A cold winter and the drying effects of central heating are both challenging for beauty regimes – especially if you have skin that is already prone to dryness. We have been giving our skin a January boot-camp and these are our favourite glow-giving boosters.
We are longstanding devotees of face oils and our newest obsession is Arctic Face Oil by Skyn Iceland. The Camelina oil treatment is really nourishing, absorbs very quickly but still feels plumping and rich, making it perfect for daytime as well as a nighttime treatment. It’s also entirely natural and vegan. £30 at M&S, where until 7th February you will also received a free Glow Skin Kit with each purchase of Skyn Iceland.
Our lips used to get horribly chapped in winter but we’ve found a great solution in Korean beauty brand Holika Holika‘s three phase lip mask treatment. First, apply a lip shaped patch infused with cellulose (and gold, apparently) to cleanse lips and gently massage away dead skin cells. Second, use an over-sized lip shaped pink gel mask, with hyaluronic acid and collagen, to moisturise your lips for 15 minutes. And third, an application of a rather lovely Manuka honey balm – for the resulting super-smooth lips. £8.50
Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Rose oil is one of our summer beauty staples but the brand’s Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a good way to give a superboost in the depths of winter. This multi-tasking balm can be used as a moisturiser but also as an intensely hydrating mask and even a cleanser – each pot comes with a muslin cloth. £38
Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is the first foray for Kiehl’s into the natural beauty space and this rich nourishing treatment is perfect for dehydrated winter skin. It’s more balm than moisturiser, and needs to be warmed in your hands and massaged in but it gives a fabulous glow and an instant plumping effect. It combines two powerhouse ingredients – Manuka honey and Korean red ginseng root – renowned for their ability to help skin recover from the stress. £49
Sometimes we find we need more than just hydration for a fresh-faced glow. Vichy’s Idealia Peeling is a liquid that can be applied at night – under whatever other products you usually use – and it will exfoliate skin with its peeling action (the cream contains a small dose of glycolic acid). Like a gentle exfoliation this formula left our skin with a noticeable glow and a lovely smoothness with an hour of application – and it did its work while we slept. £30