It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the autumn skincare switch over. Adapting to the change in weather means it’s out with mattifying serums and in with moisturising creams. My kit includes favourites from The Body Shop, Vichy, La Roche Posay and Bia Beauty.
Autumn habits of cranking up the heating and chugging coffee do very little for skin’s hydration. Dedicated masks are THE BOMB at relieving parched skin and my two favourites are Vichy Aqualia Thermal, €13 and La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque.
The La Roche Posay mask is the heavier of the two, so it’s best used overnight. Vichy’s gel-based mask, while thicker than most day creams, still holds its own under makeup, so I’ve used it on days when I know I won’t have time to chat around the water cooler.
I recently ran out of my much-loved Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover and was scrambling to replace it. A shop around my friend Sue’s makeup stash revealed a spare bottle of The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, €13.50, that I was more than happy to take off her hands.
I’ve been putting this through its paces and it’s cleared every hurdle by a long-shot. My most tough-to-shift mascaras just melt off without rubbing. Its oily texture is soothing and cooling but doesn’t leave a greasy residue or slip into my eyes. I can’t find a single fault with this, especially as it’s so reasonably priced.
Oil cleansers have blown up over the last year, and even budget brands have gotten in on the game. My pick is The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, €17.20.
I splash my face with warm water to open my pores and then massage this in. One application removes my foundation and eye makeup and the second gets the day’s grime out of my pores. It leaves my skin feeling silky but clean – no uncomfortable tightness or tingling sensations.
For a slightly deeper clean, I’m using La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel, €15.25, once a week. It’s gentle, relying more on chemical cleansing than physical exfoliation – the latter being too harsh for my skin during colder months.
A good moisturiser is essential for getting by when the temperature drops. I’m putting my trust in the soft hands of Bia Beauty, specifically the new Skin Superfood cream, €12.95. I’ve already gone Tom Cruise on Oprah about this in my earlier review so won’t ramble. Suffice to say, I’ve got more feelings about this than I’ve had since that time I saw Ryan Tubridy in person. He had a glow.
So, that’s the basis of my autumn skincare routine. See you when winter kicks in!