Our Top 5 Winter Skincare Essentials by Tessa Stockdale

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1. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque
Nothing beats the combination of pampering and detoxing right when your skin needs it. Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque does just that by way of ingredients like activated Binchotan charcoal, volcanic ash and bamboo extract. These active ingredients work together to calm inflamed skin, draw out impurities and refine pores for a smooth glow. One reason Dermalogica’s 2017 award winning masque is a winter favourite is its ability to act fast, detoxing and invigorating tired winter skin, giving you quick results. Add this gentle exfoliant to any winter skin care routine to ensure you’re helping your cell turn over for a smoother, hydrated complexion.

2. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
Estée Lauder research has revealed that eyes experience over 10,000 natural micro-movements from blinking alone, which equates to walking 8 kilometres a day. These repetitive movements cause stress and irritation around the eye, wreaking havoc on the most delicate part of our face. Based on this discovery, Estée Lauder has introduced a world first, a night repair serum offering up a multi-repair, ultra-nourishing eye concentrate with 360° Matrix Technology. Why 360°? The specially designed massage applicator provides a complete and easy circle of the entire eye area ensuring it is fortified and intensely rehydrated with lasting, 24-hour moisture. Want to avoid harsh and unwanted stress on the under eye? Take this gem for a whirl.

Winter has truly dropped its anchor here in New Zealand, plunging temperatures across the country and stripping all hydration the air may once have had. As the cool days wreak havoc on our skin, it is the ideal time to nourish it with all the goodness it can get. From hydrating the lips and the under eye to exfoliating the visage, these five skincare essentials are your seasonal best friend that will get you that wintertime glow.

3. Grown Alchemist Blemish Treatment Gel
Rich in Polyphenol antioxidants that calms imperfections and a natural yet powerful Salicin anti-bacterial acid, your breakouts and blemishes have never seen such quick results. Our friends will tell you, we swear by this little bottle of natural goodness by Grown Alchemist. While Bosellia acids from Boswellia, yes Boswellia, provide antiseptic cell regeneration, Guaiazulene from Blue Cypress helps to decongest skin, reducing pore size and preventing new breakouts. The verdict: apply the night before and wake with visibly clearer, calmer skin. #WeFoundAWinner

4. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
The product title says it all. This nontoxic, non-hypoallergenic moisturiser from by Drunk Elephant is the ultra-thick moisturiser your winter skin has been looking for. Whipped with a blend of six African oils this baby helps to rehabilitate your skin to a healthy state. Marula, Mongogo, Baobab, Kalahari, Melon, Ximenia and PassionFruit help to recover firmness and elasticity while visibly brightening your skin. Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Cream offers the rich, creamy and continuously hydrating consistency we want in winter but it avoids an unwanted greasy and heavy feel. This means more of the right oils we need and less of those pesky oils we want to leave.

5. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious
You know you’ve found the lip gloss of your dreams when you’re already onto your second pot after one month. You could say it is an addiction, but that isn’t a bad thing when your addiction is SPF 25, hydrating, conditioning and contains a botanical-rich, lip-loving formula. Mecca Cosmetica’s Lip De-Luscious soothes, hydrates and protects lips against winter winds with a combination of shea butter, hyaluronic filling spheres, pomegranate seed oil and vitamin E. Regardless of the fact it smells like candyfloss, the slight understated shimmer makes it the perfect everyday lip gloss and the ideal layer over a statement lip.


Photography: Caitlin McKone
Styling: Tessa Stockdale and Alex Wotherspoon-Wood


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