BEAUTY: Winterproof your skin, body and hair
PUBLISHED: 10:10 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:45 02 July 2010
Winter brings cold winds and freezing temperatures, but also over-heated homes and offices that can confuse and irritate the skin. Banish dry skin, flaky patches, chapped lips and brittle hair with our essential guide to winter skin, body and hair savers.
Winter brings cold winds and freezing temperatures, but also over-heated homes and offices that can confuse and irritate the skin. Banish dry skin, flaky patches, chapped lips and brittle hair with our essential guide to winter skin, body and hair savers. STACIA BRIGGS picks the best.
Protect your face from harsh winter winds and drying central heating;
Clinique Moisture Surge, £30, department stores. Ideal for skin that's suffering from sudden changes in temperature and which needs fast-working TLC. Soothes, hydrates and protects.
Purelogicol Age Defying Face Serum, £39.99, Purelogicol Super Antioxidant Moisturiser, £35, purelogicol.com. Two superb products that stop ageing skin in its tracks, brightens skintone and elasticity, firms and tones and without any added nasties like parabens, colours or perfume. Ideal for sensitive souls.
Sisley Creamy Mask with Tropical Resins, £70, John Lewis. Stick this one on your birthday list, especially if you have problem, combination or oily skin. It's a lifesaver. Tightens pores, reduces blemishes and blackheads and removes oil. An incredible treat.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £32.70, Extra Firming Booster, £39.50, Total Eye Care, £33.20, Boots. High performance products that deliver real results. Pep up tired, dry skin with the microfoliant which polishes and refines before using the booster and eye care to target specific trouble spots.
Avon Anew Reversalist Renewal Serum, £26, Avon Anew Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion, £22, avonshop.co.uk. The Anew range offers superb results for a percentage of the price of a designer alternative.
Claudia Fallah Energizing Beauty Fluid, £55, claudiafallah.co.uk, or call 0207 4869611. The ultimate tonic to pamper your skin, packed with essential nutrients to add vitality to tired, exhausted and dehydrated skin, it constantly releases moisture throughout the day to leave skin smooth and supple.
Maia Really Pacific Island Remedy Elixir, £24.97, Satin Cream Balm, £15, maiaskincare.co.uk. Natural products that don't cost the earth. The elixir helps renew damaged skin and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles while the balm works magic on dry patches.
Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm, £38.50, department stores. An instant glow in a jar, warm this balm in your hands after applying make-up and pat on cheeks for a healthy glow. Can also hydrate lips, cuticles and even heels - a little goes a long way!
Elemis Maximum Moisture Day Cream, £34.25, Maximum Replenish Night Cream, £39.14, John Lewis. These clever products intelligently adjust to your skin's needs, hydrating, protecting against toxins and help combat tired, dry winter skin.
Burt's Bees Radiance Serum, £19.99, Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, £3.49. The serum promises a more radiant complexion in four weeks, thanks to a magical blend of 134 nutrients. Soften lips with the balm, which is rich in beeswax and smells delicious.
Skin Blossom Organic Bloom Nourishing Face Moisturiser, £6.95, skinblossom.co.uk. Pure and gentle on the face, this antioxidant cream hydrates and nourishes skin for a great price.
St Ives Apricot Scrub, £4.29, Superdrug. A pocket-friendly way to cleanse the skin, exfoliating to remove dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smoother, more radiant skin.
Cowshed Rose Replenishing Night Cream, £35, cowshedonline.com. A rich night cream that softens and smoothes the skin and encourages skin cell regeneration - works while you sleep to repair the ravages of the elements.
Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream, £63, spacenk.co.uk. If you think of this as several facials in a jar, the price isn't so eye-watering. Crystals, lactic acid and soothing botanicals polish away dead skin cells to reveal radiance. Worth the outlay.
Eau Thermale Rich Skin Recovery Cream, £11.95, Boots. Fragrance free and with a minimum of ingredients - perfect for sensitive skin - this cream soothes and softens, creating a natural barrier against the elements.
Hidden under layers, it's easy to forget your body needs some TLC in winter too
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, £20.50, department stores. Instantly softens rough, dry skin. Apply after showering or whenever your skin needs a rapid moisture boost.
Lush Coco Lotion for Bodies and Hands, £8.70, Charity Pot, £9.95, lush.co.uk, Lush, Gentleman's Walk. Indulge your body with Coco Lotion's fresh pineapple juice, coconut oil, mandarin and rosemary or salve your skin and your soul with Charity Pot, an almond and cocoa butter concoction where all the cash, bar the VAT goes to a variety of charities.
Ahava Energizing Body Mud Mask, £14, ahava.co.uk, 01452 864574.
Detox your skin and leave it refreshed and moisturised with this incredible body mask. For a totally decadent experience, you can even heat it before you apply it (warning: you may look very strange for five minutes. It will be worth it!).
St Ives Apricot Body Scrub, £4.99, High Street chemists. With apricot extracts and a zingy mango and tangerine fragrance, just one scrub and your body will feel energized, smoother and soft.
Presences de Bach Eau de Parfum no1, from £44.50, lesfleursdebach.co.uk. Based on the flower remedies of Dr Edward Bach, this perfume isn't just a scent, it's a treatment. Clematis, wild rose, honeysuckle, oak, pine and crab apple combine to help you experience well-being, balance and harmony.
Steamcream, £10, John Lewis. A steam-infused cream that can be used on the face, body and hands. Full of natural ingredients, such as orange flower water, lavender and oatmeal, this cream is packaged in limited edition, eco-friendly tins.
Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body-Buffing Cleanser, £18, department stores. Exfoliate the gloom away with this great buffer from Origins. Works miracles on rough skin - and smells delicious.
Precision Nail Treatment Cuticle Groomer, Nail Replenisher with Calcium, both £6.99, for stockist details, call 020 8885 2555. Nails can suffer in the winter - keep yours diamond-hard and manicured with these professional products.
Scholl Healthy Nails Nail Brightening System, £9.99, Cuticle and Nail Cream, £4.19, Toe Nail Conditioner, £4.19, Boots. Flip flop season may be a long way away, but there's no need to let your feet go forgotten. Get them in tip-top condition with these nail brightening and conditioning products.
Organic Bloom Care and Protect Hand Cream, £5.25, skinblossom.co.uk. Rose and geranium scent this hard-working hand cream that protects your mitts from the effects of winter.
Neal's Yard Remedies Rose Body Cream, £27.30, NYR, Lower Goat Lane. A luxuriously rich cream which leaves the skin velvety smooth and deliciously scented. Perfect after a long soak.
Lush Rehab, £4.50, lush.co.uk, Lush, Gentleman's Walk. An olive and jojoba oil shampoo to restore strength and flexibility to stressed tresses.
Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Overnight Magic Hair Repair, £4.99 Rebalancing Conditioner
The overnight treatment works while you sleep and doesn't need to be washed out (great for lazy pampering) while the conditioner guards against a dry scalp and flakiness.
Mark Hill Style Secrets Overnight Miracle Repair Treatment, £7.99, Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Remedy, £6.99, Boots. Two leave-in treatments to give your hair instant shine and smooth any dry ends.
Klorane Intense Nutrition Repair Mask, £9, escentual.com. Hit damaged hair hard with this moisture-packed mango mask that builds strength from within the hair shaft.