Monday, 12 October 2015

Seasonal Skincare Switchup

Every year, as soon as the weather gets even the slightest bit colder, my skin has a complete breakdown. My skin is temperamental at best and the slightest change, be it weather or skincare, can make a huge difference. During the autumn and winter season, my skin gets much drier and I find I have to put a lot more effort into my skincare - because who really wants their foundation settling into dehydration lines? Yeah, no. I did a post on my summer skincare staples a few months back, so I thought I'd do a little roundup of the products I've been subbing in now that it's officially autumn!

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream - I'll disclaim this now: during the winter I'm a fan of heavy moisturisers. And by heavy, I mean face-looks-like-an-oil-slick-after-application heavy. I definitely don't think that this kind of texture is to everyone's liking, but I like my evening moisturiser to really pack a punch because otherwise my makeup the next day just looks impossibly dry. Therefore, I think it's fair to say that this moisturiser is pretty intense. I've been using the Rose Day Cream for years now, occasionally dabbling in the Rose Day Cream Light, which lacks hydration for me these days. I've stuck with this because it really gives my skin a boost without breaking me out - which is no easy feat when you have skin as sensitive as mine. This generally leaves my skin feeling plumped and hydrated and on top of that it smells absolutely amazing, which never hurts!

Weleda Skin Food - I believe picked this moisturiser up some time at the beginning of this year and I actually bought this as a substitute to the Dr. Hauschka, because repurchasing that can get pretty bloomin' expensive! Before getting it, I did a bit of research online and found loads of articles and reviews singing this product's praises. From claims that this is one of Victoria Beckham's firm favourites to statements dubbing this the $12 La Mer dupe, it seemed this product had it all. Much like the Dr. Hauschka, this is a heavy moisturiser and one that will leave your face with some serious shine - definitely one for the evening! This has quite a strong citrus fragrance to it, which I don't love, but it doesn't linger for too long, so I can deal with it. I don't, however, think that this one is quite as heavy as the Rose Day Cream and I find it just a tiny bit less moisturising. Having said that, considering the price difference between the two, I'm happy to sub this one in every now and again and it really does do a great job.

Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion - I'm the kind of person that has to moisturise their body every single day after every time I shower, lest I turn into an alligator - nasty. This kind of thing only gets worse once the temperatures drop and at the beginning of this year, my usual body moisturiser just wasn't cutting it anymore, my skin was so extremely dehydrated. I happened upon an advert of this product in a magazine and seeing the word oil and lotion on the same product had me practically running to the supermarket to buy this. There are two versions of this, one is for dry skin and the other is for "extra dry skin". As I tend to go the dramatic route you can guess which one I picked up! This literally completely cleared up the dehydration that I'd been battling for weeks in the space of a few days. Needless to say, I repurchased it right away (I'm pretty sure I'm on my fourth bottle of this) and I've since moved on to the one that's just for dry skin. It is quite a heavy formula and it takes a while to be absorbed into the skin, but I don't find that it's sticky or uncomfortable once applied. I stubbornly used this throughout summer and would slap it on before leaving the house, which wasn't the best idea as I had to eventually put it aside once it started to literally melt off me in the 30ºC heat - I don't always think things through all the way. But I digress. If any of you have the same struggles as me when it comes to dry skin on your body, I'd highly highly recommend this. It does what it says and it's super affordable. Plus, this may be the best smelling moisturiser I've ever used - just sayin'.

REN Clarifying Toning Lotion - This is another product I've been using for years, despite it being exorbitantly expensive here in Zurich. I spent a long time looking for an exfoliating toner because it seemed that all the ones that were constantly raved about were from brands I couldn't get my hands on (a common theme) or just flat out cost a fortune. After trying a fair few dodgy products that did nothing for my skin, I decided to give this a go. Of all the skincare products I use, this is the one that I can really see a difference in my skin with when I start using it again in the winter. As far as exfoliating toners go, this one is very gentle, which bodes well for my über-sensitive skin. This is probably the one product I use that really balances my skin and keeps it in check. I feel like this plays a big part in keeping breakouts and oiliness at bay without leaving my skin irritated or feeling like a sheet of sandpaper - a common occurrence with some of the other exfoliating toners I used. Despite the fact that this product costs almost exactly double as much in Zurich as it does in the UK - ouch - it's one I'm going to keep repurchasing because I've yet to find anything that does the trick quite as well!

So those are some of the products I'm switching back into my skincare/bodycare routine! Even though the weather seems to be getting colder and colder, I'm actually loving the autumnal season so far. There's something I really like about October and it's not just because it's Halloween (aka eat your weight in candy day) soon - honest. Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your autumn skincare staples?



  1. I've been toying with the idea of picking up some of the Garnier moisturiser for ages, I keep opting to just play it safe and stick with my Norwegian Formula body cream though (which is amazing, by the way!). It sounds like this is a good one though, and I'm kinda bored of having an unfragranced cream now!

    Misia xx |

    1. I've tried a few of Garnier's moisturisers now and so far I've liked all of them so I can only recommend them! I've never tried the Norwegian Formula body cream, I'll have to have a look at that, thanks for the recommendation! If you're after a nice-smelling body cream then the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion is a great one to try! xo


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