Well after a historic scorchio summer and autumn, normal service has resumed in Ireland. We’re wholly unprepared for the rain and cold as it’s been so long since we’ve seen it we almost forgot it ever happened. For me one of my biggest peeves of the cold weather is the effect it has on my dry skin. I have the added bonus of working in an entirely air conditioned office so my skin does not fare too well in these conditions. I have pale, sensitive, dry skin that is prone to redness, so hopefully this might give you some ideas if you have similar skin…
I don’t do a full cleanse in the morning as I don’t feel it’s really necessary and cleansing only reddens up my skin. I usually just swipe my face with a bit of simple toner or a new rosewater toner that I’m loving. I then apply the new love of my life, Hydraluron Serum. This has definitely changed the texture of my skin for the better. It’s more hydrated overall and my oily nose is definitely less oily, proving it was a hydration problem all along. I apply Boots Botanics moisturising eye cream and a little bit of my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm. Then on goes the moisturiser. I usually use either La Roche Posay Hydraphase with SPF20 or the Rosaliac moisturiser, if my face is feeling a little red.
I usually cleanse with a creamy cleanser, I’m loving the Elemis one at the moment or I have been using the brilliant Nima Mitt, which needs no cleanser at all. That Mitt could save me a fortune on cleansers. I then apply Hydraluron for the second time and let that sink in. In the evening I usually apply Avene Soothing Protection Cream, which is a creamy calming moisturiser that usually helps after a day in the office. Just before I go to bed I apply a few drops of the Trilogy Rosehip oil, which I think is a godsend for winter parched skin.
Once a week I also use a mask to help keep my skin flake free and hydrated. My long time mask of choice is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. It contains fruit acids to gently exfoliate skin while somehow managing to calm the skin at the same time. My face always looks better after using this, I’d highly recommend it, especially if you’re of a sensitive disposition skin-wise! I rarely use a scrub type exfoliator as it just aggravates my skin but this mask will do the same job perfectly.
So there you have it, some simple steps to protect my dry skin in winter. Have you any products you’d recommend for winter parched skin?