Winter is coming… The days are shrinking, the air is getting chilly and humidity is a distant memory. The blankets, radiators, coats, scarves and boots come out of storage and we’re shopping for beanies and gloves. Along with these changes, we have to switch out our beauty products. These are my absolute essentials for the cold, dry months of Winter.
Philosophia Botanica Multivitamin Face Cream (ZAR168)
I’ve had this cream for a while but only started using it recently. It’s made in South Africa and is paraben and artificial fragrance free. It contains Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Rooibos, Evening Primrose, Neroli and Tangerine. I use it every night before bed and it really feels like its feeding my skin with goodness. It absorbs into the face and keeps my skin hydrated all night. I cannot go to bed without it! It also really helped with soothing and healing a reaction I had after having my eyebrows waxed.
Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner and 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Control (±ZAR59.95)
The dry Winter air can be very harsh on hair and can totally sap all its moisture. The damage goes further when using heated styling tools as I tend to use a hair dryer more often in Winter than the other seasons. Every Winter I change to a moisture restoring shampoo and conditioner and the Aussie brand is my favourite. It contains aloe and Jojoba oil for moisture and smells like bubblegum. I also use the 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Control once a week because my hair gets extremely static in Winter and I have flyaways everywhere. This quick treatment helps to tame them and keeps my hair healthy and shiny.
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil (ZAR120)
The Johannesburg air is totally dry in Winter and along with this, I am constantly around heaters which dry out the air even more. I use this oil to add the moisture back to my skin and keep it healthy. It smells amazing and it just absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue so you can even use it on your face. I generally use this oil on my body after a shower when my skin is still slightly moist.
INOAR Argan Oil
Hair needs a special treat every now and then and this oil is perfect for that. Although it’s a multi-purpose product, I use about a 20c size amount once every two weeks, the night before I am to wash my hair as a treatment. It contains 9% Argan Oil as well as olive, jojoba and cinnamon essential oils. It really gives me luscious locks!
Greenland Lime-Vanilla Hand Cream (ZAR95)
For me, dry hands are the worst. I keep this lovely hand cream in my handbag and apply it after I wash my hands. It contains a blend of essential oils, glycerine, shea butter and Vitamin B5 so it’s really hydrating. It absorbs into the skin quickly and has a long-lasting hydrating effect. It also smells amazing and contains no parabens or artificial colorants.
Maybelline Baby Lips (ZAR25)
My lips get so so dry during Winter so I keep these babies in each of my handbags and on my desk. Not only are they affordable, but they look so adorable, really moisturize my lips and smell divine.
What are your Winter essentials?
Until next time
Love and sparkles