Apart from the blinding obvious in temperature and weather change, my skin is currently letting me know very loudly that we are no longer in warmer times. Some eczema has crept back onto my neck and eye, although I think I have that orbital inclined section just under control.
The change in temperature now also means a change in skin care, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about my winter time routine.
Cleanliness is next to godliness
Or so I hear. During the warmer months I usually cleanse twice a day – morning and night, and definitely double cleanse if I’ve been wearing SPF.
Come autumn/winter though, I don’t know if it’s the snap dryness of the air, but my skin won’t tolerate me molesting it with a washcloth more than once a day. That said, I will usually cleanse at the end of the day, using a really rich moisturiser to take me through the night, and then popping on a nourishing but less dense day time moisturiser to combat the central heating in the office.
Cleansers that my skin seems to prefer more are cream based, such as the Balancing Cleanser from Alpha H, or the Comforting Cleansing Milk from Nuxe. The latter is fragranced in a typically French chemist brand way (mostly rose based, but it’s a very sophisticated rose scent that dissipates quite quickly). It’s not the freshest rose scent I’ve come across, feeling more like a rose fragrance in a perfume bottle, but it’s not bad. The Alpha H cleanser is completely fragrance free, and leaves a refreshing tingle to the skin.
Paring it down
When my skin is this reactive and irritated at the turn of the weather, I begin by cutting out most of my usual skincare steps – no acids, no active/potent serums, just in with a spritz if I feel like it and then a decent moisturiser. I just don’t feel like layering until I’m not so reactive.
Getting back in the swing
After about 2 weeks my skin will have settled. Then I will tentatively use a gentle acid toner help with the turnover of surface layers of the skin (something like Glow Tonic by Pixi, or Zelen’s PHA pads), spritz using something soothing but not too moisturising, use a watery serum that is strengthening and fortifying (current favourite is Power Dose Vitamin D by Dr Brandt), apply a bit of a hyaluronic serum such as Hydraluron, and then a really yummy moisturiser over top, like Aesop Mandarin Hydrating Face Cream, or Zelen’s 3T Complex.
Significantly better hydrated skin that is more resilient in the face of cuttingly cold winds, and dry internal heating. My eczema may calm down further in the coming months but there is a chance that it won’t until the weather warms up again. Whilst I hate humidity, it’s the dryness of the air that causes my skin to flare up the most. I’ve found that hyaluronic acid helps significantly and while it may not heal the inflammation, it will definitely control a worsening of the symptoms.
Aw what he heck, here’s another simple video of my mug going through my current winter routine for your viewing pleasure (or not. There is a serious video fail later. You have my permission to laugh).
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