Less can be more, and the same goes for your skincare routine. My minimal skincare helped my otherwise dull skin glow this winter and helped clear it from blemishes.
Before I get into the products that have (literally) given my skin life during the winter period, let me explain why and how I cut down on my daily skincare routine.
I developed mild acne last year and was finding it very difficult to control. I tried multiple products. I used creams that contained salicylic acid (which is supposed to help fight breakouts and reduce redness), in addition to the usual tea tree ointment. I also used detox masks, exfoliators… you name it, I probably tried it. At first this excessive routine seemed to work, but alas, eventually it was obvious that I was just kidding myself, and my skin wasn’t improving that much. However it didn’t get worse, so at least that was something.
You can probably see where I’m going with this…
One day, I have no idea why this thought popped into my head, but I decided to stop using every spot treatment, masks and only use products I knew my skin needed – a cleanser, toner, eye cream and moisturiser. I switched to only using a face mask once a week, but still exfoliated about twice a week. To some of you this may still seem like a lot of products, but for me, I know I need these to make my skin feel ‘normal’ – or as normal as it can be being that I have oily/combination skin.
In the end my skin has cleared up and is almost back to where it was before I had acne. So you see, sometimes less really is more.
The two main products that have given my skin a healthy boost and glow this winter are the amazing Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate, that sinks into my skin super quickly and makes it feel soft and nourished while also having anti-acing benefits. The other is the Lancôme Énergie De Vie Liquid Moisturiser, which is now one of my holy grail skincare products. Not only is it moisturising, but it’s formula seems to make it usable for all skin types – something I’ve rarely seen. It’s light enough to be used for oily skin, but moisturising enough to be used for drier skin types. The only difference is how many pumps you use. I only use 1 pump, but 2 pumps should be more than efficient for normal/dry skin.
Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to know your thoughts and if you have any recommendations 🙂