'I Don't Know Who I am Anymore!' - Your Skin in Winter
Christmas beckons us cheerfully in to winter with its hot alcohol and twinkly lights. We barely notice it’s dark and freezing as we dive into the booze, accept gravy as a food group, and demolish so much cheese we may as well have rammed it directly in to our pores.
Then it’s over, and all you’re left with are a pithy bank balance, a dead tree, and the barely concealed rage that comes every time you remember your Auntie Sue’s rogue comment about immigration. Even the sparkly dresses on the sales rail look tragic, forced as they are out of context. The house when your alarm goes off is sub zero, your 4 layers stifle you on the tube, the heaters as you enter Pret blast you like you’re walking through one of those flame waterfalls in X Factor. The only thing that makes winter worthwhile is getting home for a shiraz (sod this alcohol free business I want to live) and turning up your thermostat to ‘Abu Dhabi in August’.
No wonder your skin’s got multiple personality disorder.
All bets are off for me at the moment. I’ve gone to bed feeling the tell-tale bubbles of teenage acne threatening to erupt, then wake up so dried, pallid and angry I’m basically Lord Voldemort in a Silke Hair Turban (see below). I’ve had forehead break outs circa 1998, woken up in the night from my lips splitting (OW). My current problem? Flakey eyelids. You heard. Dry January has a whole different meaning over in Trowel Towers.
But the following are currently helping.
SUNDAY RILEY CERAMIC SLIP CLEANSER, £28
YES TO COCONUT CLEANISNG BALM, £10
EGYPTIAN MAGIC, £29
Remember how I slagged this off in the Liberty Advent Calendar? Well, I take it back. I quite like it. It’s worked on my poor sore eyelids that seem to have started eroding.
CARMEX CHERRY LIP BALM, £2.69
You’re not going to win any prizes for trailblazing with this one, but for me it’s failsafe. It smells like a hospital ward, which is why I always go for the cherry version which smells like a hospital ward full of cherries.
KATE SOMERVILLE OIL FREE MOISTURISER, £55
Combination skin utterly sucks, it’s hard to know what to do and trying your best often makes it worse. Like stroking a sad a cat that turns around and bites you with it’s horrible rabies. If it needs a stroke and a bit of love, your skin this is, eliminate risk of a flare up by using an oil free moisturiser. One thing at a time. This baby is instantly hydrating and brilliant for us kitties who never know where our next breakout is coming from.
LAURA MERCIER OIL FREE TINTED MOISTURISER, £34
See above re: the oil free argument. In the winter my foundation goes all twilight zone, in that it doesn’t the complete opposite thing I buy it for by actually making my skin appear less even. This is what tinted moisturiser was made for. Also in winter where moisturiser is concerned, much like compliments, hobnobs and orgasms, more is more.
I read a tip from a celebrity make up artist once (I think it was Cara Delevigne’s which makes sense as we’re so alike) that said she doesn’t cover the whole face in foundation, rather just the prominent bits. For this reason, I tend to not use it all over but apply it in the areas I know could do with a smoothing out - cheeks, jowls, middle of forehead (between bangs).
REN EVER CALM HYDRACALM GLOBAL PROTECTING DAY DREAM, £32
This has the word ‘calm’ in the name not once but twice so maybe it’s REN that needs to calm down. Ordinarily I’d find that a bit too insistent but this is great for skin in a flare up and for sensitive types.
PIXI JASMINE OIL BLEND, £26
How you know your skin is too dry:
It feels dry.
Your make up disappears fro your face and you have to keep reapplying.
It gets red outdoors. Like, everyone else has been outdoors same as you and your face is the reddest and everyone says it isn’t but you KNOW it is.
Sometimes moisturiser just isn’t enough. Sometimes in cold weather you just cannot be arsed to drink enough water and especially not when it’s from a fridge in a shop. So use this oil morning and night, it will come to the rescue and smells lovely.
SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH HYDRATING UNDER EYE PRIMER, £20
I can go light on foundation. I cannot on the under eye area. Too paranoid. That under eye concealer needs to stick/not flake and show the purple beneath giving a sort of veiny effect. Applying this before the war paint tends to help.
DAVINES THE RENAISSANCE CIRCLE HAIR MASK, £8
A hair mask is an expense but the return you get in the ‘feeling January fabulous’ stakes is worth it. It also puts off a pricey hair cut for a while.
INVISIBOBBLE ORIGINAL HAIR TIE, £4.99
Please try not to tie your hair up with anything other than these. Your ends will thank me,
SILKE HAIR TURBAN, £48
I know. I know this is a bit knobby. But it works. You wear it to bed and the idea is it keeps your hair encased in silk so your cotton pillowcase doesn’t soak up the natural oils. I’m no scientist but it works. And yeah, I know you’re basically going to have to make the choice between nice hair and a sex life. But if you ran in to me out and about it will be very clear which one I’ve opted to prioritise at the moment.
Loads of colours but I love this ‘bedtime fiesta’.