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Do you find the colder season to be harsher on your skin? I certainly do, and often find I need to switch up my evening beauty routine – giving my skin a little more tender loving care. Personally, I’ve never been one to fuss over beauty cosmetics and much prefer to keep my skincare routine simple, using a small selection of natural products that don’t cost the earth. 

Today, I share a few simple tips for those winter skin woes, including some of my favourite products and homemade concoctions.

Create a fuss-free evening beauty routine that you’ll stick to.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to skincare, which is why I like to keep things as simple as possible. First, I’ll cleanse off any makeup using the Trilogy Cream Cleanser. It leaves my skin lusciously soft and smooth, without stripping away too much moisture. Coconut oil is also another wonderful all-natural alternative that’s perfect as a makeup remover. Simply massage a small amount onto your skin, and wipe away any makeup using a soft, damp facecloth.

Next, I’ll mist my face and décolletage with homemade toner. In a small amber bottle, I’ll combine equal quantities of witch hazel and rosewater - which is said to help prevent signs of ageing and keep your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I’ll often carry this toner in my handbag, and mist onto the face when in need of a little pick-me-up throughout the day.

To finish, I’ll apply a good quality oil to help seal in the moisture. I’ve used pure rosehip oil on my face in the past, and as I have quite sensitive skin, I found it to be a little too powerful. So when the new Trilogy Rosehip Oil Light Blend came onto my radar I was excited to give it a go, and let me tell you, I’ve fallen in love! It’s become an essential part of my evening routine, and I just love it's light, delicate feel.

Since using the oil, my skin looks much more radiant and bright (a godsend for this sleepy mama). It’s also said to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hooray for that!

Exfoliate once a week (or when you can remember, too!)

I always feel refreshed and lovely after a good exfoliating scrub. You can make your own by combining coconut or almond oil with sugar in a small bowl, and then gently massaging on the skin in circular motions. Ground coffee is another idea, and smells rather delicious, too. I’ll use this scrub on my body too, usually when I indulge in nice long bath.

I’m sure you know this one already, but hydration is key to healthy looking skin.

When I was breast-feeding Archie, I would drink plenty of water throughout the day, and noticed a huge difference in my skin (despite being sleep-deprived!). Although nowadays, I must tell you that I’m a little slack when it comes to keeping hydrated, and constantly need to remind myself. I've recently treated myself to a nice re-useable glass bottle, and carry it around with me everywhere, sometimes I'll add the juice of a lemon, or a splash of apple cider vinegar, too.

Go makeup free.  We can all benefit from having a break now and then, in many more ways than one.

Most foundations are filled with all sorts nasty ingredients that I’m sure our skin would rather do without. Not only do they clog up our pores, they can cause breakouts, and irritate the skin. And although it might seem scary to go bare-faced, you might be surprised at how easy it becomes, and how much nicer your skin will look.

If I’m heading out somewhere, I’ll just pop on a bit of lipstick, and it makes me feel ready to face the world. There’s plenty of natural varieties out there, simply pop in to your local health food store or chemist and find a colour that makes you feel fantastic.

And just imagine, most of us spend anywhere from ten minutes, up to an hour putting on makeup each day. Think about what you could do with that spare time instead? If that’s not a reason to go makeup free, I don’t know what is.

So there we have it, a few small beauty habits that make all the difference. They're not complicated, but I do try to stick to them religiously. What do you do to look after you skin? I’d love to hear.

Eleanor x

This is a sponsored post. Thank you for embracing the brands that so kindly support this blog. All opinions and ideas are my own.

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