Compared to the winters I’ve experienced in Canberra, the Sydney winter is practically tropical. Exaggerations aside, winter in Sydney IS pretty mild, but like any winter, it does take a toll on your skin. The density of buildings combined with the coastal locale can make for some cold winds and like anywhere, constantly moving in and out of heated buildings can dry out your skin.
While the weather has been blessedly mild for Autumn, it’s definitely taken its turn for the cold and my skin was feeling it with some tightness and dryness. My summer products (remember these?) just weren’t cutting it, so it was time for an upgrade. These products have all made the cut into my daily winter skin care routine, and my skin is thankful for it.
Ahhh I’d wanted some Kiehl’s for so long, but I have a rule that I won’t buy new skincare products unless I’ve finished what I already have on hand, or if the seasons are changing. Otherwise, things could get a bit out of control. So, I was legitimately after a night cream as I’ve never used distinct day and night creams before. I kind of cheated in my mission to find a night cream, but the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Creme is a winner. Not technically a night cream, it’s a rich moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling deliciously moist (terrible word, #sorrynotsorry). I’ve been using it only at night as I find it a bit heavy for day, but if you lived in an extreme winter climate, it would be ideal for use in the day time too.
This right here was an impulse buy. I was at Kiehl’s buying the Ultra Facial Creme and saw the Ultra Facial Cleanser and knew my fave cleanser was on the way out, so thought I could bend my own rule a little. I’m glad I did. I’ve been easing it into the routine while my other cleanser runs out, and I do like it. It feels like it leaves skin a bit cleaner than Cetaphil, but is still super gentle. I think it’s important to note here that I have sensitive skin, and none of the products I’ve listed here today have caused a reaction. It’s also probably good to point out here that I use micellar water to remove my make up before I cleanse, so I can’t pass judgment on whether this cleanser removes make up. If you’re after a gentle, but effective, cleanser though – give the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser a whirl.
3// Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys (c/o)
The dames at one of my fave Aussie brands, Go-To Skincare, were kind enough to send me some prodz to try out late in the summer. These Exfoliating Swipeys have made it into my (rather extensive) routine. I’ll be purchasing them of my own accord when my lot runs out. These bad boys are like mini facial wipes, but drenched in a chemical exfoliant with all the best stuff – AHAs, BHAs, etc etc. Swipe over the face to exfoliate – it’s in the name, so its idiot proof. Leave the solution on your skin for a minute or two, then rinse off with a splash water. Expect water to go everywhere, because this ain’t no Neutrogena ad.
Result – baby smooth skin. No stinging or redness ensues for me, and my skin feels squeaky clean after use. I’m being utterly and totally serious when I say these swipeys are one of the best things to happen to my skin. Thanks, Zo and co. (Ha. Busting a rhyme there).
Serums are one of those products that I think really make a difference to my skin, but they’re also just. So. Expensive .Do I love the idea of a luxury skincare? Of course. But quite frankly, I don’t really want to spend $60+ on all of my skincare products, when there are more natural or cheaper options available. Thankfully though, there are more realistic options available. This Sukin Super Greens Serum is a good one. I bought it on a whim a couple of weeks ago, and have been using it daily since. I think my skin is brighter for it, and I like the ritual of a serum too. But, full disclosure – it’s not totally necessary for your winter skin. Think of it as a ‘nice to have’, or an accessible, <$20 treat.
I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens in my time, but for some reason or another had never found one I loved. The Cetaphil one that I included here came pretty close, but this La Roche Posay number has got it beat. It’s got SPF 50+, it’s really light and it sinks in quickly without leaving a white mask. I use it everyday, firstly because I’m terrified of sun damage (and, uh, skin cancer?), and secondly because I also use products with AHAs and BHAs that can leave your skin vulnerable to the sun, but also because the particular product seems pretty hydrating. A winner in my book.
I’d seen this Neutrogena moisturiser in pharmacies over summer, and it had stuck out in my mind as it has hyaluronic acid in it, which seems to be the new wonder ingredient in moisturiser. I love this product. It’s super hydrating, but also really light. The packaging also looks high end for a pharmacy/drug store brand, which is always a bonus. I use this one in the morning, after cleansing and applying serum, and before sunscreen and make up. It leave my skin so soft and ready for make up, and my skin doesn’t seem to become as oily during the day. It’s quite light though, so probably not your pick if you need some heavy duty hydration, and probably best for younger skin.
If all else fails, go for a flawless foundation. I’m currently using NARS Sheer Glow, and the colour and texture are both spot on. It’s really buildable to increase coverage, but a little bit goes a long way. Make sure you use a primer so that your foundation lasts all day; I love Smashbox’s blue one – the Photo Finish Hydrating Primer (not pictured).
Do you switch up skincare for the seasons? Summer or winter, what are your go to products at the moment? x