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Blogmas 14: Winter Skincare Routine.

If you couldn’t tell from my Blogmas post for yesterday, it has been snowing here in the UK, particularly where I live, we have had 6 inches of snow (which is a lot for us!). As beautiful as the snow it, there is no denying it is bloody freezing and the cold weather has been trying out patches of my skin. So I’ve had to bump up my skincare routine for the winter. And it’s Blogmas, so I’m going to share it with you!

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Day Time Routine

My morning skincare routine is pretty basic, I don’t like to put too much on my face in the morning because I find it makes my makeup feel really heavy. I start off by washing my face with Cetaphil sensitive face wash. I have fallen in love with this product ever since I tried a sample in my GlossyBox. My skin isn’t particularly sensitive but I have an area around my lips where I get eczema and between the cold air and some of my other face washes it was starting to get really sore. Fingers crossed, it hasn’t been too bad since I switched to only using this face wash. I use one pump, warm it up between my hands of a few seconds before gently rubbing my face in circular motions. I then rinse with lukewarm water, which is slightly on the colder side to wake me up a bit and dry my face with a muslin cloth.

For moisturizer, I have been using the L’Oreal Hydra Genius for the last few months. I love this so much! It is really hydrating but is still very lightweight, which stops that heavy feeling under my makeup which I hate. I tend to use a pump and a half of this, gently applying it in upward motions on my face and neck.

After that I go right ahead and apply my makeup, as I said, I like to keep it simple in the mornings.

IMG_0169Night time routine.

My night routine is a little more in-depth and varies from day to day, depending on what kind of day I have had. But every night I remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Water. I have been using this product for years, it is so gentle on my skin and around my eye area. I have recently stopped using cotton wool and have purchased washable cotton pads which are 100% vegan and 100% re-usable. It really is amazing how much cotton wool I was using and ultimately throwing away every day! I use these every night to remove my makeup.

I then go back in with my Cetaphil facewash, if I have been wearing a particularly large amount of makeup I will apply the facewash and then go in using my Fancii Spin Brush with the silicone head. I love this spin brush, it is such great quality and was such a great price (I will most likely do a blog post on it in the new year!) I use the spin brush for around 60 seconds then wash my face with warm water and pat dry with my muslin cloth.

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On a normal day, I quickly finish off with the Cetaphil Moisturising cream, this has been a lifesaver in the colder months. Its creamy formula replenishes the moisture in my skin which the cold air has removed.

On longer days, when I have been wearing makeup for hours on end I like to come home and take an extra step to ensure all my makeup is out of my pores. I love using L’Oreal‘s clay masks, my current favourite is the blue blemish mask which helps clear up breakouts. My face feels so much cleaner after using a mask and I feel confident that there is no more foundation lurking on my face (ew!).

Another extra step I sometimes take in the evening if I have had a particularly hard day is to apply a facial oil. I am currently using Monuskin Firming Figi Facial Oil. I pour a little of this into the palm of my hand and rub them together to heat up the oil. I then massage the oil into my face and neck with upward motions. This oil smells like lavender and is really relaxing after a long day. When I wake up in the morning after applying this product, my skin feels so soft!

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Last but not least, due to my PCOS, my skin has a nasty habit of breaking out for, what appears, no specific reason. Over the years I have managed to get it to calm down but sometimes one or two slip through the net. When this happens I apply a little SudoCrem with a Q-tip to my spot and by the morning it has gone down. (A good tip when doing this is to apply a plaster over the top, that way the cream isn’t rubbed off while you sleep).

This routine has been helping me keep my skin healthy through this freezing cold weather.

What skincare products have you been loving this winter? Let me know in the comments or on social media, links are below.

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