Winter has well and truly arrived in Australia and although I'm not one who does well in the cold (I don't understand how people in actual cold climates function because it was 11 degrees the other day and I wanted to die!), I've been embracing the little things that make the season really cosy and comforting; gloomy days at my desk with a candle lit, afternoon Frasier reruns with a cup of tea and the heating turned on in the lounge room, and chilly nights in bed with my toasty warm electric blanket and a movie. My dehydrated skin can become quite parched from the warm, dry air inside combined with the crispy cold air outside, so I've been making sure to really amp up the moisture in my skincare routine these colder months. From tried and true favourites to new discoveries, here is my winter skincare shakeup.
Although I'm not one to shy away from expressing my qualms against Glossier, I can also happily say that they make some wonderfully hydrating skincare products and have been the dominating brand in my routine during the colder seasons. I began using Glossier Super Bounce at the beginning of the month and so far, I'm really enjoying it. A serum comprised of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5, it's silky and lightweight in texture and provides a lovely slip for moisturiser on top. There's a freshness and plumpness to my complexion immediately upon application and it's suitable for both daytime and nighttime use. My only complaint is that the bottle is tiny (15ml) and considering how hard this brand is to get a hold of, I really do wish it were bigger.
Glossier's moisturisers, Priming Moisturiser and Priming Moisturiser Rich, are another two products from the brand that I've been loving. I wasn't sure if the Priming Moisturiser would be heavy duty enough for me in winter, but even after I've applied my makeup, my complexion is still really dewy. It contains amazing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (everyone's favourite), a mushroom super hydrator, an anti-redness complex, as well as a blend of antioxidants, which all work to plump the skin, provide deep moisture, reduce redness and protect against skin damage, respectively. As far as its priming abilities go, however, I'm unsure of how they hold up as I always use a separate makeup primer. While I use the Priming Moisturiser during the day, Priming Moisturiser Rich is reserved for nighttime use. As the name suggests, it's a lot denser and luxuriously thicker in comparison to the former, though it never feels greasy or heavy on the skin. Again, the rich counterpart contains some great ingredients like Red Algae Complex (acts as a moisture reservoir), Ceramides 3 and 6 (provides a moisture barrier) and essential fatty acids (helps lock in moisture), but with shea butter (may cause breakouts) and lavender oil (a known skin irritant) too, this might not be the right product for those with sensitive, blemish-prone skin types. Although I don't have any issues with the product myself, skincare is extremely subjective and therefore, it's important to me to keep a balanced perspective on things.
In the last of my Glossier winter skincare lineup, we have the Moisturising Moon Mask, which I think might just be my holy grail hydrating mask. I know that's a pretty bold claim to make, but after using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask for many years, this stuff throws it right out of the park. First of all, the cooling sensation feels incredible. I don't even keep my tub in the fridge and I can really feel it, plus even in the winter when all you want is warmth, it's still a refreshing change from all the heating that leaves the skin feeling desert dry. Containing ingredients to retain moisture and brighten and plump up the skin (it does, however, also contain shea butter), Moisturising Moon Mask is an amazing product all-year round. It can also be used as an overnight treatment and as it sinks beautifully into the skin, it won't leave your pillowcases feeling all sticky the way the Origins mask did for me.
The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré has been a much-loved product of mine for a number of years now and whenever I feel like switching things up, I've been using it interchangeably with my Glossier moisturisers. Being a bit of a Francophile, I can't quite resist the allure of French skincare, but this definitely delivers and I'd say it's quite comparable to the Priming Moisturiser. Although it's enriched with essential fatty acids and vitamins to nourish and balance the skin, it's another product that contains shea butter as well as the controversial ingredient, mineral oil. Again, I don't have sensitive skin so these ingredients don't affect me whatsoever, but keep that in mind if you do.
I love facial mists during any time of the year, but my favourite for the wintertime has been the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist. While I prefer to use it as a toner myself, it can also be used as an instant hydration boost before applying makeup as it's packed with hyaluronic acid to reveal a dewy and luminous complexion. It also contains a blend of black oat, provitamin A and linoleic acid, which all work to reduce redness and sooth irritation, and upon application, the skin feels instantly refreshed and revitalised.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel is one of my all-time favourite lip balms and I always get the most use out of it once the colder weather comes around. With a luxuriously thick texture, its star ingredients are honey and vitamin E, which work to nourish and repair dry lips and it's also a bedside staple of mine as I apply it each night before I go to sleep. Waking up with soft and supple lips every morning, it's heavy duty stuff, though with a thin layer, it makes a wonderful base for lipsticks too as it has a matte finish. I've been using Nuxe Rêve de Miel for a number of years now and it's something I'll always come back to.
Crème de Corps is a cult classic in the beauty industry, though I've always found the thought of an unscented body moisturiser kind of boring. Fragrance definitely isn't something necessary in skincare, but sometimes an alluring scent can add to the charm and joy of a beauty product; so much so, I was immediately drawn to the Soy Milk & Honey version of Crème de Corps. It's sweet, yet unobtrusive and its dreamy air-whipped texture makes it almost good enough to eat. To lock in the moisture, I apply this decadently thick cream while my skin is still slightly damp from the shower and afterwards, my skin is left feeling silky and baby smooth.
On those bone-shivering cold nights, I love sitting by the heater with my laptop, but it often leaves my feet feeling and looking incredibly dry. To combat this, I always incorporate a foot cream into my winter skincare routine and just recently, I started using the This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm after using up my Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream. As the name suggests, Perfect Heels has a thick, balmy consistency and I much prefer its subtle, herbal scent over the latter. Containing cotton thistle extract, Perfect Heels Rescue Balm deeply moisturises and repairs cracked heels; this combined with a fresh coat of nail polish and my feet have never looked better.
What are your favourite skincare products during the winter?