your winter skincare guide

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Winter doesn’t just impact our immune system – it also does a good job of stripping the skin’s natural protective barrier,
which means

To make things worse, the ways in which we compensate for the cold weather – like hot showers, log fires and indoor heating – actually lead to further dehydration leaving your skin dry, cracked and damaged.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN AS HYDRATED AS POSSIBLE. But that doesn’t just mean piling on your regular moisturiser – winter demands a more comprehensive approach to your grooming routine. Top-performing skincare brands have developed a variety of products specifically designed to help protect and hydrate your skin.

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If moisturising your skin is already a part of your daily regime, kudos! But with winter here, you’re going to have to up your game — not just any moisturiser is going to cut it against the winter elements. Look for a moisturiser with extra hydrating power.

Elemis S.O.S Survival Cream, a powerful combination of hydrating Eucalyptus, Willow Bark and Myrrh helps protect skin from the effects of environmental stresses. (50ml R1110.00 exclusive to Edgars)

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator formulated with Mannose and Rosa Gallica, fortifies the skin barrier function, helping protect from the impact of daily stressors that lead to dull-looking, dehydrated skin. (75ml R740.00)

Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate instantly quenches dehydrated skin by combining water-binding ingredients with antioxidants. (50ml R505.00)

Ultra-hydrating Lab Series Age Rescue+ Water-Charged Gel Cream unleashes the power of ginseng to help save skin from the visible effects of ageing, stress and fatigue. (50ml R755.00)

ClarinsMen Super Moisture Liquid SPF20, a refreshing moisturising liquid, delivers a whack of hydration plus provides an invisible UV shield that goes on easily and won’t stick to your beard. (50ml R430.00)

Tom Ford Oil Free Daily Moisturiser, lightweight and mattifying, is a combination of Tom Ford skin calming and infusing complexes and luxurious butters to hydrate and condition skin. (50ml R1690.00)


When winter really sets in, moisturisers may not suffice. Break out the heavy-duty skincare protection with a serum. The smaller molecular structure and high concentration of a serum, means it will penetrate even deeper into the skin and provide more nourishment. Use under your moisturiser or apply and leave on overnight.

La Mer The Revitalizing Serum awakens vitality one drop at a time, flooding skin with sea-sourced actives and the healing energies of algae, providing a haven of all-day hydration and protection against the elements. (30ml R2750.00)

Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum defends against environmental stressors, rebuilds the skin’s protective barrier, and repairs by promoting collagen production. (50ml R615.00)

Elemis Hydra Boost Serum provides all day hydration for thirsty skin. Quinic acid, Dhatelo oil and Hyaluronic Acid blended with organic Myrtle help maintain the skin’s natural defence systems. (30ml R1100.00, exclusive to Edgars)

Clarins Double Serum is the complete anti-ageing treatment enriched with 20 plant extracts to stimulate the skin’s 5 vital functions – hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration and protection. (50ml R1250.00)

Kiehl’s Age Defender Power Serum provides a first line of defense against the effects of ageing and damaged skin. Highly concentrated and ultra-lightweight it’s easily absorbed and boosts the efficacy of your moisturiser. (75ml R760.00)

Tom Ford Skin Revitalizing Concentrate is infused with concentrated calming essential oils and other enriching natural ingredients, deeply hydrating and increasing the skin’s resilience to further damage. (30ml R2500.00)


Facemasks aren’t exactly high on the list of things that make you feel macho. But don’t ‘diss’ them before you’ve tried one. A good facemask can bring your skin back to its former glory after an extra-blistering day in just minutes. Look for one that soothes and hydrates.

Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque is a protective and replenishing overnight facial mask that defends against impurities and environmental aggressors. (100ml R700.00)

Clarins SOS Hydra Mask with organic leaf of life extract, an ultra-refreshing gel-cream face mask helps skin find its ideal moisture level in just 10 minutes. Apply the mask in a thick layer, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then gently rub in or wipe off. (75ml R550.00)

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque formulated with Cranberry Extract, an antioxidant packed super-berry rich in resveratrol and anti-inflammatory Turmeric Extract, also contains micronized Cranberry seeds that gently exfoliate the skin while washing the mask off after use. (100ml R700.00)


Oils, both face and body, have a much smaller molecular structure than a cream or a lotion, which means it’s going to penetrate deeper into the skin and hence more likely to do something worthwhile at a cellular level. They’re also highly concentrated products, so they’re ideal if you’re looking to problem-solve something specific like dehydration.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Works in conjunction with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors, this lightweight, overnight treatment regenerates, repairs and replenishes dry and thirsty skin. (30ml R850.00)

Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend is light and easily absorbed yet rich in plant collagen. It’s a great addition to your winter skincare arsenal and can be used for the care of nails, hair, scalp and body providing high levels of hydration. (150ml R820.00 exclusive to Edgars)

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream® All-Over Miracle Oil is a potent blend of moisturising ingredients, including Tsubaki Oil, combined to deliver intensive all-over moisture for face, body and hair. Delivering moisture for up to 12 hours, this multi-use formula leaves skin hydrated without a greasy after-feel and restores moisture and shine to hair.
(100ml R425.00)


Lips are one of the most exposed areas of your skin, yet they have an extremely thin outer layer and few oil-producing sebaceous glands. Cold temperatures, icy wind and central heating can cause dryness and cracking. Rehydrate your lips daily with a balm rich in Vitamins A+E, shea or cocoa butter, beeswax and natural oils.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 PA++ replenishes lips with eight essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals while providing advanced broad spectrum SPF 20 protection against damaging UVA/UVB rays. (14.8ml R275.00)

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is rich in Squalane derived from the Aloe Vera plant, known to soften, soothe and comfort skin. Easily absorbed it restores and helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. (15ml R120.00)

Tom Ford Hydrating Lip Balm, a luxurious blend of hydrating oils, butters and vitamins helps combat dry, cracked and chapped lips and improves their smoothness.
(10ml R550.00)

Clarins Hydra-Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, enriched with comforting blue lotus wax, this balm’s rich melt-in texture protects, hydrates and nourishes lips. For intensive repair leave a thick layer on overnight. (15ml R260.00)


A quality body wash is less likely to unsettle your skin’s pH levels than ordinary bar soap that can easily strip the skin of its essential oils, leaving it dry and scaly. They also offer numerous added benefits such as better formulations and a variety of natural elements containing invigorating oils, scents, and vitamins.

Elemis Sharp Shower Body Wash contains enlivening Spearmint & Peppermint oils blended with plant extracts and a nourishing milk protein base.
(300ml R550.00, exclusive to Edgars)

Kiehl’s “Made for All” Gentle Body Wash, biodegradable and gentle enough for all skin types is formulated with 95% naturally-derived ingredients including Sustainably-Sourced Aloe Vera and Hand Harvested Soap Tree Extract. (500ml R550.00)

Tabac Original Bath & Shower Gel gives a mild yet thorough cleanse without drying out the skin. It also has an appealing masculine scent of lavender, vanilla and tobacco. (200ml R205.00)


Exposure to cold air, icy winds and water strip away the lipids that are responsible for keeping moisture locked into the skin. And, though very tempting during the winter months, hot baths and showers can also dry out your skin, so be sure to use a body lotion to rehydrate afterwards.

Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturiser enriched with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter, is an extremely thick, emollient treatment for very dry or callused areas that require intensive moisturisation. (100ml R395.00)

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter, an ingredient rich in moisturising and healing properties, is particularly good for dry skin. (200ml R515.00)

Elemis Sea Lavender & Samphire Body Cream protects the skin with hydrating extracts of Sea lavender and Samphire, blended with nourishing Macadamia Oil and Oat to deeply condition and hydrate skin. (200ml R660.00, exclusive to Edgars)


Editor | Neil Doveton
Photographer | Ian Engelbecht / One League
Designer | De Wet van Rensburg | glitch.capetown

*Prices and product availability are subject to change