With the weather colder than the heart of your high school ex-boyfriend (ie. seriously frozen), it’s time to up your skincare regime to give you a much-needed boost of moisture, because there’s nothing worse than flaky, dull skin.
Any makeup artist will tell you that in order to get a flawless finish, you’ve got to prep the base, so here are nine must-have skin products to get your skin glowing.
1. A Hard-Working Body Moisturiser
Start with a rich, hydrating body lotion like Jergen’s Hydrating Coconut Milk Body Cream and apply generously after taking a shower. Not only does this little gem absorb super-fast (aka no greasy stains!), but it comes at the bargain price of $9.99.
2. A Lip Protector
Keep your lips kissable all winter long with an intensive lip conditioner and protector, like Blistex’s Intensive Repair balm. If you find that your pout is starting to get chapped, lightly use a toothbrush to scrub the dead skin off before applying a thick layer of Blistex and leaving it on (like a lip mask) overnight. You’ll wake up to smooth, conditioned lips!
3. A Fool-Proof Tanner
Get a ‘I’ve just come back from holidays’ glow by incorporating a fake tan into your winter routine. St Tropez’s Gradual In-Shower Tan was a sell-out when it launched, and for good reason; it’s got a fool-proof streak-free formula that activates on your wet skin in three-minutes. You then just rinse it off and you’re good to go – it costs $39.99, but it’s worth every penny.
4. A Gentle Exfoliant
During the cooler months, harsh exfoliants can simply irritate your skin and cause even more dryness, so it’s time to upgrade your scrub to a more gentle and creamy formula. Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is every Beauty Editor’s staple because it brightens your skin without any added artificial fragrances of colours.
5. A Nourishing Face Mask
Put away your clay masks and start incorporating a weekly hydrating treatment instead. Antipodes Aura Munuka Honey Mask is perfect for blemish prone skin as it comes antibacterial agents with natural conditioners like vitamin E and avocado oil to give you plump, moisturised and clear skin.
6. An Overnight Zit Zapper
Seriously, if you haven’t already invested in Spot Medic’s overnight pimple remover, you’re missing out. During the winter months, you’ll find your skin can be more prone to break-outs; a result of the changes in temperature, as well as your skin reacting to the harsh elements (wind and rain). Spot Medic is a gel plaster that you stick over any pimples and leave overnight – the next morning, most spots will have completely disappeared. #TheBestThingSinceSlicedBread
7. A Rich Moisturiser
It’s no secret that during the cooler months, your skin needs some extra TLC, so upping your moisturiser to a super-rich formula like Skinstitut’s Moisture Defence Ultra Dry will mean you’re left with supple, protected skin. Use morning and night on your face and don’t forget about your neck and décolletage!
8. A Serious Facial Oil
If your skin starts to feel dry and tight, you need a facial oil on-hand to lock in the moisture again. So many girls get wary of facial products that are oil based, but with the natural ingredients in Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster, like jojoba, apricot and sunflower, your skin will be left nourished, not greasy. Between the harsh cold wind and the freezing temperatures that winter brings, your skin will need extra TLC, so apply morning and night.
9. A Gentle Toner
Because the winter weather plays havoc on your skin, it’s best to steer clear of astringent, strong toners during these months and instead opt for a gentle, refreshing and hydrating toner like MUSQ’s Antioxidant Toner which is packed full of enriching ingredients like neroli flower water, green tea extra and grapefruit seed extract.