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Winter Skincare Size-Down.

The Internet has been flooded with comments on the incoming chill. You can start to see your breath, stepping out of the shower becomes the bit harder and hot chocolate is appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Another thing that is on the change is the amount of products I use. I'm lavishing my skin in oil, packing away drying products and bringing out the creamy face masks. But how much is enough? When it comes to changing up my skincare routine I always listen to what my skin needs.

From pea sizes to tea spoons every ones usage is different, but is it too much? When it comes to removing makeup I always resort to two options. A molecular water, and a cleansing oil. When I'm wearing thick eye makeup I usually take the majority off with Bioderma. I soak two cotton pads and pat them over my eyes for a few seconds before wiping the majority off. I then go in with a cleansing oil to remove any stubborn leftovers. For general everyday makeup, I take an average tea spoon amount of cleansing oil and buff into my skin, including the eye area and rinse off with warm water. 

The great thing about using an oil is that it puts moisture into your skin, reducing the need for extra moisturiser and more frequent facial treatments. Which is why I then use an oil to cleanse my skin, essentially double cleansing if you consider the usage. Again just a teaspoon amount, but massaged into the skin and then rinsed off. I currently use the Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil but am on the look out for something new if anyone has suggestions. As you can see I've almost run out!

After cleansing I then reach for the Pixi Glow Tonic. If a product has multiple uses I am there, and this is the greatest example that I use on a day to day basis. I use two pumps on a cotton pad and wipe over my entire face both morning and night. The witch hazel firms and tones the skin, whilst the ginseng is a natural supplier of oxygen giving your skin that 'healthy glow'. But it's uses continue with Glycolic loosening and removing dad skin cells to act an exfoliator. Three boxes ticked with one product. 

During the summer I was a big fan of Hydrolouron, but after using an oil to cleanse I find that my skin really doesn't need as much moisture throughout the day. So I've been using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. It's new formula helps to strengthen your own skins moisture barrier. I find that again a one pence piece is enough to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day.

Because of the ever growing chill I make sure that I give my skin everything it needs, face masks are a great way to give your skin the boost it needs. Again I use products that give my skin what it's asking for and currently my skin needs some help in the breakout department. So I have been using a few extra masks from Origins. The first one is their Clear Improvement mask that contains active charcoal to clear pours, I use this for around 10 minutes across my nose and chin to target imperfections. The second is Out Of Trouble, only using this in troublesome areas this soaks up excess oil to rescue any existing or forthcoming problems. I use these probably once a week, sometimes every other week depending on the state of my skin. And the last is mainly to hydrate any dry skin that I may have, Drink Up contains Algae Extracts to deliver an extra helping of hydration. 

What products do you use during the colder months? Do you find that your quantities shift majorly?

Gem. x