Hydrating Skincare Lineup

If you're anywhere in the Northern hemisphere, then you'll know that it's flippin freezing (I can doubly confirm this because my fingers almost dropped off from frostbite this morning on the way to the post office). And this all means that my skincare is doubly as dry to the extent that it was starting to flake.

So after a long browse of the Caroline Hirons' blog who is a skincare goddess and knows basically everything to do with skincare and I came up with a slightly varied skincare routine.

My skincare routine is basically the same morning and evening, the only thing that changes is the use of a balm cleanser which I only use in the evening to remove my makeup. I'm currently using the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter but I recently decanted it into a travel plastic container (see the one labelled "balm".)

Cetaphil has been a permanent fixture in my skincare routine since I was sixteen partially because after a bad bought of acne, my dermatologist said it worked best with my skin and I've had no qualms since! It's a gentle cleanser and is perfect for me.  

Following the basic cleansing, I use a toner. Standard drugstore toners are basically useless. Their main purpose is to simply remove any remnants of your cleanser however, acid toners are brilliant. I use Bravura London Purifying Calendula Toner which is inexpensive and contains both lactic and glycolic acid which are key AHA's for your skin. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliator and basically is far less abrasive than physical exfoliators whereas lactic acid not only exfoliates but helps to improve skin texture and hydrates. When looking for a toner, pay attention to the AHA's in them as they are critical to improving your skin and give your toner an actual use.

In the evening, I'm a massive fan of weekly face masks but found a lot of them were quite drying so have recently been using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which is incredibly hydrating and you wake up with your skin feeling soft to the touch and generally moisturised. I put this on straight after my skincare routine so it has a time to sink in before I go to sleep and doesn't come off on my pillow.

As a side note, I'm also loving Carmex Lip Balm for fighting dry lips. It's very moisturising and sorts everything out!

What are your skincare favourites for colder months?

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