It’s that time of year again. Our woolly jumpers, bobble hats and gloves have all come out of hiding. Along with oodles of hydrating, nourishing skincare. The winter months really do play havoc with our skin, and we’re on a Verymakeupmad quest for the ultimate in moisturising, cocooning products. Between us we have our favourites and we’ve put together an arsenal (sorry again, M’s husband, J! We don’t mean the football team) of beauty weapons to protect and care for our skin over the next few months. Winter…it’s game on!!
First up, Hyaluronic acid. Yes, we’re almost boring ourselves now with talk of this beauty buzzword, and know we’ve harped on about it before, but trust us, if you want ultimate hydration and for your skin to look plump, bouncy and glowing, then go for a product that contains this ingredient. A single molecule of Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and the greatest benefit of plumped up, hydrated skin is that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced. Yes, it can be injected directly into the skin (ouch!), but mostly it’s applied topically and lots of products contain this wonder ingredient now (look out for these key words in the ingredient list: sodium hyaluronate, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium acetyl hyaluronate. They are all variations on the hyaluronic acid theme). One of our favourite ways to use it, is in serum form, prepping our skin with it before applying moisturiser. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5, £5.90, is a current favourite, but other great products to try are Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum, £18.75, which honestly works a treat and continually receives 5 star reviews, and also Super Facialist Hyaluronic Acid Intense Facial Serum, £9.99.
We’re also rather partial to having H A (you know what we mean by now!) in our moisturiser. If you like a light, cream gel texture that really packs a moisturising punch, then go for Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench, £42. You won’t be disappointed. And finally, for a great, reasonably priced cream that works beautifully as a makeup base, we’d steer you in the direction of La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Intense UV Light, £17, which also contains that all-important SPF 20.
Moving on from hyaluronic acid (hooray, we hear you cry!) to a couple of creams that are totally decadent but worth every penny and are a real treat for winter skin. V swears by Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, £73.80, to keep her skin looking young (hopefully) and supple. It has a beautiful scent and glides on like a dream. Plus a little goes a long way. As for M, in the recent Black Friday sales, she treated herself to none other than Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, £120, with its potent “Miracle Broth” ingredient which is full of nutrients from the sea. It’s very rich and thick in texture, so she only needs to use a tiny amount at a time and has decided to save it for bedtime. She goes to sleep peacefully knowing that she’ll wake up to plump, glowing skin.
And once you’ve applied your moisturiser, we defy anyone not to love smoothing Bobbi Brown’s Illuminating Moisture Balm, £42.50, over the top. Admittedly, you can use it alone, but if, like us, your skin is on the dry side, then this glowing, pearlescent balm works a treat over your regular moisturiser and under your makeup. It works beautifully as a primer. As far as we’re concerned, it’s a winter-must have. We often spend time discussing it. True story!
Enough about our faces – the rest of our bodies suffer in winter too. M has taken to slathering Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, £18, all over her body (but not her bum bum. Yet!). The name, of course, refers to Brazil’s most prized national asset, and this cream which smells heavenly, (you could buy it for that alone) absorbs super quickly and tightens skin as well as softening it. V, meanwhile, is a little lax in the body skin department , saving all of her energy, time and money on her face. Shame on her! However, she recently splashed out on a Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, £32.40, and can’t wait to start using it. She can picture herself lighting the candle, letting the wax melt to create a pool of nourishing, warm oil, and then pouring decadently over her limbs. The reality will not be quite as she imagines and presumably it’ll spill all over the bathroom, making a terrible mess, not to mention causing dangerously slippy tiles. The kids will be happy though as they’ll effectively have a ready-made, indoor ice-rink…
Hands can quickly become sore and chapped in the cold weather, so we’ve tried out pretty much every hand cream on the market. Here are our favourites: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, £13.50, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Hand Treatment, £27, Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream, £20.80 and Laura Mercier Little Indulgences Hand & Body Crème Collection, £21.25 for 4. And a special mention must go to O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, a snip at £6.35 and which transformed V’s dad’s hands from dry and calloused to baby-soft in days.
Final stop, lips. Truth be known, we both love Carmex, with its satisfying cool tingle and currently a mere £1.79 (and with a funky animal print design instead of the usual canary yellow). So we’ve both stocked up on it for the whole family. But Carmex hardly feels like a treat. As it happens, we’re both recent converts to Butter London’s Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil, £15.30, which comes in 4 super soft shades and is a nourishing cream formulation that keeps lips soft for hours. And we mean hours! We both love Ballet Blush, which as the name suggest, is a perfectly pale pink. Our other top lip picks include Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16, which is frankly brilliant; Glossier Balm Dotcom, £10, which has a huge cult following; and Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, £47, which let’s face it, is not a cheap option, but a little goes a long way and M has taken to using it on her cuticles and any dry patches of skin too. Now she feels like she’s getting her money’s worth.
So that’s our winter beauty edit. We realise it’s a rather long list, but with winter lasting for what seems like forever here in the U.K, we need as much help as we can get! So now we can ‘bed in’ for the winter, snuggled smugly on our respective sofas, with smooth, nourished skin and with a glass of mulled wine in hand. But not V. She’s tee total. Hers is a mocha!
Love, winter wonders & cosy nights in,