my skincare routine * winter edition

Let's talk skincare, shall we? I've been willing to share my skincare routine for the colder months for a really long time and to be honest, I've been constantly putting it off, mainly because I tend to switch the turn and way I use the same products, according to my skin's needs. Most of the time, I stick to handmade, natural products, with some extras that you are surely familiar with!

#1 The Morning Ritual | Right after waking up, the first thing I always do to start my day is to make myself a cup of Green Tea. Then it's time to use a cleanser and what I've been loving for the past two years is the Nat Lab Mint Soap that contains mint, seeds of  flax, sesame, sunflower and rosemary to deeply cleanse and freshen up your face. Sometimes through the week, I follow up with the Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub, a gentle exfoliator that can be totally used for everyday when dealing with breakouts. Last step, a Handmade Moisturiser from the pharmacy (Φαρμακείο Δέσποινα Χρυσαφίδου, Στουρνάρη 25, Αθήνα) that is based on ancient treatments using natural ingredients only. I use it religiously for two years now and what I love about it is that you can also customise it to your needs. For me, it's suitable for acne prone/oily skin and it's made with propolis, geranium, lemon and bergamot, leaving skin hydrated, while working on those spots. For my greek readers, if you live in Athens. I totally recommend it!

#2 The Night Ritual | Till now, I was following the exact same steps with my morning routine, but lately I had the chance to try the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and I must say that so far so good! From the moment I used it along with the muslin cloth that comes together, I noticed a big difference on the texture and general feel of my skin. The cleanser is a little weird to use at first, especially if you are used to foamy ones, like me. It contains natural active ingredients like beeswax, hops extract, cocoa butter, eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile essential oils, and it feels like you're applying a thick cream on dry skin until it sinks in; then rinse the cloth under hand hot water, whipping off the product, repeat and splash face with cool water as a last step. My skin is a lot smoother than before, always feeling hydrated, with no breakouts for the longest time. I also have to add that I use the muslin cloth in the morning too and it definitely is a star as it gently removes dead skin cells while taking off any make up or dirt residues. Overall, I'm so impressed with this duo, even though I can't really tell how these products miraculously work!

#3 For Make Up Days | Before applying my make up, I always need an extra moisturising filter underneath, acting as a primer to keep the look fresh throughout the day. The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream has been a trusty choice for almost a year now; it's a basic product that does the job, without being a heavy duty cream though... My top skincare discovery of the last couple of months has to be the Garnier Hydra Match for Dry Skin; there's nothing not to love about it and I must confess that I swear by it, even though I have normal/combination skin! As a finishing touch after make up is applied, I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, which smells like roses and brings the whole look together. In the end of the day, I remove my make up with the Erre Due Refreshing Cleansing Water, an amazing water-based product enriched with bamboo extract and provitamin B5 that takes off every trace of foundation, even stubborn mascara, leaving your skin clean and fresh.