As much as we love fall and winter, with their crunchy leaves, hot chocolate and fun holidays, there’s no denying it can take a toll on your skin. From biting winds, freezing rain or over-zealous heating units, winter has a unique way of attacking your skin’s best defences. The first thing to go is always moisture, with dry skin becoming more and more of an issue as the days get shorter.
Whether it’s flaky dryness you suffer from or a tight-feeling face, we’ve got the products to help re-hydrate your skin to get it feeling plumped up and healthy again. From balms and oils to jellies and creams, there’s something for everyone to give you the skin you had before winter sunk its teeth in.
When it comes to helping fix dry skin, it’s important to embrace layering. Just like you’d layer up before you step out into the chill, it might be worth considering an extra step or a skincare booster to help strengthen your skin’s defences. While this may seem like another chore that keeps you from hopping into bed as quickly as you’d like, your skin will thank you in the morning.
La Mer’s Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream
Harnessing the healing powers of the sea, this moisturising cream by La Mer contains the brand’s legendary Miracle Broth™ healing elixir to bring dull skin back to life. Claiming to heal dryness in three days, Crème de la Mer instantly reduces redness and discomfort after being in the cold all day and leaves an ultra-rich dewy finish.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
This powerful balm deeply cleanses skin to dissolve make-up and get rid of daily pollutants, without drying it out. Enriched with a nourishing blend of precious starflower, elderberry and optimega oils, along with rose and mimosa waxes and anti-ageing padina pavonica so you end up with noticeably clearer skin that’s also seriously moisturised. This one feels like a real treat to use.
Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturiser
Powered by 37 hardworking botanicals, this concoction replenishes and restores moisture levels with a clever blend of chia seed water, marsh samphire, tremella mushroom and, most importantly, hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid. To top it all off, with a unique farm-to-face ethos, Tata Harper’s Hyaluronic Gel Moisturiser iscompletely free from all sorts of nasties — no toxins, synthetic chemicals, fillers, artificial colours or fragrances!
Caudalie Divine Oil
A cult classic for a reason, this oil contains grape seed oil and liquid shea butter that can be used on the face, body and hair for intense hydration, minus any greasy feeling. The deets: rich argan oil reconditions and strengthens skin cells whilst extra virgin hibiscus oil prevents moisture loss. Caudalie Divine Oil leaves skin dramatically softer and youthfully supple with a sun-kissed fragrance punctuated by woody undertones.
Tatcha Rice Wash Cleanser
Add a splash of this cleanser for a quick radiance boost to your winter skincare regime. It works to remove impurities and oil buildup from the skin, and due to its pH neutral state, it won’t strip the natural oils found in your complexion. It also has scientifically backed hyaluronic acid that’ll help keep your skin moisturised. Restoring your skin day after day, this will keep your skin healthy and smooth all winter long.
Sulwahsoo Bloomstay Vitalising Eye Cream
Add resilience to your eye area during the dry season with this eye gel cream that delivers the powerful anti-oxidant energy of plum blossoms. At work in this transformative gel is also a soothing mulberry extract and a complex of plant-based ingredients sourced from five nutrient-dense fruits and seeds. For maximum results, it comes along with a Jamak massager. Use the cooling metal-tipped wand to gently massage the gel in a figure-8 motion starting downward with the left eye and the slowing moving upward to the eyebrows, followed by the right eye.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Sometimes life gets in the way and even the best lip balm isn’t going to cut it. The holy grail of lip care, Laneige’s lip sleeping mask is a firm favourite in Korean skincare. Not only does it have a sweet berry scent, it also contains vitamin C-rich berry extracts which work to remove dry, flaky dead skin from the lips overnight, leaving them smooth and supple the next day.
Dior Hydra Life Aqua Serum
Enjoy three actions in one exceptional formula: the ultra concentrated hydration of a serum, the toning effect of a lotion and the radiance boost of a gentle peel. This 3-in-1 essence, with its watery blue texture enriched with mallow and haberlea leaf extracts and natural fruit acids instantly boosts the skin’s freshness and luminosity.
Estee Lauder Night Repair Powerfoil Mask
For those in need of a quick and intensive dose of moisture, this product is a force to be reckoned with. The mask is loaded with nearly half a bottle’s worth of Advanced Night Repair, the brand’s signature anti-aging concentrate meant to assist the skin’s nighttime recovery. There’s a surplus of the serum in each packet — so much so that your neck and limbs can also benefit from the leftovers. A heart-shaped face massage motion is recommended to enhance absorption.