Winter Skin Hacks: Layer Up

Hi everyone! Welcome to part 2 of my Winter Skin Hacks. This week is all about layering! And no, not the itchy jumper kind!

When we talk about skin care, we often hear the term "layering", which is all to do with the different products you apply to your skin. This would be serums, oils, moisturisers, eye creams, SPF, etc. Sounds like a lot, right? But think about it- you wouldn't go outside this time of year in just a t-shirt, and your skin works much the same. So what types of layers should you bundle you skin in?

Well, the first thing to do is establish your skin type. Do you have oily skin and suffer with breakouts? Do you have red or sensitive skin? Or perhaps your skin is getting dryer and dryer the colder it gets outside. But here are the things to consider when choosing your skin care.

For oily skin, stick to oil-free products with a water or gel base. And yes, you should absolutely always moisturise your skin. Try not to use harsh products which will dry your skin out (i.e tea tree or alcohol)- the trick is to use lightweight products. If you have some issues that only tea tree or similar will resolve (acne), then I would recommend to only apply it to the problem areas.

With sensitive skin, this can be tough. Not knowing what will irritate or break you out can be a nightmare. However, if you find products labelled "ultra soothing", "gentle" or words similar, then you will be on the right track. Then, check that these products are soap, alcohol, fragrance and oil free and have lots of soothing ingredients such as chamomile, oatmeal or my favourite hyaluronic acid.

For dry and cracking skin, you do need to be a bit more careful. If you read my post last week about exfoliation, then you already know that just slathering on moisturiser isn't really going to do much. You should still exfoliate no more than twice a week- but I would recommend definitely applying a lot more face masks, particularly after exfoliation. I do love a sheet mask; these are infused with a whole bottle of serum and work wonders to instantly pack in hydration. They are a great post exfoliation mask. .

Okay, so back to layering. The trick is to apply your products in small amounts, and not all at once. **DISCLAIMER the following advice is my own personal routine, which might not work for everyone.**

So here is my basic morning skin care routine:

  • Cleansing balm

  • Toner

  • Facial oil

  • Eye cream

  • Skin balm

  • Moisturise

  • SPF

Seems like a lot? It's actually very simple.

Basically, the rule I follow is to just apply the hydration products (everything after the toner) in the order of thickness, starting with the thinnest first. It doesn't matter how many products you use either, just by following this rule you are ensuring that the thinner products are reaching their optimum depth, whereas the thicker products are providing the required protection on top. And, yes you absolutely do need SPF in the winter. Sun damage is real!

In the evening, it is pretty much the same routine except that I will cleanse twice and skip the SPF. If anything, your nighttime routine should be the more advanced one as your skin repairs itself overnight.

So there is my tips on layering! Just remember to be kind and treat your skin, especially with all this mask wearing and cold weather. Your skin care routine should be a treat not a chore, and if you're just starting out then try adding in just 1 or 2 extra steps at a time while you are building this new habit. Take care everyone, and see you after lockdown!

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