beauty essentials

Following the arrival of autumn, those days of bitterly cold winds and unforgiving downpours will become more and more frequent. We start to consider what we will wear to protect us from the elements – boots to stop our feet getting wet, a woolly scarf to keep our necks warm and a cosy winter coat to keep the wind out. We start planning our autumn/winter wardrobes in anticipation of its arrival – we plan, scour and spurge on pieces that will keep us warm but equally stylish.

The stores tempt us in from the late summer months as the threat of autumn takes hold. We start buying jumpers we cannot yet wear and faux fur coats should the temperatures suddenly drop. We don’t want to miss out on the sartorial winter styles and so stock up long before they are needed – forgetting the imminent arrival of an Indian summer perhaps.

Fashion then, for many of us, comes first. We plan in advance on Pinterest and spend our evenings shopping for the best winter warmers to add into our wardrobes.

When it comes to beauty though, we feel a little more lost. We lose that conviction that feels so certain when it comes to style and look to magazines and online tutorials for advice. We rely on old favourites too perhaps. But as the wind picks up and the temperatures drop, our skin is fighting a losing battle. It becomes dry, cracked, unloved and pale. It needs rescuing from the elements and prepping for the cold weather ahead.

While all skin types are invariably different, there are a few saviours – we could call them holy grail products – that continue to stand the test of time. For cracked lips, red noses, dull complexions and dry hands, these are a few of the very best to see you through:

beauty essentials

Beeswax Lip Balm | Burt’s Bees | £4

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydration Gel Cream | bareMinerals | £28

Organic Rosehip Oil | Trilogy | £19.50

Night-a-Mins | Origins | £30

Pixi Glow Mud Mask | Pixi | £18

Ultra Facial Cream | Kiehl’s | from £24.50

Hemp Hand Protector | The Body Shop | £12

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