarin's (anyone seeing a bit of a theme here?!) Multi-Active Night cream. I've noticed that this really helps perk my skin up overnight, especially on those nights when I haven't had a whole lot of sleep! Not only does it do wonders, it also smells incredible and I swear it must have lavender or something calming in it cause it always help me relax.

Do you change your skincare routine for Winter?

Speak to you next time!

1 comment

  1. I've heard such good things about the chamomile cleansing butter! I have super dry skin so love oily, nourishing formulas xx

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