This winter treated me really badly. My skin went totally nuts because of the cold. I had been using products that are very gentle to my skin, but the past months I noticed they didn't provide me the moisture I needed. My skin went flaky and was really dehydrated so, I decided to change some of the products I used.
A little parenthesis here, for a great makeup remover I should mention. I really like Bioderma Sensibio (or Crealine) for removing my makeup, especially my eye makeup. Most of you probably know it, it's a makeup artists' favourite and many beauty bloggers rave about it. What more can I say that hasn't already been said about it? I love it too and I've been using it almost exclusively for six months or so. I don't really like makeup wipes and oils, they are greasy and always leave a residue. I also use Sanoflore's Botanical cleansing milk, but I find the Bioderma one comes more in handy. There's a micelar water I also really like by Vichy, but I think Bioderma's is slightly better, because it's more lightweight.
When I was searching for new products, I watched a video by Kandee Johnson and her everyday routine. She's been using a Burt's Bees scrub every single day for a decade. I like her skin and I love Burt's Bees, so I ordered it.
The Burt's Bees Citrus facial scrub comes in a glass jar. It's a brown, really thick scrub. I like the scent, to me it's cinnamon, I can't really smell the citrus!
I take a really small amount from the jar, add 1-2 drops of water and this becomes a nice paste. I use this every night, after I've removed all my makeup (when I wake up, I only rinse my face with water).
Before I moisturise, I use the SOS Thirst Quenching serum by Caudalie. It's a nice serum, great for that extra oomph of hydration you need when the weather is cold. I absolutely love this product, but I think in the summer, my skin won't need it that much.
Up until 2 weeks ago, I used Vichy's Aqualia Thermal. It was harcore. Really hydrating, amazing scent and no flaky skin at all. Now, that it's warmer though, I feel that it clogs my pores. But suberb moisturizer! Well done Vichy, well done.
Beauty Elixir is a little guilty pleasure of mine. Yes, it's ultra pricey and I don't really need it, but seriously I love it and I can't live without it. I use it after I've moisturized, 2-3 spritzes do the job. I rarely use it to set my makeup, but it works wonders for my skin. It's not a product I started using in winter, I bought in 2009 for the first time on a trip to Paris. I watched many videos on youtube recently that mentioned it, and also heard that's a Victoria Beckham favourite. Who knew?
I don't use any eye cream. I know, you'll say I must use one, but it's a pain in the bum. Also, I haven't found a decent one that moisturizes well and vanishes my dark circles. I've used vitamin E a few nights of the week on my eye area for some years now. I use the standard ones that come in gel capsules, they are really cheap and you can find them in any pharmacy or chemist's.
What is your everyday skincare routine? Do you have any favourite products?