I’m really not a skincare expert. My routine, whatever the weather, is minimal. I prefer budget products and little effort for maximum results.
Keeping my skin glossy and fresh looking during the summer months is definitely easier with my vitamin D drenched skin naturally radiant. My skin during winter, however, is a mighty task. I spend most of my free time outdoors and the biting cold, gusty winds, and damp atmosphere really take their toll on my skin. My lips chap at the slightest touch of cold and my eczema flares with damp atmospheres.
Yet I am chronically lazy when it comes to skincare. I simply can’t keep up with a regime of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and everything else that you’re supposed to do to your skin. Instead, I’ve developed a super-stripped back beauty regime using affordable, cruelty-free, beauty items that seem to do a perfect job of keeping my skin free from the cracks of winter.
I will be really honest – I’m blessed with good skin. I have hormonal blemishes on my skin and mild eczema around my eyes. Other than that, I have no skin complaints which makes my regime very easy. However, I have found that my skin has improved since I’ve reduced my skincare regime. Not using an endless array of moisturisers, cleansers, and blemish lotions has actually reduced my blemishes to just those few pesky, hormonal black heads on my chin.
I read that many beauty products are a consumer myth. I was skeptical, but I have to admit, that cutting out 90% of the products I use does seem to have left my skin healthier and happier than it has ever been before.
My Skincare Routine
Lazy really is the definition of my routine. My face is washed twice daily with warm water – no soap because my face is largely too sensitive for soap. I don’t use a face cloth and simply pat dry my face with a dedicated towel.
In the morning, I apply a beeswax balm (made by my delightfully talented sister-in-law) to my lips and eyes. The area around my eyes is where eczema settles and rubbing the beeswax lotion into my eyes really helps minimises the cracking and soreness, keeping the skin supple. The formula of the balm I use is very similar to Burts Bees lip balm which also makes my skin feel really soft and supple after use.
On an evening, I use coconut oil to cleanse and moisturise my face. I buy a coconut oil that is actually meant for cooking – it means the oil is organic and pure without anything else added. A thin layer of the oil removes any grime that has settled on my skin throughout the day and leaves my skin feeling really moisturised. I usually do this several hours before bed to allow the oil to seep into my face and repair any cold weather damage.
Before bed, I apply a tiny bit of The Ordinary Mineral Blemish formula to my chin where I suffer from those pesky hormonal spots. It minimised the blackheads and means I only get minor breakouts once a month. I also apply a home-made Rose Oil around my eyelids to calm the eczema. This helps target my eczema and, if I miss an evening, my eczema gets worse and begins to spread.
Once a week, I apply a ‘Cup O’Coffee‘ face mask from Lush. Made from coffee beans, the mask moisturises, removes impurities from my skin, and exfoliates. The mask is the highlight of my skincare regime and my face leaves so phenomenally fresh after use. After using the mask, I apply a heavy layer or coconut oil to my face and leave it to soak in over a long period time.
I ofter replicate this weekly routine on my legs to keep them soft and moisturised over winter. Sadly, being a swimmer, I don’t get to just hide them away beneath opaque tights and a layer of hair!
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So there you have it!
My super quick, easy, minimal and lazy skincare regime for keeping my skin moisturised and radiant over winter!
What tips do you have for keeping your skin healthy over the colder months?