Upping The Anti: The A/W Skincare Drop

I know that chatting about A/W skincare may still seem a little bit premature, but staying with my family near the sea has meant that my skin has already taken a fair bit of cold-weather battering and my complexion is starting to show those signs of wear and tear. Gone are the lightweight lotions and potions, I'm in need of some serious hydration.

Being a true child of Caroline Hirons has meant that my cleansing stash has undergone a serious make-under over the past couple of weeks. Gone are the frothy, foamy options that my skin admittedly hated (although I do love how squeaky clean they make my face feel... sorry Caroline!) Over the past week or so I haven't touched anything other than balm or oil based options and I must say, my skin does seem to be thanking me for it. The No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm has been gracing my skin morning and evening, doing a brilliant job at removing any overnight build up and dissolving a good deal of slap at the end of the day. It's then joined by my holy grail current favourite, Clinique's Take The Day Off in the evening for a thorough double cleanse. Both formulas are incredibly gentle on the skin and remove makeup, dirt and SPF whilst leaving behind all the 'good bits' that keep everything feeling healthy and hydrated.

Next up, I bought a toner! Probably the step that gets skipped most often, even in the beauty blogging world - I probably haven't owned one for a couple of years now. Misconceptions about toners left me asking 'what are they actually for?' but after a lil' bit of research on the topic I've found that in general formulas have improved a lot in recent years. I opted for the Formula Gentle Daily Facial Toner from M&S, an incredibly affordable option that contains no alcohol and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soothed. I have a full review of the stuff coming soon but as a little heads up - it's love.

Finally, moisturisers and treatments are when you can really bring out the big guns in terms of keeping the skin hydrated. A rich, nourishing night cream is the next thing on my list, but the Nivea Regenerating Night Cream has been filling the gap nicely until then. Don't get me wrong it's nice, but I feel as if I need something with a little more 'oomph' to see me through the true winter months. As far as treatments go I've once again been turning to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. A firm favourite for me at the beginning of the year, this has been surplus to requirements during the summer period and I definitely haven't been using it as much. It's the perfect thing to perk up tired, dehydrated skin though so I can't wait to start getting it out a little more often!

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