My Winter essentials

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Look, I love winter. Like LOVE winter. But I hate, hate, hate what happens to my skin during winter. I turn into a scaly, flaky horrible mess of a person and I feel like I have to coat myself in butter to keep me from drying out. Over the years I’ve realised that there are a few products that work better than others to keep my skin hydrated and nourished and so I thought I’d share them with you. I have both drugstore and high end products for most of my essentials and these are all products I use at least once a week to keep my skin and hair from looking dull and lifeless.

Nuxe Body oil

Body Oil

Body oils are fantastic for nourishing your skin. Don’t be afraid of them! If you choose the right one, they will sink in quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple. No greasiness, guaranteed. I’ve loved Nivea’s Q10 firming Body Oil (available from drugstores/supermarkets for around R100) for a while now and keep an extra bottle just in case I run out. This stuff gets slathered on after almost every shower in Winter which leaves my skin feeling as soft as a baby’s. The smell is lovely and non-invasive which is a bonus. A high end alternative is Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi-use dry oil (available here). This oil sinks in immediately and smells absolutely delicious. I often rub it on my hands as an alternative to perfume. It’s definitely a luxury product but one that is very worth it. I also like adding a few drops to a warm bath, my ultimate winter treat.

Clarins and Balm Balm Face oil for winter

Face oil

Oils in general are all the buzz at the moment and facial oils in specific are receiving quite a bit of attention, and rightly so. As someone with combination/oily skin, putting oil on my face used to scare the living day lights out of me but after reading about it, I found there’s nothing to be scared of. In fact, adding oil to oily skin can balance out the oil production. Win! There really is nothing that leaves your skin feeling as pampered as applying a beautiful facial oil and Clarins Blue orchid face treatment oil (R425 from here) is especially wonderful. This oil formulated for dehydrated skin is one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine at the moment. It smells like a field of fancy-pants flowers and what’s best is that you use a few drops at a time so this little bottle will last you for ages. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try Balm Balm’s little miracle Rosehip oil (R284.95 from here). This oil is wonderful and smells sooo good. I use this when I do a face massage once a week and my skin always feels so utterly treated afterwards.

L'oreal & Wella hair masks for winter

Hair treatment

During winter, I often swap conditioner for a good hair treatment. Especially as I only wash my hair once or twice a week, I think it works quite well to keep my hair looking shiny, soft and keep those dreaded split ends at bay. A cheapie but a goodie to have a look at is Wella’s Repair Mask (Around R50 from here). This rich cream treatment leaves your hair feeling soft and looking lush and shiny. The one I treat myself to more often though is L’Oréal’s Inoa color care masque (R277 from here). I have never used a treatment/mask that leaves my hair feeling as silky as this. It immediately detangles my knotty hair, the smell is straight from heaven and my hair just looks SO good when I’ve used this. 

Nuxe and Blistex lip balm for winter

Lip balm

As someone who loves wearing striking lip colours (especially during winter), chapped lips are my enemy. I keep my lips well hydrated by using Nuxe Rêve de Miel ultra-nourishing lip balm (R150 from here). This wonderful balm isn’t a cult favourite for no reason. It leaves your lips feeling soft, smooth and kissable. If your lips are very badly chapped and dry, Blistex DCT (available from drugstores & supermarkets) is my other favourite. I’ve never used a lip balm that sorts out chapped, dry and flaky lips as quickly as this does. I keep numerous pots in the house, my bag and in the car for emergencies.

Nivea and Soap & Glory hand cream for winter

Hand Cream

I have these horrible patches of eczema-like dry skin on my hands during winter and so, I put cream on around 1015 times a day to keep my hands from looking dried out and rough. My favourite at the moment is Soap & Glory’s Hand food (R169.95 (on special for R119.95 at the moment) from here). This hand cream smells delicious, sinks into your skin really quickly and leaves my hands feeling soft and smooth. Another favourite is Nivea’s DNAge Cell renewal anti-age hand care (available from drugstores and supermarkets). Rich formula, absorbs quickly and non-invasive scent. What more could you ask for?

Candles and bubble bath for winter

Pampering extras

I find I am after a lot more pampering during winter and things like bubble bath, candles and other luxuries often find their way into my shopping basket this time of the year. The biggest indulgence for me has been the amazing White tea & Ginger candles (read more about them here). I have bought them in every shape and size and burn them all day long. Just can’t get enough. Another favourite has been Soap & Glory’s Calm one Calm all bubble bath (R139.95 (on special) from here). The scent of this bubble bath alone warrants the price. The bubble it creates are soft and luscious and I feel utterly pampered after a bath with this stuff.

Winter beauty essentials

And there you have it. Everything that helps me through winter with soft, supple skin and shiny hair. What are your essentials? Any products I MUST try? Please leave them in the comments below, I’m always looking for new products to try out.

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