Nighttime Skincare Routine for Winter

This week’s temperatures are dropping to below zero and John Lewis have released their Christmas advert. Therefore I consider it officially winter - the season that my evening skincare routine becomes a whole ritual because my skin always needs that extra TLC.

I always have such a love hate relationship with taking off my makeup and always try to cut corners. Alas, I am no longer in the ‘youthful skin’ bracket and I must be strict about removing it every night unlike my younger years where day 2 mascara was maybe even a thing. Since discovering oil cleansers I find the whole process a lot easier though. Ageing skin aside, cleansing with oils is the way forward. I find it lifts all my makeup and dirt off my face really easily, is really quick and actually beneficial to my skin in comparison to say face wipes. Also it means I save on cotton pads which I try not to use many of for environmental reasons. 

When I first tried this oil gel cleanser from Natural Wisdom I knew I was onto a winner. Its main ingredients are a beautiful and organic blend of pomegranate, carrot and coconut oil as well as rosemary, chamomile and calendula. It’s not too oily either and removes my makeup in a swish. The fact that its ingredients are super nourishing, raw and organic too  is a huge plus for me.

I was recently sent some vegan skincare products from The Body Shop. And after I heard that they are wanting to go cleanER with their skincare I couldn’t help but fall in love with their Drops of Youth range. 

I have been using the Youth Liquid Peel twice a week (although it is suggested once) because my skin has honestly gone so dry and scaly in the past few weeks from heating and lack of sunshine. This stuff is amazing, one pump removes all of the dead skin quite amazing really as it literally comes off on your fingers. 

I then tend to tone and prep my skin before moisturising by massaging in the Youth Essence Lotion. This process cleanses it down to an absolute T removing all the last of the oils.

Once my skin feels all smooth I move onto the Youth Emulsion serum. Although it says to apply every morning I have been using it in the evening addition to moisturising to try and restore some of my skin’s lost plumpness. It’s infused with thyme and buddleia extract and enriched with Community Trade babassu oil (love!)

Ok so extra moisturiser is a must for me. At this stage I’m in bed trying to reply to last messages whilst lightly tapping onto my skin some of this beautifulllllll damask rose facial oil by Green People. Again, I’m obsessed with any facial oil and and wear it almost every night to bed (sometimes I switch it up with a heavier moisturiser - see my last blog post on that) I think it really makes a huge difference to the elasticity and general texture of my skin without blocking pored. I am so in love its the smell too. This is special limited edition so if you’re an oil fanatic like me I would jump on board quickly! 

Lack of daylight hours meands lack of sunshine and for someone that suffers from SAD I can only protect myself and spray one pump of Vitamin D spray onto my tongue. I’ve found it has helped my energy levels so far. I got mine from Holland Barrett. If my lips are feeling dry I’ll pop some Sukin balm on and some Vitamin e oil my cuticles. I ALSO try and read - at the moment it’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. Have you read it? 

Mena xx

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