Staying well and sane during the Australian winter can be a job in itself when your Instagram feed cordially reminds you of the golden Mediterranean life on the other side of the world. It’s no lie the lack of Vitamin D and dry air has depleted a bit of life from our skin, but fret not if this is you too as Editor-in-Chief Jess Blanch has curated a survival guide to all her favourite brands and ateliers that are offering some much-needed wellness and grounding support during these biting times.
While we can overlook the importance of wellness and taking care of ourselves during the warmer seasons, it seems the harsh snaps of winter can truly remind us of the priority it should be. For Jess, finding nutrient-dense and accessible treatments to attend to both her mind and body has been an astronomical advantage to thriving this winter. Below, find the winter beauty survival guide Jess Blanch swears by.
Macrene Actives founded by dermatologist Dr Macrene Alexiades, is a luxurious skincare brand that is united by science and sustainability using plant-based ingredients, where many are sourced from her own organic farm. Their ‘High-performance cleanser’ has been a particular favourite knowing when it purifies and leaves the skin feeling hydrated it also protects it.
“I love a super clean, ethical and sustainable product and am thrilled to see Macrene now available at Melanie Grant’s studio. The products feel incredibly pure. I love how the brand doesn’t do anything superfluous."
Heat Healers infrared sauna blankets can easily implement all the benefits of infrared while proving to be easy to use, clean, and store away with the accessibility and portability of having its own travel bag. Emitting a radiant heat dispersed through 96-layered smooth jade and tourmaline stones, not only sounds indulging but proves to be with the ability to rejuvenate your body and calm the mind in the comfort of your own home.
“I am a strong believer in the benefit of infrared but don’t have the space for a sauna at home. This feels like a low-maintenance compromise and something I have come to rely on for a quick fix after a flight or particularly out of routine time."
Made For Mothers is a Northern Beach-based nutrient-dense food brand founded by nutritionist Jess Brown, who has a passion for achieving a higher state of health through the ancestral food philosophy of broths. Proven and practised through generations of cultures and diets, broths have proven to ignite a chain reaction of health benefits within our bodies.
“Not just for new Mothers I have benefited hugely from my subscription to Immune Broth this winter. I love having something nutrient dense on hand to sip during the cold and these products have become a regular part of my meal repertoire."
A Paddington-based atelier that focuses on the light and healing of the body through an exquisitely curated list of choreographed treatments, specific to Venustus to help heal and ground oneself.
“Having been a client at Venustus since my University days I couldn’t be more thrilled to see Jeannie and the team in their newly and lovingly created studio space. My favourite treatments there are the massages but particularly the lymphatic bodywork, which feels like a save for a body that hasn’t been getting enough exercise or enjoying a little too much of the good life."
Naturopath Fay Halkitis believes in the combined use of facial treatments and evidence-based nutrition modifications that together amend great healing benefits, which fuelled Fay’s passion for creating her beauty and apothecary store ‘Luna’, situated in a quaint terrorist in Surry Hills.
The Lesse X Luna facial treatment is the quintessential treatment for quenching your skin with a glass of water when it’s looking a little parched while allowing your body to detox further with an upper body massage and relaxation.
“I deeply admire Neade Deter’s principles of simplicity for Lesse, and the Luna Beauty x Lesse facial is a dream team. It is the perfect quiet moment to escape during a cold winter."
Haulier Socks are a Sydney-crafted goods brand that has perfected the formula for warm feet this winter as their ‘Pima Cotton’ socks are a staple in achieving endurance and luxury within the cold snaps.
“Remember how your Mum always told you to keep your feet warm? I really do swear by it and Haulier is giving very good socks at the moment."
Located in the heart of Sydney the Capella Hotel is a reimagined awakening of the sandstone heritage-listed Department of Education building, now welcoming guests into an immersion of luxury through an array of cuisines and design aesthetics.
"There are moments when packing your bags to go somewhere not very far is the most comforting thing. I enjoyed my first stay at Capella Sydney, and it very quickly became my hotel of choice for a staycation. From the super personal service, beautifully architectural pool, wellness centre, and a bar that houses the work of my favourite Australian artists there I felt so at home. Brasserie 1930 may also now just be my favourite night in."