Friday, 18 December 2015

Two Winter Skincare Saviours

At the beginning of this month my skin had what can only really be described as a complete nervous breakdown. With winter well underway, my skincare was in dire need of a bit of a reboot. I've generally always been a combination to oily skinned kinda gal, and over the years I'd developed a skincare routine that worked well for me; it kept the shine at bay and made sure everything stayed nice and hydrated. Roll on December and my skin had completely changed into a dry mess. At the risk of sounding a tad dramatic, my skin had never looked or felt so dry in my life. I could literally feel the dehydration on my face and no matter how much of my usual Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream I slapped on, it stubbornly remained dry and flaky. Gross. 

After a while, it got to the point where wearing foundation was a fruitless venture, because it just emphasised all my dry patches as all my foundations were aimed at mattifying. About a week into this sahara-face drama I started getting the worst breakout I've had in years. It was all around my jaw, so definitely hormone/stress related, but it was extremely frustrating. My skin has never been flawless, but I feel I've generally had it under control the last few years so I really was at my wits end. 

It was around this time that my mum plodded into my bathroom one day and set down a tub of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. She mentioned that it was a sleeping mask and I warily inspected it for a while before realising it was a sort of cream/gel hybrid texture and wondering how this was really going to hydrate my face. Thankfully, I was desperate enough to give this a try and I'm so glad I did. Within about three days the dryness was completely sorted and I was absolutely chuffed. This is a weird texture and when you wake up the next morning and wash your face, you can tell that there's some residue you're washing off. That does, however, seem fair enough considering that it's marketed as a sleeping mask. Overall, this just gave my skin the intense hydration kick it needed and has restored my skin to a much more balanced state of affairs.

I recently ran out of my Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, but since my skin was already having a nervy b, I wasn't hellbent on repurchasing it because I felt that a change would be a good idea. Roll on the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser, one I used for a good year or two in my late teens. I'm not sure why I stopped using this because it's an absolutely fantastic product, however I will say that this stuff is intense. It's a very thick and heavy cleansing balm and you need to use a flannel afterwards to remove it or you'll be left with a thin film on your face. Some gentle washing really won't do it with this one. Having said that, because it's so intense this removes makeup amazingly well. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and I'm very pleased to have it back in my life!

If any of you have been faced with a similar skin predicament recently then hopefully this has been helpful to you. It seems that sometimes due to various factors or changes, your skincare routine just doesn't cut it anymore. Usually I've been able to just make minor adjustments carrying over from summer to winter but this time I clearly needed a full skincare reboot! I'm currently on the hunt for a new toner too, so if you have any recommendations please do let me know! On a slightly more festive note: one week until Christmas - woo! Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!



  1. I really want to try the Lush cleanser, It sounds amazing!


  2. That cleanser sounds awesome!! My skin seems to be officially oily all year round :/ Thanks for sharing :)

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  3. I love my Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner <3 Its not super expensive and it works well! Its definitely REMOVED a lot of my acne spots

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  4. I actually haven't used these from Lush yet!! Just love their bath bombs

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves


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