Once the holidays make its way to the end, winter time becomes a dreadful season (and don’t trust anyone who says otherwise). Perpetual cold on the outside, and badly regulated heating on the inside, dries out our skin, our joyful resolutions and souls. Drama aside, unless you are tanning your bum in some place tropical, chances are your skin is in the state of winter blues. We got a sneak peak into personal routines from the women that actually live in the cold, along with genuine advice.
Paris Palcit, freelance journalist and beauty enthusiast (Toronto, Canada):
Lately, I’ve really been loving the Herbivore Botanicals facial oils. I apply them twice daily, morning and night. My favourite is the Lapis oil. It smells divine and gives me that balancing hydration I need during the harsh Toronto winters when my skin tends to become more sensitive. On my lips, I’m applying Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm religiously.
Our picks : keep the deeper skin layers hydrated with hyaluronic acid, or add a drop to your daily moisturiser (only if your skin does not tend to grease up). Take a look at Korean beauty brands (Mizon and Soko Glam among many others).
Bee Aneno, fashion and beauty blogger (London, UK):
In winter I switch to heavier cream-based moisturisers which helps lock in moisture (La Roche- Posey Hydreane Riche). I also never leave my house without lip balm! (Labello med repair).
Our picks : don’t neglect your hair during the colder months! At the top of our splurging bucket list: Sisley’s Revitalising Fortifying Serum for Scalp. But hey, rent is first and foremost, so if you really need to nourish your hair locks try Mizani’s Scalp Care Calming Lotion at a fairer price.
Kristina Korobeynikova, actress (St. Petersburg, Russia):
I have found myself in Siberia this winter, and my main salvation in the weather that can get to -30 were the following three things: nourishing hand cream, hemp oil (Body Shop) and Aloe Vera gel for face and body from the Danish bio-cosmetics brand Urtekram. In general I prefer organic products and ethical brands. I genuinely believe that nothing can be better than natural oil. As an actress, I suffer from dry skin due to make up and constant removal of it. To resolve this issue my go-to product is the argan oil from the brand Paese.
Our picks : cleansing is still a priority, even if it feels like your skin is about to go flaky lizard on you. Try Malin & Goetz Pads with 10% glycololic acid (to promote collagen production) or any gentle micellar water.
Valentine Flambeaux, architect (Paris, France):
Although my mom is a pharmacist and we try new products all the time, I wasn’t into skincare until my recent trip to Chile! My winter routine includes a thermal water spray and a cream plus serum (all from Avene). If I’m not too lazy I’ll apply the eye contour care (I fish it out from the fridge to keep it cold and refreshing). In general I prefer pharmaceutical skincare, maybe because I am French, and we are very careful where we buy our products.
Our picks : If on the run, moisture your skin with a no-rinse mask like the one from Lather with honey and propolis extract, or if you wish to save up on primer but splurge on skincare instead Beauty Whip by Skin Owl is your go-to.
Lorena Carmena, dancer (Stockholm,Sweden):
I try to drink loads of water, at least 10 big glasses during the day. After cleansing my face with warm water I use Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe and I can tell it’s amazing. If you have dry skin like me, I recommend Vaseline. I know it sounds strange, but thanks to it I don’t have to wait for the golden hour to take selfies! 🙂
Our picks : the cult Swedish brand Pixie has recently launched a leave-in-mask during your bath or shower! Save time and nourish your skin with this Steam Facial.