Winter Beauty Must Haves
There is no doubt about it, Winter weather means we need to up our beauty game. With cooler temps, and drier air, mixed with indoor heating, our skin really takes a beating, so here are our top 7 Winter Beauty must-haves to add to your beauty regime for the cooler season.
I love a scented home, Spring and Summer are so simple, the scent just wafts in from outside, but what about those cooler months? With rooms closed off, not to mention lingering mould from our very (very) wet Summer, rooms can start to smell a bit stale. A Diffuser or Scented Candle is a simple way to freshen up your home over Autumn/Winter, and instantly lift your mood. We love the warm, floral notes in the Palm Beach Collection Jasmine & Cedar Fragrance Diffuser. With energetic fruity Top Notes, a delicate Floral Heart, and tender Musky Base, this will have your home feeling cosy in no time. Palm Beach Jasmin & Cedar Fragrance Diffuser 250ml RRP $42.95.
Yes, we also need to up the ante with our facial care during the cooler months, and switching to a hydrating serum, or even adding one to your routine can really help. Absorbing quickly into skin, serums go to work hydrating and nourishing, whilst the moisturiser over the top seals moisture into skin, keeping it nourished and smooth. We love the Naturally Serious Supercharge Anti-Oxidant Moisture Serum. Cruelty-free and green friendly, the milky Serum, with power ingredients including Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, White Birch and Vitamin E, helps to increase moisture, while it helps to revive the look of a dull, dehydrated complexion. Naturally Serious Supercharge Anti-Oxidant Moisture Serum 30ml RRP $55.00.
It can be tempting to get out of the shower in Autumn and Winter and skip the body lotion and go straight to warm clothes, but don’t do it! Autumn and Winter are when our bodies need extra moisture, not less, to stay nourished, hydrated and smooth. Look for a Body Moisturiser with an added Body Oil, for extra nourishment, for no extra work. We love the Tropicology Certified Organic Avocado Body Moisturiser, with 25% Avocado Oil, Aloe, and Glycerin, which keeps Winter bodies super hydrated. Paraben and cruelty-free, best of all, it’s made on the far North NSW Coast (and we know that area can use all the love it can get right now). Tropicology Certified Organic Avocado Body Moisturiser 200ml RRP $59.95.
It is no secret our hands have taken a beating over the past 2-3 years, with extra hand washing, and drying sanitisers, however necessary it has been. A good nourishing and hydrating hand cream is a must over Winter, to keep hands soft and preventing dryness and cracking. We love the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, made with 95% natural origin ingredients and vegan friendly. Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, as well as a blend of Argan and Coconut Oil for added nourishment, this Hand Cream absorbs quickly and goes to work keeping hands soft and hydrated. As a bonus, the entire L’Occitane Shea Butter range is fair-trade certified, supporting women’s cooperatives in Burkina Faso and Ghana, contains no less than 95% naturally derived ingredients, and comes in recyclable packaging. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml RRP $15.00, and 150ml RRP $45.00.
Hydrating Hair Care
If you don’t want to end up looking like a scarecrow by Winter’s end, start hydrating hair now. Hair really feels the effects of Winter, with lower humidity, indoor heating, and extra blow drying (and less air drying). Look for a hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner and add regular treatments. For coloured hair, we love the new Pantene Nutrient Blends Illuminating Colour Care. Sulphate free, and with Jojoba Oil, Pro Vitamin B5 and Antioxidants, this range helps to protect colour, while it gently cleanses and nourishes hair. Treat with the Pantene Nutrient Blends Glossing Rescue Shots for intensely nourished hair. Pantene Nutrient Blends Illuminating Shampoo 270ml, Conditioner 250ml, and Glossing rescue Shots 3 x 15ml RRP $17.99 each.
If you have a dry flaky scalp, chances are it needs a little extra TLC over Winter. The new Head & Shoulders Supreme range means you don’t have to compromise hair care for scalp care. The formulas help to rejuvenate your scalp (with its dandruff formulation), and your hair (with nourishing Argan Oil, hydrating Coconut Oil, moisturising Avocado Oil and antioxidant rich Aloe Vera across the range). We love the paraben, phosphate and paraffin free Scalp Moisture & Smooth Hair, with Argan and Coconut Oils, to keep scalps hydrated and nourished, and hair super smooth, and the Scalp Repair & Hair Strength with Argan and Avocado Oils (pictured). Head & Shoulders Supreme Anti Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner 400ml each RRP $15.99 each.
With no oil glands of their own, our poor lips need year-round hydration help to keep them soft and smooth. With the onset of the dry, windy Winter conditions, a good Lip Balm is a must to help prevent dry, chapped, and cracked lips. We love the 100% natural origin, Burt’s Bees lip balms, formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. Our favourite, the new Burt’s Bees Dragonfruit Lemon Lip Balm nourishes lips and gives a hint of Spring to come with a burst of sweet, tropical flavour. Infused with powerful antioxidant-rich fruit extracts, nourishing oils and butters and responsibly sourced beeswax the matte finish, tint-free Lip Balm richly moisturises and softens lips. Burt’s Bees Dragonfruit Lemon Lip Balm 4.25g RRP $6.95. Available from Big W.
Hydrating Face Mask
A hydrating Face Mask is an easy way to give thirsty skin a boost of hydration, whether you choose to apply and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and have some “me time”, or overnight for maximum hydration. We look for a Winter mask with hydration heroes Hyaluronic Acid (which draws moisture from the air and can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water), and Glycerin. One we love is the cruelty-free Sand & Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Intense Hydrating Mask, with our 2 favourite ingredients (it actually has 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid), as well as vegan Squalane and Australian Botanicals. More than just hydration, this gel-cream mask goes to work in as little as 10 minutes to help soothe redness and strengthen skin barrier with Cornflower and Fermented Sea Kelp. Sand & Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Intense Hydrating Mask 50g RRP $60.90.
These 7 beauties should have you cruising through Winter in comfort. What do you add to your Winter Beauty routine? Do you use any of the above? Let us know in the comments below.