Friday, 23 November 2012

Cheat Sheet - Winter Skin

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I've had numerous requests for advice recently about winter skin and what to do/not to do.
The change from warm to cold to central heating to cold to office to travel to central heating etc etc can really make your skin feel like it's 'burning'. 

Here are just a few tips that may may help.
  • Treat the skin like you do your clothing, if you're layering clothing, layer your skincare. You need a skincare 'wardrobe' at this time of year more than any other.
    Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Oil, Cream, Protectant and/or balm. How much and when you use all of these depends on your skin but a general rule of thumb is if it's still absorbing, keep going (the only thing to be aware of is layering silicone as it will inevitably 'peel' or 'roll').
  • Don't over-cleanse. Your skin needs all the moisture it can get at this time of year. If you're dry/sensitive and you are using harsh cleansers suitable for the summer months AND overusing something like a Clarisonic - your skin may be very unforgiving.
  • Avoid alcohol-heavy products. It's one thing to have a toner showing alcohol denat at the very end of the inci list - its another to have alcohol as the main ingredient. 
  • If you love a face wash (foaming) - try and change to a cleansing milk while the weather is so cold. You can buy a milk for oily skin if you need it. 
  • Even better, use oils and balms. Natural ones. No mineral oil. An oily skin can use an oil designed for its specific type. 
  • You should NEVER aim for 'squeaky clean' anything, be it hair or skin. If you have this feeling after washing/cleansing, you really need to stop/rethink what you are using..
  • Exfoliate regularly. Face and body. Topical exfoliants in liquid form are far more effective than scrubs. Use toners or pads with AHA acids twice a day and follow with a spray of a hydrating toner containing glycerin and/or hyaluronic acid before you apply your serum and you'll feel a diiference after one day.
  • Ensure you are taking omega oils to help your skin internally. Fish are the best - flax are a good second for vegetarians.
  • Do continue to use face masks - but go for more hydrating ones as opposed to clay ones. If you have a combination skin use your clay mask and go straight in afterwards with a hydrating one for a good boost.
  • If you are a shower person - don't be tempted to stand under a hot shower to warm up. Your skin will not thank you for it. Keep it warm-hot, not boiling!
  • If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema it it likely that you will experience a worsening of symptoms in the colder months. Make sure your shower/bath products are as irritant free as possible, avoid tumble dryer sheets and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!!!
  • And finally - don't forget your Vitamin D. I've posted about Vitamin D previously here - top up, keep happy! 

65 comments:

  1. 'Use toners or pads with AHA acids twice a day and follow with a spray of a hydrating toner containing glycerin and/or hyaluronic acid' which ones would you recomend? xo

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    1. Seconded-never heard of hydrating toners with these ingredients in!

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    2. Elemis Apricot Toner contains glycerin

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    3. Most toners that are non-alcohol based will contain glycerin so don't worry - just check the inci label when you purchase.

      Ren, Clarins, Decleor - all nice

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  2. Perfect Winter skin tips! I always use more skincare products in colder and harsher month and I love it. I really like layering on all my lovely skincare! I couldn't have put it better myself. If you're going to wrap up warm, you should definitely do the same for your skin! Great tips and great post :) xo

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  3. Hi Caroline, would you recommend Lamberts vit D for all ages as a staple part of diet?

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    1. Assuming you have no serious medical conditions - yes - absolutely.

      Cx

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  4. I love your cheat sheets and my skin is crazy happy since I started taking your advice so thank you.

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  5. caroline! can we have a little update on your favourite winter skin care products? if it's possible, something i might be able to use for summer as well? in case i am still broke then and cant afford a whole new range of products. :D

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  6. Much appreciated as always xx

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  7. Is there any cleanser you would recommend for the morning. Im 40 with slightly sensitive,dry skin???

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    1. Ooh lots - have you tried Clarins Extra Comfort? http://www.clarins.co.uk/Extra-Comfort%20Cleansing%20Cream%20%22Dry/Sensitive%20Skin%22/C010102003,en_GB,pd.html?start=6

      I love it.

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  8. Great advise Caroline, don't know what I'd do without you. Feel like I should personally thank you for the love affair I'm having with Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm right now - thank you so much for recommending it, my skin loves it. One quick question - is liquid gold ok to use when pregnant? I've stopped using it as was unsure but am really missing it, thank you x

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    1. Yes you can - perfectly fine. Just not the Intensive Night - that's the one with Vitamin A in. Congratulations!

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  9. Hi, Caroline! Fantastic post! I'v been following your advice by using EH and hydraluron. I'v been using ren moisturiser for combo skin but found it leaves my skin shiny and cheeks dry. What else would u reccomend? I'm also looking to get a topical exfoliant
    What would u recommend

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    1. Hi Krishna,

      I would look at swapping to maybe Ren Hydra if that is the price bracket you are looking at? And topical exfoliant - depends whether you prefer liquid or grains. Oskia's Micro Exfoliating Balm is beautiful - and I am about to post about Pixi's Glow Tonic. :)

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    2. Thanks Caroline! You are such a star and so kind to individually reply to your comments. Really appreciate it :)

      Will Ren Hydra be ok for my oily t-zone? Iv found since using EH which i love, I'm far less dehydrated. I think i will give Pixi glow a go! Shame its not online tho! Will pop them an email.

      Thank you thank you thank you xxxxxxxxx

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  10. Thanks so much for the awesome tips as always xx ps what do tumble dryer sheets do??

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    1. Leave microscopic residue to keep it soft - but can also irritate skin conditions.

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  11. Thanks Caroline. Where would Hydraluron fit in? Is it a serum itself? or would you layer it UNDER a serum and then moisturise. Thanks :)

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    1. Hydraluron refer to themselves as a serum on the packaging if that helps :)

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    2. If your serum is a really light water based one - I'd put it on first and then stick Hydraluron on top. If its oil based - put HL on first :)

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  12. Is the eyslix (from the makers of hydraluron) worth getting? Need a new eye cream and trying to choose between that and the clinique one you posted in instragram. Many Thanks, Emma

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    1. Yes I am liking it - the Clinique one I use as a concealer tbh.

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  14. I do all the above so i feel very proud right now!i bought the purrifying balm by darphin and i love it!

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  15. Great tips! I have been using my AHAs like crazy lately; I love the glowy effect it gives to my skin x

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  16. Hi Caroline.
    I just had a few questions I'm hoping you can answer.
    Does rosehip oil cause breakouts? I'm currently using it for scars and wondering if it will lead to more spots.
    What moisturiser would you recommend for the winter, which isn't too heavy, or light, but just hydrating/nourishing, I'm struggling with brands.

    Thank you in advance!

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    1. It can do yes. Everyone's skin is different - rosehip is perfect for some and shocking for others..

      Moisturiser-wise - what have you already tried and what do you use in Summer to give me an idea of your skin?

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  17. Hi Caroline. What would you recommend for spots and acne during winters? Spot treatments are drying enough and using them during winters is pretty much torturing the skin. Any particular product that is suitable for winter time flare ups?

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    1. Use topical exfoliants at the toner stage - like Liquid Gold, Pixi's Glow Tonic etc stay away from the benzoyl peroxide etc

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  18. Hi,

    Is there a cleansing milk you would recomend for oily skin, as my skins breaks out alot, and has alot of shine to it.

    Thanks x

    http://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Have you tried Clarins and Decleor for oily/comb? It has shine because you are dehydrated most likely - what else do you use?

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  19. Hi Caroline, I've just noticed that Emma Hardie has a TSV on QVC on 12th Dec! I wonder what it'll be?
    Love
    Claire x

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    1. I'm covering it live for the blog. Watch this space!

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    2. Dearest Caroline,
      Thank you for the great tips! I found your blog about one month ago and have been trying your tips...I have not been able to find EH ( I live in the US) can you tell me how I can get it? Also wondering what oils you specifically recommend for skin that tends towards shiny t area (chin, nose, forehead) and red cheeks ?? I am afraid to add oils, but willing to try due to your advice. I am having a difficult time finding Eysiliks and Hydraluron also. Love the Kate Somerville!! Thanks so much for your blog and sensible advice!!!

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    3. Hi Anon, You HAVE to use oils on your face! They are the best! Non-mineral oil only.
      You can get Emma Hardie from Beauty Bay and they ship internationally. http://www.beautybay.com/
      SO envious that you have Kate on tap!!!

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  20. Thank you for the cheat sheet. I really need some help with getting my son (21 year old, red hair, prone to eczema on his body) some skincare for his Christmas. If you have time I would be really greatful if you could recomed a skincare brand or product to buy. He went away on holiday in the summer & when he came back his skin was the best ever,(prob due to the sun & vit D) I am scared of getting something that will flare his skin up. Thank you if you can help.

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    1. Sounds EXACTLY like my son. Same age - psoriasis - disappeared in Spain. Try Anthony for Men. The algae cleanser and the moisturiser to start. How is his body?

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    2. Thank you for the suggestion. His body is ok as long as he keeps on top of it with the usual creams from the doctor. If I use any fabric conditioner or the wrong washing powder or clean the bath out with certain cleaners it will flare up pretty bad in a matter of hours! He has a few wee spots on his face not sure if it is linked, was looking for something to help but not iritate. Many thanks.

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    3. Looking at the moisturiser I see 3 different ones, the multi ourpose, the oil free spf 15, or the normnal spf 15? Which one would be best for his skin type? Thank you.

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  21. "Avoid alcohol-heavy products. It's one thing to have a toner showing alcohol denat at the very end of the inci list - its another to have alcohol as the main ingredient."

    Does this mean steer clear of the caudalie BE in winter?

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    1. Yeah I hardly use it in the Winter tbh.

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  22. Amazing tips, thanks for sharing! I only discovered your blog last week and I have already invested in the Emma Hardie cleansing balm and have stocked up on fish oil supplements thanks to your advice. If you have any favourite all round moisturisers within a reasonable budget (under the thirty pound mark) I would be really interested in reading your recommendations. Thanks again for a great post!

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    1. All-round for under £30? Elemental Herbology, REN, Avene, La Roche Posay - lots :)

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  24. Thanks for the layering tip - so handy! xo

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  25. Hi, great tips! What do you think about the FAB radiance pads for dry,blemish prone skin (under 18)?

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  26. You're awesome!!! I live in Paris so EH is a bit hard to get a hold of. Do you know of any other cleansing balms from brands such as La Roche Posay, Avene, Bioderma etc as those are less expensive here and easier to get a hold of!

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  27. Winter is here, and that means it's time to put together the top skincare products for your daily regimen.I have seen great collection beauty products which help provide for our skin.

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  28. Hi Caroline. I am so happy ive found your blog!

    I am 25 and still do not have a skin care routine... i know..awful! I think my skin has really suffered. I have oliy skin, that is congested. My skin is senstive and prone to breakouts. I ahve scarring now :( The only routine i have is washing my face morning and night with the Emma Hardie Cleanser. Occasionally i use the hydrolun but i am aware this is not the only thing i should be using to hydrate my skin. That is it! no toner, no moisturiser. Do you have any suggestions as there are so many products out there and honestly its scary and overwhelming going into a store and not having a clue where to start...

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Extremely embarrassed to be writing this on your blog, but i need help!

    Natalie x

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  29. Caroline, please help me! I've been reading your blog for a while and have overhauled my skin care routine due to your recommendations. I am now using a balm cleanser, oil (not mineral) and a shine serum.

    My skin isn't getting any better though. I have EXTREMELY oily skin, to the point where my face is full if grease by midday. And I have breakouts on my chin, tops if both cheeks and centre if forehead. My skin seemed to be better when I just used a cheap alcohol laden toner to clean my face with (I know!)

    Any help would be hugely appreciated!!! I'm at the end of my tether. I'm 22 by the way.

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    1. What else are you using? Just those two products?

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    2. As well as the cleanser, oil and shine serum I have been using a clay mask one a week and freedmen spot treatment (although I know it's packed full of alcohol - sorry! This has made a difference to the spots!)

      I didn't know whether something like the pixi toner would help? I'm on a right budget but if I know something will make a difference I'm willing to give it a go within financial reaaon. Oh, I'm also using nip and fab glycolic acid pads every couple of days.

      Any suggestions?

      Thanks so much

      George x

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  30. Hi Caroline, I recently switched out my skincare and my gosh I'm having so much trouble calming down this massive breakout all around my jaw. I had started using Elemis melting cleansing balm instead of the neutrogena pink grapefruit cleanser and the apricot toner + moisturizer that came with the set. I thought the balm would be better for my skin but it just broke me out. Have gone back to neutrogena to try and get rid of it all... I'm stuck on where I should go on from this... Am thinking of getting the clarisonic as I'm prone to spots... Thanks for the help, am still catching up on all your previous posts.. Love it so far, very insightful

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  31. Dear, dear Caroline!
    I really need some advice. I'm using a light aha toner (1-2% i believe) each day once or twice a day. But i'm also looking for some kind of an analog to Liquid Gold as it doesn't sell in my country (I believe it's better to find the right skincare in the place you live than order). I've seen different glycolic lotions/creams, but the % is what i'm confused about. some offer 3, some 10 and higher (i believe LG is 6?). So i'm not sure which one to get and how often to use it. my skin's tough and fat. been using a 10% aha mask once a week for about a year now, but i don't see any results. it doesn't even sting..)
    Sorry it's long, but hope you could help. God bless you and your work!

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  32. when you said to use an exfoliating toner 2x per day followed up a spray moisture or hyaluronic acid do you think you need for ex) LRP serozinc AND hydraluronic acid? thanks

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  33. Like lots of people have seen your pixiwoo video and order a few products.

    About to start with the EH cleanser, very excited.

    You mentioned not over using the clarisonic. What would you recommend? I used a few months ago and it brought me out in the worst spots around the chin area I have ever had. I persevered and then stopped as was making me feel so insecure.

    Have now come back to it and am scared of using. Now only use once a week when I have a pamper session.

    What's your option on it?

    I am 31, fair skin, combination skin, shift worker so my skin can have moments where out of sync.

    Looking to order the omorovicza cooper peel as well as your recommendation of the clay mask. How would I use the two?

    This is now going to be my daily blog bible to keep updated on all things essential, treats and obsession :)

    Kim.x




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