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Winter Skincare Staples

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This time of the year we go for more moisturising products, warm blankets, hot drinks and something to cheer us up because it can be quite gloomy and freezing outside. There are several products that I’m more likely to use now than during any other season.

Although lip balm isn’t one of them because I use lip balm all the time, chapped lips are most likely to be seen exactly now. At the moment I enjoy using REN’s Vita Mineral Lip Balm because the ingredients like Calendula Oil, Acacia Honey, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter really have healing effects and this product keeps my lips soft.

In the winter I tend to use mainly chemical exfoliants on my face rather than gritty ones and in the past couple of months Clinique Clarifying Lotion for combination and oily skin types has been my exfoliating toner. It’s not too harsh or drying but if I feel that I need something extra, I use another toner after this one, something like pure rose water for example because it’s really soothing and suitable for all skin types.

The gentle eye area needs even more hydration in the colder months. I love using eye gels but I switched to a thick eye cream because of the low temperatures. This one is the BioKarité Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Care and there is a slight issue – I didn’t see that it’s supposed to be used by people who are 30+ but I really like how moisturising it is and hope it’s not a problem that I’m not 30+.

I love ”dry” oils and this mini of the famous Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is just great to throw in your bag and carry it around with you. It can be applied on hair, body and face. I never use it on my face because of my combination skin but I love it as a body moisturiser. It can soften your hands when you’re outside as well. You can also add just a drop of it to your face cream or foundation. It contains six plant oils and Vitamin E and it’s really nourishing.

Serum is an essential part of my winter skincare routine and at the moment I’m using the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate. I love the DermoPURIFYER range, it’s working well on my combination skin and this serum is one of those products that aren’t having an obvious effect but you see the difference if you skip it. Also, if I’m having breakouts, it really calms my skin and reduces the growth of bacteria. The best thing is that it doesn’t dry out my skin.

I’m about to repeat myself but when I really like a skincare product, I have to include it in such a post. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) is by far my favourite facial oil, it was part of my 2014 favourites and I will keep using it because it makes a huge difference. It’s moisturising but not oily, it balances out my combination skin but without drying out the cheeks for example and it seems they’re a good pair with the concentrate. Also, this bottle lasts very long time.

I decided to add a body product because we take hot showers in the winter, weather is cold and it’s quite a shock for the body. Of course, the Nuxe oil mentioned earlier is a great moisturiser for your body as well as for your skin and hair but I think exfoliating is important, too. The KräuterhoF Body Peeling with Cocoa and Shea Butter and its formula are not only removing dead skin cells but also nourishing your skin and you may not even need a body moisturiser after that.

What are your skincare staples for the winter?

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KIehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

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I don’t have huge experience with clay cleansers but I’ve tried some in my life and honestly I wasn’t impressed. Usually it’s great to use clay cleansers when you have combination to oily skin but somehow it didn’t work for me.

Until I tried Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. It’s a thick and creamy cleanser, it has tiny exfoliating particles that dissolve when you use the product on your damp face, it’s not a harsh one, it’s exfoliating your skin very gently. It’s not very foamy but it cleanses your skin deeply, leaving it soft and smooth. It won’t dry you out and it kind of mattifies your skin.

I’ve been using it for a month or so and I can tell that my pores are reduced a little bit and I don’t feel my skin tight after washing the product off. I tried to use it every night and it was ok but then I saw some dry patches appearing after some weeks so I decided to use it just a couple of times a week and everything was back to normal. I still use it at night because I feel better when I cleanse my skin deeper after a long day and use a milder cleanser in the morning (it may not be aggressive but it’s still an exfoliator).

If you’re looking for a cleanser that is mild but also exfoliates your skin and reduces your pores, try this one.