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10 Hydrating Products to Conquer Winter Skin Woes


The time has come to flee indoors and worship the creator of the aircon unit. But hello, it’s your skin calling, and it is not happy about the change of season.

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3 AUG - 2021

Welcome to the hydration station. Here to plump you back up and send you on your merry way.

At this point in the season, you’ve mastered the art of layering. How many merinos can one fit under a sweater without looking like the Michelin man? But no matter how snug you may feel, the proximity from desk to heater is getting under your skin.

Now, it’s not just your face that’s having a hard time adjusting to a regular temp of 9 and below. So what’s helping me get through unscathed? Here’s a few of my hydrating heroes.

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Image: Summer Fridays

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Image: Summer Fridays

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For Your Face

Generally, I don’t agree with having separate routines for summer and winter. However, I do think a little product switch here and there to help with skin changes is important. I mostly find this comes in the form of a moisturiser - I go for a thicker one during winter to pack in the hydration.

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Emma Lewisham Supernatural 72-hr Hydration Crème, $141

It’s scientifically proven to be one of the best moisture boosting products on the planet, knocking La Mer right out of the park. Head to the Emma Lewisham Instagram to see the results, I’ve yet to find anything that compares.

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Emma Lewisham Night Creme

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, from $141

As much as I try to deny it, whenever I run out of ANR, my skin misses it. ANR really is a wonder serum so you best believe it will work wonders over winter.
Budget-friendly option: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid.

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Tatcha Camellia Face Cleansing Oil, $77

Safe to say nothing can knock this one off the top of my self. Throw your micellar water out, and use an oil cleanser (specifically this one). Why Tatcha Camellia? No oily film post-wash, soft skin every time, no tightness. Simple.

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Tatcha Camellia Face Cleansing Oil

The Beauty Chef Glow, $70

We can pack on every serum and moisturiser under the sun, but it’s still important to support the skin from the inside out. With a potent berry flavour, you’ll actually enjoy drinking this supplement - no weird taste in sight. A healthy gut = happy skin.

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The Beauty Chef Glow

For Your Body

Don’t forget the rest of your body. If you’re a regular fake tanner, then you should be sorted, but for those of us who are lazy in that department, I often neglect the neck down. Even if it’s once a day, usually in the evening, dedicate some TLC to everywhere else.

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Linden Leaves Memories Body Oil, $63.99

The Memories Body Oil is packed with nourishing rosehip and avocado oils to provide intense skin hydration. I’ve never been a huge fan of body oil - purely because my partner is always asking “are you still sticky” before I get into bed. In saying that, I’ll suffer through because Linden Leaves saved my poor dehydrated legs.

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Linden Leaves Memories Body Oil

Sol De Janerio Bum Bum Cream, $76

If cream is more your speed, Bum Bum cream is a hydrating favourite (I always use it when I tan). Also, I’d do anything to be transported to tropical Brazil right now. I loved it so much my mini tub ran out quite quickly!

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Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream

For Your Hair

It’s often true we spend so much time caring for our lengths, that we forget the root of the problem, pun intended. Starting at the top should ensure we have healthy hair all round.

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Christophe Robin Salt Scrub, $79

We all know exfoliation is important in our facial routine, but it might also be the root cause of healthy hair year-round. Your scalp needs a little TLC during winter too. Robin’s salt scrub is the ultimate detox clearing build-up from all those mornings of dry shampoo (we’ve all been there).

Shop Christophe Robin Salt Scrub
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Christophe Robin Salt Scrub

Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Mask, $45

Intense hydration is key for tackling winter hair woes. Slather on Aesop’s hair mask while watching Netflix - an episode of friends will do the trick!

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Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Mask

For Your Lips

Small, but not forgotten. No one likes chapped lips, end of story.

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Summer Friday’s Lip Butter Balm, $37

My lips are always the first to crack. I have constantly dry lips in winter (whether it’s my overuse of the AC unit or something else, we’ll never know). This balm seems to last most of the day with minimal top-ups, but beware it is a thick formula.

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Summer Friday’s Lip Butter Balm

Biologi Lip Serum, $25

Are your lips a magnet for hair in the wind? My biggest pet peeve of lip balm is just that. Opt for a light formula, with Biologi’s lip Serum, formulated from a single-plant extract of native Australian blood red finger lime.

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Biologi Lip Serum

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