When it comes to skincare, for many people less is more. Simple is better. And with that of course comes the most basic of all skincare routines. Cleansing and moisturising. And really that is all you need. But I always think this time of year is a great time to focus on your skin. Cold weather, central heating – it sure takes a beating. This is a perfect time to level up your skin and protect it from the winter.
Of course if you’re any kind of long time reader or follower of my socials, you’ll know I love an intensive, long routine. Skincare is self care and I love the process and ritual of taking time out of my day to massage, pat, spritz and smooth products onto my skin. I pretty much include all of the following steps in my routine.
But adding just one extra step to the backbone routine could do the world of good. Think of it as adding seasoning to your meal – the meal being the cleanser and moisturiser. We’re just spicing things up a bit, and the products you add could change depending on need. In this post I’m going to focus on hydration and protection. All the little things you could incorporate to the routine to boost hydration. Think a plump, smooth, soft canvas. Forget dry, flaky, irritated skin.
When it comes to hydrating the skin, it’s all about layering and sandwiching products. From lighter to heavier textures.
Hydrating toners/mists – for this I always think rosewater. Perfect for an instant post cleanse moisture hit to begin the hydration process. At the moment I’m using the Glossier Soothing Face Mist and occasionally the Pixi Rose Tonic. You’ll often catch us spritzing throughout the day at Glossier whenever we need a pick me up. Did I mention I work there? Alternatively the Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are crowd pleasers which are available in a variety of flavours, each boasting different benefits.
Essences – this is something I think is quite under appreciated by the masses. A sort of cross between a toner and a serum, this is amazing at packing the moisture in. At the moment I’ve been using the BeautyPie Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion which I’m already considering repurchasing. I’ve also enjoyed the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence Treatment in the past and would like to try the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Essence in the future. These are also said to boost the efficacy of any products used on top!
Serums – if you’re not already using a serum, now is a great time to add one into your routine to really amp it up. And of course no post about hydration would be complete without the words hyaluronic acid. I feel like I’ll be preaching about it on my deathbed but honestly, this is such a beneficial skincare ingredient! Pretty much everyone has dehydrated skin and HA can hold 100x its weight in water from any products you apply on top. This again helps you get the most out of your current skin routine. If your usual moisturiser is no longer cutting the mustard, perhaps adding a HA serum will be the missing link. I’ve tried a few hydrating serums over the years but my favourites are the Glossier Super Bounce, Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum and the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I’ve also heard great things about The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 which is a more affordable option and definitely on my to try list.
In the evening
Oils – there’s nothing more luxurious than massaging a good oil in before bed. And of course this is so beneficial to the skin too. I’m a big fan of both the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate from Kiehl’s. Both help to repair, sooth and strengthen the skin barrier overnight, and I always feel I wake up with better skin. I like using these together, or alone, rather than a pm moisturiser, but of course you could always use both. I’ve also tried a sample of the Clarin’s Blue Orchid Treatment Oil and will definitely be purchasing this soon. I’m also still dying to get my hands on the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. This has the added benefit of retinol in it’s formula but it’s pretty £££££££££££££.
Masks – if you’re not wanting to add a step to your daily routine, adding masks to your weekly routine could be the way to go. Sheet masks. I’m a self confessed sheet mask hoe. I have no favourites. I always forget how much of a difference they really make to my skin and they are often on offer in boots, 3 for 2 etc. Overnight masks. I’m quite new to the world of overnight masks. Recently I’ve been trying out a thin layer of the Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask overnight and you could say I’m converting. Similar to the oils I feel this is a small thing I can do to guarantee I wake up with soft, smooth skin with minimal effort. I’m also keen to try the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask which is said to be worth the hype and even Kim K approved!
And of course I wanted to give a special mention to Glossier’s Futuredew.
This is an interesting product marketed as long wear aesthetic skincare. This basically means it’s primary function is to make your skin look good. Creating a glossy, dewy finish to the skin, you can fool anyone into thinking you did a full 7 step routine. I’m adding this in here as it is packed with nourishing oils which help to keep your skin hydrated all day long, adding that extra layer of protection. A win win really and featured in my latest IGTV.
So there we have it! A crash course into adding hydration into the skin. Adding any one of these things into your skincare routine would certainly level it up. And what better time than now?