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I have a rather large rotation of products in my winter skincare routine, but I’ve pared it down to the can’t live without products to create a little roundup post.
My skin is temperamental. It’s acne-prone, though not always oily. In the summer, most definitely, but in the winter I’d say it leans more towards the normal side with a dash of oiliness on the forehead. But still acne-prone with a dash of sensitivity. I’m always battling with it and trying the next product that will hopefully tame it without making it angry. I think I’ve found some real winners this time around, and some products that I’m even planning on repurchasing if/when I run out.
I have two cleansers on the go – one for day to day cleansing and one sitting in the shower or for super oily emergencies. The first is the Paula’s Choice cleanser, which I mentioned in my Paula’s Choice Acne Busters post. I’m still going strong on one of my trial bottles and it’s been treating my skin very well! It’s gentle, yet keeps my skin feeling clean, without feeling stripped. My second cleanser is The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Clearing Facial Wash, which is designed for oily skin especially. It’s quite drying, so I usually prefer it in the summer, but I bought some a few months ago because I wanted to remember why I loved it. I certainly do – it makes my skin feel almost squeaky clean, but not in a yucky way. More in a it’s so cleeaaaan way. I use this one sparingly because I think it would dry my fall/winter skin out too much and I slap on a whole ‘lotta moisture on it after, but it’s really wonderful helping keep the acne at bay.
Toner & Exfoliation
I’ve only got one toner on the go – LUSH’s Tea Tree Toner. I was in love with their Eau Roma Water a while ago and so decided to try the tea tree version out and I like it, though not as much as Eau Roma. It’s not quite as refreshing or hydrating, though I do love the smell of tea tree.
I lumped exfoliation in with the toner because I’m currently using a exfoliating toner, or a chemical exfoliant. Don’t get frightened off – it’s not scary chemicals. It’s an alternate to physical exfoliation and I’ll actually let Caroline Hirons explain it because she is so much better at it. (She is a skincare goddess, if you don’t already read her blog, I highly recommend it!) I’m using the Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin at the moment and am loving the results I’m seeing. I don’t love that there is alcohol in it, but my skin seems to be reacting very well to the solution as a whole, so I’m not going to complain too much. Just a note for those of you who are on the look out. Since starting to use this solution I’ve seen a huge improvement in my acne – more so from this than anything else in my routine. I don’t have any more bumps under the skin like I did all summer, and when I do get a spot they are smaller and don’t last as long. They’re also fewer, and this is the only thing I’ve added to my routine, so I’m crediting Reversa for this miraculous change!
This is the section that has become a bit excessive. I don’t like heavy creams and lotions on my face, but I do like a lot of moisture, so I’ve taken to layering moisturizers on top of each other. It’s seemed to work very well!
I’ve been alternating between using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Facial Oil that I reviewed way back in January and Hylamide’s Low-Molecular HA serum when I need an extra boost of moisture. Both of these products make an instant difference to my skin and I don’t know how I survived without them last winter! I’m going to do a full review of the Hylamide serum soon so I don’t want to go into too much detail right now – I’ll just say that if you like skincare and your skin is dry right now, it’s a beautiful product!
During the day I use the Reversa Radiance Cream which has an SPF of 30 (yay!) and claims to improve the look of brown spots and acne scars. I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference in the acne scars, if I’m honest, but I love that there is Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid in this moisturizer. And did I mention SPF? It’s not a particularly moisturizing cream – it’d be perfect for my summer skin, actually, but I do love the feel of it on my skin. It works in quickly, but I always add in a facial oil after it’s had a chance to sink in for a while.
At night I bring out the heavy hitters and use ROC’s Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Anti-Age Ultra Restoring Cream which I received in a goodie bag from the aforementioned Shoppers Drug Mart gala. It has an incredibly strong scent and I really don’t enjoy it, but I do love how soft and supple my skin feels after. The scent doesn’t bother me anymore but I still doubt I would purchase it myself purely because of how strong it smells.
I have just started to use the Nuxe Paris Contour des Yeux Prodigieux eye cream, but I have only been using it a few days so I can’t say anything about it other than it feels really hydrating on my eyes. Before that I was using a gel from La Roche Posay, but I will talk about that more in my next empties post.
When I have a spot (or three) start to form I use Paula’s Choice Clear Skin Clearing Treatment either in Extra Strength or Regular Strength, depending on the day and how my skin is feeling. This is the perfect spot treatment for using during the day because it covers the spot and mattifies it so that foundation and concealer go over it beautifully. At night I will often use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil if I have a particularly stubborn spot, though I use it sparingly because it can be very drying and cause flakiness if over used. Between these three products any spots that do crop up get taken care of very quickly.
Writing this all out makes it feel very extensive, but it honestly takes less than five minutes for me to do my whole winter skincare routine. What’s your favourite skincare product in your routine?