It’s been a while since we spoke beauty. I always find it more revelant to talk skincare as soon as we hit the colder months. It really has taken a turn hasn’t it? During summer my skin tends to play ball. I don’t wear as much make-up and so I opt for a more natural approach… is it sweat or is it a glow? Who knows. As soon as we enter into October, my whole regime kicks it up a gear. I replace refreshing sheet masks with thick clay options and I always introduce an oil into the mix. Remember, oils are still fine for oily skin! Something I have learnt over the years. Everything else within my routine remains fairly similar to my last skincare update which was my ‘I’ve hit thirty’ blog post, you can have a peek back at that here.

So what’s new for 2020?

So we all know that The Ordinary offer a whole host of acids and oils for all kinds and types of skin. I’m already pretty savvy when it comes to my salicylic acids, hyaluronic acids and my retinol products. I repurchase those over and over from The Ordinary. Then, more recently, I discovered Borage Seed Oil. Recognised for it’s medical benefits, it has been known to treat all kinds of skin issues such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. A big win for me, as I suffer with this on my arms when we get into a colder season. Generally though, it has a soothing and calming effect on the skin, therefor it is suitable for acne prone skin (win!) plus it’s lighter than most oils so if you are on the oily side anyway, like me, it won’t leave you feeling greasy. It’s causing a bit of a buzz in the skincare world for it’s multi-use purpose. Some even use this on their scalp at nighttime to ease any inflammation. The reason why this product is so good for the colder months is for all reasons above, our skin craves something that packs a punch and can really soothe and comfort your skin after battling the cold. Last year I used Rosehip Seed Oil from The Ordinary and although that did a similar job, I’ve noticed that the Borage Seed Oil has much quicker and far more effective results.

I love masks all year round. During the summer it’s sheet masks because they are more nourishing and mainly refreshing. Top tip, pop them in the fridge before you use them, you won’t regret, so cooling! I prefer clay masks during the colder months. I just feel like they give so much more, really sink into the skin and in terms of consistency I just love that thickness, slap it all over the face and chill out. A little disclaimer here, this L’oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask was given to me as a gift, I am about halfway through the pot and I hate waste but it is the very last product in my skincare collection that isn’t certified cruelty free. Once it’s gone I will not be repurchasing. Luckily for me I have found another new favourite mask for 2020 which is vegan and certified cruelty free… yay!

You guessed it! A Dermalogica product. Would it be a skincare dedicated post without one these days? The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant* is awesome! It’s thick, creamy, exfoliating and nourishing. It contains Snow Mushroom, another top skin ingredient to look out for! Snow mushroom is known for it’s ant-aging properties, perfect for us thirty-somethings! When I use this my skin feels so bright and happy and healthy. Who doesn’t want that for their skin? Plus, you rub it onto the face and then leave for as little as five minutes. This is a ‘it’s coming to the boyfriends at the weekend’ kind of mask. I use it before date nights, before brunch. I use it whenever I want that fresh, clean skin look. To be honest, I don’t like to go anywhere without this.

There you have it, some new (and trendy) skincare additions, all ready to slather over my face during the winter months – my favourite seasonal activity!

*The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a pr sample as part on an ongoing relationship with Dermalogica.

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