Winter is in full swing and what better time is there than now to sort out your winter skincare routine? It’s a well known fact that the change in weather has harsher effects on our skin and face, but it’s better to be one step ahead and ready for whatever winter throws at us!
At uni I massively slacked on skincare - I was so busy with being a full-time student and also a full-time blogger that I barely had any time for myself. I can totally see the difference in my skin since I’ve graduated and had more time for ‘me’, and if I miss a day of my skincare routine I can really notice. By learning which products suit my skin I feel like I’ve nailed it, and it’s left me feeling 100 times more confident than before. Being a full-time blogger, I’m always doing photo shoots for different clothing and products, and I feel so much more comfortable in front of the camera now knowing that my skin is the best it can be.
After removing any trace of makeup from my face with makeup wipes (I only ever use Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes. They have a special aqua lock technology which means that they never ever dry out, and I find other brands just haven’t ever been able to compete with this. It’s also the only make up wipes I’ve ever used which SUPER EASILY removes mascara!), I then like to wet my face and rub on St. Ives’ Oatmeal Scrub and Mask.
This is brilliant as the scrub removes any extra dirt from the face which didn’t come off previously, but also isn’t a harsh product on the skin meaning that it’s fine for you to use every day. I also find this product incredible for helping anyone with dry patches or dermatitis on their face as it’s a well known fact oats are proven to help skin (if you have this too then you’ll know how much of a pain it is when makeup sticks to the dry patches), as it gets rid of the flakiness, but also controls oiliness, which meant I didn’t have as much oiliness on my forehead or chin anymore.
On a Friday night, as a treat to myself I like to do a sheet mask on my face to really calm and moisturise. Simple actually have just brought out a really good range of sheet masks, but my favourites are either the Pollution Protection sheet mask or the de-Stress sheet mask. I find these really give my face so much moisture and the Pollution one in particular is fab if you work in the city - I never realised how much Pollution affected my skin until I started spending the majority of my time in London!
After using the St Ives scrub, once my face is dry I then like to use Simple’s Hydrating Booster.
This is a gel consistency which I personally really like, as I find gels to have a cooling sensation on the face, and sink in reasonably quick too. The idea of this product is to hydrate the skin and treat it from within - our bodies are on average 75% water (don’t hold me to that exact percentage, every website I checked varied slightly LOL), and if you’re not giving your skin what it needs, how can it be perfect? Treating problems from within is a much better solution to just treating from the surface - it means you’re more likely to have longer lasting results.
The first day I actually tried this product I was completely sold with it - the only way I can really describe how this product makes me feel is by comparing it to that first sensation you get once you’ve had a drink of water that you’ve been gasping for - that’s what it feels like on the skin. It literally gives my skin the feeling of having a drink after I’ve been gasping for one - crazy I know, right? Honestly, just try it for yourself, you’ll be amazed. I have dry parts on my face from dermatitis and although this doesn’t stop the redness (it doesn’t claim to either - it’s not meant for that), it did stop the dryness completely. Miracle!
For the final step I use a moisturiser, and the one I’ve been loving recently is Malin + Goetz Advanced Renewal Face Cream.
It’s really light and airy, but incredibly moisturing. It gives my skin so much radiance and evens out my skin tone, but it sinks in and doesn’t just sit on the skin and become greasy, which is a key aspect for me. I don’t like anything that just sits on my skin and feels heavy!
I hope this inspires you to maintain your skincare routine - let me know if any of these products work for you too!
You can shop St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub here,
Simple’s Hydrating Booster here,
Simple’s Cleansing Facial wipes here,
Simple’s Pollution Protect Sheet Mask here,
And the Malin + Goetz Advanced Renewal Cream here.
Disclaimer: this is NOT an ad and all views in this post are of my own opinion. The links provided in this post are affiliate links which mean that if you decide to buy anything I have recommended then I will get a teeny tiny percentage. No biggie.
Having lived in very nearly a tropical country this year, (yes I'm talking about England - remember the year that it turned into Barbados?) it's really important that I take care of what's important - my skin. The Lanari Complexion Lift Night Moisturiser is perfect for that, and here's why...
The Lanari Complexion Lift Night Moisturiser is a unique and effective product, created by dermatologists, and safe for both you and the environment. It contains medical grade Vitamin A derivatives and Glycolic Acid combined with naturally derived antioxidants, all without being irritating to the skin. It improves skin hydration, pigmentation from acne and the sun, overall complexion without irritation, and can be used on any skin type. It should be used nightly on face and hands (avoiding the eyes). It avoids Parabens, Sulfates, Pthalates, and other preservatives and ingredients that people are often sensitive to, and is packaged in a glass jar which is safe for ourselves and recyclable for environment.
I chatted with co-founder Dr Naissan Wesley about why Lanari and the background behind why it was created:
"With Lanari, Lily Talakoub MD, Gauri Khokha and myself created it because at the time we wanted to create something that was for our own skin, our families and our patients. Effective, backed by scientific research, non-toxic, not tested on animals, safe for the environment and ourselves, and with the use of tried and true ingredients from around the world (especially from parts of the world where we were from). We wanted skin care that was safe and holistic but also medical grade and effective. There was natural skin care that we liked, but it didn’t always achieve results. With Lily and I as dermatologists and scientists who trained together at UCSF (the top Dermatology residency in the US), journalists for the Aesthetic section for Dermatology News since 2009, and a background of research and publications in ethnic skin, we felt we had the right and unique background and knowledge base to create something that we really cared about for our families and our patients."
Yes you heard folks: freckles, beautiful golden tans and pigmentation marks – all which the vast majority would desire and view as youthful – are realistically a potential ageing factor. But this isn’t so much about how we should walk around with big floppy hats and sunglasses on all the time - It’s about the new ingredient that’s been capturing the attention of anyone that’s used it... retinol.
If you're one of the few that are yet to hear about it, it’s a form of Vitamin A and a non-prescriptive version of Tretinoin. It’s benefits are to stimulate collagen production, as well as to minimise the affects of ageing, and is effective in fighting sun damage.
Increase the concentration in stages. Beginning with something that is too strong too quickly can cause irritation and increase the sensitivity in your skin.
Use it with ample sunscreen if you are using during the day, but for those who don't know their left from their right when it comes to skincare, it's best to use it during your evening routine by itself. This is also why many products containing Vitamin A are marketed as overnight treatments and everyone will tell you to stick to this rule.
Mix retinol (Vitamin A) with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also very beneficial for your skin - but not together. The molecules in each will cancel each other out and destroy one another. So if you do want/need to use both, be sure to use them at completely separate times of the day (for example, one when you wake up and the other before you go to sleep).
Use it consecutively night after night when you first start, your skin will need off days and to let it rest. Some don’t react great to retinol, but it doesn’t always mean that they’re intolerant, just more sensitive than others. They can build up their tolerance through careful use.
If you've been following along with our Philips BlueControl journey, we're back with a final update for you.
It's been nearly 6 months now since we've started using BlueControl to treat Psoriasis, and the results have been phenomenal. My mum has said to me that she never in her wildest dreams expected to be able to keep her Psoriasis under control without using a steroid, and after suffering for nearly 35 years, a product like this has been a long time coming for her.
Below I have included pictures of the Psoriasis before starting treatment, and pictures of how the treated areas look now, for your reference.
As you can see from the images above, the thick, scaly, plaque-like texture has been replaced by normal, smooth skin. Of course there are still patches trying to break out, but that's normal, as Psoriasis can be very persistent, but we believe that through continued use of BlueControl, by the end of the year it should be pretty much disappeared entirely. As you can see for yourself from both the images above and on my previous updates, BlueControl works.
Throughout this whole treatment, BlueControl has fitted right in as part of our every day routine. As mentioned in my previous posts, it's convenient and can just simply be strapped on to the area without hindering you from getting on with what you need to do. It can be worn at work, home, driving - so there's absolutely no excuse to fall behind with your treatment.
Moving forward, both my mum and I now can't imagine our lives without BlueControl. Especially for my mum, it's given her the confidence that she should've had as a 20 year old woman, and she finally feels confident enough to lay on the beach in swimwear without feeling worried about people noticing her Psoriasis.
If you have any questions about our journey or if you'd like any advice, please don't hesitate to ask me and I'll try my best to help.
You can also read my first post on our BlueControl journey here, and my update on our BlueControl journey here.
You can also purchase the BlueControl device from the Philips website here.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Philips, however all results, reviews and opinions are of my own personal experiences and thoughts only.
This post may be a little overdue, but seeing as there have been two poignant national celebrations about women this week, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to talk about the lessons that strong women, whether it's our mums, sisters, friends, idols etc, teach us every day - sometimes whether we like it or not.