All4Women beauty writer Chantelle Bester tells us about the five essential beauty products that she doesn’t do winter without

My winter staples to take the edge off  the harsh winter months

I’m part of a smallish minority of the population that excitedly counts down the weeks until winter. I look forward to not being hot and sweaty, not having to dodge the sun from one shady spot to the next, and to finally being able to wear boots, scarves, leather jackets, dark nail polish and moody make-up.

Aside from some sexy sinus issues, the only aspect of winter I don’t look forward to is a very dry skin. I have, however, figured out ways to work around that and take full advantage of all the wonderful things winter has to offer us.

Here are my winter beauty staples:

Shower oil

I don’t have to tell you the skin on your body also gets dry in winter. An additional problem I have on top of this is that I really can’t be bothered to apply body lotion. I don’t even have a specific objection aside from wanting to get into my clothes quickly – I’m just lazy.

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To make up for this I use a rich shower oil or cream in winter to keep my skin barrier healthy. I opt for non-foaming or low-foaming versions, as the foaming agents aggravate dryness and itching.

Try Avene Xeracalm Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil, R250 (Clicks, Dis-Chem).

Facial oils (while we’re on the topic)

I doubt whether I’ll be able to get through a highveld winter with my skin intact without facial oils. How to use them is up to you.

Depending on the oil, it can be applied under, mixed in or on top of moisturiser. When I want a dewy look, I also put a drop of facial oil onto my blending sponge or – brush – it creates a beautiful glowing finish.

I’m currently using Filorga Oil Absolute, R1970 (Edgars) and African Extracts Daily Repair Facial Oil, R195 (Clicks, Dis-Chem, supermarkets).


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A haircut

At the beginning of winter I get a good haircut. I generally wear my hair shorter in winter because I’m less likely to want to tie it up, and I also like going into winter with really healthy hair.

Moody makeup and nails

Deep rep lips, a bronze smokey eye and vampy dark nails are my winter staples. You can do all of the above without looking like an emo kid – it’s about how and with what you wear it.


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Lip balm

I rarely need to use lip balm in summer, but in winter I don’t want to go a day without the good stuff.