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Today we're talking winter-themed skincare I can't be without, all of which you can shop at Liberty London. I always stop for a browse when I'm in central London but I love that their curated selection of beauty brands is also available to buy online too, given I live in Birmingham. These are the products and brands I recommend taking a look at...
Let's start by talking cleansers: my pick for a first cleanse in the evening is Augustinus Bader's the Cleansing Balm | £55. Though, if you're very dry, this isn't one of those super-emulsifying formulas, so you can definitely use it in the morning to pack in the moisture. This is formulated with lots of amazing fatty-acid-rich ingredients and skin moisturisers like avocado oil, squalane (which is the plant-derived version of the oils our skin naturally produces), Vitamin E and other plant oils. It melts down makeup and sunscreen and can be removed with a damp cloth for soft, clean skin.
My go-to in the morning (that can also be used as a second cleanse or even to remove makeup and sunscreen at the end of the day) is the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk | £23. Particularly at this time of year, water can be lost through the skin overnight so something moisturising like this is perfect. This light lotion cleanser is formulated with omega-rich sea buckthorn oil, blackcurrant oil, shea butter, Vitamin E and bisabolol. These are all amazing moisturisers and hydrators, so my skin is left clean but soft, and not at all stripped.
If you want to replace your toners and facial serums with a one-step product, I recommend the Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Treatment Mist | £57. This mist can be used morning or evening and it's so much more than just a spritz of hydration; it has weight to it and some amazing actives in there. There are peptides, to plump up and hydrate the skin, replenishing amino acids, soothing aloe, niacinamide and probiotics to support the skin barrier and lots of antioxidants to protect the skin against free radical damage. There are also some fermented ingredients to really boost the efficacy of the benefits already contained within the formula. It takes approximately two seconds to apply and you're getting so many amazing ingredients into your skin, as well as hydration that lasts.
All the other products I have here are effectively moisturisers in one form or another. The first is something I like to use during the daytime: the Venn Vitamin B Activated All-in-One Concentrate | £155. This is another great option for lazy mornings because it's effectively combining your moisturiser and your serum; paired with the Allies mist, you really are getting maximum results with minimal effort. This formula combines the best of the B vitamins; niacinamide is an amazing ingredient - no matter what your skin concern is - helping strengthen the skin barrier, preventing overproduction of oils within the skin, calming inflammation and also preventing hyperpigmentation. Panthenol is amazing for holding hydration into the skin and it has a soothing benefit. You're also getting some amazing amino acids in here, plus Vitamin E and fatty alcohol. The texture of this feels light and lotion-y but it has a slightly richer quality to it that leaves my skin soft, smooth and plump.
Regardless of the time of year, sunscreen is a daily essential, but as we're in autumn (heading towards winter), I don't think using the most waterproof, heavy-duty formula under the sun is necessary. I prefer to reach for something moisturising that's wearable for me on an everyday basis under my makeup. For me, that perfect product is the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance Invisible SPF 50 | £68. This is a light but hydrating and emollient sunscreen that provides an amazing level of broad-spectrum protection with an invisible finish. It feels like nothing on the skin and also has some antioxidants, which work synergistically with the sunscreen filters.
Next, let's talk about the Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream | £125. This is just an amazing product to use; I love the texture, I love how it makes my skin feel and it's like a hug for my face at the moment. It has this gorgeous buttery texture that softens and smooths my skin whilst also trapping in hydration with ingredients like squalane, Vitamin E, fatty alcohol and sweet almond oil. Omorovicza use their patented Hungarian thermal water in place of aqua within their formulas, meaning you get the amazing benefits of these minerals as an added bonus.
It's no secret that I love and oil, especially at this time of year, and my top pick has to be the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil | £54. This is a blend of plant oils rich in replenishing omega fatty acids and antioxidant benefits. I personally love how non-greasy this feels on my skin, plus it locks in moisture so effectively as the final step in my evening routine. I wake up in the morning with soft, moisturised, glowing skin, making it the perfect antidote if your complexion is looking dry and dull this winter.
You can check out all of my picks on the Liberty website and if you fancy brushing up on your skincare knowledge, search '49 skincare myths' on their website to read about why they've been debunked.
Have you tried any of these products or any other brands you can find at Liberty?