It’s been a while since I’ve written about my skincare routine. I’ve previously detailed my Summer skincare routine and I thought now that it’s moving into the cooler months, I’ll go through my Winter skincare steps and how my routine has changed since then.
I am currently learning more and more about the ingredients in my skincare products and the more I learn the more I want to shift away from fragrances and other skin irritants.
Many people have no issues with fragrance in their skincare however I know my skin can react to harsh ingredients so the less I can come into contact with them the better.
As I say that, I do still own and use many products with fragrance in them as I already owned them before doing this research and I’ll use them up before I move onto new products.
For my skincare routine below, I’ll list off the products only if I like them and am going to continue to use them in the future.
I will go through each step I take and try to tell you the products I’m using, just as a guide and starting point for anyone doing their own research.
To give you some background knowledge I have oily, acne prone skin with large pores around my nose and hormonal breakouts along my jawline.
My skincare routine is aimed at providing my skin with the right amount of hydration without irritating it further with heavy products. I’m fairly certain my breakouts come from my diet and hormones so there’s not too much else I can do for that with my skincare products.
My Winter Skincare Steps for my Oily Skin
Cleanse – I use a foaming cleanser to wash my face in the shower. I alternate between a scrub like the Garnier Facial Cleanser Deep Pore Wash and a softer wash like the Dermalogica ClearStart Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash.
Exfoliate – I use a chemical exfoliator. Currently I’m testing the Beauty Bay SkinHit Correcting Serum.
Hyaluronic acid – I use any of the hyaluronic acids from Hada Labo, they’re super hydrating and very lightweight gels.
Light Moisturiser or serum – This is the step I add in Winter when my skin is drier and needs the extra hydration. I’m currently using the iUNIK Centella Calming Gel.
Moisturiser – This is a slightly heavier day cream compared the gel from above. I’ve previously liked the Cinch Face Cheat(er) and the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birchsap.
Facial Oil – This is another step I add for Winter. In Summer I only use facial oil at night. My favourite oil so far has been The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil.
Sunscreen – I always wear sunscreen and a natural one too. I’ve tried a few different formulas and haven’t yet found one that is perfect under makeup. I’m currently using the Wotnot Natural Sunscreen however it’s quite greasy for my already oily skin.
After my sunscreen I’ll continue on with my makeup if I’m wearing any that day. Along with the sunscreen I also try to minimise my time in direct sunlight as I’m unable to reapply my sunscreen if I’m wearing any makeup.
For my evening routine I always double cleanse, no matter if I wore makeup or not, as I always wear sunscreen and I need to completely remove it so as to not clog up my acne prone skin.
First Cleanse – For my first cleanse I use an oil cleanser to melt away my heavy makeup. I’ve been using and loving the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil for years.
Second Cleanse – I use a gentle foaming cleanser here. I’m currently working through the Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser which has lasted me a long time.
Mask – I use a mask when I feel like my skin needs it but no more than twice a week. I’ve previously enjoyed the L’Oreal Pure-Clay Masks.
Exfoliate – I use a stronger chemical exfoliator here, the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, which I apply every second night.
Hyaluronic acid – Once again I use a Hado Labo hyaluronic acid.
Light Moisturiser or serum – Again I’ll apply a lightweight gel moisturiser for an extra boost of hydration.
Moisturiser – I used to use a different moisturiser for nighttime compared to my day moisturiser however in recent months I’ve been using the same moisturiser for both and it’s been fine for my skin which means one less product to buy. I like the Cinch Face Cheat(er) and the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birchsap.
Facial Oil – I’ll use the same facial oil I used in the morning. I quite like the The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil.
When I look back at my Summer Skincare Routine I can see a few big changes.
I’ve stopped using a Vitamin C serum. It was costing me too much money so I wanted to take a break for a while and see how it effected my skin. So far I can’t see any big changes so I’ll keep on without it for a while longer yet.
I’ve also added extra hydration which makes sense during these drier Winter months.
I’ve also become less afraid of facial oils. Because I have naturally oily skin I spent a long time avoiding all oil in my skincare which I later learnt was only exacerbating my excess oil production. I now like to use a facial oil that’s good for my skin without clogging my pores, I rotate between Rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil. By applying the correct type of facial oil I have actually been able to reduce the amount of oil my skin produces by a noticeable amount.
Since I’ve started this shift towards simpler skincare in both my routine and ingredients I’ve been experiencing less irritation from my skincare and makeup. I used to think I just had sensitive skin however I now know that I react poorly to a lot of fragrance and essential oils in my skincare.
I’m looking forward to trying a lot of new skincare products with simpler and better ingredients for my skin type. If I find any holy grail products I’ll be sure to mention them in another skincare routine update.