05 Jan

Written by Lizzie on January 5, 2012

Come October, just when my skin has just about recovered from the assaults of summer (I’m talking sunburn, prickly heat, mosquito bites, the works), it starts to feel the effects of the colder, windier days and the heightened use of central heating. It starts to dry out, itch and crack. While it’s true that us drier skinned folk suffer more than most when the weather turns bad, it’s important to keep your skin and hair hydrated no matter what your skin type. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my winter must-haves to keep you feeling supple, glossy and healthy while it’s chilly outside.

Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser is made by Salcura and can be used on all skin types. It is, however, particularly affective for those suffering with dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Slather it on and let your parched skin slurp it up. Zeoderm will relieve itching, calm your skin and restore dry or cracked areas. It’s quickly absorbed by the skin and creates what feels like a protective layer, keeping your skin hydrated all day for just £8.99 for a 50ml tube.

Also from Salcura are DermaSpray Intensive and DermaSpray Gentle. Again designed for, but not limited to, sufferers of eczema, dermatitis and the like, simply squirt this on to relieve any dry or irritated areas on your face or body. Not only a treatment, Dermaspray can be used as a preventative too to keep your skin in great nick all year round. Get a 15ml bottle containing approximately 100 applications for a steal at £2.50! All Salcura products are available from Boots as well as the Salcura website.

Our hands are the body part most likely to suffer during colder months. With all those Christmas shopping and January sale bags to carry and with lots of festive rushing around to do, they’re the body part most exposed to the elements without any form of protection. Use L’Occtaine Shea Butter Hand Cream (a SHE, Bazaar & Marie Claire beauty winner) to protect, nourish and moisturise your hands and fingers. You can currently pick up some gorgeous limited edition tubes too for £17.50 for 150ml. A hand bag essential for sure.

Finally, it’s easy to forget that your hair suffers from the assault of the elements too. Not only can the wind and rain can have it acting crazy, the artificial blast of central heating can leave your tresses frazzled and fly-away. Protect your hair from environmental factors by applying the coveted Moroccanoil Oil Treatment when it’s damp. At £30.45 for 100ml, this winner from the Cosmo Beauty Awards definitely doesn’t come keep, but it will protect, revive, hydrate and detangle your hair.

A less pricey alternative for healthy hair comes in the form of L’Oreal Mythic Oil. At £11.95 for 125ml, this product promises to provide deep nourishment, intense shine and suppleness, along with long-lasting anti-frizz protection. It also has a reputation for making hair a breeze to blow-dry. Whatever your choice of hair oil, it’s guaranteed to help your mane survive the winter unscathed.

Armed with this lot you should have no problems making it all the way through to March without losing face. Let us know how it works out!

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