Before I start, please note that I am not a dermatologist, nor am I trained in skincare. Knowledge I may have has been passed on to me by those in the know, but I am just a humble product hoarder who has tried many different brands, of various price points, and have found a solution that works for me. Skincare is so individual, and it’s important to make sure that you are using products that work for you. When in doubt, get thee to a dermatologist. I did, and it saved my skin. However, if you have dry, sensitive skin, these products may be helpful for you, as they work for me.
My skin reacts quite drastically to my environment. I have rosacea, and at the slightest touch, or even if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, my skin can get extremely red and irritated. It’s incredibly sensitive, and so I do not use any products with harsh chemicals or textures. I also find that throughout the year, depending on the season, my skin requires a slightly different routine.
All year round, I cleanse my face using Kiehl’s Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser. I absoutely love this as it is so gentle, and still leaves my face feeling clean without feeling too tight. I bought it a year or so ago and it has lasted so well. I would highly recommend Kiehl’s for their skincare. The staff in the stores are so helpful, and will load you up with samples of products that may work for you. I also own the Centella Recovery Skin Salve, but left it in the UK. It’s a particualrly good winter moisturiser. Other, more affordable options for a gentle facewash include the Cetaphil Facial Cleanser, and the CeraVe facial cleanser. CeraVe can mostly be found in the US, but you can also buy it from Amazon in the UK. To remove my makeup I normally use either a Micellar Water or some wipes, because I am lazy and just want to get it all off in one go. I like the simple cleansing wipes, but particularly like Simple Baby Wipes, as you get like 80 in a pack, and they cost only #1. When I’m feeling luxurious, I love to use Dermalogica Precleanse, and then follow with my Kiehl’s cleanser.
In summer, or particularly humid weather, my skin is fairly normal, if maybe a little dehydrated. Sometimes I have to work to combat a little oil, but I don’t tend to have too much flaking or dryness. I use my Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion both morning and night to keep my skin hydrated. This tends to be enough, however to prevent my makeup from sliding off throughout the day due to how sweaty my face can get (nice), I like to use a decent primer.
When autumn and winter sets in, the dryness in the air really affects my skin. Almost overnight I become flaky, dry and sad. This is when I turn to a skincare regime that is packed full of hydration. Many people can confuse dry and dehydrated as being the same thing, but actually, they need to be treated differently. Simply put, dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. Dehydrated skin can feel quite paper-y, makeup may not sit properly, and it can feel very tight after cleansing. You need to use products that are full of water, as well as drinking plenty of water throughout the day, to get this hydration back into your skin. Using a serum or other products containing Hyaluronic Acid is a good idea, as it holds 1000 times its weight in water. One particularly good product is Hydraluron by Indeed Laboritories. At the moment, my go-to products to keep my face happy is my Avene serum, paired with either the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream, or the Ultra Hydrating Lotion. The cream has a slightly thicker consistency, whereas the Ultra Hydrating lotion feels light, but packs a punch. I have really noticed a difference in my skin since I started using it.
Overall, the best thing to do is listen to your skin, and if in doubt, go and see a professional. I have had my mind blown by speaking to someone trained in skincare and taking their recommendation. Your skin is such an important part of your body, and if you look after it, it will look after you. Also, remember: SPF of at least 15, all year round. 30+ if you have rosacea. No one likes skin cancer.