Winter is usually the time when my skin goes absolutely ballistic and basically turns on me for a period of about 3 hellish months. I can’t remember the last winter when this didn’t happen- until now! I seem to have finally found a combination of products that really work for me and actually keep my skin, not only just hanging in there, but actually properly hydrated even through the colder weather. Madness, eh?
The best thing about my skincare routine is that it’s fairly simple really, and inexpensive. It doesn’t involve any high end products, or multiple oils and masks, just a few key products that seem to really work well together. This is obviously just a guide as to what works for me, but for the record I have incredibly sensitive skin and often suffer from eczema, sometimes on my face, so I’m a pretty awkward customer.
I don’t do this every morning because, quite frankly, I’m lazy and would rather have an extra 30 seconds in bed. However, I love using my Clinique Cleansing Brush in the morning to wake myself up and give my skin a great start to the day. Over time, using this gives you a lovely glow, and despite having sensitive skin this isn’t too harsh for me at all.
I’ve been using the new Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash with my cleansing brush recently, which I chose because it removes eye makeup as well as being a nice foamy cleanser. I use this when I have a shower in the evening after the gym to take off my makeup before using it again on the cleansing brush so my skin feels squeaky clean. Considering how sensitive my skin is, this doesn’t leave it feeling too dry or tight as long as I don’t leave it too long to moisturiser afterwards. Plus, it’s super affordable!
In the mornings after cleansing, I move straight onto my moisturising routine. This is where my favourite little gem comes in- the under £3 skin miracle that is the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum. Since I started using this, I genuinely feel that my skin has changed- if anything sometimes it feels too moisturised because it’s obviously had a big enough drink, which is amazing through the colder months and definitely no bad thing.
Next up is another incredible addition to my skincare routine- the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra Eye Contour. Guys, if you have seriously sensitive eyes then this is the eye cream for you. My eyelids used to be so sensitive and I could never wear any makeup on my eyelids because they would get so red, flaky and sore for days afterwards. However, since I started using this every day and night, my eyelids have almost built up a tolerance and I can now wear eyeshadow with next to no side effects! If If I don’t use this for even one day then my eyelids start to feel tight and sore again, but as long as I keep it up my eyes are literally transformed- it’s a bloody miracle.
After using the serum and eye cream, I’ll then go on to use either the Garnier Moisture Bomb 3-in-1 Day Cream or the Garnier BB Cream Original in Extra Light (although I can’t find this shade anywhere to link so I really hope they haven’t discontinued it already! The Light shade is still too orangey for me). Most days, especially when I’m at work, I use the BB cream as my foundation as it’s much quicker than using moisturiser followed by foundation, and does the same job- if with slightly less coverage. It also makes a great, moisturising base for underneath foundation too if you’re wanting a more full coverage look, which I sometimes do at weekends.
The Garnier Moisture Bomb range is my absolute favourite right now. In fact, I’ve been consistently using the day cream for over a year now, and I can’t see myself switching anytime soon. It is so moisturising without being greasy, and sinks in so nicely in time to apply makeup over the top. I really can’t recommend it enough, and there’s always some kind of offer on somewhere on the high street so it really is super affordable! I haven’t been using this as much recently in favour of the BB cream, but whenever I know I’ll be wearing foundation instead I always reach for this. One bottle goes a long way too as you really don’t need to use very much- basically, you just can’t go wrong with this.
So, after I’ve gone about my day as usual and I’m ready to go to bed, I’ll remove my makeup in one of two ways:
1. Post-gym shower – If I’ve been to the gym in the evening, as I have been doing quite regularly recently, then I’ll take my makeup off in the shower with the previously mentioned Garnier Micellar Wash and a facecloth, which is super quick. If I can be bothered, I’ll use my Clinique Cleansing Brush once I’ve done my first wash to remove my makeup, so in total I’ll do two cleanses (hence why I can’t always be bothered).
2. Lazy evening – If I’ve just had a lazy evening at home, then I will use The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter to remove my makeup which is my all-time favourite cleanser EVER. It’s just so gentle and melty and divine, and you really don’t need to use much at all. In fact, my tub has appeared to be one more cleanse away from empty for about four weeks and I have used it at least six times since then- that’s how far you can stretch it! Again, I use this with a face cloth and warm water to gently buff off all my makeup after massaging it nicely all over my face and eyes.
The only thing in my evening routine that differs from my morning moisturising routine is the night cream- first off I use the Superdrug serum and La Roche-Posay eye cream, then I follow it up with the Garnier Moisture Bomb Night Cream. I don’t always use a night cream (aka. if I happen to have money when my current supply runs out, and if the range is on offer, then I’ll buy it. If not, I can survive without for a month or two) but I do try to add some extra moisture into my routine at nighttime so it can sink in whilst I sleep.
As I said before, the Moisture Bomb range is the bomb (sorry). This night cream is my favourite, especially for summer because of its lovely light gel texture, but it’s definitely moisturising enough to use even through the coldest time of the year- it just doesn’t feel luxurious and creamy which I know isn’t for everyone. I love this cream because it sinks in really quickly, just like the day cream, but you can still feel it’s there so you know it’s working its magic overnight.
I hope this has helped some of you who have sensitive skin with some recommendations you may not have tried before- let me know your thoughts if you have tried or decide to try any of these products!