5 Luxurious Winter Essentials from Beauty Experts


Jason Stitt

With the first breezes of fall threatening to bring on the skin-drying gusts of winter, savvy beauty experts have already begun stockpiling essentials to fight chapped lips and wind-burned faces. To combat the aging effects of cold weather, follow their lead and invest in these winter staples.  

Lucas Papaw Remedies
Courtesy Lucas Papaw Remedies

For Rough Skin 

Makeup artist Mara Capps has sent many a model down the runway for top fashion brands, and she is also behind the TV-readiness of some of Washington’s most recognizable faces. To combat even the roughest skin she encounters, Mara swears by Lucas' Papaw Ointment. “I use it on every patch of dry skin,” she said, adding that the all-natural product is great for lips, too. Beauties across Australia, where the Lucas' brand originates, have made the ointment one of their staple skincare secrets, essentially giving it a continental thumbs-up. 

Courtesy of RESCUE Skin

To Fight Aging

To restore a healthy glow to any skin type, Mara uses RESCUE Skin, an innovative serum and moisturizer that might be the closest thing to surgery for erasing years of element-causing damage. "I love it becasue it works for any age," she says. 

Using a stem cell-derived formula that treats imperfections as scars, RESCUE fights sun spots and even sneaky winter sunburns, making it a go-to in the youth-obsessed fashion world. Designer and surfer Thaddeus O’Neil, a recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and Show Me Your Mumu owner Cammy Hebert are among vocal fans.  

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GIOCONDA Centru de Frumusete

For Healthy Hair

Beauty blogger Maura Brannigan recently raved about Moroccanoil's Restorative Hair Mask, attributing her strong, ultra-soft tresses to the essential's thickening powers. For all the snow-dampening, wind-tousling stress a coif suffers each winter, this restorative mask gives strands a fighting chance to see next beach season. After all, winter is no time for an emergency pixie cut.

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For Kissable Lips

Exfoliating your lips may be the most neglected part of your beauty regimen, but as every sufferer of a flaky, cracked smile can attest, ridding your pout of dead skin is necessary to keep lips kissable. Fresh Lip Sugar Polish, a secret weapon touted by celebrity makeup artist Fabiola, uses brown sugar and shea butter to restore your smile to its healthy, summery state. 

For Strong Nails

Undoubtedly one of winter’s biggest casualties, exposed nails can see a lot of abuse between cab hailing and phone checking alone. Aside from lots of water to fight hangnail-causing dehydration, keep your cuticles strong with Dior Nail Glow, an essential Grazia Beauty Director Liz Hambleton has called a ‘manicure in a bottle.’  

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