Friday, 4 January 2013

Winter Skincare Routine

Over the last month or so I have added a few new products to my routine so I thought it would be a good time to write an update about what I'm currently using and enjoying. I also wanted to mention a product that hasn't been such a success, which is probably just as useful to share.



Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser
Before anyone tells me off, yes, yes, I know current wisdom suggests that it's a bad idea to use a foaming cleanser. However, my skin always feels rank if I completely stop using a foaming cleanser as part of my routine. I'm certainly not advocating them for everyone but I do like this one very much. I find the Nuxe similar to the Emma Hardie foaming cleanser in formula but the Nuxe foam feels a little creamier. I bought this from during a 1/3 off French Skincare promotion.

Nourish Radiance Refreshing Toning Mist*
I use this to dampen my face post cleanse, before using either the MuLondon moisturiser or Suti oil. It has quite a powerful spritzing action, a bit too powerful to be honest and it makes me miss the very delicate mist of the Live Native MSM toner.

MuLondon Organic Rose Moisturiser*
I thought it would be nice to revisit this moisturiser as my skin was feeling a little dry and weather beaten. You can find my original review here. It has a solid balm texture which melts with body heat. I tend to scrape up a small amount, melt it between my hands before massaging into my face and neck, which I dampen with toner beforehand. I prefer to dampen my skin as I don't need as much of the moisturiser that way and it makes it easier to spread. 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm*
I'll sometimes use this in the morning if I didn't get opportunity to have a thorough cleanse the night before (see below for an explanation). It always leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean when used in conjunction with a hot flannel.



The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
I finally allowed myself to re-purchase this old favourite after finishing off all my half used bottles of eye makeup remover. I've dabbled with bi-phasic and micellar removers but I much prefer this light cream formula. It's quick and effective, I also find that it can double as an all over makeup remover when I'm feeling very lazy.

No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser
I've returned to using this cleanser as it's very nearly empty and I'm still on a major drive to use up products. Although this was also an old favourite (I've been through several tubes in the past), I think the love affair is definitely over. I still like the creamy texture but the fragrance is too synthetic and I suspect it irritates my skin very slightly. I much prefer the Pai cleanser and Emma Hardie cleansing balm to this. I'm actually tempted to do the unthinkable and throw it away before it's empty. 

Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water
I've had to use this as a makeup remover quite a lot over the Christmas period. It's not ideal but unfortunately our bathroom backs on to my daughters room and if she's stirring as we go up to bed, running lots of water often wakes her up. I'll take a sticky face over getting her back to sleep any day! As I mentioned above, I will use the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm in the morning to make up for it.
Suti Rejuvenate Organic Facial Oil*
Although facial oils seem very popular in the beauty community, it's not something I use very often. I don't think I've ever managed to review an oil as I am incapable of applying daily for a 28 day period. However, an excellent guest review of the Suti Rejuvenate oil on London MakeUp Girl encouraged me to give this a proper try. I apply this in a similar way to the MuLondon moisturiser, I ensure my skin is thoroughly dampened with the toner spray before massaging in several drops of oil. When I use it in the evenings, I find I wake up with beautifully soft skin without a trace of greasiness.

Before I started using the Organic Rose moisturiser in the mornings, I often used the Suti oil and found it an excellent prep for foundation. I find that in winter, foundation can sometimes accentuate dry patches (even when you thought you had none) but both the MuLondon and the Suti oil are very good at counteracting this. The Vapour Soft Focus Skin Perfector is also very good for this.



I noticed there was a bit of theme to these three supplementary items. The short days, winter winds and central heating all do an excellent job of making my skin look rather dull and grey. I use all of these products in the quest for more radiant skin.

Live Native Essential Earth Exfoliating Cleanser*
This lives in my shower and I use it a couple of times a week. It has quite a gentle exfoliating action so it doesn't feel over the top to have this and the exfoliating mask in my routine.

Omorovicza Radiance Renewal Serum*
Before I switched to using the Suti oil, I used this serum to supplement my moisturiser in the evenings. The moisturiser I had been using wasn't sufficiently hydrating on its own and I felt that the  serum helped to counteract this.

Sjal Pearl Enzyme Exfoliating Mask*
I used this on Christmas day and before my night out at the beginning of December. It's an expensive item that I can't see myself replacing, so I feel the need to eke it out! It smells very odd (and not in a good way) but the pay off is smooth, glowing skin. A cheaper, less smelly alternative is the Dr Darren McKeown Mask from Superdrug. 



I really wanted to love the Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream and my initial impressions were good. It smells beautiful and the texture is lovely but much richer than you would expect for a light cream. Despite the rich texture, I found it behaved oddly on my skin. Rather than being absorbed or leaving a film, after a couple of minutes it would begin to dry on the surface of my skin. Whilst it didn't exactly make my skin tight, it was an uncomfortable feeling. I would also need to use something else before applying foundation as this left my skin too dry to apply directly. I'm hopeful that I can make it more servicable by adding a drop of oil as I apply it.

Have you discovered any new skincare favourites over the last couple of months or have you been re-united with your old winter favourites?

* The items shown here are a mixture of items purchased by me and PR samples. The samples are all indicated with an asterisk.


  1. Some lovely items - I tried a little sample of the Sjal mask and it does look and feel very nice but £££!
    It is is shame about the Antipodes, I don't think I've tried that one but I purchased a few samples of their products from Beauty Bazaar a while back and I really liked the Immortal SPF15 which didn't feel heavy.
    I am on the look out for a new eye makeup remover as I have run out of a separate product so am contemplating options:)
    Otherwise I am trying to be good and do a use up, I'm coming close to finishing up quite a few skincare items.

    1. Good luck finishing off your skincare bits Meeta. I get stupidly excited when I get close to finishing anything these days. I have another couple of bits from Antipodes, the hand cream and honey mask, and thankfully I get on much better with them. I have a feeling I had a play with the Immortal SPF15 when I bought the face cream and now I wonder if that would have suited me better.

  2. Ahh my favourite sort of post, you have some lovely lovely products here Jane, especially an old favourite of mine the Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. Really want to try the Suti Oil but given that I have a Trilogy in use and a Nude and Sarah Chapman in store, that may have to wait!

    1. Hi Jan!! I was thrilled to see your comment and immediately dashed over to check if your posts were back. I'd tried and failed to access your concealer comparison just after Christmas. Good to hear from a fellow Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover fan!

  3. I love these posts!

    How do you find the pot of cleanser in the shower? Does it not get really diluted when you take the lid off? I am kind of on the hunt for an exfoliating cleanser but I seem to have a few cleansers at the moment so my intention is to work on a one in one out basis.

    I am pleased you like the Suti oil. It is one of the nicest I have ever tried. I found it really nourishing without being heavy. I will probably buy it again when my Pai rosehip is finished - months and months away!

    1. Sorry for the very slow reply re: the cleanser in the shower. Strangely enough, I've never had any problems with it taking in water, even when I'm using it. I'm not sure why that is, whether it's the pot or the fact that I'm using it on my face so I open it up higher in the shower. Most other things do tend to take on water so it is a mystery!

  4. Thanks for the introduction to Suti Oil! I'm really curious about it now. I think it would be perfect for Winter.

    1. Thanks Sue Lin, the Suti Oil really is a big thumbs up from me.

  5. Thank you for your great in-depth reviews. I love posts like this. I am really interested in the suti oil & a few products from sjal and omorovicza. At the moment I am also in operation use up. I use a combination of brands, nubo cream cleanser for mornings emma hardie balm for night, serums - dermaquest/sarah chapman overnight facial, moisturisers - oskia, eye products dermaquest & oskia. Masks various brands. Keep posting your great reviews :)


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