Baby it’s cold outside. Who else’s feeling the winter blue with flaky and extra sensitive skin here in the Southern part of the world?
To make sure your skin survive this harsh winter dryness, there’s in fact a better strategy than just hibernating through the season (though I totally wouldn’t mind doing that once in a while on a lazy Sunday afternoon!). To get my skin up to full hydration even before the daylight starts to drop, I’ve switched to my winter skincare regime as early as in May during late spring here in Queensland. On the hunt for the most natural and toxin-free products to fight this anti-flakiness battle, I turned to my recently-obsessed certified organic brand Antipodes for the best winter skin buddies (check out my reviews on their Superfruit Serum & Kiwiseed Eye Cream). Here I’m sharing my 3-step daily skincare routine to break the curse from the most ferocious Snow Queen – read on!
Step 1: Cleanse
Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, $46.00
Cacao butter with soothing oils and quintessential Vinanza Grape antioxidant from New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc grape seeds. Also contains lavender and blue chamomile. This cleanser is scientifically shown to have amongst the world’s highest levels of antioxidants from its grapeseeds. 100% ingredients from natural origin while 76% is from organic cultivation.
First of all, I can’t stress enough the importance of switching to a nourishing cleanser for winter months. You want one that doesn’t over-strip moisture from your skin. I usually go for a cream based one for those frosty winter mornings.
I was totally fascinated by this Grapeseed Butter Cleanser when I first got my hands on it. Its consistency is nothing like anything I’ve ever used. It actually glides on my skin and feels like I’m applying melted bee wax – smooth & soothing! Oh, and the subtle note of lavender scent takes my mind straight to a Balinese day spa while I gently massage it on.
You can actually see the tiny bits of grapeseeds in the tub, and it feels like rubbing large exfoliating beads on your skin. This cleanser feels extra gentle on my skin and I even feel that the grapeseeds pieces have helped to improve the texture, leaving my skin supple and oh-so-soft to touch! Mind you though, it feels very heavy and leaves a layer of cocoa butter like film after rinsing it off with warm water. If you aren’t usually a fan of cream based cleanser, you’ll find this even richer and heavier. Personally, I really like how this cleanser almost works as a 2-in-1 cleansing plus toning agent. It doesn’t give even the slightest sensation of tightness on my skin before I spray on my toning mist. However, I’d use it only for those super dry days and pack it in my travel beauty bag for a ski trip, while I’ll still stick to my cream based cleanser on those not-so-dry winter days. It’d be perfect for mature or sensitive skin.
Step 2: Tone
Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant-rich Gentle Toner, $29.00
Enriched with manaku black fern, Bulgarian rose and Waiwera mineral water. 100% ingredients from natural origin while 77% is from organic cultivation. Dermatologically approved for sensitive skin.
First impression – I was fairly impressed with their beautiful amber colour glass bottle! Love supporting beauty brands who do their part on reducing the use of plastic in packaging. The glass bottle also gives this toner an ‘eco luxe’ feel. I treat myself with 3 to 4 generous spritz on my face after cleansing and I really like how fine the mist is. It comes with a subtle rosewater scent which lingers for a little bit (bliss!). My skin soaks up all the natural goodness in the toner like a sponge within seconds which is amazing. The result? It leaves my skin looking clear, hydrated and radiant. Over time, I found that my skin elasticity has improved. I also bring it with me to my hot yoga class to give my skin an immediate moisture boost after workout – what a pure delight! I do usually get a bit of annoying skin redness that lasts for a while after exercising – this seriously soothing toner helps a lot to calm it much quicker than usual. For all those beauty bunnies whose skin is susceptible to sensitivity, you’ll totally adore this gentle toner with amazing anti-inflammatory effect.
Step 3: Moisturise
Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream, $49.00
Contain manuka flower oil which has antibacterial and healing properties, and avocado oil with extraordinary collagen boosting powers Scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human skin cells by up to 59%. 100% ingredients from natural origin while 71% is from organic cultivation.
Don’t be fooled by its name – it doesn’t belong to the light side of the scale when it comes to the consistency of this day cream. I’d say it’s more like a medium consistency which resembles some moisturiser for night use. And that is exactly what makes it work perfectly in my winter SOS skincare regime. Its ultra-hydrating quality is outstanding which helps to lock in moisture all day while keeping my t-zone oil free for hours. It’s the saviour product for those with combination skin type who wants to part with their dry patches and shiny forehead. I really enjoy its glowy effect on my skin while being non-sticky (which usually comes with any moisturiser with thicker consistency). Oh, and did I mention its drool-worthy scent with notes of vanilla and sweet almond oil? So pleasantly sweet that you might find your puppy licking all over your skin! Similar to other Antipodes products, I simply adore how this day cream gives me a spiritual lift at the start of the day full of positive vibes as well as giving a nutritious treat for the skin! The only thing they could possibly improve on is the packaging. It comes in a toothpaste type of tube while I find a pumping bottle much easier to use to dispense just the right amount of product.
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So tell me dear fellow green beauty junkies, what are some toxin-free products that come to your rescue as part of your winter skincare regime? What have you learned while switching to different skincare routines during those chilly months? Have you used and loved any products from the Antipodes range? Be sure to drop me a line with your tips and experience in the comment below.
Until next time. Stay beautiful inside & out!
Disclaimer: Lace n Ruffles was gifted by the brands mentioned in the post while all opinions are genuinely our own. We can’t guarantee that all products we recommend will suit you. We only use products we personally think are good having tried them on myself or by our beauty team while everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing. We always trial products such as moisturiser and serum for at least seven days before reviewing, while some other products like face wash and makeup might only be trialed once.