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Today I thought I'd share with you the skincare products I've used most consistently since the start of 2020, when the weather really started getting cold!
My go-to second cleanse and morning option is the Wow You! Zen Cleanser | £16 (15% off with code JASMINE15) | full review. This is a rich but somehow also lightweight whipped cream cleanser. It's formulated for dry and sensitive skin types with refreshing cucumber and nourishing oat and avocado. It leaves my skin so soft and hydrated after use, so I've been reaching for it time and time again throughout winter. For removing makeup, I've been using the Farmacy Clean Green Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm | £24 | review coming soon. This cleanser has such a beautiful texture and totally melts onto the skin into an oil. It lifts makeup with zero effort, it doesn't sting my eyes, it emulsifies nicely and can be removed easily with a damp cloth.
I have two toner options - one exfoliating and one hydrating, depending on what my skin's asking for. When things are a little irritated or red due to the cold weather, I like to use the soothing and refreshing Body Shop Aloe Toner | £8.50. It instantly calms and relieves my skin. When I'm looking for smoother, clearer skin, I go for the Inkey List's PHA Toner | £9.99 | full review. This is a really gentle, non-irritating option for surface exfoliation. It doesn't dry out my skin but leaves it nicely soft and smooth.
Next, let's talk serums! An absolute staple ingredient in my routine is hyaluronic acid and my favourite formula is the Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex* | £25 (15ml) | full review. This ingredient draws water into the skin, making it perfect if you're dehydrated during the winter months. This is a super-lightweight, non-tacky, fast-absorbing option that I like to apply to slightly damp skin to get a plumper, smoother, healthier look. To protect my skin from harsh weather, I like to use the Fourth Ray Beauty Remedy 10% Niacinamide Serum | $15 | full review. Again, this formula absorbs nicely, and I really love this ingredient; it helps strengthen the skin's barrier and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores. Overnight, I like to opt for the Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules with Essential Ceramides, Glyco and Sphingolipids | £7.60 | full review. These seriously smooth and nourish my skin and ceramides are great in the winter because they help repair the skin's barrier so it feels less sensitive and is able to retain more water.
Onto creams, we'll start with my go-to day cream; the Dr Jart + Ceramidin Cream | £35.50 | full review. This is so nourishing and smoothing without being too greasy or heavy on my more normal / combination skin. It also contains those amazing ceramides that help battle against winter skin. For the day, I've tended to reach for the Cerave Eye Repair Cream* | £10.99. This moisturising but not at all heavy eye cream also contains my winter skincare heros of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Overnight I usually go for the Beauty Pie Uber Youth Peptide-Infusion Eye Cream | £7.60 | full review. This eye cream has a lovely, light melting texture but still provides amazing moisture around the eye area. It's a little richer, which suits me for before bedtime.
My nighttime dreamy duo is the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask | £41 | full review | and the Bybi CBD Booster | £12 | full review. Sometimes I'll use them separately, other times I'll combine them in the same routine. The antioxidant-rich overnight mask (also formulated with glow-boosting PHAs) is so softening, smoothing and nourishing on lacklustre winter skin. The CBD oil is so nourishing and calming on my skin. If you're suffering from any winter-induced redness or irritation; I really recommend checking this one out.
Finally, let's talk about lip balms! A lightweight but very hydrating option for the daytime is the Caudalie Lip Conditioner | £5.50. It really softens my lips without feeling at all heavy. Overnight, I usually go for something thicker and super-nourishing to repair and restore my lips by morning and my old favourite is the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm | £11. It stops my lips from getting chapped and sore like they always used to in the cold weather and I don't even really have to exfoliate them these days!
What have been your go-to products this winter?