I promised this post a while ago already but somehow did not get to it up until now. Daddy is away for work and the little one got sick so both the blog and the skincare part got sidelined for a while.
The first part of this post was dedicated to hands, lips, hair, and body, while today we are finally getting to the actual skincare: face.
While in the winter we cover most of the other body parts, the face is what usually remains bare and gets hit the most by the almighty winter forces.
During winter I start using my Clarisonic more. It’s not an actual need, it’s just that the skin starts looking quite dull once there is no more sun and this for me helps with radiance. I use my Mia 2 every other night more or less while in the summer it’s more like once or twice a week. My cleanser of choice is the Innisfree Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam and it has been for a while. It also comes in a smaller 150mL package but the one pictured here is the 300mL version, lasts forever, and comes at such a competitive price that it makes the choice a no-brainer. It leaves a squicky clean feeling but without irritating the skin. After this, all that is left is removing eye makeup with my trusted Bioderma and that is it, no additional makeup removal needed.
If you have especially sensitive or dry skin, however, I would recommend going for a cleansing oil instead of a foam. You can’t really use that with the Clarisonic, but for everyday makeup removal, they are fantastic.
Another product I don’t change between seasons is Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive. I use this pretty much every evening both in the summer and in the winter.
But in the winter I add a serum. Currently, this is another Innisfree product, their best selling green tea seed serum. It’s very lightweight, you only need to use a small amount, like a pump or two and it is enough for both the face and neck. It’s a moisturizing serum which is why I like to add it during these cold months.
In the past, my favorite options included Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum, their Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and Missha’s legendary Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule. I am definitely coming back to those at some point.
The most important step in winter skin care: moisturizing. Both heating and the cold make your skin drier which is why having a great moisturizer is vital in winter. Have you ever tried going outside in freezing temperatures without a layer of cream? It feels even more freezing! Cold temperatures are actually the reason I started wearing foundation daily during my college years. I found the cold much more bearable while wearing foundation than while going bare.
For the past couple of months, my go-to day cream was Etude House Moistful Collagen Cream and the eye cream from the same line. I still use the eye cream, it’s the best thing ever and still enough to cover my winter needs. But for the rest of the face, I switched from the extremely light and gel-like texture of the Moistful Collagen to a heavy duty deep cream. Specifically Innisfree’s Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Cream.
I’m not sure if this is a pregnancy thing but I find myself paying a lot of attention to how my cosmetic products smell. If you read the first part of this post you know I keep mentioning how fantastic the products I use smell. The same goes for this cream. It’s like breathing fresh seawater. And for someone who grew up near the sea like I did, this is just incredible. Feels like waking up at home again.
The effect is also fantastic and I think its moisturizing properties will satisfy also the driest of the pouts. My skin never feels dry, even at the end of the day. At the same time, it never feels greasy or sticky. The only thing for me is the application. For someone used to gel textures, this is quite the change. It doesn’t spread easily and needs to be massaged into the skin. But I got used to it quite quickly and it’s totally worth it.
A note on “deep creams” while we’re at it. Some (mostly western) brands do different lines for oily, normal, dry skin and so on. But this is not how it works for Korean brands. Their lines are divided by ingredients or skin concerns and each of them then has different versions for different skin types. Creams meant for dry skin are dubbed deep creams.
I do masks year round. Sometimes it’s because my skin really needs one, and I do cleansing masks regularly, and sometimes it’s just to indulge a little, take time for myself and feel good. But no matter what the reason is, the masks are the ones that most drastically change with the change of the season.
For those not familiar with the term, a sleeping pack is a mask in the form of a cream that you put on before going to sleep but never wash off. Like an extra night cream if you will. You can layer it over your usual night cream or even use by itself if you want. I choose which combo to use based on how my skin feels and also how tired I am.
This season I changed my Laneige Water Sleeping Mask for Tony Moly’s Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack. The second is not heavier or more moisturizing than the first. But I have other reasons for this switch.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is a classic. It’s one of their best sellers and you will find it on all possible best of lists including must have Korean beauty products to try in general. Its light and, of course, smells amazing, so much so that the official instructions for use tell you to inhale the scent a couple of times before applying. It’s supposed to have a soothing and calming effect before sleep. But its lightness does not mean it’s for normal and oily skin types only. It somehow manages to be incredibly moisturizing while at the same time staying fresh. During summer you will be especially grateful for this freshness.
So why change it?
If I upgrade my cream, that is enough for me in terms of moisture. What I want for the winter is a brightening effect. I don’t use any brightening products during the summer because a) I don’t see the need and b) you need to be extra careful with them while being exposed to the sun. But these days I do feel like I need some extra radiance, maybe also some pigmentation fixing from the summer and there are very little harmful sun rays coming through. Hence the whitening sleeping pack.
Have you ever seen a cuter packaging? Tony Moly is famous for them, you should also check out their Tomatox Magic Massage Pack and the Egg Pore masks. It’s equally great on the inside though. Another very light formula that absorbs almost instantly. Brightens and moisturizes. This is another product you will often find on best of lists so you can’t really go wrong with it.
Since I discovered sheet masks I really don’t use much else. And while my standard summer choices would involve something with cucumber, green tea, and the likes, these days I go for heavier formulations and again brightening ones. The last trio I bought were these by Skinfood: caviar, coconut, and propolis&bee venom. I don’t have a go-to sheet mask, I tend to try a lot of different ones. I do however have brands I keep coming back to. Some of my favorites would include Innisfree (go figure), Tony Moly, and Skinfood.
These are all the changes I’ve made. Do you use something extra? Maybe not necessarily from the cosmetics but rather the clothing department? Or any treatments maybe?
Let me know in the comments!