Winter 2015 has been pretty mild so far but that hasn’t stopped the annual traditions of chapped lips, dry skin and a spotty chin at the hands of too many chocolate coins, from creeping in. Here are a few of my favourite winter beauty products that will save me from drying out and cracking up Mother Willow style this Christmas.
1. Lush Lip Scrub
This stuff has absolutely salvaged my poor lips this winter. Yes, it’s a little bit overpriced (£5.50 for what is essentially flavoured sugar) but, it works a dream. I’m especially prone to dry lips so I pop it on underneath a lip balm and it exfoliates away all of the horrid peely bits leaving my lips smooth and ready to moisturise. I maybe wouldn’t go for Bubblegum flavour next time though, it smells great but the taste is questionable, kind of how I imagine bubblegum dipped in a bowl of fairy liquid might taste. Fear not though, there are loads of other flavours to choose from.
2. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
For the sufferers of dry skin out there, this stuff is gold. My flatmate first introduced me to it and although it’s another pricey item at about £11.50 I am desperate to get my hands on some (hint, hint, Father Christmas). Not only did the tiniest amount of product moisten and soften up my lips but it can also be used to treat burns, cuticles, eczema and sore nipples and boasts a total of 20 different uses on its website.
3. Soap and Glory Pulp Friction Body Exfoliator
Purely because it smells so unbelievably incredible. I really think you can’t go wrong with Soap and Glory at this time of year, it smells fruity, the labels are punny to read in the shower and you can count on a good bargain every year on the Soap and Glory products in Boots in the Christmas Gifts section.
4. Bleach London Reincarnation Hair Mask
The dryness of winter means that despite piling the dark hair dye onto my over-bleached hair, my locks are still sometimes left looking and feeling a little frazzled. Leaving my hair in a mask over night is essential for me to avoid being the hair-double of Mia Thermopolis before she got her perfect blow dry (and crown). Most hair masks are a bit on the steep side but the Bleach London one comes in at only £6- bargain! This mask is also great if you’ve messed around a bit too much with colour and want to do a little bit of damage control.
5. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Although this last one is great for all year round as it’s just a simple old facial wash, I thought it was worth a mention. In winter when my face is feeling extra spotty it’s important for me to totally get rid of all the excess dirt and makeup that is lurking around (I’m pretty bad at this most of the time but when the spots march in I sort my priorities out). This cleanser is just great at getting rid of all that dirt. It leaves my face feeling smooth as a chinchilla’s coat (but usually less hairy) and replenishes the moisture in my winter-weakened skin.
So there you have it, my top five beauty products that I’ll be using this winter. Fully moisturised and protected, bring on the cold and snow!