In the past four years considerable research has gone into finding the perfect skincare routine. As a lover of all things beauty, for a while it seemed like there was always something better to try. Whilst in some respects that's still true (is there such a thing as a spray toner that works?), I think I've got hydration pretty much covered. Pair a new love with an old faithful and you've got soft, plump skin and not a premature forehead line in sight. That's all a girl can ask for really. Amirite?
A while back I picked up a Sarah Chapman tester set, partly for curiosity, but mostly for traveling (I can't be the only one who hoards travel sizes?). After several weekends away with her Intense Hydrating Booster (£58) (and various friends... it wasn't just me and my skincare, although I could think of worse things) I absolutely fell in love. At the time I was on my second third tube of Indeed Labs Hydraluron which I really liked, but this, ladies and gentlemen, this is on another level. It contains the cult ingredient hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water making it a magnet for any cream, serum or oil you pop on top, and one of my all time favourite skincare ingredients- rose water. For some reason after using Hydraluron religiously for quite a few months it started to feel almost tacky- did anyone else get that?. This, on the other hand, glides on a treat. No, that's an understatement- it feels like you're putting liquid silk on your face. If you're not drooling already, it also comes in an increadibly pleasing bottle with a glass pipette- seriously, it's gorgeous.
For the past few months I've been applying a couple of drops of the Hydrating Booster at night followed by my all time favourite facial oil-Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (£16.50). Facial oils have been a firm staple in my skincare routine for years now- I find them lighter than creams and easier for my skin to absorb. I've dabbled in a few different offerings, but this is my all time favourite. It glides on nicely and feels much lighter than the Pai or Clarins alternatives. Don't be fooled though, this little oil packs in a whole lot of oomph- it plumps, soothes, softens, brightens, fades scarring and is just plain wonderful.
Obviously these two are each fabulous of their own accord, but together they have absolutely saved my winter skin. Through rain and snow (exactly 10 snowflakes fell in Brighton this year), there has not been a dry patch in sight, gravy and crumble induced spots have been soothed, and that sallow tint that tends to creep up after one too many nights of celebration has been kept well at bay.
These two bottles have taken pride of place on my skincare shelf. What have you been using to take your skin through the winter months?