Hands up who takes their makeup off before bed every single night?
High five if you do! Your skin will most definitely thank you for it. I can honestly say my skin is in much better condition now, in my thirties, than it was in my early twenties! And that is because back then, I wasn't so great at looking after my skin. I was poor at removing my makeup before bed, I wasn't using the right kind of products and my skincare involved nothing more than a makeup wipe [don't judge me, I was young and naive ;)] and some cheap moisturiser every now and then.
It was only in my mid-late twenties that I began taking more care of my skin. Even on those late, lazy nights where I could think of nothing worse than removing a face full of make up and applying all my evening skincare, I make sure I do. Every. Single. Night.
Winter can be tough on our skin. Freezing cold temperatures, less air humidity, central heating and other factors can really affect the skin, leaving it dehydrated which can lead to dryness, fine lines and dullness. So it's really important to be looking after it and using the right products.
I wanted to share with you the products I've been using for my every day, evening skincare routine throughout Winter time.
It's important to cleanse the skin not once but twice. Once to remove the majority of the makeup, and again to cleanse the skin. Pushing makeup and dirt around the face with a wipe isn't going to do the job. Play around with products to see what works for you. I find a melting balm removes my makeup well. I'm currently using Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm*. I apply this with my fingers all over my face and neck, then head to the bathroom to remove by massaging my skin with a hot cloth. I then do a second cleanse with Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water with cotton pads. This is my favourite cleanser, I purchase over and over. It's great for removing my makeup and makes my skin feel super soft.
I then tone my skin with Pixi Glow Tonic which is probably my favourite product I discovered this year, it really is SO good. It firms and tightens the skin and gets rid of dead skin cells. I use this as part of my morning and evening skincare and my skin feels amazing.
Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise!
Another skin saviour is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, it is specifically formulated with ingredients to protect the skin in harsh weather conditions, so it's perfect for Winter time. It makes my skin feel so comfortable, it's my favourite part of my skincare routine, I use it morning and night.
I then moisturise my lips, this is a must all year round to keep them soft. No chapped lips here! I'm currently using a Nip & Fab Lip Butter in Spiced Apple which smells all kinds of festive!
And not forgetting my hands. Our hands are often neglected, which isn't good considering the amount they go through during the day, especially at this time of year. So I make sure to treat my hands to some hand cream at the end of the day. I'm currently using Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream, a cream used in their spa manicures full of shea butter and almond oil to keep them super soft.
If you wear a lot of makeup, you want to make sure you remove every last bit. So a good, magnifying mirror is great for this. This Elko LED Magnifying Vanity Mirror* from Pebble Grey has 3x magnification so is perfect for making sure all my makeup is removed, as well as being great for precise makeup application!
It also gives a subtle glow using energy efficient LEDS, at the flick of a switch. Great for those darker winter days when you're needing a little extra light!
Finished in high quality polished chrome and frosted acrylic, it looks super stylish on my dressing table and with it's tilt-able mirror face it's becoming a well used accessory on my dressing table.