Right, so those of you that live in Europe or North America (or even parts of Asia or Africa, for that matter) aren't allowed to laugh at me, but this winter has been incredibly chilly by Dubai standards. Chillier, rainier and grayer weather = some pretty moody skin.
My skin has been both breaking out and peeling. Quite a sexy combo, no? Anyway, through a lot of trial and error, I have managed to come up with a skincare routine that seems to be keeping both the acne and peeling at bay, kinda.
Purity Made Simple by Philosophy has been my favorite cleanser for a while now. I switch it up when it's super hot and sticky out, but usually, this cleanser gets the job done without stripping my skin or making it feel dry.
Dermalogica Microfoliant is a super gentle exfoliator that comes in a powder form. I've been using it on and off for a while, and find it's great for very gently buffing off rough skin without irritating acne. I use this a couple times a week, and I especially love using it before heading out at night. It makes my skin super soft and glowy!
REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is something that I've had for a while, but rediscovered after reading about its benefits on Caroline Hiron's blog. She advocates the use of a gently exfoliating toner and, so far, my skin's been loving it.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm by Neal's Yard Remedies is just lovely. It's a great 'ritual' type of product. The balm texture and floral scent make it seem ultra-luxe and spa-like. There are like a billion ways to use it. I use it as a cleanser (after taking off my makeup) with either a warm wash cloth or a konjac sponge, and I also like to apply it on the sides of my nose and around my mouth when those areas get chapped. I've also used a tiny bit as a super boost under my eyes.
I read about Konjac Sponges and found some at the Global Village, so I thought I'd give one a whirl and oh my goodness, they're awesome! They are made from konjac roots found in Japan and Korea and are sometimes sold wet. I bought a dry one because I thought the wet one was a bit gross looking, haha. You soak the sponge in hot water for a few minutes and it softens and becomes almost rubbery. I use mine with a cleanser or the Beauty Balm and it makes my skin feel so soft.
Eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm and Sarah Happ Brown Sugar Lip Scrub have saved my winter lips. The lip balm was a Christmas gift from my mom, she bought one for each of us when she was in the states (thanks, mom!) and I can totally see what all the fuss is about! It hydrates without making my lips feel sticky or slick. The lip scrub tastes AMAZING and is a must-have before all of the bold lipsticks I've been sporting this season.
The Allu Eye Serum is a product that I was sent to try out a couple of month's ago. I will blog about the whole range soon, because it has a really cool story behind it. The products were created by Dr. Samir Bute, who traveled from New York to Egypt after reading about an ancient Egyptian beauty secret. The eye serum is really light and I do feel like it's helping to tighten the area around my eyes a lot.
Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night Cream is something that has been getting pretty good reviews recently. I've been going for a very mild approach to my exfoliation and this night cream has just the right amount of glycolic acid to make me feel like my skin looks fresher every day. It's quite rich, so I literally use less than a pea-sized amount. Not only does my skin feel great, it has helped fade out some marks I had as well, so woohoo for that!
Well, there is my suuuuper long list of skincare products that I've been loving! I've got a body one coming soon haha :) In the meantime, what has your skin been loving?