Unless you’ve been living under a well placed rock for the past few days then you would have heard that we’ve been snowed under in the UK, which fills us as a nation with equal measures of dread and excitement. I’ve been going down the excitement route and for the last three days have been exchanging hourly pictures of the outside view with my Dad documenting the snowfall, cause we’re cool like that. And yesterday while snowman rolling activities flurried round me, I whacked out my camera and snapped happily away at my snow day skincare saviours; the combination of which has kept my skin looking somewhat buff and bouncy in the rock-hard ice-age conditions (well it’s currently -1˚C, but we love to exaggerate a little)…
In the presence of the cold snap I’m sticking to my usual cleansing and toning guns and injecting hydration into the proceeding parts of my routine. First I massage in a pea-sized squirt of Hydraluron, which works as almost as a glue-like serum, keeping whatever I apply next close. I follow this up with Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil*, a heavy-duty but not heavy-feeling oil which gets dredged up each winter. Finally I seal it all in with a hefty dose of Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvinating Moisturiser*. Simple – serum, oil, moisturiser; It’s a ‘skincare sandwich’ if you will, each layer adhering to the next and trapping in the moisture. The same trio can be slapped on in the evening too. Although I tend to go a wee bit heavier handed to ramp up the moisture drip-feed onto the heavenly hydrated setting. An additional extra, mostly used in the lipcare arena is Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream which gets swapped into the bag in exchange for By Terry Baume de Rose taking some time out on the sidelines when cooler conditioners arise. This is partially due to pricing issues – I feel much less guilty slathering the Elizabeth Arden on miscellaneous rough patches and lips alike – and also due to the fact I can apply it in a cack-handed fashion straight from the tube, thus negating the need for glove removal.
Skincare sandwich applied and dry areas seen to, I think it’s time to wrap on a multitude of layers again and this time attempt a snowdog. Who’s with me?