From super-rich moisturisers and hand creams to lip balms and hair treatments, shop our 50 best winter beauty essentials
A combination of chilly weather, cold winds and central heating can really dry out your skin, so a super-rich, intensely hydrating moisturiser jam-packed with rose oil extract, shea butter and avocado, like Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, should be in your beauty arsenal.
Prevent dry, chapped and sore lips with Vaseline’s classic Lip Therapy, which now comes in an extravagant pink champagne edition.
For thirsty skin, Chanel’s Hydramax and Active Moisture Mask delivers an intense and soothing nourishment.
Show your hair some love this winter and use Aesop’s intensive rose treatment to give parched and brittle locks a deep condition in the colder months, leaving your tresses soft, shiny and moisturised.
Buff dead skin cells away with Laura Mercier’s good-enough-to-eat Almond Coconut Milk Scrub and reveal a healthy, glowing complexion underneath, whatever the weather.
Not only will Shu Uemura’s gentle cleansing oil not strip your skin of its essential natural oils during the harsh colder months, but it also features a brightening formula that helps create smooth, translucent skin.
It’s long been our go-to product for extra moisture come winter, and at a purse-friendly £2.75 it’s a great affordable beauty buy. Simply massage onto damp skin after a bath or shower to lock in up to 10 times more moisture leaving skin nourished and supple.
Swap your summer scent for a richer, winter fragrance such as Vera Wang’s Princess Night Eau de Toilette with its fruity and spicy notes.
This super-rich deep-hydrating masque transforms even the driest, most brittle hair into supremely soft and shiny locks. A winter beauty cabinet essential.
With the temperature dropping outside you really need to keep your skin extra nourished to prevent it from drying out. The solution? Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion. Gently massage this rich non-greasy cream into dry body areas to leave it feeling silky soft and smooth.
Show your hands some tender loving care during the colder months with The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Hand Cream. Love the floral fragrance too!
It’s a cult beauty staple loved by women the world over for its multitude of uses, and if you haven’t already got a tube in your handbag, why the hell not? Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a must for the cold months ahead. Whether you use it as a balm for chapped lips, an ultra-rich moisturiser for dry skin or to add some sheen to your cheekbones and eyes, you need it in your winter skincare regime now.
Just because you don’t see them often in winter, doesn’t mean that they won’t dry out too. So, gently buff away cracked and hard skin from your tootsies with Pretty Feet’s Exfoliant to leave them looking silky smooth.
No winter beauty kit is complete without an intense body moisturising cream. Our current favourite? It has to be Jo Malone’s Nutmeg and Ginger Body Creme, which once massaged onto the skin leaves it intensely nourished and smells of Christmas to boot!
If your skin is looking a little dull in the cold weather, add a sweep of this Skin Glow Highlighter from Topshop’s make-up range over the top of your foundation for a gorgeous sheen.
Cleanse and quench thirsty skin with Skyn Iceland’s creamy Glacial Face Wash that refreshes and purifies stressed skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.
This lanolin-based gel can be used as a lip balm or to help relieve dry skin, minor cuts, eczema, dry cuticles, cracked heels or nasal passages through lots of sniffling. A wonder product if ever we saw one.
Skin looking lacklustre and dull in the chilly weather? Then Dior’s Hydra Life Beauty Awakening Rehydrating Mask is the product for you. Apply this fresh treatment once or twice a week to perk up even the most dehydrated skin in minutes.
Icy cold temperatures outside one minute, central heating inside the next, can leave your hair frazzled and dry. The solution? Moroccanoil’s Original Treatment, which is absorbed into the hair instantly helping restore your tresses to their natural glossy state with heaps of shine.
It’s a beauty classic, make-up bag staple and regularly tops beauty lists the world over, and after just one go, it’s easy to see why. The creamy formula eliminates signs of winter wear and tear leaving your skin smoother, tighter and brighter with a radiant glow. Do believe the hype.
Frizzy, dry and static hair is a common problem in the colder months, so invest in Redken’s Outshine Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk to add shine and a sleek smoothness to dull lacklustre hair, and keep it frizz-free this winter.
Winter haircare needn’t break the bank. Charles Worthington’s Moisture Seal Conditioner is a purse-friendly option for deep conditioning penetration to leave your hair revitalised.
The skin around your eyes is one of the most sensitive areas on your entire body, so take extra care this winter and treat them to this rich, creamy balm to soothe dry skin and puffiness.
Skin looking a little dull in the winter chill? Then apply this powerful Dermalogica masque jam-packed with concentrated antioxidants to your face once a week to help skin recover from winter damage leaving it nourished and hydrated.
No beauty bag is complete without a classic red lipstick. Yves Saint Laurent’s Autumn Look Rouge Pur Couture The Mats lippie is our current favourite for that old school Hollywood look.
Give your winter skin a boost and polish off dead skin cells with Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream to reveal a glowing clear complexion.
A winter all-rounder, Lucas’ Papaw ointment is a hydrating treat for dry skin, whether it be on your face, lips, body or hands. Already a beauty staple in its native Australia, this moisturising salve is jam-packed with natural ingredients, leaving dry skin relieved and instantly hydrated.
It’s not just our skin that suffers in the cold weather, our hair needs a little extra TLC too. Thankfully, Bumble & Bumble’s Quenching Masque is here to banish bad hair days, restoring your hair’s natural moisture barrier leaving it soft and shiny.
Re-energise dull winter skin and create a radiant glow with one sweep of Shu Uemura’s Stage Performer beauty cream.
We all know about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter body lotion, but during the harshser winter months we advise swapping to the body oil, which is enriched with Vitamin E to soothe and soften dry skin.
If your skin suffers from redness and sensitivity in the cold weather, this product from Philosophy is for you. The Keep the Peace Moisturiser soothes and hydrates the skin, helping to calm redness and irritation, and provide protection against antioxidants.
Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume has long been one of our favourites, but for winter we’ll be swapping it for this limited edition version which effortlessly fuses amber, iris and apricot notes.
This high-potency infusion gel from Creme de la Mer delivers extreme radiance to your skin. Jam-packed with ionising sea salts and anti-oxidants, this wonder product drenches the skin, minimises pores, and leaves your complexion brightened and refreshed.
Hands can often be the first to show the drying signs of winter weather, so a heavy-duty hand cream is an absolute must during the colder months. This rich nourishing cream is made with macadamia nut oil to soothe taut skin and pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin F to regenerate your skin against the elements.
Lancome’s new Hypnose Star Mascara creates that false lash effect with one sweep of its genius dual-sided brush. Lashes are left intensely volumised with that coveted flirty curl, all in a deep ‘black diamond’ shade that’s dark and intensely glamorous. Prepare to flutter like you’ve never fluttered before.
Scrub away dry skin cells and boost circulation with Ren’s Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish to leave your face looking smoother, clearer and with that coveted glow.
Give your skin a radiant glow with Mac’s Prep and Prime Beauty Balm. Not only does it provide fab coverage, but the light-duffusing polymers create a gorgeous sheen. Our new beauty bag favourite.
Formulated with Icelandic Glacial Water, this rich, hydrating lotion from Dior cleanses and rebalances the skin, leaving it moisturised, supple and healthy in the cooler months.
Treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath this winter and add some drops of Dr Hauschaka’s lemon infused oil to leave your skin super-soft and supple.
Banish cracked, dry and sore lips this winter with Carmex’s classic balm leaving your pout smooth, soft and totally kissable.
Get set to sparkle this party season by wearing glitter from Barry M’s stacking pots on your eyes, face and body. Shine on!
Sisley All Day All Year Essential Day Care is a treatment that behaves like a protective ‘bubble’ on the skin to fight against environmental factors that can leave it sore, dull and dry.
Make like the Scandinavians and keep your hands soft and moisturised in the cold harsh weather with this Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.
Champneys Thai Royale Beauty Oil can be used as a moisturiser, massage oil or even poured into a hot bath to give your skin a perk-me-up treat this winter. The delicately scented oil boasts an exotic mix of gardenia flowers, coconut and sweet almond to leave your body looking radiant and silky smooth.
Make-up for dramatic party eyes needn’t break the bank. Rimmel’s new Volume Flash the Max Mascara will create those coveted long flirty lashes with one swift sweep.