Sunday, January 20, 2019

My Winter Skincare for Acne-Prone and Dehydrated Skin



Happy Sunday folks, I spent the weekend cocooning up and not leaving the house because I'm just not a winter gal. My skin's definitely not the best right now, with it being so dry and dehydrated going from walking in the cold and into a overheated office space...

I love having a nosey at what everyone's skincare cabinet is so thought I'd share what's on my face at the moment. I have dehydrated and acne-prone skin so layers of hydration is something I'm always aiming for when it gets chilly so I've included some moisture-boosting products.


I start my routine and tone with the Missha FTE Intensive, a cult favourite in the skincare community. It's supposed to be very similar to the SKII FTE but is a more affordable option. The key ingredient is fermented yeast (yes it does smell like it, so something to note if you're not used to strong scents) and so supposed to help quick moisture absorption, refine skin texture and help pigmentation. I can't say much for the latter two but the light watery texture dries down very nicely to get ready for my essence.

For essence, I'm using up the last bit of the Zymogen Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum (a mouthful, that really is). It helps minimise sebum and control oil so that's a plus in my books, with other ingredients like licorice root extract and panthenol for soothing troubled skin. Alcohol is high on the list though so out of the bottle and to skin application can smell a bit strong. I'm conscious of this so my next essence will be alcohol free...



The Deviant Skincare (formerly Alkimi Skin) VI facial oil is a repurchase and a firm favourite from last year routine and jam packed with omega acids and antioxidants which doesn't feel greasy or cling to my skin at all. I use this night and day, as it helps seal in moisture. At night I like using a sleep masking on top of it too...

The newest to my routine and the star of the show for me this season is the Make Prem Safe Me Relief Moisture Cream and it's honestly one of my favourite moisturisers I've ever used. It only has 12 ingredients, perfect for sensitive skin but packs a punch when it comes to soothing any irritation or providing relief after a day at work. Bonus points for squalene in the ingredients list too, a natural emollient that locks moisture and help protect the skin barrier.






Because winter is just so dry, I prefer moisturising products over anything that's targeted for special concerns like anti-aging. For me, the focus is on moisture so my skin don't feel like parchment... My eye cream is the Belif Moisturising eye bomb and works as it says it should. It keeps my undereyes healthy and soft and just works.

Finally, another new addition to the team is the REN Perfect Canvas Primer Serum. It's marketed as a primer without silicones and works seamlessly within your skincare routine, and preps the skin ready for makeup or just on its own. Let me just say I love this product too – it's light and not thick or rubbery like primers with dimethecone, and layers wonderfully under makeup. I really do find my concealer sitting nicely above it, without drying up and plumps up the skin.

It's not the cheapest, but I got it when REN was offering 30% so it made it less painful. I also only use 2 drops each time so 30ml will last me a while...


That's my routine for you...! I also use sunscreen but I'm testing out a few so I've left that one out by have been eyeing up the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence thanks to my friend Shereen. What are you using this winter season?
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