With the temperatures dropping, the winter blues have hit us full force—skin looks dry, cracked and irritated, and we long for some pampering. But a good beauty regimen can make all the difference, which is why we’re introducing you to the best products and treatments to replenish your skin’s moisture and restore it to its pre-winter look and feel.
Credits (left to right, from the top):
Vital Hand Cream from Nuori; Barbara Sturrm’s Glow Drops; Lanolips 101 Ointment; Young.Again by Kevin Murphy; Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish; Binu Natural Soap; Tata Harper Crème Riche; Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation; Fable Excellent Body Milk by Ellis Brooklyn; Linda Rodin‘s Olio Lusso; Night Delight Clarifying Body Wash; Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses; Eye Love Roll On from Raww in a Jar; Bronzer In Java Sun by Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder; Oskia Renaissance Mask.
Dry skin is a common winter issue. Because of the chilly temperatures, biting wind, steamy showers, and drying indoor heat, our skin becomes dehydrated, cells turn over more slowly, and circulation gets sluggish. The result is chapped and irritated skin that appears dull and is more susceptible to premature aging, with fine lines that look more pronounced. Just like that, your glow is gone. This is why skincare is so important during the winter season. Your whole body needs extra TLC in the form of cleansing, moisturizing, masks, oils and serums, as well as rituals and treatments.
EXFOLIATING, CLEANSING AND RELAXING
Arms and legs have fewer oil glands, so they tend to be drier and scalier than other parts, particularly in winter. To get rid of dead skin on your body, you need a gentle exfoliator. The Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish is a highly moisturizing and gently exfoliating blend of virgin coconut oil and delicate, floral Moroccan Rose; it leaves your skin soft and hydrated with a light scent of coconut and rose petals. All the oils it contains are cold-pressed, and all the ingredients are natural, each with a therapeutic reason. If you‘re the type of person who takes a shower before bedtime, we recommend the Night Delight Clarifying Body Wash with grapefruit, lemongrass and peppermint, which not only leaves your skin clean and soft but also clears your mind after a long day with its blend of essential oils. For irritated, dry facial skin, there’s a new cleanser appearing on bathroom shelves: Binu Natural Soap with Calendula is very mild; it works with pure vegetable oils—native coconut oil, olive oil and marigold, which have an anti-inflammatory effect and promote the healing of wounds and skin damage. Goats’ milk and shea butter nurture the skin after cleansing it, ensuring the preservation of its natural moisture. If you like to take a bath after a stressful day, the Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses has a relaxing and calming aroma with Ylang-Ylang, patchouli and lavender, which stimulate the senses and leave skin feeling soft and hydrated.
LOTIONS, MASKS, OILS AND CREAMS
Oil isn’t for everyone—if you don‘t have enough time in the morning to let body oils dry, try the new velvety Fable Excellent Body Milk by Ellis Brooklyn, which contains camellia, rosehip, and meadowfoam seed oils, and the fresh, modern scent of neroli, crisp amber, cedarwood and petitgrain. It wakes you up and gives you power for the day. The Oskia Renaissance Face Mask is a nutri-active radiance mask that brightens and resurfaces. Designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, this buttery, balmy exfoliating mask leaves the complexion smoother, more refined and illuminated. For a deliciously dewy face, Linda Rodin’s Olio Lusso has blended the top 11 essential oils known for their nourishing, refreshing and soothing properties to create a luxurious facial oil that feeds and balances skin, whether it’s dry, greasy or sensitive. It builds radiant skin that is much less prone to breakouts. Wake up your tired eyes with the caffeine-rich, antioxidant eye serum Eye Love Roll On from Raww in a Jar. It improves the appearance of puffy under-eyes and brightens dark circles. Formulated with 16 sources of hydration and 12 sources of age-defying botanicals that lift and plump the look of the skin, Tata Harpers Crème Riche is the richest moisturizer. And from time to time, do apply an illuminating serum such as Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops, because it transforms your skin, restores radiance, refines pores, and gives skin an instantly brighter look with its light-reflecting pigments.
LIPS, HANDS AND HAIR
When you‘re in need of some extreme hydration for dry lips, patches of dry skin, cuticles, nasal passages and more, the super-dense, award-winning Lanolips 101 Ointment balm penetrates and seals in moisture everywhere. As hands are often exposed to cold weather, they need a special rejuvenating treatment such as Vital Hand Cream from Nuori. Formulated with botanical squalane, shea butter, grape seed and almond oils, the cream effectively restores the skin’s moisture levels and smooths out fine lines. A complex of vitamin E and white tea extract also protects the skin from free radicals. But it’s not only our skin that needs extra care in cold weather—our hair does, too. Give it a more conditioned look with a weightless but nutrient-rich treatment like the Young.Again leave-in oil by Kevin Murphy that infuses hair with shine, elasticity and powerful antioxidants that protect it from heat and the environment.
To give your face a fresh glow without looking too “done,” apply a breathable formula such as Charlotte Tilbury‘s Light Wonder Foundation. It not only hydrates and illuminates, it also gives uneven skin a smoother surface, minimizing pores and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. To look like “the best version of yourself,“ as Victoria Beckham introduces her very new beauty collection for Estée Lauder, it needs a warm sensual glow of sun. The matte Bronzer in Java Sun is a natural looking, one-shade-suits-all product, and gives every skin tone a sun-kissed finish. Add some creamy blusher, lipstick and mascara, and you’re done!
TREATMENTS AT HOME OR IN THE SPA
Having a facial in winter can be tricky. Skin is often more sensitive, and bad holiday habits can lead to even more skin issues. In lieu of aggressive treatments and formulations, opt for gentle, fruit-based exfoliants and intense hydrators to infuse your complexion with moisture. A classic choice is a two-part treatment that uses a mask or a deep-cleansing facial to refine pores, followed by a deeply hydrating, antioxidant-rich formula to restore moisture and make your skin feel comfortable again. During winter we recommend adding a Vitamin C treatment, which helps to battle dryness and dehydration. For full-body exfoliation, have a rubdown and rinse-off with a scrub, because your body skin isn’t as sensitive as your facial skin, and it also needs to get rid of dead cells. Finish the polish with a warm rain-shower rinse. A seaweed gel massage or nutrient-rich Dead Sea mudpacks will rectify that bloated post-holiday feeling. Follow it with a detoxifying body wrap and a moisturizing elixir, and your body will not only feel new, it might even be half a size slimmer. If the polish is not your highest goal, but it’s your tense muscles and mind that need some relaxation, an aromatherapy massage is the perfect way to de-stress. You can choose the oils that best suit your needs, and then just relax as they rub the tension away—your skin will also benefit from the oils. When you don‘t feel like leaving the house and heading to your local spa, give yourself a full-body treatment that can easily be done at home: soak in a tub filled to the brim with botanical oils, therapeutic herbs, and rich milk to ease muscles and calm the mind. Then put on an enzyme facemask and give yourself a gentle exfoliating body scrub to rid yourself of dull, flaky skin. You will emerge feeling as good as new!