Morning skincare routine: Winter

23 Mar 2014

Morning Skincare Routine

Skincare, my favourite aspect of beauty and my favourite thing to indulge in. Can you believe I have never shared a full skincare routine? Today I am going to whizz you through my morning routine, perfect for those who with oily/dehydrated skin, a routine I have perfected over the Winter months. It's almost time for me to change up my skincare routine for the warmer months, but whilst it's still chilly outside, these products are the answer to my skin woes. This is going to be a long one, so get those cuppas at the ready...

First step, cleansing. Most people like to double cleanse at night, but I like to in the morning, too; not every day, but most days. One of the most beautiful cream cleansers I've ever used, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (SamsaraSkin*, 100ml, £25) is full of skin loving ingredients including Omega 3, Vitamins A, B and E, Camellia, a rare oil used as a skin cleanser and conditioner, as well as Damask Rose Otto Oil, perfect for retaining moisture, rejuvenating and restoring skin. Very light-weight, I have noticed a massive difference in my skin since introducing this a couple of months ago; my skin feels softer and hydrated, from first use I was smitten. Working to remove dirt, makeup (at night) and impurities, it's softening and hydrating, just what my skin needs. My second morning cleansing step is CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser (SamsaraSkin, 100ml, £24.75), a product I've mentioned a few times and one of my favourite skincare products, ever. A concentrated exfoliating cleanser, infused with Cooling Peppermint Essential Oil, Calming Lavender and Clarifying Tea Tree Oil. Another light-weight product, this is unlike any other cleanser I've tried before, but works effortlessly to deeply cleanse my skin, decongesting pores (works wonders on those pesky blackheads!), eliminating cellular debris, all whilst being hydrating and smoothing. 

Cleansing done, it's time to tone and the most long-standing toner in my routine is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (JohnLewis, 200ml, £13.25), formulated with naturally active ingredients such as Organic Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile, Cucumber and a natural source of Vitamin E. It's gentle, soothing and refreshing, whilst managing to leave my skin feeling softly moisturised. Eye cream is next and I am smitten with the Pai Echium and Argan Soothing Eye Cream (SamsaraSkin*, 15ml, £28) which feels instantly soothing, smoothing and hydrating once applied. Rich in rare and super-effective forms of Omega 3 and 6, with work to soothe and smooth, as well as Gamma Linolenic Acid and Steridonic Acid, which help to improve the appearance of fine lines, with an anti-inflammatory action which relieves dry, sore and irritated eyes. One whole pump is a touch too much, so I carefully use the pump to release a pea sized amount, more than enough for both eyes. 

Next up is serum and I've recently introduced the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Serum (Escentual*, 30ml, £27) to my routine and pretty much instantaneously, I have seen massive results. An innovative serum perfect for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin, with a formula containing 100% natural and botanical Hyaluronic Acid, a high concentration of Salicornia along with eight Plant Milks, Aloe Vera Sap, White Almond and Orange Flowers. It has the most beautiful floral scent and the serum itself is very light-weight. Yet once applied my feels instantaneously softer, smoother and far more hydrated. It's beautiful! After serum comes oil, and another product that easily falls into the 'best product of it's type' category. Nothing has wowed me as much as the Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil (LookFantastic*, 30ml, £32), a product that's been a firm favourite in my routine for quite some time now and quite possibly my favourite ever facial oil. Helping to reduce sensitivity, calm skins reactions, strengthen the skin and minimise the signs of ageing all whilst being incredibly replenishing and hydrating, with a gorgeous scent to boot. It's amazing, with my skin feeling softer, hydrated and plumper, with 100% natural skin-loving ingredients; a signature blend of pure Rose Otto, Palma Rosa and Rose Geranium Essential Oils, anti-oxidant rich Arctic Cloudberry, Abyssinian and Rosehip Oil to name but a few of the gorgeous ingredients inside.

Finally, we're on to the final steps. Indeed Labs Hydraluron (Boots, 30ml, £24.99) and I have a love-hate relationship. It's a product I started using when my skin wasn't dehydrated nor dry, a product I didn't need but gave in to the hype. Because of giving my skin the extra boost of Hydraluron, my skin became dependent and Hydraluron has played a major part in my skin now being dehydrated. Using Hydraluron when I didn't need it caused my skin to become dehydrated, so now I have to use Hydraluron to keep giving my skin what it now massively craves. A vicious cycle - but if you have dehydrated skin, it can be hugely beneficial. On days when I'm not lazy and remember to use it, the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream (Escentual, 50ml, £35.20) is the perfect product for keeping my neck and decolletage soft, smooth and firmer. With a stunning scent, a light-weight and hydrating formula, I've never been more smitten with a neck cream. For moisturiser I've been turning to the incredibly effective Perricone MD Deep Moisture Therapy (LookFantastic*, 59ml, £69.50) which works to provide an intense surge of moisture, nourish, protect and restore, all whilst leaving skin soft and supple. It's a fairly heavy cream, but it sinks quickly into the skin and works well with my skin - soothing and nourishing my dehydrated skin, making it much easier to manage, as well as a perfect moisturiser for use before applying makeup. Last but not least, the KIKO Winter Sunscreen SPF30 (KIKO*, 20ml, £9.90), one of the loveliest SPFs I've used. It's light-weight, sinks into the skin easily and doesn't leave any white streaks. SPF is a must for me, and this has been doing the job perfectly! 

I warned you it would be a long post! What products feature in your morning skincare routine?

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