Like many of you, I imagine, during winter my skin goes a bit haywire. Everything that worked during summer suddenly doesn’t, and about a month into winter is usually when I start re-evaluating my skincare. I’ve got crazy combination skin that goes dry during winter, normal to oily during summer, and gets confused very easily in the in between times.
My list of winter skin savers isn’t a long one – it’s just a few items by Aesop, Eve Lom and Malin+Goetz – but the combination has restored my dry, oily, overly-confused skin.
Step 1: Exfoliate
I’m not a doctor, but I do know that skin cells build up and need exfoliating. This process is even more important during winter. If you want your skin to soak up any serum or moisturiser you put on top, you have to have to HAVE TO exfoliate.
This Tea Tree Exfoliant by Aesop ($35) is really good. You have to use it with a matching Aesop oil cleanser, and mix a little of both in your palm to create a paste.
It’s quite a thick, grainy exfoliant and if you do have quite sensitive skin it’s probably too harsh but I think for most skin types you should be ok. I like how thick it is – it’s a feature of the exfoliant that works for me.
Step 2: Hydrate
The first item on my list is Aesop’s Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum ($63). It’s a serum that during summer, is all my skin needs to stay perfectly hydrated and soft. During winter though, it turns into a really great base to apply moisturiser over. I like to think it’s all the anti-oxidants…
It looks like an oil in the bottle, but absorbs quickly, and even faster when my skin is dry.
Step 3: Moisturise
About a month ago my skin started to dry out like nobody’s business. I was using up random old moisturisers because I thought it was just a temporary thing, and in the end, my skin became really confused. It was breaking out, it was drying up, it was overcompensating for everything.
I went into the Aesop store in Myer for a refill of my cleanser and got talking to the helpful guy there who suggested their Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream ($43) would be good to fix my skin confusion.
What can I say, he was right. I still get the occasional blemish here and there, but all in all, it’s eliminated a lot of the rubbish that was going on before.
Step 4: Eyes
Now, not everything from the Aesop range is <3-able, at least from me. Their eye serum eventually felt like it was too thick, and I was getting little bit of millia under my eye, which was because the eye serum I was using was too rich. I used it up til the end though, but during its dying weeks I began quite an intensive search for an eye cream or serum that would be light, but still very potent and effective and not cost me the earth.
I eventually settled on Eve Lom’s Eye Serum. I’ve only been using it for a few days, but my god it’s everything it said it would be. It has a really small nozzle so you can make sure you’re only getting a tiny amount, and it’s got a lot of amazing things in it that they say reduce fine lines, hydrate and get rid of puffyness.
But what’s been really good for me, is that in even in the last 4 days, the millia is starting to go away. Yay!
Having a good eye cream is really important once you hit your mid-twenties. It’s the one thing that’s going to get in the way of wrinkles in your thirties, and big wrinkles in your forties and fifties. I was starting to develop a few around the eyes when I hit about 23, 24 (my mum was commenting, a lot!) and what saved me was starting to use an eye cream on a regular basis. They’ve all but disappeared now, thank god, and it’s why I’m prepared to spend more, to get better results.
Step 5: Lips
Last but not least, you can’t really do a post about winter skin-stuff and not mention a lipbalm. TheMalin+Goetz Lip Moisturiser ($20 from Mecca Cosmetica) that was included in my Vogue Beauty Icons Box (but that I already owned) is the best one I’ve found. It’s got the same consistency as the Eve Lom Eye Serum, but it’s a lip product.
If you don’t want to go down the mecca route though, Lucas Paw Paw Ointment is a good, cheaper alternative.
Handy tip: It works especially well after you’ve exfoliated your lips. I do mine once a week in the shower with an old toothbrush, and it’s so much better than constantly biting at the dry skin on my lips. Ewww!