Skincare shake up

It’s likely that now the weather is starting to get colder, your wardrobe choices have started to include big jumpers, scarfs and boots. But what about your skincare? There are a lot of different factors such as indoor heating and lower air humidity that can make a difference to our skin, making it dull, sensitive and dehydrated, so it’s worth thinking about what you can do to help yourself.

Cleansing

You and I both know it, cleansing is forever going to be the number one most important step in your skincare routine.  It removes all the impurities from your skin and preps it ready for the likes of moisturisers and toners. Remember that cold temperatures are going to dry out your skin so you may need a different cleanser to what you would use in the Summer. Now here’s the sciency bit: pH (potential of hydrogen) is a scale that measures acidity and alkalinity from 0 to 14. Bearing in mind 7 is where water falls, your skin’s pH is roughly 5, so slightly acidic. Foamy cleansers tend to have an alkaline ph and so strip away the barrier that actually stops your skin from drying out. So go for non-lathering cleansers which have a neutral pH and which won’t disturb the acidic pH of your skin leaving is dry and rough.

Exfoliate

I’d be lying if I said I exfoliate as much as I really should, but considering the amount of dead skin that sits on top, it’s no wonder your face looks a lot duller if you don’t exfoliate. Which in my opinion, is enough to make me want to reach for the scrubbing brush immediately!  You can exfoliate without scrubbing your skin raw though and instead opt for a cleanser or tonic with glycolic acid. This teeny tiny molecule penetrates skin cells really easily and naturally removes dead skin cells ready for new ones to grow in its place. It’s great for cleansing and exfoliating without stripping your skin. The much talked about Pixi Glow Tonic  is a mild, refreshing choice to sweep over your face after cleansing and helps to reveal that shiny new skin you’ve been hiding!

Lip Balm

While they tend to be fine during the Summer, my lips really feel the cold and end up dry and chapped. It doesn’t help that our lips have no oil glands of their own anyway. If you too suffer, investing in a good solid lip balm is most definitely worth it – and your lipstick will look all the better for it too and it can take mere minutes to get your soft lips back. I will forever reach for the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream as for me, nothing does the job quite like it, plus it’s got SPF20 protection too which is always fantastic. It’s also worth noting to avoid licking your lips as the enzymes in saliva can cause irritation and cracking.

Oil

Creamy moisturisers definitely tend to be favoured but during colder months but why not swap for a facial oil instead. They are the quickest way to inject moisture into your face – needed when you’ve been outside – and they’re often stuffed full of natural ingredients such as argan oil and rosehip. I’m currently loving Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate which requires only a few drops before I go to bed. I’ll be honest that oils aren’t my favourite texture wise and while they don’t sink in as quickly as I’d like, even I can’t argue with the benefits they bring, leaving my skin radiant and silky soft. It works for all skin types too, even if you have naturally oily skin, facial oils help rebalance your skin.

Heat

You’re not alone if a steaming hot shower or bath is the first thing you make a beeline for after coming in after a long day but the intense heat isn’t so great for your skin. It’s actually very dehydrating and strips away moisture and the natural oils from the surface of your skin. Keep your water lukewarm or if needs must, keep showers and baths to 5-10 minutes, tops!

Have you got any skincare tips now we’re all grabbing the jumpers? Or will you be making any changes to your skincare? Let me know in the comments!

Emily x

  • Kiehls is on my wish list I’ve been wanting to try there brand. I will have to check this oil out soon 🙂

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • I use an aha to exfoliate, my favorite is the paulas choice one – though the pixi one seems to be a cult favorite!

    Facial oils are my favorite for year-round! I purchased squalene from the ordinary recently and I think it’ll do really well on top of face oils for the winter, though I’ve used it in the summer too and I always wake up with baby soft skin.

    I’ve heard that humidifiers are great for your skin in the winter overall, since heat is reallly dehydrating.

    becky @ star violet

    • Emily

      I’ve heard that too – definitely need to try a humidifier! x

  • Nikki Living-Life

    Thank you for sharing these great tips babe. I am so guilty of steaming hot shower which I know is so bad for my skin. So the change I am going to make it try my best to take less steamy showers 🙂

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

    • Emily

      It’s worth a try Nikki! 🙂 x

  • Thank you for the cleanser tip, I will definitely look for a cleanser that doesn’t lather! I really want to try the Pixi Glow Tonic too, as it sounds really great and a lot of people seem to love it!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • I also always switch to a body butter in the winter, because my skin gets SO DRY and ITCHY!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • Emily

      I’m feeling you Colleen! x

  • Beautiful post Emily! I agree about switching up the skincare routine a bit. I have started using more oils now, hoping to avoid Sahara skin days. xx

  • Lovely post girl! I’ve heard such great things about the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate so I’m even more convinced to try it out. I also don’t like the feelings of oils on my skin but they do such wonders that they’re easily forgiven in that sense haha.

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

  • The midnight recovery looks so nice! ‘m adding that to my wishlist! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Thanks for the tip about hot water. I like hot baths but I think I’m gonna try the lukewarm water now.
    The Glossychic

  • Missy May

    I don’t exfoliate and do all the beauty things as much, but I’ve definitely stepped up my skincare routine comparing to the last few years. -And I love how my skin is clearing up. I use the same products every season. Ha!!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Maria 🇬🇧🇷🇺

    I would be so lost without my lipbalm in the winter hahah the cold definitely isn’t great for the lips! Love investing in a solid winter skincare routine, makes me feel super cosy as well if I do it right before bed. Loved reading this post and your gorgeous photos girl xox

    Maria \

  • I’m kicking myself for not getting around to picking up the Pixi Glow Tonic, everyone seems to swear by it! You make a great point about exfoliating, since using a daily exfoliator by Dermalogica I’ve been amazed at how much brighter my skin looks!! This post has been super helpful, thanks girl 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Great post! I love Pixi Glow tonic, it’s my holy grail product 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • Great tips, i’ve been exfoliating more lately and my skin is thankful for it x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  • What a great post and really like your tips here! My favourite thing to reach for at the moment is a good lip balm. Some great products to try out here!

    It’s so important to look after the skin you’re in 🙂

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Great tips! I love Elizabeth Arden’s face creams, they’re life changing! Off topic, have you tried KVD’s Everlasting Glitter Veil?

    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Emily

      I can’t believe I haven’t – it looks incredible! So many gorgeous shades! x

  • Lovely tips gorgeous! I love your picks here need to check these out for fall 🙂
    http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/09/the-10-fall-fashion-commandments.html

  • Almari Santos

    I love anything from Origins. 🙂 Great skin care options!

    Almari Writes. ❤

  • These are great tips Emily, I definitely need to use more oils than I do, having oily combo skin puts me off but I am prone to dryness around the eyes. I recently discovered I was exfoliating too much and it was making my skin extra oily! I definitely need to grab some Pixi products I’ve heard such great things!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  • Gorgeous photography and great tips! I’m terrible for the hot baths and showers! x

    http://www.katieleanne.co.uk

  • AngeliePangilinan

    I really need to try Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate! I have heard so many great things about it already!

    Angelie // Beaute Spell Lip and Cheek Tint Review

  • I’ve become so bad with exfoliating recently, I really need to get back on it! Love love, the photography xx

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

  • one of my gf’s just shared this tip but i now put a mask on before i have my shower! its so much easier to wash it off!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • Kiehl’s products have always interested me, and the midnight recovery concentrate does sound very promising.
    Ivory Avenue