No matter your skin type, there is one golden rule to live by – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! This is especially true during the chilly season when humidity is low and air pollution is at its highest. If your skin has been looking or feeling flaky, cracked or tight recently, it might be time to revisit your skincare routine. Adding extra moisture by using a serum or tissue oils could completely change the appearance of your skin. It is also essential to frequently exfoliate dead skin cells during the winter months. Rather than overspend on individual products, take a look at these nifty skincare kits from some of the top brands in the country. They've got all you need to totally transform your skin this winter.
Written by Tarryn Jameson and Kim Brown
Did you kow: one of our favourite makeup brands – essence – also has a skincare range? We had no clue until we wandered onto houseofcosmetics.co.za for an online makeup shopping spree. This is the ideal solution if you have a tight budget but still want to have a great winter skincare routine. There are a few products that we absolutely love and know will keep your skin moisturised and winter-ready!
First up, the essence Fresh & Fit Vitamin Bomb Face Serum, enriched with vitamin B5 and niacinamide. This lovely leaves your complexion feeling hydrated and satiny soft, while also giving your skin a beautiful glow. Next, the essence Daily Drop of Beauty Sleep Ampoule Face Serum is a great addition to your nighttime skincare regime, as the lavender scent from the serum is calming. And last but certainly not least, the essence Hello, Good Stuff! Sleeping Mask, the perfect finishing touch to your complexion before you go to bed for your beauty sleep. It hydrates the skin and leaves it looking and feeling fresh in the morning. And best of all, all the products we've mentioned are vegan!
Visit houseofcosmetics.co.za to see the full essence skincare range.
Another surprise we found on the House of Cosmetics website is Catrice has a skincare range, too! As if essence wasn't enough, Catrice also has a selection of must-haves to add to your beauty regime that won't bust your budget.
Lets start off with the eyes, the Catrice Youth Boost Eye Serum contains 1% Bakuchiol and is ideal for fine lines under the eyes. Also, it is enriched with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to leave this delicate skin hydrated and nourished. Your skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated. Next, the Catrice Pore Clarifying Mask is great for deeply cleansed pores and a refined skin texture without drying out your complexion. All you have to do is apply is once a week for a fresh and pure complexion. And the last one on our list is the Catrice Hydro Overnight Mask, that will give your skin an extra boost of moisture while you sleep. Definitely a great way to ward of the harsh and drying effects of winter.
Visit houseofcosmetics.co.za to see the full Catrice skincare range.
Another winter skincare must you need to look into is the range from swiitchbeauty®! Just like the above, these have been tried and tested by us, and we must say that we absolutely LOVE this range. There are five products that you can purchase off of their site – swiitchbeauty.com – and they include the #Swash Gentle Gel Cleanser; #CicaGel Soothing + Anti-Blemish Serum; the #WaterGel Plumping + Hydrating Serum; the #SuperHeroSpray Niacinamide Mist; and the #SuperHeroSpray Polyglutamic Acid + Aloe Mist. If you know, you know! These make the perfect combination of products to leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated, smooth and refreshed.
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Clinique Hydrate & Glow Set
For intense, all-over dewy hydration, take a look at the Clinique Hydrate & Glow Set. This skincare set include three products, namely: the Moisture Surge™ 100-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator; Moisture Surge™ Overnight Mask; and the Moisture Surge™ Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler. Not only will this set leave your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated, but it will also give your complexion a radiant glow. And, of course, these products follow Clinique's Clean Philosophy: No parabens. No phthalates. No fragrance. Just happy skin.
Click here to take a look at Clinique's skincare ranges.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Kit
Dermalogica is one of the most trusted skincare brands in South Africa for good reason. Their Intensive Moisture Kit promises to nourish dry skin up to 10 layers deep and repair damaged skin to help combat dehydration. You can use these products morning and night to repair dead or dry skin. The kit includes one intensive moisture cleanser, one Phyto replenish oil and an intensive moisture balance cream. You need only apply a pea-size amount of each product, ensuring that your products last and guarantee value for money. Pop into your nearest Dermalogica store to speak to a skincare specialist about your needs or browse around their website to find your ideal skincare match.
SKOON. Combination Starter Kit
Not quite ready to commit to a new skincare brand or routine? Try out SKOON.'s Combination Starter Kit available from their online store. These sample size products are ideal for testing out what works best for your skin. This starter kit includes four essential skincare products specially formulated for sensitive skin. Don't let the harsh winter weather wreck havoc on your delicate skin. Invest in the SKOON. Combination Starter Kit to keep your complexion glowing. The kit includes a 30ml WHITEWASH Purifying clay cleanser to cleanse pores without stripping vital oils; a 15 ml THE ONE Ultra-hydrating moisturiser for an effective skin barrier and optimised moisture retention; a 5ml WOW-WOW WONDER 3-Hyaluron + C serum to hydrate your skin; and the 7g Oh Sherbet! Azelaic acid 10% exfoliating mask to clear pores and exfoliate dull skin.