Top 10 Winter Beauty Must Haves
There is no doubt about it, Winter is not kind to your skin and hair. The colder weather and lower humidity that occurs over Winter results in drier air, which can rob moisture from your skin and hair. This can result in redness and peeling, and in more severe cases, cracking and bleeding skin, and dry, frizzy damaged hair. The tendency to turn up the indoor heat and take hot baths and showers can further deplete your skin and hair moisture levels.
To ensure your skin and hair survive Winter in the best shape possible, it’s time to up the ante, and change from your lighter Summer products to a more more moisturising regime for Autumn/Winter. It’s fairly simple – Winter skin is all about the hydration, and moisture, and maybe adding a few boosters to your normal beauty routine. Let’s look at some great products to keep us looking our best over Winter.
A serum for Winter is a must, as it helps to provide skincare benefits a moisturiser alone cannot. When looking for a serum for Winter, look for one that offers extra hydration. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Vitamin E will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized for longer over Winter. We love the Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum, with a 3D3P Molecular matrix, containing both Glycerin and cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid. The serum cleverly self-adjusts to your skin’s needs, and environmental conditions to deliver moisture to your skin as it needs it (so you can actually use it all year round). The serum delivers a boost of moisture of up to 200% instantly, and keeps it there for up to 8 hours. It was my Winter skin savior last year, and it will be again this year. 30ml RRP $154.00.
A good moisturiser is a must over Winter. Your moisturiser will help to seal moisture into your skin, as well as helping to prevent moisture leaving your skin. Look to change from a lighter moisturiser you may have been using over Summer and early Autumn, into one that promises extra hydration. Keeping your skin nourished and protected is the key to it emerging looking fresh and glowing come Spring. We love the endota spa organics Deep Hydration Face Moisturiser – it’s made in Australia for Australian conditions, so you know it’s good. The formula contains omega-3, -6 and -9, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil and vitamin C, and intensely hydrates and works to strengthen skin elasticity and restore moisture loss. 60ml RRP $60.00.
The delicate skin under and around your eyes needs protecting year round, and never more so that over Winter. With fewer oil glands than the rest of our skin, the skin around our eyes is prone to dryness and dehydration, so we need to apply eye cream twice a day over winter (and throughout the rest of the year). Look for an eye cream that offers extra moisturisation, such as the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with nourishing Avocado Oil. Ophthamologist and Dermatologist-tested, the highly effective natural ingredients provide daily hydration for your sensitive eye area, to help keep it nourished and soft. 14g RRP $48.00.
Treating your face to a regular mask over winter is a must, to give your skin an extra burst of goodness, and keep it glowing. Over winter the drier air and being indoors can cause dry and dead cells can accumulate on your skin, leaving it looking dull, lackluster and bleah. To get our glow back, we love the Mavala Sleeping Mask Baby Skin Radiance with pure Alpine Water and AHA Apricot Extract. As the name suggests, the mask helps to detoxify, soften, and smooth your skin, restoring a radiant glow overnight. Banishing dull skin overnight – yes please. 65ml RRP $54.95.
The skin on our lips, like the skin around our eyes, is very thin, (allowing the blood vessels to show through, leading to their red colour). Our lips are always exposed to the elements, and do not have any oil glands to keep them hydrated, so we need to moisturize our lips regularly to keep them hydrated. A good hydrating Lip Balm is a must to ensure your lips do not become dry, chapped and cracked over Winter. We love the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm, enriched with Aloe Vera and Pure Water, to intensively rehydrate, nourish and soften dry lips. The Lip Balm also has sun protection, so if you are going away to the snow this Winter, it will even help to protect against sunburned lips. 4.8g RRP $3.98.
And speaking of sun protection, just because it’s not Summer any more doesn’t mean we should forget about protecting our skin. The Australian sun can still pack a punch, especially in our northern areas, so applying sunscreen before you head outdoors is a must. For winter, we love the wotnot Organics Anti-Aging Daily Defence Sunscreen for Face SPF 30. The gentle sunscreen is enriched with Green Tea extract to help brighten skin, and certified organic aloe vera and jojoba oils to provide extra nourishment and hydration. It’s Australian Made, Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and suitable for sensitive skin – what more reason do you need to use sunscreen over Winter? 75g RRP $26.99. wotnot also have a natural sunscreen for body too.
Your hands get a workout over Winter too. Frequently exposed, even if you wear gloves, you often have to take them off to pick up items, use your smart phone etc, so your hands are prone to becoming dry, dehydrated and sore if they are not moisturised regularly. Look for a hydrating Hand Cream, such as the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, a rich protective formula, delicately scented with rose, which helps to rebalance dryness and restore softness to your hands. Botanical extracts help to smooth and calm your hands, leaving them hydrated, soft, and protected. 125ml RRP $59.00. Also available in 40ml handbag size.
Your skin is already prone to dryness and dehydration over Winter, so the last thing you want to do is exacerbate this by using a body wash which dries out your skin. Over Winter, try to take shorter showers to avoid drying out your skin, pat your skin dry, and look for a body wash that hydrates and nourishes your skin, such as the Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Soothing Shower Milk. Using free-range Goat’s Milk to help nourish skin, and Oat Kernel Oil and Honey to hydrate, your body is pampered while it is cleansed with a creamy, nurturing, blissful lather. 250ml RRP $29.00. Also available as a Body Lotion.
Our body skin is often neglected over Winter. Who wants to get out of a nice warm shower and apply lotion or cream – most of us reach straight for our clothes or pyjamas. And that is a mistake. Our body skin is just as susceptible to dryness and dehydration as the rest of our skin, not to mention it is covered by clothing most of the time, which can rub dry, irritated skin, making it worse. Take the 1-2 minutes it takes to apply a body lotion or cream, and your skin will thank you for it. For our mature skin, we like the new Jergen’s Oil-Infused Skin Firming Moisturizer. With the efficacy of Jergens’ exclusive Hydralucence® Technology, the new Oil Infused Skin Firming Moisturiser contains the added benefit of a nourishing oil blend to lock in hydration and to further give skin a smooth and toned look and feel. 496ml RRP $11.99.
It is so important not to neglect your hair over Winter, if you want it to emerge shiny and healthy come Spring. Your hair is exposed to the same drying elements as your skin over Winter – heated rooms, lower humidity, extra long hot showers – and yet we rarely look at whether we need to change our hair care over Winter. If you find your hair is drying out, becoming frizzy, and hard to control, it could benefit from a change to a more hydrating, repairing range. We love the MoroccanOil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner range, to give our hair a boost of much needed moisture. Safe for coloured hair, infused with protein and nourishing ingredients including antioxidant rich Argan Oil and reconstructive Keratin, the Shampoo and Conditioner help to restore elasticity, moisture and shine to hair. Sulphate, phosphate and paraben-free. Shampoo & Conditioner 250ml each RRP $37.95 each. Also available in travel-friendly 70ml size.
So there you have our Top 10 Winter Beauty Must Haves, to see you through Winter in style. Do you use any of these products? Do you use something else? Let us know in the comments below.