My skin is subject to some turbulence due to some cold air invading my otherwise usually balmy atmosphere; it seems that I'm always due at least one horrific break-out and attack of the dermatological flatline with the change of the season. It mainly involves dull skin punctuated by the angry, radioactive glow of a brigade of surging pockmarks and dryness, rather than the advert-ready glow of healthy skin and having basked in 12 hours' worth of sleep.
Despite drinking more water and eating more fruit, my skin still feels lacklustre and a C+ "could try harder" student. Whilst I've managed to stop picking at my boils long enough for my face to heal, my skin feels grey, flat and one-dimensional, and I'm trying to remedy that, battling along valiantly with a few products.
It's working, and I feel the need to share. Here are my top 5 products for combatting the dull, rough-hewn skin that Winter is bringing in flurries.
1. Exfoliate: One of the easiest and best and oldest-est ways to happier, flake-free skin. For the face, the Body Shop Facial Buffer is a force unto itself and completely unbeatable. It's cheap, you can use it with your existing chosen face unguents and potions, and er... It's just brilliant. For body, Soap & Glory's Flake Away is a coarse sugary scrub which smells sweet and fruity and leaves a little of its oils on your skin to keep your grey elbows moisturised throughout the day - perfect if you're a chronically-lazy person for moisturising, like me.
2. Consider oil: As a night treatment, I like to use oil to moisturise when my skin feels sore and wind-beaten. My two very favourites are the A'Kin Rosehip oil, sent to me by my almost-favourite Aussie Jade (my actual favourite Australian happens to be Karl Kennedy FYI), and the Nude Replenishing Night Oil. The Rosehip Oil happens to smell... interesting, but is lovely and moisturising and reasonably-priced for brightening up my skin. The Nude Replenishing Night Oil is a more high-end product, but is lovely and light, and sinks in easily for overnight em-plumpening purposes.
3. FACE atelier Ultra Foundation: I can't sing the praises of this foundation enough. It doesn't cling to winter dry patches and glides onto the skin effortlessly for a healthy, dewy-but-not-too-dewy finish which is a perfect usurper of a whole summer of stay-put matte finishes.
4. Cream blush: The emollient nature of the cream blush is perfect for duller, dryer skin seasons, as it lends a little gleam and glow to the skin if you've still not made friends with the bewildering world of highlighters. My pick for the harsher climes is MAC's Blushcreme in Posey - a deep pink of tramping through cold weather, but being rewarded with a mulled wine and a mince pie for your pains. Lovely.
5: Highlight: Oldest trick in the book - but it works. Dior's Amber Diamond, currently the rightful recipient of a huge amount of hype, is a lovely highlighter which is low on too much glitter and just adds a beautiful, soft sheen to catch the fading light on dull days.
So, that wraps up my little list of essentials for faking a little brightness in these colder, darker days.
What are your secrets to brighter skin?