HOW I ALTER MY SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR THE WINTER – Glowing skin < 5 degrees centigrade


Initial disclaimer: This doesn’t change anything here but I am a very poorly perfused human being. Cold hands, cold nose, cold feet. (Take this as you will) JUST putting itout there!


Our (least) favourite time of year is here! This one goes out to all my combo-oily friends. The winter kind of sucks. But its also wonderful. Wonderful, icy Christmas markets, ice skating, dope coats and stellar nighttime views. Our skin, on the other hand may be in a state of shock/panic/midlife crisis (I just might be imposing my internal feelings onto my skin; not so skillfully disguised as a speech device. But let’s just go with it for now.)

If you have been following – you know my basic skincare routine at the moment already. Plan B is still in the works. Winter care has sort of taken precedence – this combined with the fact that I am now spending more time in Geneva than in London. (I know it’s up for debate. Its not a competition of suffering. But Switzerland is seriously cold.) Next week when I’m in London I will make a more specific post about how to have glowing skin for this lovely Christmas period 🌟

So what do I change for the winter time?


  1. Moisturise more.

This one is essential. Is there any getting away from this?

NO. There isn’t. Acne-prone or not. Personally, I’ve already had those itty bitty dry patches show up. This is more of a year round habit. By using a good, water based moisturizer, our skin begins to regulate its sebum production. Don’t skip moisturizer just because its winter. Don’t skip moisturizer just because you have acne-prone skin. Just don’t skip moisturizer altogether. I learned this the hard way. I didn’t believe in moisturizing my skin over my 57 pimples. It just seemed counter intuitive. I can’t speak for everyone’s skin. But I wasn’t doing myself any favours.

In the cold weather I make sure to moisturize well at night with the right moisturizer. (My fave has forever been Dermalogica Active Moist) I have no intention of changing this. But I make sure to moisturize more at night so that I can wear a light layer in the daytime and not ‘glimmer’ in the daytime. That ‘dewy’ look. Yeah.

(Okay yes, the real question is why I have don’t have a standardised spelling for ‘moisturise’. “S”? “Z”? International kid problems.)


  1. If I wear make-up, I skip the setting powder.

What’s the worst it could do. My make-up isn’t going anywhere. And I feel that powder just mattifies my skin to excess. I also feel that it makes my skin look more textured and altogether less fabulous. My natural moisture is more than enough in the winter without looking greasy as is often the case in the warmer months.


  1. Keep exfoliating!

I still exfoliate my skin with a physical exfoliator to avoid a ‘dull’ appearance once or twice w week. I just make sure to moisturize adequately after this so as not to strip my skin of all its wonderful oils. Many people are afraid to exfoliate in the winter. (Stiff face is admittedly miserable). But we’re dealing with cell turnover here.

Don’t fall for the myths. Exfoliating is wonderful year round with appropriate care.


  1. Tap your face!

It’s a weird one. I concede. But ‘tapping’ shortly after applying serum stimulates blood flow to the surface of your skin. This has multiple benefits. Including lightly stimulating increased collagen production! I will write about this another time. It’s a weirdy but a goodie. Do it in private. Your future self will thank you!


  1. Don’t skip SPF!

Sun damage is real. Even through those London clouds. (Just think of your last ridiculous ski holiday goggle tan) Yes yes. Not an accusation. We all overdo the après-ski de temps en temps – ou toujours. Comme tu veux.

That said, even in the city, SPF is essential. Even in the winter. This is probably the best and kindest, most loving thing you can do for your skin. That little physical barrier (esp. coupled with an antioxidant product) aids in protecting your skin from the sun and ultimately – fine lines sun spots, and areas of hyperpigmentation.

FREE and radical. If you’re picking up what I’m putting down. 😉 SPF is a good thing. And the only thing I change in the winter is I sometimes include a less dry spf product.


7. Notable mention: Face masks.

This is a notable mention because I am notoriously bad at keeping up with this. Despite having purchased this awesome headband and brush kit.

A face mask is never a replacement for an adherent skincare routine. But they can serve as a nice pick me up. Like a supplement. Or a stimulant. Coffee is no replacement for sleep – but I’ll be the first to say that it can give you a pretty good kick when you need it.

In the winter I tend to use a moisturizing face mask every week (fortnight tbh). I cant stand moisturizing masks because ACNE. Obvs. But winter is THE TIME. I will write about this in more detail in a future post.

Have a banging Friday!

– Christiana

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and MEEE(h)

Adventures in being a skincare guinea pig, Reflections, Skincare

So literally one day into my pre-testing of my ‘Plan B’ skincare routine I (once again) turned into a hass avocado.


I have had this experience before. I purchased TWO bottles of a much raved about serum from the in-flight duty free catalogue on a flight from Addis to Doha. I was stoked. I finally found it. I couldn’t find it in the UK and quite frankly, I thought that I had hacked the system. My frequent travels were finally paying off!

Until I incorporated this lovely serum into my night-time routine. I developed the literal skin texture of a prickly pear and my combination skin was dry and peeling. I blamed the serum. I blamed the airline. I didn’t realise that my problem was AHAs.

Weeks went by and whilst in London I ordered a collection of otherwise excellent products. (Review on the way. Patience my lovelies. All five of you reading this <3)  I didn’t test out the Alpha-Hydroxy acid serum until I was in Lausanne – after a lovely mask and general attempt at self care. It happened again. Not immediately. It took about a day or a few hours more. But this time I didn’t know what it was. I attended my dermatologist and tried to convince him that I was in the midst of an emergency. He laughed. I love my dermatologist.

He prescribed me a mild hydrocortisone formulation that I didn’t have a chance to pick up in Geneva or back in London. Thus, about a fortnight elapsed before, this morning in Lausanne, skin already restored by the sheer forces of nature, I was able to obtain the formulation. I didn’t need it. What I needed was to hold off the AHAs. I didn’t know my problem was AHAs.

I ACTUALLY THOUGHT MY PROBLEM WAS AGEING !!!! This happened approximately three days before my birthday just as a kind induction to the mid twenties. Cheers and thanks. My dermatologist laughed.

Skincare is a personal thing. And it’s all about learning. Thus, as much as I knew the benefits of the occasional use of an AHA serum, particularly as I am dealing with a new issue of only very slightly enlarged pores, this particular compound is simply not for me.

Many people – like myself – will detail their skincare routines. This includes those with a scientific inclination such as myself, as well as many others who are varied experts in their own rite. Like me, however, each person needs to learn the distinct personality of their own skin. Don’t stick to something if it isn’t serving you. And don’t presume that what works for one will work for another. This is clearly not an informative piece about AHAs. However, due to their growing popularity I might write one soon – either here or on my healthcare blog.

This is more about you. And you knowing you and loving as well as nurturing every part of you appropriately, including your skin, for what it is. Take it all with a pinch of salt. All of us out here on the internet writing about skin are like my many aestheticians. Sometimes we directly contradict one another. Sometimes what we know for certain doesn’t work for you for reasons we don’t know. We may just be a girl behind a computer with a good deal of experience but who simply doesn’t know you, medication you take, the climate you live in, your diet and your genetics.  My skin is recovering – but this, coupled with the changing weather, was an experience for me. And so again, take me, and all of us, with a pinch of salt.


“No voice should speak louder than the voice of your own skin.” – Yes I’m quoting myself.

Cheers, peace and love,