With every season my skincare products get a reshuffle and with combination skin, weather change has a big affect on it's condition. It is so important we use great products that work for us, and if you are going to splurge out anywhere then it should (unfortunately) be on skincare. The way I convince myself is that your skincare products are as much of a base product as your foundation; even if the packaging isn't as showstopping.
Step one of my skincare routine is based on pure laziness if I am honest. When I get home form work or university the last thing I want to be doing is a lengthy cleanse and polish. A quick wipe off of the make up with the Bioderma Sensibo H20 or Yves Saint Laurent Top Secret Toning and Cleansing Water with a cotton pad is super fast and makes your skin feel lovely and fresh. I have found Bioderma to be a little drying, so I reserve this for days when I am feeling a little more oily. The cotton pads I like the most are actually from Primark. I find these to be the most gentle on the skin without all the cotton separating leaving fluff all over my fingers.
Whilest I realise I am getting no younger, and good skin means good skin care, I still try to go for the lazy girls approach to cleansing. This Lancome Gel Eclat is perfect for a super fast deep clean. It is gentle on the skin and does not irritate the eye area, and most importantly it removes all make up; including waterproof products. I massage this all over my face and remove with warm running water. The warm water helps to open your pores so no dirt is trapped. I then dry my face using a cotton pad; simply because I am so bad at cleaning face towels in time this is my solution.
Once cleansed I always go straight in with my toner on a cotton pad, this will close your pores preventing any dirt from clogging them. It also assists in firming the skin. A lot of toners have a drying quality, but this Vitamin E Toner from The Body Shop is a little more nourishing, it will not cause dryness and also assists in reducing uneven pigmentation and redness. (see review)
Your evening routine is the best time to treat your skin, you have the whole night to allow products to really work so this is where I treat my skin by locking in moisture to my dry areas and reducing excess oil from my problem areas.
For cream I have found Lancome (albeit expensive) to have the most nourishing products that work well on my very sensative skin. For my eye area I love their Rénergie Multi-Lift Eye cream, I massage this in gently with my ring fingers. I then use the Rénergie Multi-Lift Cream which has Firming and Anti-Wrinkle benefits as well as an SPF of 15. I massage this over the rest of my face and on to my neck with any excess product.
For the areas of my skin that I have excess oil I apply the Malin + Goetz Sulfur Paste with a cotton bud. I also apply this directly to any blemishes and leave on over night to wash off in the morning. (see full review)
As you can see I love really creamy products that make my skin feel healthy and nourished. The cold weather can make my skin feel so dry but this cleanser and the creams really help to combat any damage the cold wind can do.
I would love to know your current skincare must haves and if these products are part of your routines. Let me know in the comments below.