Now that Halloween has been and gone and winter coat season is officially here, now feels like the right time to reach for the winter coats of the skincare world – products that pack a punch of moisture to keep skin nourished and protected from the winter elements.
Dry, tight skin, increased sensitivity, rough texture, and breakouts often flare up at the first sign of chill in the air, and with predictions of a particularly cold winter ahead, now’s the time to get serious about finding products to ensure you maintain a radiant, hydrated complexion, right through until spring.
Scroll down to discover our winter skin faves.
Mist & moisturise
Dry air from office air con and central heating leads to even drier skin. To make up for the lack of moisture in the air, spritz on a face mist before you apply your moisturiser. Opt for this Mario Badescu duo to cut out the guesswork – the two products work in sync to increase moisture levels and help the skin’s barrier to stay hydrated.
Switch to a body oil
One of the most commonly made mistakes in the winter skin game is not switching to a new body moisturiser. While light lotions and creams are great for summer, swap to an oil in the winter, and pack on a generous amount, both morning and night. Neighbourhood Botanicals’ The Body Oil provides around-the-clock moisture thanks to a silky blend of natural oils, oat lipids, and vitamin E.
Choose smart formulas
Long gone are the days when retinol could only be used on skin that’s strong, healthy, and has built up tolerance. Holy Grail’s Retinol Repair Skin Crème sees the powerhouse ingredient suspended in a nourishing cream, boosted with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to prevent the unwelcome side effects of irritation and dryness. Perfect for skin that experiences winter sensitivity.
Hydrate your hands
A true winter skin essential (since most of us can get away without using hand cream for the majority of the year). If the fear of greasy hands is the number one reason why you don’t layer hand cream on throughout the day, save application until you get into bed and layer it on thick (like a mask) instead. Gallinee’s Prebiotic Hand Cream has a fast-absorbing formula that’s boosted with probiotics to provide protection from external aggressors.
Stock up on a multipurpose balm
A good balm essentially acts like a barrier to seal moisture in and prevent it from escaping. Perfect for applying to patches of chapped skin, cracked lips, and dry cuticles, Coconut Lane’s Beauty Balm is packed with nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, and vitamin E. Keep it in your handbag to remedy winter skin dilemmas, wherever you are.
Apply an antioxidant serum
Skin is bombarded by free radicals all year round and winter is no exception to the rule. To prevent damage (which can lead to pigmentation and early signs of aging), apply an antioxidant serum on a daily basis. Freck’s Lil Prick Cactus Seed Dry Serum is basically a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatories – perfect for a skin-brightening boost.