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A Dry Spell doesn’t need to mean the end of Soft Skin. Here’s how to put up a Barrier Against the Elements

It’s not just the red-breasted robin who brings news of a temperature drop.
Cold mornings, cracked lips and dry skin also herald the arrival of Winter like the toot of a regal trumpet.
Sarah Calpin presents the main Winter beauty problems and the essentials that will fix them!

Dry Skin

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel(or Cream) Moisturiser (50 ml) £12.99 at Superdrug.

The best way to vanquish dry skin is to combat it head on on a regular basis with a thick moisturiser that works for you and your skin type. Don’t forget, it also provides a perfect base for your make-up. Keeping your skin hydrated reduces oiliness and acne and makes your foundation last longer.
The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost range includes two different moisturisers – a gel and a cream which both have a light texture and claim to have long-lasting benefits. The whole range is focused on moisturising and hydrating the skin and is ‘the next best thing’ according to numerous beauty bloggers and Youtubers such as Tanya Burr. And if Tanya says so then it must be true! It’s not just the Winter cold that causes bad skin. In Winter I tend to wear heavier make-up on a night out so it perpetuates the cycle thanks to clogged pores!

Chapped Lips


Everyone knows the pain of having chapped lips in the Winter and not realising how bad it is until you go to apply your favourite lipstick and it shows up as patchy, flaky skin.
That’s not the ideal situation when you’re getting ready for a festive party and some serious Christmas kissing!
So many of us forget to regularly use a lip balm or smooth on some Vaseline that’s lurking at the bottom of three of your handbags. Investing in a slightly pricier lip balm like Crabtree and Evelyn’s jojoba lip balm will ensure you use it…won’t it?
The original Carmex lip balm tube is a cheaper alternative yet still nourishes and conditions the lips at a fraction of the price. It’s sold at most pharmaceutical retailers for around £2.69.

Dry Hands

50ml bottle, £2.50 at Boots.

During the Winter months, many of us are prone to getting gardener’s hands – like nicks or paper cuts all over your hands especially round your knuckles.
Having a hand cream in your bag is an obvious essential along with that anti disinfectant.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream is a drugstore favourite that provides immediate relief as well as protecting those dry, exposed hands that haven’t quite hit a low enough Winter temperature to allow mitt-wearing.
Soap and Glory is another number one drugstore brand that’s well known for its skincare and make-up. Their ‘Hand Food’ claims to soften, soothe and smooth dry skin and quadruple bonus – it’s scented vanilla and amber. At £29 a pop Gardeners Hand Therapy by, yes, Crabtree and Evelyn, is very expensive but is the best moisturising cream you’ll ever use. I can vouch for it first hand! (See what I did there?)