Spring is almost, nearly, just about round the corner…
No honestly, it is! But until then, we have several more weeks of blasting arctic winds at the bus stop, hugging our laptops for warmth every evening and trying to get dressed under the covers in the morning.
We also have skin that’s dry and sensitive from the cold, hair that’s sad and frazzled from endless heated styling appliances (mm, toasty) and lips more chapped than Xtina’s leather trouser phase. So to carry you safely through the last dregs of winter and safely into spring, here’s a bag of beauty tricks. Apply liberally, with wine and pies.[nextpage]
Anatomicals High Noon for the Prune Dry Relief Balm
If you can forgive the daft name and the endless twee copy on the tin (Innocent Smoothies have nothing on these guys), Anatomicals’ High Noon for the Prune is a a great little emollient for your handbag. Use it on lips, hands, heels, elbows and your sore, flaky nose.
£4 from Urban Outfitters
Percy & Reed No Fuss Flawlessness Dry Conditioner
Washing your hair is a hassle at the best of times, but when your flat is about 3°C and you’re worried it’ll turn into stalactites before you have time to get the hairdryer out, skipping it is a much more appealing option.
Dry shampoo has been a friend to the slummy and the lank-of-locks for years, but dry conditioner will take things to a whole new level, combatting that dry, fluffy crunchiness that sometimes plagues unwashed ends. This one from Percy & Reed will give you shine, softness, a pleasant swish of fragrance and an extra 20 minutes on the snooze button.
£12 from Feel Unique
Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Hydrating Lip Cream
It isn’t glam and it isn’t sexy, but Blistex’s signature white lip cream works a million times better than any greasy balm. Try this next time your lips are sore and dry, and we promise you’ll never go back to Vaseline.
£2.63 from Boots
VitaCoco Coconut Oil 250ml
You’ve probably heard that coconut oil is the greatest thing since sliced bread – and unlike sliced bread, it works as well on your face as it does in your dinner. This dinky new jar from VitaCoco is much more suited to your washbag than your kitchen cupboard, and will treat everything from scaly hands to frizzy ends. Smells naturally tropical, too.
£5.99 from Tesco
Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm
You might not be able to get away with not washing your face the same way you can with your hair, but you can switch to a cleansing balm and hot cloth to avoid any unpleasantly cold splashes.
Merumaya’s melting balm is a firm favourite with beauty writers, and not as pricey as some. It’ll melt off every scrap of make-up, nourish your skin and soften it with almond oil to boot. A comforting evening ritual.
£15.50 from Merumaya
Weleda Skin Food
An iconic, all-natural wonder that’s been going since 1926, Weleda’s Skin Food is as satisfying to use as it sounds. It’s thick and comforting without feeling greasy, and will soothe any dry patches you’ve got. For a serious treat, slather it onto hands and feet before bed and put gloves and socks on top. As if you needed an excuse to wear socks in bed in February.
£8.60 from Amazon[/nextpage] [nextpage]