While the thought of winter might conjure up images of snuggling up in front of the TV, treating yourself to cosy comfort food and generally hibernating in your fave onesie, the effects of the harsh weather can be a lot less than sweet, taking its toll on our skin in the process, and even sticking around long after the chill has departed.
Fiona Brackenbury, Decleor’s Education Director, is hugely aware of the effect of winter: “We lose half a pint of moisture from our skin a day, and that’s without being blasted with central heating and harsh outside temperatures, which all contribute to depleting moisture levels from within our skin”. As the air is so dry and the humidity levels so low, this can lead to complete evaporation of moisture from the surface of our skin – leading to tight, uncomfortable and flaking complexions. Ouch!
If you want to soothe your skin throughout these chilly months, Fiona says it’s all about locking in hydration. “Your moisturiser needs essential fatty acids to help rebuild the skin barriers and lock in the hydration that is vital to protect your skin during the cold weather”.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best moisturisers, each with the hydrating ingredients you need to keep you complexion feeling comfortable, calm, and hydrated – even in the depths of winter.
Packed with shea butter, coconut oil, hyaluronic acid and collagen, this silky cream is perfect for giving your skin a rush of moisture that never feels greasy or heavy. It’s also formulated to smooth the look of pores, too, so it’s a great choice under foundation or on no make-up days.
Regular night cream just won’t cut it? Try this mask and moisturiser combo from Decleor. With rose essential oil and sweet almond extract, it deeply moisturises and soothes tight, dry skin. Tip: apply a thick layer overnight and leave on to really target those dry areas.
A super-moisturising version of the iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, this lightweight gel-cream combines seaweed extract with rose and mimosa absolutes, to help comfort chapped skin and provide the perfect shield against extreme temperatures, day and night.
With a refreshing scent, omega oil-rich formulation and the added bonus of zinc oxide sun protection, this luxe facial cream is perfect if you’re after a one-and-done product that doesn’t compromise on efficacy. So that’s your SPF and hydration all sorted!
If your skin feels dry after applying even the richest creams, you might want to try a facial oil to lock in moisture. With rosehip seed and vitamin E, this oil adds hydration and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin looking dewy. It’s also great on other areas too, like cuticles, elbow and knees.