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Adapting your beauty routine for winter doesn’t have to be super expensive. Here are 7 ways to keep skin dewy, glowing & well hydrated in the chillier months (without breaking the bank)

Different seasons always come with their own set of unique requirements for your skin and hair. By autumn, we’re already looking for ways to brighten our dull skin and we know full well that the effects of cold weather don’t stop there! In fact, the effects of cold weather on our skin and hair can sometimes feel so harsh that only one thing will fix them: a complete switch-up.

While a certain type of beauty product can work wonders when the weather is mild, it might not do the same job in winter, but switching it for a cold weather alternative may do the trick. If this sounds like it could be expensive (and money does tend to be very tight in January after the annual Christmas splurge), have no fear: we’ve gathered the best cold weather beauty switch-ups for under £15.

Switch from a light lip balm to a nourishing lip treatment

One of the most annoying things about winter weather is chapped lips, but you can sort these out by switching to one of the shielding and soothing lip products below.

Try: La Roche-Posay Nutritic Moisturising Lip Cream (£6.50)

• Size: 4.7ml

Enriched with biolipids and ceramides, this lip cream will cocoon your lips in moisture so that chapping, tingling and general fragility is no more.

Try: Boots Extracts Coconut Lip Butter (£4)

• Size: 10g

Take your lips on a much-needed minibreak with this coconut lip butter with natural extracts.

Try: No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care (£9.95)

• Size: 10ml

If you want a lip treatment that’s as serious as your overnight serum, look no further. This rich, conditioning balm provides lips with a boost of moisture that lasts for 24 hours and the chance to improve over time.

Switch from a standard hand lotion to a rich hand cream

Our poor hands! COVID-19 certainly hasn’t been the best thing for their softness, and cold weather doesn’t help either. There is a solution, though: applying a rich hand cream as opposed to a lotion. There are loads to choose from and they’re surprisingly fast-absorbing too. Here are some of our faves.

Try: Nursem Caring Hand Cream (£9.99)

• Size: 75ml

This excellent hand cream is a blessing for very dry hands in three ways: it contains manuka honey to help soothe inflammation, allantoin and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise, and glycerin and plant oils to help repair the skin barrier.

Try: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Cica-Repair Hand Mask (£2.99)

• Contains one pair

Sometimes hands can feel so dry that you want to wrap them up in cotton wool and never bring them into contact with the elements again. Try using these conditioning gloves instead – they’re filled with nourishing ingredients and let's face it, quite a lot of fun to use too.

Try: Boots Oats Daily Moisturising Hand Cream (£4)

• Size: 75ml

With the help of naturally active colloidal oatmeal, this fast-absorbing hand cream helps soothe dry, sensitive hands with a heavy dose of moisture that lasts around the clock.

Switch from powder make-up to hydrating textures

If you’ve got dry or dehydrated skin as a result of the cold weather and turning up the central heating, it could be a good idea to avoid using mattifying powders or make-up as they can end up looking patchy. Instead, stick to juicy textures and hydrating formulas –  many not only have skincare benefits, but also give skin that delicious dewy sheen that’s usually only seen in the summer months.

Try: e.l.f. Hydrating Primer Serum (£10)

• Size: 30ml

• Fragrance-free

A primer and a serum in one, this provides an excellent base for make-up and hydrates and moisturises your skin with hyaluronic acid and snow mushroom in the process.

Try: Max Factor Miracle Second Skin Hybrid Foundation (£12.99)

• Size: 30ml

• SPF20

• 13 shades

Enriched with naturally derived coconut milk, this isn’t just a foundation, but a foundation that provides all-day hydration with undetectable coverage. A must-buy.

Try: No7 Match Made Moisture Drench Lipstick (£10)

• Size: 3.8g

• Hypoallergenic

• Fragrance-free

Appropriately given its name, this is one of the brand’s most moisturising lipsticks yet. It provides intense colour and a satin finish too!

Switch from light facial moisturisers to more luxurious textured face creams

Moisturising is always important, but it becomes even more important when cold weather is giving our skin barrier a hard time and making our skin a lot dryer in the process. And a light moisturiser won’t cut it either, so it’s time for something that’ll work harder to support skin’s defences against the winter elements!

Try: Garnier Moisture Bomb Hydrating Night Cream Moisturiser (£7.99)

• Size: 50ml

Containing amla and pomegranate, this moisturiser instantly infuses skin with hydration without making it feel at all sticky.

Try: Boots Vitamin C Brightening Moisturising Cream (£4)

• Size: 50ml

Bright skin can feel hard to achieve in winter, but that’s not the case if you start using a vitamin C product. This moisturiser is enriched with just that and yuzu extract to help give you a gorgeous glow in just a few weeks. 

Try: Boots Glow Moisturising Cream (£4)

• Size: 50ml

Get the glow that your skin is crying out for in the winter months with a moisturising cream that boosts radiance and increases hydration.

Switch from light body moisturisers to cocooning body creams

Dry skin doesn’t just happen to our faces in winter, it happens to our bodies too! But rich, nourishing body creams are just the ticket to put a stop to it. Here are some of our favourite invisible layers to pop on before your thermals.

Try: Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Body Cream (£6)

• Size: 200ml

• Vegan

For hydrated shoulders, knees, toes and beyond that look brighter and feel refreshed, hyaluronic acid is the answer. And the fact that this body cream contains plant-derived hyaluronic acid makes it suitable for vegans too.

Try: Boots Oats Daily Moisturising Lotion (£5)

• Size: 300ml

Containing naturally active colloidal oatmeal to help soothe and smooth skin, you will most certainly be feeling your oats with this lotion applied all over your body. 

Try: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion (£7.99)

• Size: 300ml

Formulated with shea butter and a prebiotic triple oat complex, this helps to heal very dry skin by improving the balance of its natural microbiome. 

Switch from hair products for oily hair to products that are great for dry ends

Your hair also needs a bit of extra moisture in winter and hair products to get rid of build-up aren’t the best things to fix that. Instead, go for products that nourish lengths (especially the ends) to keep them in good condition all year round.

Try: Herbal Essences Hydrate Concentrate Hair Mask - Coconut Milk (£3.50)

• Size: 25ml

• Vegan

• Cruelty-free

Make your hair softer and smoother with this hair mask, which has a creamy texture and a coconut and chai scent to make using it a positively (and deservedly) indulgent experience. 

Try: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (£12.99)

• Size: 340g

Containing shea butter and argan oil (among other restorative goodies), this intensive mask works a treat for dry, damaged or over-processed curls, coils and chemically treated hair. It also smells amazing!

Try: Undone by George Northwood Moisturising Cream (£15)

• Size: 250ml

• Vegan

This moisturising cream doesn’t just increase hair volume, reduce frizz, and make hair easier to brush (meaning less breakage), it also transforms your locks into a perfect canvas for styling.

Try: Boots Ingredients Moisture Mask With Hyaluronic Acid (£4.50)

• Size: 200ml

Containing hyaluronic acid and cold pressed extra virgin chai seed oil to replenish hair with moisture and minimise frizz, this hair mask will form an indispensable part of your winter self-care routine.

Switch from masks for oily skin to hydrating masks for dry skin

Winter means more nights in, which, in turn, means more time for face masks. Look for formulas that include a mixture of ingredients that attract and lock in moisture for benefits in both the short and long-term.

Try: No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask (£9.95)

• Size: 100ml

This is just the weekly treat your skin deserves to keep it looking healthy during winter.

Try: WISHFUL Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask (£8)

• Contains 1 mask (35g)

This is a sheet mask with a lot going for it. Featuring hollyhock rose extract to soften, sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and plump, and aloe vera to soothe, it’ll help give your skin the boost it needs when the weather is less than balmy.

Try: Seoulista Beauty Super Hydration Instant Facial (£7.99)

• Size: 25ml

• Vegan

Twenty minutes with this on and you’ll feel like a beauty queen. All thanks to the coconut extract and hyaluronic acid!

All prices correct on date of publication