Winter 2019 is around the corner! As much as we love winter for all the gorgeous sweaters, scarves and boots that we can wear, the constant fluctuation in weather can leave our skin dehydrated and damaged. With the seasonal change, our skin goes from oilier in the summer to drier in winter, and we often find ourselves switching up our beauty routine with more brightening and moisturising products.

 

These are the products I’m throwing into my beauty bag this winter:

 

 

SUNSCREEN

Yes! You still need some SPF, even in the winter. No matter the time of year, the sun’s rays still have the same harmful effects and we need to constantly protect our skin against UV damage. It’s a year-round commitment. The Nivea Sun UV Face SPF 50 Shine Control not only protects your skin from UV rays but also controls shine and keeps the skin hydrated, which is exactly what you need your sunscreen to do during the cold season.

 

Get it: Nivea Sun UV Face SPF 50 Shine Control, R95.99, Clicks

 

 

BODY OIL

A lot of us experience major changes in our skin during the winter – often it is dryness, tightness, flaking and itchiness. As it gets colder, our favourite lotions and body creams are not enough, our skin needs a bit more than that! This is when I reach for my favourite body oil, Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil – mixing a few drops of this into my favourite lotion nourishes my skin, gives it a protective barrier and reduces the appearance of stretch marks, a major bonus!

 

Get it: Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil, R124.99, Edgars Beauty

 

 

PRIMER

We often revisit our makeup favourites when the weather gets chilly and skin gets dry, and our choice of primer should be on that list as well. During this time, we need something that boosts hydration, retains moisture, smooths out the skin and gives that glow-from-within effect. The Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer is my best bet, as it helps retain moisture and gives this spa-like cooling effect, thanks to an extract called Hydraplex.

 

Get it: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, R499.36, Foschini Beauty

 

 

WATERPROOF MASCARA

Do you ever find yourself unexpectedly tearing up while walking outside during the winter? Yep, me too! The combination of the cold and strong winds sometimes causes our eyes to tear up, which in turn does this thing makeup lovers hate, smudges mascara! The iconic Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara fights off smears and smudges and gives both length and volume – perfect for the winter!

 

Get it: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, R109.50, Clicks

 

 

LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER

The cold weather has this funny way of washing out the colour in our skin and leaving most of us with dull complexions that we don’t like and struggle to adjust back to sun-kissed, dewy or golden. The best way to bring back life into our dull, dry winter skin is with liquid highlighters and illuminators – the Makeup Revolution Liquid Luminous Gold Highlighter is a great pick-me-up shimmer that will suit your winter skin.

 

Get it: Makeup Revolution Liquid Luminous Gold Highlighter, R149.95, Clicks

 

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN THIS WINTER

So there you have it, the must-haves to take care of your skin and look your best this winter. Get them all with your RCS Store Card. Use your RCS Store Card and get up to 55 days interest free on every purchase and you can get access to cash whenever you need it. Don’t have an RCS Store Card yet? Apply today.

 

 

*Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.