I’ve got some more BB creams to share with you on the blog soon (yes, it’s a popular bandwagon that one) but this question from SY reader Olivia prompted me to think that you might be wondering the same thing too.
I’m a convert to the Garnier BB cream thanks to you but I’m finding that the cooler weather here in Melbourne is starting to dry my skin out and the BB cream alone isn’t cutting it. What are your tips for the best moisturising creams and/or best cream cleansers etc for this winter?
I’m very much in love with this question because it leads me into the broader question of whether we need to change our skincare for winter.
Winter did actually arrive early this week and my skin and my lips are a little in shock.
One minute they’re all, isn’t this nice we can play out in the sun, get a bit of Vitamin D without getting fried because it’s not mid-summer? The next they’re running for cover and wishing they could pop on the face equivalent of ugg boots.
Hello dryness with a side of scaly lips. I see you’re here to remind me to amp up my skincare routine as apparently hibernation is only for bears. And my legs, which will now not be exposed to the outside world until September.
So, to quickly answer your question, Olivia, I’m still very much wearing BB Cream as my everyday foundation substitute (with a dusting of mineral powder on top) but in winter I rely on it less as my moisturiser and more as the complexion even-outer.
Whereas in high summer for a morning routine I can kind of get away with a cleanse, some eye cream and BB, once it cools down, I bring in some extra products – a serum and a moisturiser – to give my skin that little boost along that it seems to need. I use these kind of boosters at night all year round. I just ease off in summer as my skin doesn’t seem to need them as much.
Just like a bi-annual wardrobe edit, I also take a good, hard look at the skincare products in my beauty cabinet and check-in with my skin to see if they’re right for me – right now. If that makes sense. So, it’s not just about the BB, it’s about my overall regime.
I find that in winter that my lazy-girl ways get a serious kick up the bum … but that’s ok the season is short .
1. Make sure your cleanser is a moisturising one and not stripping your skin of valuable oils as you cleanse. Typically cream or oil-based cleansers are the go here. We need to get over this need to have squeaky-clean skin. Skin can be clean without emitting any strange noises.
2. Give your twice-daily cleansing routine a twice-weekly boost using an exfoliation cleanser or a peel. Once we rocket out of our 20s and into our 30s and, ahhem, beyond, the natural turnover of skin cells does not happen as often as we would like. Not only can this leave your skin looking a little dull but it can also reduce the effectiveness of what you put on your skin after cleansing. Fresh skin cells are better able to absorb products, giving you more bang for your skincare buck.
3. Add in a serum or booster step before you moisturise. Do not be scared of over-moisturising. Instead feel how your skin laps up these power products – particularly if you’ve been doing step 2 above. Wanting to really regenerate those skin cells? Look for a booster or serum that is designed to shift cells while it’s on your skin.
4. Moisturise with intent. This doesn’t mean using huge tubs or bottles of the stuff but really looking for products that are designed to envelope your face, to hydrate and protect, without it feeling like you’re wearing a mask.
Recommended products: Olay Total Effects Moisturiser + Serum Duo ($32.49, 40g); Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream ($90, 50ml)
5. Speaking of masks, use one. A hydrating mask once a week – especially after you’ve done a peel – will have your skin doing a little winter jig.
6. Use an eye cream. This area of our face – and the lips – is the first to scream out for hydration at the best of times. In winter, we’re not doing it any favours at all if we ignore them.
7. Don’t drop the sunscreen. We can be lulled in a sense of false security when it comes to winter and sunscreen. Sure it generally will take longer for our skin to burn and we’re more covered up but if you spend even part of your day outside then slap it on … before your moisturiser.
8. Call in the professionals. This isn’t for everyone but I wholeheartedly endorse getting advice from a beauty therapist, skin specialist or cosmetician if your skin is just refusing to behave. It could be that a few professional treatments and/or products are needed. If that’s the case, getting good advice and not just a sales job is the go. Ask around for recommendations in your area. And if you have a great therapist you see for your skin, feel free to give them a plug below. You never know when a reader living near you might be looking.
What’s your winter skincare secret weapon? Share in the comments below so we can all embrace it.