My Current Winter Skincare Routine

I have switched up my skincare quite a bit recently to adapt to the cold weather. An updated skincare routine post was therefore overdue! So here is how I am pampering my skin on winter mornings and nights to keep it soft and glowy until the summer sun shines again!

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

AM Skincare Routine –
My AM routine starts with washing my face with The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur’s Daily Repair Foam Cleanser. This face wash gently cleanses the skin without stripping it dry and is perfect for the cold and dry weather. I am usually in a massive rush in the mornings, so I skip toner (guilty!) and directly go in with my Magic Dust Vitamin E Face Serum which makes the skin super soft and hydrated without feeling heavy at all. I then go in with a generous layer of the Tvakh Triple Protection Sunscreen, a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen that is a staple for me throughout the year because it doubles up as a moisturizer too. For my under eye area, I use the Mama Earth Eye Cream because it is super hydrating and affordable. I slap on my Organic Harvest Happy Lips Lip Balm and I am done with my skincare! While applying my makeup, I am currently enjoying mixing some rosehip oil with my foundation because it prevents my makeup from clinging to the dry patches and provides a beautiful sheen to the face. Rosehip oil is a great facial oil for me because it somehow reduces my acne and hydrates the skin without making it greasy, therefore being a perfect final touch to my AM skincare.

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

PM Skincare Routine –
Evenings are when I tend to pamper my skin a little bit more because I have a little more time and because skincare helps get rid of the fatigue of the day. I remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Bi-Phase Water and then cleanse my face with the Dr. Belmeur Face Wash. I then use the Tvakh Vitamin C toner and apply my Magic Dust Serum. I then apply a very generous layer of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and my Mama Earth Eye Cream and Organic Harvest lip balm and am ready for some much-needed sleep! On alternate days, I use the Vya Naturals Rose Water as toner and add the Dr. Sheths Daily Peel to my PM skincare regimen. On the days when my skin is suffering from breakouts, I add the Skin Salad Charcoal Mask to my PM regimen, and if my skin is feeling dehydrated then I use a Dear Packer Home Remedy Sheet Mask after my serum.

Overall, this skincare routine has been working fairly well for my skin at this point of time and these products are the ones that I can recommend without batting an eyelid. If you have acne-prone, combination but dehydrated skin like mine then you can try out this skincare routine and let me know how it works for you! I would love to hear your take on these products and your go-to skincare routine at the moment 🙂

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Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

As a beauty blogger, you sometimes stumble upon products that surprise you. The Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Creams fits right into this category of products. This tinted moisturizer claims to reduce and prevent dark sun spots, which are a sign of photo ageing, while providing an even skin tone and glow to the face instantly. I was definitely intrigued by the claims and the product seemed like something unique, which is why I ordered a sample from Smytten, and I am so glad that I did!

Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

This cream has a peachy tint which provides an extremely sheer coverage on the skin. It does not conceal any imperfections and only reduces the redness to a certain extent, therefore, it is meant for those good skin days or can be worn under a foundation. The star of the show, however, is the glow that it provides. It seems that the folks at Iraa take their glow seriously because, boy, this cream works better than any highlighter I own. If you have super dry skin that has lost its natural radiance then you MUST try out this product for a healthy glow. The shine may be a bit too much for those with oily skin, so I would recommend them to either apply the cream only to the parts they want to highlight or to tone things down with a powder or a matte foundation. When I apply this product on my oily skin, the glow is a bit too much for me, but when I apply some Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation over it then it makes me look radiant and prevents the foundation from clinging to the bumps and stray dry patches on my face.

Also, this cream has a sticky texture, which makes the foundation adhere better to the skin and makes it last longer. It also contains SPF 30, which means that this is a moisturiser, sunscreen, AND primer combined in one! However, the sticky texture may seem a bit heavy and uncomfortable to some, so make sure to use only a teeny bit of the product (this small sachet lasted me for 5-6 uses!). Every time I used this product, I noticed that my skin was softer and seemed more nourished. The texture takes some getting used to though, and if you notice that the cream is making your makeup slide a little, it means that you are using too much of the product. Once you nail the amount to use, I am sure that you will enjoy this cream a lot.

Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

The Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream is priced at INR 789 for a 50gm bottle that comes with a pump. You can also get a sample from the Smytten app. In my opinion, this is a must buy for those with super dry skin, but I would recommend those with oily skin to try out a sample first. I for sure will be buying the full sized product soon to help me achieve that celebrity glow without much effort and to keep looking radiant all day long!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream here.

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Vivel Cell Renew Deep Smoothing Body Lotion | Review

I am usually very lazy when it comes to moisturizing my body and therefore opt for lightweight body lotions that get absorbed into the skin quickly. The Vivel Cell Renew Body Lotion – Deep Smoothing is one of my favorites for this precise reason, it is light yet potent enough to make my skin supple and smooth.

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It is a non-greasy formula with tiny green vitamin E beads that burst on the skin to provide nourishment. To be very honest, one of the primary reasons that I always repurchase this product is because it has a granny smell that I love! If you are a nostalgic soul like me who associates scents with memories then you will understand where I am coming from. It is a strong, sweet smell that reminds me of something that my Grandma used when I was a child.

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A 2ooml bottle of this product is available at a very affordable price of INR 250. They also have a night replenish lotion that I am dying to try next!

Buy it here.

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