The Winter Beauty Products TTC Readers Can’t Live Without


If you reside in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll know that winter is imminent. It’s in the Uber and its ETA is any day now.

Our skin takes an absolute beating in the colder months, and we all have our own methods for dealing with this. For me, it’s all about oils. I swear by Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, a multi-purpose product that works seamlessly between the face, body and hair, and is packed with six different plant oils (including macadamia and St. John’s Wort), plus vitamin E. It’s mineral oil-free, silicone-free and only $40.

Eager to know what winter beauty products put your skin back together on it’s worst days, I asked!

The number one, most mentioned product by a country mile was Weleda Skin Food. Part of the appeal was it’s price point (only $22.90 for a tube that will last you 11 years), and part of the appeal was the fact that you can put it anywhere and everywhere. Some readers use at as an overnight mask, “I put it on at night in a giant thick layer”, while others use it on elbows, cuticles, and various limbs. Described by readers as “A lifeline.“…… “The only product that is capable of hydrating my dry and flaky skin.” …….“Nothing compares for the level of hydration it provides.”  I’m not kidding when I say that every second answer in this survey was “Weleda Skin Food”.

In second and third place for most-beloved winter wonder was Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser and Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial, each of which serve very different purposes. The Clinique Moisture Surge is one of those products that almost every woman has owned at some point in her life, it’s a crowd pleaser that’s free of parabens, phthalates, and fragrance – making it perfect for sensitive winter skin. One reader said, “If you’ve been out in the wind or if your skin has taken a beating from office air conditioning, this is excellent. Use as little as you want or lather it on to create a mask.” A lot of readers also commented on how “clean” it felt on the skin. Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial is like a little nudge for dull skin; a BHA/AHA combination designed to resurface and buff away dead skin cells which tend to accumulate in drier climates. The product is made up of 25% AHA (a huge amount) and only 2% BHA, meaning that the majority of the heavy lifting is done above the skin’s epidermis layer – hence why TTC readers raved about “Dat! Glow!”. One reader said, “My two flatmates and I used it together at home one night and the next day we were all asked on separate occasions whether we’d had a facial! I cannot recommend it enough.” Because this product has acids, make sure you follow it up with something really hydrating like an oil.

Speaking! Of! Oils! There were three notable mentions: the iconic Vintner’s Daughter (an oil with all the benefits of an active serum and completely free of harsh chemicals or anything synthetic, I can attest that this is worth the hefty price tag), Kora Organics Noni Oil and Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, which had one reader confessing, “My face turns into the Sahara Desert during winter and for years I was trying to remedy it, then this magic oil came into my life and I honesty don’t think I could survive without it.” Amen.

There wasn’t much mention of makeup, but MAC Cosmetic’s Cream Colour Base in the shade “Hush” came up a handful of times as a cheek, lip and eyeshadow tint. We Stan a multi-purpose product!! It’s a creamy peach shade and one TTC reader said it works best “as a winter blush or eyeshadow with a dewy texture that always looks incredible.”

When it came to body products – think moisturisers, cremes and oils – there actually wasn’t a singular brand that reigned supreme. Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body Oil came up a few times, as did a range of Aesop products including their Rind Concentrate Body Balm and Geranium Leaf Body Scrub (a personal favourite). And for what it’s worth, I’ve had my eye on two new body oils that I want to add to my bathroom cabinet this winter: the Leonor Greyl Huile De Magnolia Beauty-Enhancing Body Oil (apparently incredible) and the Go-To Exception-Oil that I trialled at a Mecca event a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped thinking about since. It smells like gardenias, so La De Dah!