I don't know what it is about the beginning of a new year, but my skin is never happy for the first few months. Saying our skin suffers in the winter months is an understatement; mine decides to up the ante and throw it's worst at me all at once. My skin is generally happy; I very rarely gets spots or blemishes, I'm not sensitive to any ingredients or products (except for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir) and my only issues usually are an oily t-zone and a touch of dehydration on my cheeks. Since around last autumn, my skin has gone from having the occasional dry spot to 100% dehydrated in areas, something I've mentioned a couple of times on the blog but not in much detail. It's difficult dealing with skin that can't make up it's mind and I know it's to be expected; our skin type won't always stay the same, it can be altered by environmental effects, our lifestyle and even as we age. My skin is no longer simply oily. If anything, I'd say it's more on the dehydrated side now! Going from using products solely designed for oily skin for so long means finding the right products to give my dehydrated skin a boost on a long-term scale, takes some getting used to. I've tried more products to give my dehydrated skin what it needs, than I can even count. Some have turned out to be all sales pitch and no action, with a select few making it into my routine on a regular basis, products my dehydrated skin loves.
As I won't get much time to myself for the rest of this week, due to moving house on Friday, I'm taking some time this morning to give my skin a pamper, a super dose of nourishment. Starting off with the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse (House of Fraser, 200ml, £43), I'll be using the luxurious yet refreshingly scented balm to cleanse my skin. I generally use balm cleanses at night, but I have started to really enjoy using the Extra Balm Rinse before a mask recently and find my skin is more harmonious overall when I do. Next step, the Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator (Pai, 50ml, £20) to smooth the surface of my skin and get rid of any dead skin cells. This is a little tip I picked up from one of Gemsmaquillage YouTube videos; if you have dead skin cells on your skin opposed to a smooth surface, you're skin won't absorb the benefits from your chosen mask as well. It may just be in my mind, but I really think this helps masks work better, for me at least. Once my skin is nice and smooth, I'll be turning to a new favourite mask, the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Face Mask (LookFantastic*, 100ml, £36) A clear gel mask with a subtle yet soothing scent of rose akin to my favourite Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Mist (LookFantastic, 50ml, £20), this mask works to soothe, moisturise and regenerate thirsty, lack-lustre skin. It's recommended to pop this on for 5-10 minutes, but I leave it on for a good 10 minutes at least to ensure my skin laps up all the hydrating benefits. If you're looking for a quick hydration boost, that's long-lasting and beneficial to your skin, you have to give this a go! To finish off my hydrating skin pamper, I'll be extending my mid-week pamper through the night by popping on the Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair Mask (CultBeauty*, 50ml, £51) Formulated to hydrate skin, leaving it radiant and plump, with Pure Essential Oils and Floral Water, this light-weight cream mask leaves me with beautifully soft, hydrated and happy skin every time.
What will you be doing for your mid-week pamper?
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