During winter, dry indoor heating, hot steamy showers and cold winds can cause havoc, quickly zapping moisture from your skin, nails and hair which means you need to adjust your beauty routine accordingly with products that focus on hydrating, brightening and exfoliating.
From super-rich moisturizers and hand creams to lip balms and hair treatments, see my budget to luxe picks below
Use a weekly deep nourishing treatment to keep hair well moisturised.
$ – Hask Repairing Deep Conditioner
Argan Oil is an intense deep-conditioning treatment sachet that works to strengthen and hydrate the hair, restoring and smoothing dry, damaged, chemically-treated and over-processed locks. The conditioner is enriched with Argan oil, known to be deeply penetrating. It works to leave damaged hair feeling soft and nourished with added moisture. For best results, apply a generous amount to clean, wet hair. Massage into hair, focusing on damaged areas. Let penetrate for 10 minutes. Available at most supermarkets.
$$ – Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Oil – TOP PICK
I use this once a week and pop it on after shampooing. It only needs two short minutes to give the full effect. Studies have shown that it will produce the same effect in two minutes compared to two hours of leaving it on your hair – great for us time poor mummies! Available from selected salons and www.sephora.com.au/christophe/robin
Most of us get chapped lips all year round, but winter is when it hits us the most with that moisture sapping cold wind. Use a quality lip balm daily, but for an extra boost use an overnight treatment.
$ – Lipeze Peppermint Lip Ointment Super affordable and effective with a pleasant peppermint. Not sticky or greasy and absorbs well. Apply as often as needed. Available at Chemist Warehouse.
$$ – Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy – TOP PICK
This luxurious lip therapy works to help soften roughness and soothe seriously dry lips. Helps reduce the look of fine lines to add shape and definition. The creamy formula is enriched with nurturing shea and mango butter and leaves lips looking healthy and rosy. I use it before bed and in the morning after I wash my face. It sinks right into my lips and leaves them with a just moisturized look …not too shiny and ready to apply lip liner and gloss. I keep one on my vanity and one in my bedside drawer. Available at http://www.philosophyskincare.com.au or Myer stores.
$$ – Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil – TOP PICK
This lightweight yet deeply nourishing treatment oil is rich in Safflower Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Shea Butter. It moisturizes without making skin oily or letting you break out, revitalizes the complexion (you’ll look luminous), and if you are prone to redness or blotchiness will make it all but disappear! And it smells divine. Available in store or online www.jurlique.com.au
I’ve been using coconut oil for a long time to remove stubborn makeup such as matter lipsticks and long wear concealers. It has the added benefit of being completely natural and nourishing for the skin. The thing I love about this wide jar is you’re able to get your hand in there right til the last drop! Available at Chemist Warehouse.
$$ – Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Cleansing Oil For Face & Eyes – TOP PICK
As an alternative to micellar water which can be dangerous territory for sensitive skin this feels super soft, nourishing and luxurious on the skin. What I also love about this is as it is (natural) oil based it removes makeup a lot more effectively that micellar. Micellar definitely has its place but for more stubborn makeup like eyshadows and matte lipsticks this is the number one must have. Leaves skin perfectly clean and soft, and provides superior makeup removal with a blend of natural oils. The luxurious texture emulsifies easily and rinses completely. Available at http://www.philosophyskincare.com.au or Myer stores.
$$ – USPA
$ – Thankyou Botanical Geranium and Rosewood Coffee Scrub
Wake up and smell the coffee! The antioxidant rich coffee grounds and cold-pressed macadamia oil go together like birds of a feather – hello smooth, soft skin! Gentle exfoliation combined with amazingly hydrating natural oils helps make dry skin a thing of the past. 100% of the profits from this jar help get hygiene and sanitation services to people in need.
$$ – USPA Rejuvenating Contour Scrub
This scrub is a whole sensory experience in itself. Coffee, known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and rejuvenating Sea Kelp, combine with Pumice Grounds to give an invigorating exfoliation for sublimely smooth skin. I use this scrub once a week to remove my fake tan.
Recommended for: Those with congestion that results in a dimpled appearance on the skin, Textured skin or build up from dry skin or overall detoxification. Available in selected spa’s or http://www.uspa.com.au
$ – Thankyou Botanical Rosehip & Sweet Orange Hand Cream
Show your skin some love with this super-smooth hand cream that’s made from ingredients derived from nature. Featuring amazing essential oils such as rosehip, sweet orange and almond together with cocoa & shea butter, this hand cream will nourish and hydrate your hands. The best part? This bottle helps get safe water and toilets to empower people in need. High-five to that! Available at Woolworths and Coles.
$$ – Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy
This deep-penetrating hand cream is formulated with antioxidant-rich vitamins C & E (tocotrienol), coupled with conditioning shea butter and soothing pomegranate, grapeseed, and argan oils to help hands look younger and healthier. Fragrance: The tart sweetness of pomegranate coupled with a burst of citrus and fresh fig leaf. I like to keep one of the small sizes in my handbag and a large size in my bedside drawer. Available in store and online www.crabtree-evelyn.com.au
Other Winter Face Essentials
$$- Philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel
See brighter days ahead with the microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel, a super quick and effective treatment for time poor mums. Used weekly, this peel is created to deliver advanced skin-brightening benefits in one convenient step at home with zero downtime. Available at http://www.philosophyskincare.com.au or Myer stores.