13 Ingenious Beauty Buys That Kick Winter Skin To The Curb

We love a change in season, but the sudden temperature drop wreaks havoc on our skin — and it's not pretty. As the days get colder, our hands and feet get dryer and dryer, eventually looking and feeling like a rhinoceros' hind. No more.
We want lotions and potions that will leave us feeling rosy from our head down to our toes. From the miracle-working moisturising masks to the wonder balms that soothe chapped lips and finger tips, the 13 beauty buys ahead will soothe and soften — whatever the weather.

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We love to multitask — even in our sleep. While you catch some ZZZs, this ingenious overnight mask works to restore your skin's moisture levels. Don't have all night? Wear this mask for two hours, wash off, and behold the magic.

Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Ageing Overnight Repair Mask, £51, available at Aromatherapy Associates.
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Nothing says wintertime like dry, chapped hands. We never leave the house without The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector. It soothes and protects even the scaliest of skins.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, from £5, available at The Body Shop.
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During the colder months, we add another step to our skin-care regimen. Warm a few drops of Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil in your palm before smoothing it over your face. Follow with a moisturiser cream to capture all of the skin-plumping benefits this wonder oil has to offer.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, £30, available at Clarins.
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To slough off dead-skin cells each and every day, we reach for Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It's heavenly scented and a pleasure to use because it doesn't leave our skin feeling tight or pinched afterwards.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £39.50, available at Elemis.
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Winter can leave skin feeling a little less elastic and fine lines looking far too noticeable. La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask is pricey, but a little bit of this lotion goes a very long way. Apply it to cheeks, forehead, and across the T-zone three times a week to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dry patches.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, £204, available at The Urban Retreat.
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After a steaming hot bath or shower, we love to lather our bodies with a delicately scented body oil that leaves our skin as soft as a baby's behind. Neom Tranquillity Organic Body Oil is just the thing, and its scent has the added bonus of relaxing us, too.

Neom Luxury Organics Tranquility Organic Body Oil, £30, available at Neom.
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Exfoliation is key to glowing, healthy skin in the winter. Twice a week, after cleansing, we like to apply Nude Miracle Mask and then leave for five minutes. The product's natural AHAs help to quickly lift away dead cells, leaving fresh, dewy skin underneath.

Nude Miracle Mask, £38.50, available at Nude.
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The skin on front of our legs gets so fragile during the colder months. We combat this by slathering ourselves in Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment. It smells amazing and leaves skin feeling noticeably softer in the morning.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment, from £49, available at Sarah Chapman.
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What is it about the long, cold, dark nights of winter that make us want to overindulge in red wine and carbohydrates? Step forward, Skyn Iceland Arctic Elixir: a serum that can counteract what stress does to our skin. The brand claims that fine lines are noticeably reduced after 30 minutes. We can confirm that our skin looks clearer and fresher with regular use.

Skyn Iceland Arctic Elixir, £40, available at M&S.
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When the temperature drops, it's the body's outer extremities that are most affected. We keep our tootsies supple and hydrated by using IOMA Cocoon Feet Elbow and Knee Cream nightly.

IOMA Cocoon Feet Elbow And Knee Cream, £32, available at Harrods.
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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum never leaves our bedside table. During particularly bad cold snaps, we've been known to apply this to our skin during the day to keep our hydration levels up.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, from £48, available at Estée Lauder.
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To get the blood pumping in the morning, we gently swipe a brush in circular motions up the body to both stimulate circulation and slough off dry skin.

Neal's Yard Remedies Body Brush, £10, available at Neal's Yard Remedies.
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Prepare to throw out all the lip balms you've got in your handbag (you know there's more than one) and say hello to your winter skin saviour: Lanolips 101 Ointment. This super balm contains medical-grade lanolin, a type of wax found in sheep's wool. A swipe on your lips in the morning leaves skin baby-soft all day.

Lanolips 101 Ointment, £11, available at Victoria Health.