15 Winter Skincare Essentials Every Girl Should Have In Her Vanity
A lot of people deny the occurrence of winters in Mumbai because they compare it with the colder places in our country. I mean, yeah it’s not even remotely as chilly as Delhi, but it’s still pleasantly cool here. I love December because it’s the happiest month of the year for me, of course, second to my birthday month. This month is doused in love and all things nice – from the heart-warming Christmas decorations and endless get-togethers to warm nights, under a cozy blanket and watching horror movies! What’s not to love about December?
Every rose has thorns; every pro has cons (I realised I can rhyme!) While this is the month that needs you to be the most social and a lot of have several events where wine is flowing like water, it does our skin no good. ‘Tis the season of dehydrated skin, chapped lips and torn heels. And when I was younger, I used to make the mistake of skipping the moisturiser and of course, used to end up looking like a salt pan. Thankfully, I learnt my lesson and now I am well-equipped to keep my skin glow-y and supple!
So, if you’re a rookie like me in the dry skin genre, then sit back and open your online shopping app, because I am going to list down moisturisers for you to invest in this winter season. Happy shopping!
1. Face Moisturisers:
Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion 40+ SPF
Biotique is one of the best organic brands to exist and I tell you that after having tried their products. Their sunscreen is a little too oily for usage during summer. However, in winter it can double up as a cold cream and keep your skin hydrated for the rest of the day. And it has also made my skin smoother than before. I have found my winter skincare BFF.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
This beauty brand is a cult in itself and rightly so. The Moisture Surge Hydrator is one of their best-selling products. It’s gel-like and makes your skin feel firmer. It also allows your skin to replenish its water that keeps your skin hydrated for up to 72 hours even after washing your face. How cool is that?
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
I remember my aunt using this classic product at a time when I was oblivious to skincare and makeup. It was not until I entered the 20s I discovered this product that is nothing but a beauty elixir. Even though it burns a hole in your pocket, it’s worth the investment for this product gives you radiant looking skin and hydration during the winters.
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum
Another one of my favourite products is this green bottle of happiness. This serum has a thick gel-like texture that our skin can easily absorb. It leaves our skin soft and hydrated. A perfect winter essential you must have in your vanity.
PS: They have come out with their limited edition Christmas collection that you should totally grab it from the stores!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
This comes in a small size which makes it easier to carry around so you can moisturise on the go! This product when applied on your skin pulls the moisture from the air and thus leaves your skin hydrated and dewy.
2. Body Lotions:
Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
To all of those wondering why I keep adding moisturisers with SPF, it’s because summer or not you need to protect your skin from the sun. The cream sits weightlessly on your skin and absorbs the moisture in. It is non-greasy which means it gives you a mattifying texture whilst still hydrating your skin
The Body Shop Body Yogurt
The Body Shop is another cult favourite brand that’s vegan and is all about keeping the environment clean. The Body Shop has many products that are great but this one is loved globally. The thick gel-like texture is easily absorbed into your skin, leaving your skin soft and non-greasy. Perfect for all the seasons.
Dove Restoring Ritual Body Lotion
Most of us have tried this; at least I did and loved it! This is the holy grail of body lotions! It’s infused with coconut and almond milk extract that not only moisturises, but also nourishes your skin for up to 24 hours.
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion
Infused with macadamia nut oil and vitamin E that instantly absorbs into your skin and offers hydration two times more than any other. The best part is that its a non-greasy formula. So, winter won’t be the only time to get your hydration on the daily.
Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
I was the happiest when Simple launched in India. I heard that the brand was made out of everything nice and I really wanted to try out the product. So, I started off with their moisturiser, which happens to be non-greasy so that’s good considering how most of us don’t like sticky formulas! The cream easily absorbs into your skin, giving your skin the hydration for 12 hours straight!
3. Lip Care:
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Berry
When this Korean brand stepped into India, I was super excited to try out their lip sleeping mask because of my perennially chapped lips. The winters don’t make things easier for my chapped lips; if anything they become worse! Which is why, I bought this product. Since it’s a sleeping mask one is supposed to apply it before they sleep to wake up to soft and smooth lips. Maybe even kissable.
Vaseline Lip Care
Oh come on! You will be lying to me if you said you have never tried this. As a poor college student (I am still poor but employed!), this was the one product I would carry around in my bag during the winters. The gel-based texture of the balm is oily AF so you must carefully take only so much for your lips. Trust me when I say this thing works like a magic and is also very pocket-friendly.
The Face Shop Lip Care Stick
So, basically I love Korean skincare products. Well, there is a reason for that. Koreans are known to make the best beauty products. This chapstick is everything nice. With its tiny packaging, you can carry this in your pocket as well. This chapstick helps heal chapped lips and nourishes and moisturises your lips making them soft. So show that middle finger to the winters.
Luscious Lip Balm Sugared Rose Petal
Who doesn’t like to spoil themselves with some Forest Essentials product from time to time? Well, I am that person who has zero self-control, so I ended up buying this lip balm. This lip balm is enriched with the goodness of rose petals that are soaked in honey to provide the nourishment your lips deserve. It also heals chapped lips and re-moisturises them to make them look glossy.
FAE Beauty Buildable Matte Lipstick
If you love lipstick as much as I do and then this is the product I recommend everyone. You don’t have to choose between your lipstick and lipbalm, because this one will make you look like a diva while simultaneously moisturising your skin.
Sama is a Social Media Executive at Hauterfly. She owns 3 fiend cats that she loves the most, besides pizzas and everything junk! Her love for BTS is immense and will cry at every breath they take!