Hi guys, today I am very excited to share my winter time everyday skincare routine with you guys. Ever since I started posting makeup looks on my blog, you guys have been constantly requesting me to post about my skincare routine. This actually is the most requested post on my blog since I started blogging. I am happy that I am finally posting this on my blog.
Before starting off, I would like to let you know a few important things. First, I am already blessed with a good skin, I never had breakouts, freckles or blemishes. I occasionally do tend to get one or two small pimples somewhere around my brows or on my nose but not more than that. I have a combination skin type which means my t-zone is oily and the rest of the face is normal to dry. But, in winters, my t-zone becomes really dry and flaky. So, my winter skincare routine is totally different from my summer skincare routine. The second thing I would like to tell you is that I do not say you can get a perfect skin just by copying my skincare routine. We all have different skin types. What works for me might not work for you. If you have the exact skin type like I have then you can surely use the products I use. If you are not taking care of your skin then do start the basic at the earliest. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone and moisturize your face at least twice a day. Skincare is the best investment you choose for yourself.
My morning skincare routine consists of three parts- Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing. I will now be talking about each step elaborately and I will also mention the products I use.
The first thing I do right after getting up in the morning is brushing my teeth followed by cleansing my face. I make sure there is no change in this routine. The cold splash of water immediately wakes me up and makes me feel fresh. I love that feeling. I try to wash my face thrice a day but most of the days I end up washing it only twice. I don’t use any particular face wash for a long time. I keep switching my face washes firstly because I want my skin to be responsive, secondly and most importantly because my skin doesn’t react weirdly to different products. Anything and everything that I use suits my skin well. I just finished using my Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser (review will be up very soon) which I mentioned in my October Favourites post. Currently, I am using the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Wash by Gia Bath & Body Works. I received it as a deluxe sample in my November Subscription Box.
I prefer scrubbing my face after I wash my face. I scrub my face every alternate day. I don’t like the feeling of bumps on my face plus, I have blackheads appearing every day. So, it is necessary for me to use a scrub regularly. I am currently using the VLCC Indian Berberry Face Scrub which is quite good in keeping my face hydrated even after scrubbing. So far my favourite facial scrub for winter is the Lotus Whiteglow Yogurt and Oatmeal Scrub, mostly because of its creamy texture and larger scrubbing particles.
I was not much into toning my skin until I found out how seriously effective it is for my skin. In summers, it takes care of the oiliness and in winters, it balances my skin properly. There are different types of toners for different purposes available in the market. I am currently using the Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water which I use as a toner, mostly because it balances the moisture during winters very well. Also, it keeps my face fresh throughout the day.
Winter is very harsh to my skin. My skin feels like a paper if I don’t use a good moisturizer during winters. Recently I have found out my holy grail moisturizer for winters and it is the Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. I barely need a moisturizer for the rest of the year but in winters, I need a heavy duty moisturizer to take care of my dry, flaky skin. This moisturizer does a great job hydrating my face for a long, long time.
My under-eye areas tend to get very dry during winters. So, I don’t forget to moisturize under the eyes as well. For that, I use my long time favourite eye cream which is The Body Shop’s Moisture White Shisho Brightening Eye Cream. I love this cream for two reasons- first, it has a great consistency that it doesn’t feel heavy on the delicate areas and secondly, it has a slight shimmer to it which helps to brighten up my under-eye areas.
For moisturizing my lips, especially during winters, I use a family-favourite cream that I have been using since childhood. It is the Boroline Antiseptic Ayurvedic cream. Being a Bengali, I have grown up relying on this cream. I love it. Nothing is as effective as Boroline on my chapped lips in winter.
I was not a skincare person even a couple of years ago. The only skincare I used to do is to wash my face and apply a cream. But, that eventually ended up as a fail. I used to get frequent breakouts even if it was not that time of the month. I am so happy that I finally gave my skin some time and care and it gave me a great result. Now, I make sure I don’t skip my skincare routine whatsoever. I hope this post helped in encouraging you to start off with your own skincare regime. Do let me know if you have any query.
What is your favourite facial cleanser at this moment?
Let me know if you want me to post about my nighttime skincare routine for winters. I would love to share that with you. Till then, be safe & keep smiling!
I can’t believe winter is already here. I don’t like Winter much because I am a very lazy person who refuses to leave the bed in the mornings, imagine what will happen when I’ll be forced to leave all the cozy blankets and comforters behind and get out of bed. I am already very scared. The only thing I like about winters is I get to chuck out the oiliness around the t-zone, but as a disadvantage of the advantage I get anextremely dry skin. Such a drama! Nevermind, so let’s get into the post to know what my 5 Holy Grail products are for winters-
1. Lip Balm: Be it winter or summer, I can’t live without lip balms. End of discussion. My lips are not extremely dry, but I keep them hydration all the time as I don’t want my lips to get chapped. By now, it has become my habit to put lip balm in every one hour. I am currently using Nivea Med Protection balm and it worked wonder for my lips that were acting up for a few weeks.
2.Moisturizer: As mentioned earlier, my skin is very, very oily throughout the year until the extreme cold weather. In winter, it becomes flaky dry. So, I need two to three types of moisturizer for my skin. For summer, I need a light-weight oil-free moisturizes, in fall I need a moisturizer little more hydrating and in winter I need extra hydration. Currently, I am using Cetaphil – though it feels quite heavy on my skin while application but it sits into the skin in a few minutes and sometimes I also like to use the Naked Potion Lotion as it soothes the skin and deeply nourishes it.
3. Cleanser and Toner: Same as the moisturizing part, I need a face wash that does take away the dirt and extra oil but doesn’t make the skin dehydrated. Though I am a huge Clean and Clear fan, but I can’t use it in winter as it makes me dry. I am currently using the Cetaphil Cleanser followed by a wash.
Thalgo Cocooning Tonic lotion is my favourite toner for winter. This toner doesn’t make the skin dry after use but takes off the dirt and oil properly and leaves the skin hydrated. This toner is very gentle on my skin, doesn’t contain paraben, doesn’t contain silicon and most importantly it smells like Vanilla! Need I say more?
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4. Body Butters/Lotions: Like my skin, my body needs extra hydration as well. I usually have a normal body skin for the rest of the year but in winter, it acts crazy. I started using The Body Shop Almond body butter and later on I realized that TBS body butters are not meant for my skin. They are way too heavy for my skin although it’s winter. So, I skipped the idea of applying body buttes on my skin (though the TBS body butters keep alluring me), instead I am using the normal Vaseline Total Moisture body lotion as I have seen it’s the only thing that works for me, nourishes my dry skin and keeps it moisturized for a long time.
5. Heel care: My heels become dreadful when the winter arrives. They start cracking. I don’t know why this happens. I have used the ordinary healing creams, consumed Vit E capsules but nothing worked. It was all until the Wishbox- Cosmic Bloom arrived at the doorsteps. I got a product which I had shown you in the unboxing postlong ago, it’s a salve for cracked and extremely dry skin. Gehwol is a german production which worked wonders for my heels. I am using this religiously twice a day after cleaning my feet thoroughly. I can’t tell you how effective it is as the cracks are gone and the heels feel even softer. I can comb out the world to get this product again.
So, here are the 5 must-have skincare products in my drawer. What are yours?