I’ve always had really problematic skin, and am constantly having to change my skin care routine to accommodate it. Even now, in my late thirties, I get acne breakouts and oily patches. On top of that, the colder weather brings in dryness and sensitivity. It’s like having teenage skin and mature skin at the same time! I’ve found that more gentle and natural products seem to help my skin a lot. Although I have been using skin care acids, like the Pixi Glow Tonic I incorporated into my routine earlier this year, they don’t seem to be helping at the moment. I’m having a break from them and going for moisture and comfort instead. Here’s my updated skin care routine for Autumn and Winter. Everything is cruelty-free, and most products are also suitable for vegans.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
I’ve used budget cleansers and very expensive cleansers over the years, and I love this budget one. It’s a really thick cream that takes off all makeup and doesn’t leave any residue. I use it with a big soft flannel. It has Cocoa Butter in it so it’s really comforting and not stripping at all. One of the best things is, it’s only £5.99 for 150ml.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer
I don’t think I’ve ever met a Liz Earle product I didn’t like. This comes in a big spray bottle so you can mist it all over your face straight after cleansing, to add a little bit of moisture. It’s also really gentle, so you can spray it on to cotton wool and take off your eye makeup too. I do find this gives a quick boost to my skin so it looks brighter straight away. Lots of products claim to do this, but this one really does.
Odacite Eye Contour Serum Concentrate (Baobab + Sarsaparilla)
This is insanely expensive, but I got this in a Cult Beauty box for an absolute steal. I got this several months ago and it’s still going strong despite daily use. It’s basically an oil in a small dropper bottle, and is designed to smooth and plump the undereye area. I find lots of eye products don’t have much of an effect under the eyes, but this one does. My undereye lines are definitely minimised and the area is always soft and hydrated.
TIANA Fairtrade Organics Rose Fresh Coconut TLC Anti-Ageing Moisturiser
I absolutely love coconut oil, and use it for almost everything. I like to put it in my hair and on my body, as well as in smoothies and to cook with. This moisturiser contains 100% raw, organic and fair trade ingredients. The ingredients are 100% cold pressed coconut oil, fresh coconut butter and high quality distilled pure essential Rosa Damascena rose oil. It’s designed specifically for use on the face. Like other coconut oil products, it is generally solid at room temperature (at least it is in the UK!). You just need to warm a small amount up between your fingertips so it melts, and then use it. I love putting this on every day. It smells so good, with coconut and rose. It leaves my skin extremely soft and conditioned, and plumps it up, reducing the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
If you’re looking for the thickest lip balm on the planet, this is it. Bite Beauty use food grade ingredients in their products so they’re completely safe to use on the lips. This lip balm contains jojoba oil, lanolin and resveratrol. According to them, this ‘provides antioxidant benefits equivalent to 15 glasses of red wine’. I don’t have a problem drinking a lot of red wine, but it’s not good for the looks so I try to get the benefits elsewhere! Anyway, this is ultra thick and moisturising and prevents any chapping or dryness whatsoever.
Grounded Coconut Lip Scrub
Staying on the lip care theme, if you do experience rough or chapped lips, this is a really good solution. It’s probably the best lip scrub I’ve ever used. It is a sugar scrub with a really lovely coconut scent, and actually works at getting rid of dry skin. I’ve reviewed it in more detail recently on my blog The Vegan Home. It’s definitely worth looking at if you suffer from dry lips, and it only costs £4.99.
Korres Face Masks
I still have a few of the mini face masks from Korres that I picked up in Crete a while back. I still love the Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial and the Nectarine Rich Moisturising Mask, especially at this time of year. Both are thick and creamy, and I use them once a week or so for an extra moisture boost. I’m avoiding the clay and mud-based masks at the moment while I try to add moisture to my skin.
Lilash & Librow
I’ve used both of these products on and off over the past few years. They used to work really well, but I decided to try Revitalash last year instead so haven’t used these for a while. I’m about halfway through the three month recommended usage period. I’ve found before that it does take three months to see lash and brow growth, so haven’t really noticed a difference yet. I’m taking photos every four weeks so will review them after three months. I’m hopeful they’re still as good as they used to be. My lashes aren’t particularly short but they are very fine, as are my brows. In the past I had really long, thick lashes and brows from using these.
So far, so good with this new skin care routine. The cold weather is yet to fully kick in, but I know I am prepared with these products.
Enter My Giveaway
I’ve teamed up with TIANA Fairtrade Organics to offer readers the chance to win a TIANA Fairtrade Organics Rose Fresh Coconut TLC Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, worth £17.99. All you have to do for a chance to win is enter via the Gleam app below.
Entries are open to the UK only, and the giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday 10 December 2017.
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