Face it: Joburg’s winter weather can make it hard to feel glowy. But just because the temperatures are low and summer is at the opposite end of the calendar doesn’t mean you can’t fake it ‘til you make it! We’ve rounded up our favourite lotions and potions to up the radiance factor this season – and none of them involve bronzer.
The easiest way to get the rest of your body in on the hydrating action? Use a luscious body wash and lotion that’s formulated specifically for dry, tired limbs. Babylonstoren has been rolling out some incredibly luxurious scented body products, and the most indulgent of the bunch are arguably the ones centred around fynbos. The Babylonstoren Fynbos Hand & Body Wash and Fynbos Hand & Body Lotion are guaranteed to wrap your skin below the chin in some serious TLC.
Both products have the same fynbos scent – top notes of locally grown citrus and middle notes of earthy fynbos, grounded by wooded tones – and are packaged in a similarly lovely metallic blue bottle, which make any bathroom ten times more luxurious. When Babylonstoren first brought out its Fynbos Candle, we fell in love with the unique scent and minimal packaging. It’s just as refreshing and delicious-smelling in body wash and body lotion form. The body lotion moisturises like a thick cream, but with a whipped texture that lets your skin quickly absorb the hydrating and softening benefits. It’s amazing how much hydration is packed into such a lightweight lotion!
R220 each from www.shop.babylonstoren.com
Dry weather means dry skin – and it doesn’t matter what sort of sparkle and shine you find in your makeup bag if your skin isn’t well moisturised. Make that a thing of the past by integrating the brand-new Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Aqua-Gel into your skincare routine. Keep this three-in-one hydrating product that can be used as a daily moisturiser, sleeping mask and eye cream in the bathroom and use after showers and before bed.
R349 from Clicks, Dis-Chem and www.dermastore.co.za
When tall drinks of water and a constantly running humidifier aren’t doing the job for your parched skin, douse it with The Beauty Worx Collagen Face Serum. This seriously hydrating serum promotes the appearance of plumper and younger-looking skin. The lightweight, non-greasy product sinks into your complexion, then a combination of almond oil and vitamin E kick collagen production into high gear to give you an enviable glow.
R129 from Dis-Chem
When the temperatures dip and skin starts to wither, the eyes are always the first to show it. Fortunately, the brand-new Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum is specifically designed to defend the delicate eye area and delivers three times more brightening and firming power than the original face serum. The wide-awake glow that this product imparts – whether or not you’ve had a good night’s sleep – is reason enough to indulge. But it also moisturises, fights dullness and banishes dark circles without leaving skin slick, so you can use concealer on top and it won’t slip around.
R1,325 from Dermalogica concept stores and www.dermalogica.co.za
For a luxurious pampering treat on a dark winter evening, it’s hard to beat the Lamelle Serra Lipid Recovery Mask. This rich, silk-like moisturising mask is the pick-me-up your dull and depleted skin has been looking for. Unlike many other hydrating masks on the market, this one has been specifically formulated for all skin types, so it’s not too heavy and won’t throw your skin into a cycle of breakouts. There’s also the beautifully minimalist packaging that will add a touch of spa to your bathroom.
R475 from select salons and www.dermastore.co.za
For every soap bar that leaves skin feeling a little too squeaky clean, there are just as many Mi&U Fine Handmade Artisan Soap bars made with pure essential oils and skin-loving ingredients that deliver that coveted clean and improve the look and feel of skin. The Cherry Blossom and Key Lime & Lemongrass soaps are solid picks for a moisturising cleansing experience, so consider making room on your soap dish for them. The Cherry Blossom soap lathers up nicely and has a delicate oriental scent with notes of lavender, rose and ylang ylang. It’s made with avocado oil, shea butter and olive oil so your skin isn’t stripped of moisture when you use it. The Key Lime & Lemongrass soap, made with jojoba oil, tamanu oil and kaolin clay, also smells so good that you can’t help but perk up as you suds up – think top notes of refreshing key lime and lemongrass with softer tones of geranium and orange blossom. The aroma is instantly energising, fresh and sharp with a lemony fizz. On a separate note, these bar soaps produce much less waste than a plastic bottle. They’re also gorgeous and display-worthy enough for beautifying your bathroom sink.
R85 each from www.miusoap.com