It’s that time of year when the temperature changes and dry skin becomes a bit of a problem. The dry air from central heating and constant difference in temperature when going from inside to outside makes your skin dull and generally unhappy. There are a few products I swear by when the dry skin strikes so I thought I’d share them with you too.
Can I just say I am not perfect. I do not do all of these steps, everyday, sometimes I am on it and take pleasure in the process and sometimes I can’t be bothered. I do always cleanse and moisturise and notice the times I make an effort that my skin looks great. Ok with that covered on to my autumn dry skin tips and steps.
Over cleansing in colder months can cause dry skin issues. So make sure your cleanser is gentle and doesn’t contain to many acids and alcohols that will strip away the moisture.
I use a cleanser night and day, double cleansing at night if I have makeup and or SPF on.
To double cleanse I use an oil-based cleanser first to remove make up and a liquid cleanser after to remove everything. I use a muslin cloth to clean everything and dry the face slightly. I don’t dry with a towel. Tepid water, not hot as it can damage the capillaries in the skin.
In the morning I use a light cleanser, a small amount and again dry with a clean muslin cloth.
Muslin Cloths – I have about 14 so I can go a week without needing to wash them. As I use them they go in a cotton back and I tie this up at the end of the week and throw them in with my white wash. I bought mine here – Muslin Cloths but Wilko’s do flannels for 35p each too
Oil Cleanser- I have tried a few but there are a couple I love. I spend a couple of minutes massaging it into my whole face, lifting make up off easily.
DHC Cleansing Oil – This Japanese cleansing oil is fantastic. It uses vitamin E and Olive oil to remove all make up (even waterproof mascara) whilst feeling moisturising. Using one pump a day I’d say this lasts me around 3 months. Find it here DHC Cleansing Oil
Slaai Cleansing Balm Drunk Elephant – a solid version that melts as you massage. You only need a tiny amount and the combination of baobab seed oil and mongongo oil feels lovely on the skin. Using a fingernails amount a day I can see this lasting me about 3 months. Find it here Slaai Cleansing Balm Drunk Elephant
I also want to try Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. It has excellent reviews and is a more purse friendly option. It’s also reduced in Boots at the moment, but has sold out online here it is on Amazon.
I love Ren for a liquid cleanser, I have used the same one for years. It is gentle but effective. Ren have one for sensitive skin too.
A toner can either be balancing, hydrating and or exfoliating. So, choose one to suit your needs. I have an exfoliating/balancing one I use at night and a refreshing/hydrating one I use in the morning. Be careful with the amount of alcohol at this time of year. You need to keep as much moisture in as possible but still exfoliate.
I have used Pixi Glow Tonic for a long time. I love the smell and it makes my skin look and feel fresh. This falls into the exfoliating and balancing category. As the glycolic acid will tighten the skin, remove impurities and exfoliate. The other ingredients will work to balance and hydrate the skin. I definitely makes my skin glow. Find it here Pixi Glow Tonic
SON&PARK Beauty Water is my morning favourite. I discovered this whilst living in Asia, where it was a big hit and absolutely love it. Gentle but effective, a hydrating toner with a mild and natural exfoliating quality.
The key to helping dry skin is layering. Adding products in the right order, allowing them to dry and applying another. This isn’t a one size fits all approach and might take some trial and error. For instance, if my skin is very dry I will use a hyaluronic acid and an oil and a moisturiser and other days I’ll skip one of them. Some products won’t be for you, I was always against an oil in the daytime until recently and now I love it. My advice try it and use what works for you.
Essential both day and night. I use one with retinol at night and a lighter one with hyaluronic acid in the day. The night one works hard to target my fine lines due to the retinol and the day one hydrates and reduces puffiness.
My night eye cream is Fab Skin Lab, but seems to be out of stock everywhere.
My day eye cream is Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex if you order any product at the moment you get the full size face oil free. An amazing deal. Find it here Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex
I started using this when I was living in air-conditioned environments. I found the dryness made my skin tight and uncomfortable and this really helped. It helps with hydration, it an antioxidant, plumps up the skin and helps to stimulate collagen.
I use in the day time and apply before anything else to get the full benefit.
My favourite is the Japanese hero product Hadalabo JAPAN Skin Institute Gokujun premium hyaluronic solution It’s light but rich and sworn by women in Japan as an amazing product.
I have also tried and liked the Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum Again light but rich, it felt hydrating.
Next on my list to try is Holy Grail 5 IN 1 REJUVENATING FACIAL SERUM
Its got vitamin C and HA in it – sounds like the perfect day product.
Layering products is key for the dryer colder months. So adding an oil to your routine can really help. Obviously if you have an oily skin, prone to breakouts, some oils will not suit your skin but you can find ones that will.
I have used an oil at night for a while but recently started to use on in the day, when the seasons changed and have noticed a difference. My skin looks brighter and healthier.
Ren Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil this is beautiful. I have started using this in the day and I love the way my skin looks with it on. It smells of rose, so if you are not a fan, this oil will not be for you, but if you are, I think you’ll love it. I got a sample and instantly loved it.
The Ordinary’s 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil is a budget friendly oil that I love. It works well both in the daytime and at night. A good allrounder.
Garnier Organic Lavandin Glow Facial Oil I love the moisturiser in this range so really want to try this oil. Again it’s a lavender scented oil, which might not be for you, but I love the smell of lavender, especially at bedtime.
Or if you buy any product from Nakin you get a free face oil! – Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex
So the last step. Moisturiser. I like a thicker cream this time of year but apply it thinly as it can just sit on top if you apply too much. If you find your skin has drank it all in, go for it and add more.
Weleda Skin Food Cream this became a staple for me last winter, it sorted out my chapped shins and it has been in my favourites ever since. I have used this on my skin at night from time to time, when I feel like I need its richness.
Weleda Skin Food Light this is a great daytime cream. Lighter than the above but just as nourishing.
Garnier Organic Lavandin Anti Age Day Cream another favourite. A rich cream that feels lovely on the skin and has a nice scent of lavender. I love it.
Sometimes we all need a lift and a little glow, to make us feel less dull. I have found two products that give a natural glowy feel, perfect for those dull months ahead of us.
St.Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist I spray this on in the morning, a light mist. Do it two mornings in a row and you have a nice colour, perfect for now.
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops Medium I add one drop to my moisturiser and apply. If it’s too light I repeat the following day.
So there you have it my guide to dry skin in the colder months. I hope you found that useful. I have found a lot of the above products really helped the impact of the changing seasons. By far adding an oil in the daytime has been my best discovery.
I take all my advice from the skincare Queen Caroline Hirons and am not qualified in dermatology. I just love it and love skincare, so my recommendations are based on my own usage. Try a sample where possible, to make sure it’s for you. Read the disclaimer about skincare and affiliate links. If you have any further questions about the products I’ve mentioned do get in touch you can contact me here… Contact Claire