The air is cold and crisp, the days are shorter, and the Christmas lights are up. Winter is here and it’s the most wonderful time of the year – but sadly not for your skin. The changing temperature and decreased humidity this season can leave you prone to dry hands, chapped lips and dull skin, whilst windy weather can whip moisture from your face and leave your cheeks feeling dry and tight. If it seems like your current regimen needs a winter warm up, these are the products to include that will save your skin.
To keep skin supple, aim to preserve hydration at each step in your skincare routine. If your face feels particularly tight after washing, it is likely you are using a too-harsh cleanser that has stripped it of its natural oils. Retain moisture and restore the skin’s balance during winter by opting for this gentle cleanser from Manuka Doctor, which is rich in antioxidants and the soothing, antibacterial properties of honey.
Tackle chapped lips with this convenient twist-up stick from Fenty Beauty, which allows you all the benefits of an exfoliating scrub but none of the mess. The formula includes coconut oil which keeps your lips moisturised as you slough off dead skin cells.
Revive a dull complexion and regain your summer glow with Futuredew, a unique emulsion of water and a blend of oils that seal in moisture and give a dewy appearance to the skin. Light reflecting minerals in the formula make this great for wearing alone or adding radiance under makeup.
This lip balm from Dior is the perfect combination of makeup and skincare - a good choice for giving a healthy, flushed look to dry lips in winter. It comes in a range of skin tone-adjusting pigments to suit women of all shades, and contains a sweet-scented mango butter concentrate.
Treat weathered hands with this rich shea butter-based crème from Laura Mercier Bath and Body. Warming this in the hands before massaging into dry areas aids better absorption, and releases the citrus and sandalwood notes in the formula – a bonus bit of fragrance therapy for the dreariest winter days.
Words by Tracy Achonwa