Winter Skincare: Caring For Your Skin With It’s Oh So Cold (Featuring Clarins, Hydraluron and NUXE)

Winter Skincare: Caring For Your Skin With It's Oh So Cold (Featuring Clarins, Hydraluron and NUXE)

It’s winter now Down Under and while it’s not terribly cold in Melbourne Metro just yet, we’re beginning to experience more biting winds and chilly nights. This calls for thick coats, hats and gloves during the day and flannel PJs, hot water bottles and fluffy socks at home.

My skin in winter can be quite difficult in winter. Even though I have combination skin, my skin gets really dehydrated when the temperature drops. I’ll still have an oily T-zone but the other areas of my face will be dry and a lot less boing boing. Heck, I’d be lucky if I can even get one boing!

Winter Skincare: Caring For Your Skin With It's Oh So Cold (Featuring Clarins, Hydraluron and NUXE)

For this, I have to have additional winter skincare to add to my current regime. Most of them are what I call hydration boosters that help maintain skin hydration but not too heavy as not to disturb my oily T-zone. A couple of items are fairly new but have jumped up several notches and securing their spots as my winter skincare arsenal.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate*
I was sent this to try just past summer and to be honest, I didn’t really like it then. It didn’t work for me when it was still so warm outside. I found it a tad too heavy on my combination skin, especially when the past summer was surprisingly long and didn’t even cool down till it was way past autumn. But now that it’s winter, I thought it was time I took it out to try again and whaddyaknow, I’m so glad I gave it another chance because NOW it’s working to its full potential. The combination of oil and serum in the Clarins Double Serum helps to maintain hydration on the skin keeping it plump and boing-boing. Even so, I still only prefer to use this at night so that it can work its magic overnight and leave another lighter serum for the day.


Oh this is a popular one. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos (my guilty pleasure whilst cooking, ironing and when I’m in the loo :P) and so many YouTubers rave about it. When I found out from Anita that this was finally available at Priceline, I didn’t hesitate to snap it up. I’ve been using it for weeks and I agree with the rave reviews. This one is good. It’s a no-nonsense hyaluronic acid serum that just boosts hydration to the skin manyfold. It doesn’t feel sticky and absorbs very quickly on the skin. It’s lighter and cheaper than the Clarins Double Serum for equally boing-boing skin. Highly recommend this.

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm*
This is the latest addition to my collection of lip balms and it came just in time too because it’s perfect for winter. It’s thick, slightly waxy to the touch yet goes on smoothly on the lips. I keep this on my nightstand and use it before bed. It tastes like shortbread (delicious!) and I wake up the next morning with smooth, quite kissable lips. 😉 This pot alone is going to last me ages because I don’t need to pile on a lot for it to work.

L'Herboflore and My Beauty Diary

Heaps of Facial Sheet Masks
I adore facial sheet masks. They’re fantastic for anytime of the year (use them in summer because they’re cool on the skin and in winter to keep skin hydration levels up) but I particularly like to use them in winter because they’re such a treat on my dehydrated skin. I use one every other day but if I’m lazy, then it’s twice a week. One thing about using facial sheet masks though: follow the instructions and use it according to the stated time. The maximum amount of time to push it too is 10 minutes. This is particularly important in winter because the cold, dry air dries the masks quicker than when it’s muggy in summer. You’ll notice that it will dry quicker when it’s cold. When the serum in the masks starts to dry up, it draws the moisture away from the skin instead of boosting it.

Remove it when it’s still damp with serum and rub the mask on your neck, knees, arms, elbows, legs and so on instead. My favourites are L’Herboflore and My Beauty Diary. Speaking of L’Herboflore, Tina is now accepting orders for international shipping. I highly recommend these masks, they’re fab stuff!

Winter Skincare: Caring For Your Skin With It's Oh So Cold (Featuring Clarins, Hydraluron and NUXE)

That’s what I do for my face. I try not to fuss with it with heavy skincare products because for the oddest reason, my skin tends to break out more in winter than it does when it’s stinking hot outside. When something works, I stick to it. The rest goes without saying: drink lots of water and cut down on caffeine.

Here’s to boing boing skin in winter! 🙂

What’s your winter skincare regime like? Do you use the same products you’ve been using for the other seasons or do you also have a winter skincare arsenal? And what’s up with more breakouts in winter?!

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17 comments… add one
  1. LeGeeque

    CUT DOWN ON CAFFEINE? WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME, WOMAN?! *runs off to make a pot of coffee*

    I’m extremely slack when it comes to masks 🙁 I need to actually set a reminder to do it 🙁

    1. Tine

      Hee hee what did I do? 😉

      Just pop one on when you watch movies on your iPad. And then scare Coco. Easy peasy 😛

  2. Kaitlin

    Hey Tine, just wondering how much does the hydroluron cost? Thought I might give it a try since I just finished my bottle of serum. I’ve been using Sulwhasoo’s serum and it’s really expensive! D:

    1. Tine

      Hi Kaitlin, the Hydraluron retails at $34.99 🙂

  3. Paris B

    Still not sold on the Double Serum. I’m comfortable with the texture but it just does nothing for my skin. It doesn’t look better nor worse. Just rather blah overall. Still much prefer using ANR for serum purposes 😉
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha I agree. It’s good on hydration for my skin especially now that it’s dry and cold but for better results, I prefer the ANR and my favourite Cosmetic Skin Solutions 🙂

  4. Victoria

    Love your picks and although I am kind of glad Malaysia does not have four seasons because it means more money spent on skin care. LOL.

    I received my Cosmetic Skin Solutions Vitamin C+E Serum Advanced Formula today although I have not opened it yet. I know you use this primarily at night but do you think it is suitable to use during the day?

    1. Tine

      Hahaha I know what you mean! Me, I enjoy the cold weather more than the hot so I’m more than happy to spend a bit more for my skin just to enjoy the chill. Yeah I’m weird like that 😛

      Not a problem to use the Vit C+E serum during the day as it’s not photosensitive. It goes without saying though; use a sunscreen on top of it during the day. Hope you like it!

  5. Claire

    My skin suffers terribly in the Winter months , lots of dehydration lines and my skin loses its Boing Boing too 🙁
    I normally apply the sheet masks but I find it too cold now to use them , I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to the cold. So I have been using Sanctuary Spa Time Reversal mask and I love it !

    1. Tine

      Oooh I think I’ve seen that Time Reversal mask at Priceline. I might give it a go too 🙂
      Haha yeah I know what you mean. Dang, those facial sheet masks are COLD in winter! Very nice to use in summer though 🙂

  6. Sabine

    Combination skin is so temperamental, mine drives me nutty in the colder weather. My cheeks and the skin around my eyes especially do NOT go boing boing – I’ve been trialling liquid vitamin E and it seems to be working well, other than this A’kin Unscented 24 hour moisture is good to me: it doesn’t make the oily parts of my face go crazy, and yet still moisturises my dry hamster cheeks.

    I’ve never tried a sheet mask before, am I missing out on something fantastic here?

    I never thought I’d say I really miss the heat, but I do, ha! 😉
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    1. Tine

      OMG you are! Go try one out! It’s so easy to use; have it on then chuck. Great for travelling too and your skin still maintains its boing-boing-ness 😛

      Whenever I’m hanging laundry when it’s 2C outside (yes I’m nutty like that) then I wish for the heat. Then I remember the long, stinking hot days in summer when I’m doing the same thing outside then I wish for the cold again. Hehehehe!

  7. Dana

    My skin USED to suffer in winter months, with peeling and dehydrated a lot. Though, as cliche as it may sound, when I found Simplicite. That’s it. I don’t need to change all the time. Save my money, that much I can say!

    1. Tine

      Hahaha good to know! My favourite from Simplicite is still the Plant Cleanser. Feels really good on the skin 🙂

  8. Anita

    Thanks for the shoutout! I am loving Hydraluron too 🙂 I snapped it up the day I heard it was spotted in Priceline!
    Anita recently posted..On The Lips – Revlon Just Kissable Balm StainMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Pleasure, lovely! Thanks so much for the recommendation I LOVE the Hydraluron 😀

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