Winter has definitely arrived in the UK. Along with pulling out the thicker duvets, decking the halls with boughs of holly and remembering to re-stock the de-icer in your car, it’s the time of year to re-stock your toiletries with some key winter staples.
However, with hundreds of new beauty products coming out month after month and the cold weather creeping in so quickly, how do you know which products to incorporate into your prestigious beauty routine?
That’s what we’ll help you decide in this article. Here, we deliver you our top 10 winter beauty essentials that are sure to keep you glowing through the winter months.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen, £16.99
Prevent chapped lips from the cold and wind with a moisturising lip treatment. Your lips can suffer the most when it comes to dryness in the winter, so paying close attention to them is essential. This tinted offering from Fresh is SPF 15, so it also protects you from the sun – perfect for that dream ski trip to the Alps.
Choose from a range of subtly tinted shades, including Spice, Rose and Honey. Apply to your lips as needed, and build the colour up as much as you want. With natural beeswax, jojoba and other botanical oils, you’ll have smooth, healthy and beautiful lips.
The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Hand Cream, £5
It’s not just your lips that could get chapped in the dry air of winter. When your hands are suffering, you need some moisturising goodness to keep them soft and smooth. The Body Shop offers a great range of hand creams, including this rose-scented, lightweight moisturiser.
Designed to give you hands that are soft as a baby’s…well, hands. The cream is non-greasy and will be absorbed instantly, perfect for a hydration boost on the go. It’s beautifully scented with the essence of hand-picked British roses and contains soothing, skin-loving, ingredients.
Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask, £30
Your skin deserves to be nourished during the colder months, from head to toe. This deeply moisturising mask from Clarins is suitable for all skin types and design to soothe skin that’s crying out for moisture.
It contains leaf of life, which has been chosen to reboot the mechanisms in the skin that promotes hydration. Sounds fancy! Just ten minutes wearing the mask once or twice a week could keep your skin soft and hydrated throughout the winter months.
Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, £29.95
It’s not impossible to get a tan in the colder months, but it’s much more likely to happen on a skiing holiday than at home in the UK. If your skin is feeling a little dull, this wash-off body makeup is ideal for giving you a temporary glow. No tanning necessary. This is a perfect staple to provide a healthy glow at Christmas parties and NYE shindigs.
It contains organic ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera to hydrate your skin at the same time as giving it a healthy glow. Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) even fights free radicals to give the product anti-ageing properties.
Das Boom Everything Wash, £37.20
Das Boom’s Everything Wash is part of Das Boom’s luxury line of natural products specially designed to pay homage to the great destinations of the world. Featuring super ingredients such as aloe, green tea and argan oil, this all in one wash provides a powerful antioxidant punch.
As well as being 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free, with no phthalates, parabens, or silicones, the Everything Wash is designed to soothe and moisturise skin in desperate need of some TLC with is natural oils and softening moisturisers. Best of all, as the name suggests, it can be used for everything! Use from head to toe—even on your face.
Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, £32
When you have dry skin from the winter months, exfoliating is just as important as moisturising. This gentle scrub from Kiehl’s is designed to remove dead skin cells without drying out your healthy skin. It comes in grapefruit, lavender or coriander and uses natural exfoliating particles and skin-enriching emollients.
Use it in the shower to benefit from the crushed apricot exfoliants, chamomile extract, and aloe vera. Follow it up with your favourite body lotion after drying off for full skin hydration.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Illuminating Powder, £36
Winter might be cold, dark and often miserable – but that’s why we have lots of parties. You need to look your best during party season, which includes having a beautiful winter glow. This pearlescent powder from Bobbi Brown lets you build up your skin glow. With ingredients such as jojoba and sunflower seed oil, it will be kind to your skin.
Simply apply to the areas where you want to glow like an angel using a blender or brush to get the desired effect.
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, £31
Lock even more moisture into your skin, and keep out pollutants too, with this hydrating jelly from Clinique. As well as offering you 24-hour hydration, it has an anti-pollution formula and strengthens the moisture barrier of your skin. The jelly-like texture is designed to feel fresh and be absorbed quickly.
The jelly contains natural ingredients like sunflower seeds, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract, chosen to strengthen your skin’s natural defence. It’s non-sticky and will become an essential part of your winter beauty routine.
Bumble and Bumble Save the Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid, £35
Your hair can get extra dry during the winter months too, not just because of the winter air but the dry indoor air too. If your hair is feeling frizzy and fragile, you need the right product to hold it together. This product from Bumble and Bumble is designed to be used daily on any thickness or texture of hair that’s at risk of drying out.
It has camellia oil and UV filters to protect your hair from all of the environmental factors that could ravage it. Simply work it through your damp hair after washing, every day if you like
You don’t need to have all of these products in your beauty bag, but adding a handful of them to your winter beauty routine will keep your skin hydrated, your hair smooth and your lips looking luscious.