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The shift to Winter weather has
already started wreaking havoc on our hair and complexions, and June hasn't even begun yet. We're not quite ready to say goodbye to clear, dewy Summer skin — and by making a few changes to our beauty routine, we don't have to. Think of it like your wardrobe: as the weather cools, you send the sundresses and spaghetti strap tops to the back of your closet and bring your favourite coats and cool boots out of hibernation, right? Your beauty cabinet deserves the same treatment. Set aside some time this weekend to commit to a beauty shelf clean-out.
If you're looking for recommendations, we've rounded up the best beauty switches that will help you tackle Winter with skin and hair so shiny your Summer self will be jealous.
Harsh winds and cranked heating mean your face will be one of the first areas to dry up. Up your water intake and moisturising game — that means day
and night. Step one: Invest in a quality, oil-based hydrator. Eau Thermale Avène's Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream is a gentle facial moisturiser designed to deliver long-lasting hydration without suffocating your pores, available at Priceline Pharmacy. Step two: Look for a night cream that can repair the damage of the day and maintain suppleness. The richly nurturing Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (available at Myer) will do just that.
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Primer is a winning makeup kit inclusion year-round, but a super hydrating pre-foundation primer is vital during the chillier months — this will keep your skin balanced and glowing all day. For ultra-silky results, use daily after applying your moisturiser.
Mecca Cosmetica's Fresh Faced Hydrating Primer or MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime Moisture Infusion are popular lightweight options designed to soothe parched skin while keeping your made up face selfie-ready at all times.
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It's easy to give up wearing wet hair outside in winter, but much harder to sacrifice the hot shower that has the same drying effect on your skin and scalp. Aside from sticking to warm rather than hot showers, you can give your scalp some TLC and restore shine to dull hair with a conditioner like the best-selling Living Proof Restore Treatment Mask from
Mecca Maxima. If you suffer from frizz, try deep-conditioning your hair weekly with the deliciously fragrant Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask from The Body Shop.
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We're giving you free rein to layer your lips with all the conditioning treatments you can handle this Winter — morning, afternoon, evening and night. Look out for products with vitamin E oil, known to help neutralise skin-damaging free radicals. We love
Kiehl's trusty Lip Balm #1 for chapped lips. If you feel like splurging, La Mer's The Lip Balm (available from David Jones) is a minty, velvety delight.
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Illuminator and Highlighter
When your skin is in dire need of a little brightening, keep an easy-to-apply highlighter or illuminator in your handbag. Illuminators add subtle shine and are best mixed into your foundation or moisturiser, while highlighters reflect light and help to accentuate features such as cheekbones and brow line. If your skin is combination-to-oily, consider the AMC Face and Body Illuminator from
Inglot. For a fresh, dewy look, try the creamy Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm from Mecca Cosmetica.
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Your body will need an extra hit of moisture over Winter, head to toe, as the harsh elements and artificial heating mess with your skin's natural balance. Unfortunately standard moisturisers won't cut it, and it's worth swapping out shower gels and scrubs for soap-free cream cleansers, too. Shea Shower Cream from
The Body Shop and the jojoba- and shea butter-infused Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream from Kiehl's are both super-hydrating and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
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