Winter not only brings festivities, but also a multitude of potential skin problems. From bracing winds to moisture-sucking central heating and stress (this is the worst season for it, apparently) our skin is in desperate need of some TLC at this time of year. We have picked out some hero products which will nourish your skin (and your soul) and help you maintain your glow no matter how many Christmas parties you’ve been to.
This beautifully packaged cleanser from London-based probiotic brand Aurelia feels as indulgent as it looks. Pairing bio-organic and wildly sourced ingredients with the latest skincare technology, the rich and creamy formula – which comes with an anti-bacterial muslin cloth – removes grime and contains anti-ageing and brightening ingredients to leave skin decongested, soft and glowy.
This gentle organic toner with a herbal base of St John’s Wort, camomile and sage is perfect for those who want to control oil and shine without stripping the skin. It’s also great for calming sensitive or inflamed skin. Use after cleansing or whenever your skin needs some love.
This New York skincare brand is renowned for its simple and effective formulas, suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Their oil-free serum is one of the most sought-after, using hyaluronic and amino acids to nourish skin without causing congestion. Herbal ingredients like camomile, lavender and geranium to soothe redness and irritation.
This velvety treatment serum from Doctor Marko Lens’ coveted skincare line is the answer to dull or lacklustre skin. Containing 20% vitamin C to brighten and tighten, as well a cocktail of age-defying nutrients, it protects and smoothes while creating a protective barrier against free radicals.
Remember the importance of SPF all year round; just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not damaging your skin. Facialist Emma Hardie’s natural SPF/day cream/primer is ideal for nourishing the skin while protecting it from UV rays and pollution, without leaving any residue. It smells divine and can be worn on its own or layered with a serum.
This aromatic elixir-like oil from beauty industry favourite Sunday Riley is a must-have for dry, eczema prone or inflamed skin. Using a blend of potent natural ingredients, it encourages lymphatic drainage, diminishes redness and rejuvenates even the driest skin. Use morning, evening or whenever your skin an extra boost of hydration.
Cult Australian brand Grown Alchemist produces affordable botanical skincare in chic recyclable packaging. Their intensive body cream contains pomegranate, Damask rose and acai berries which help leave skin supple and nourished. It also smells divine.
This exfoliating mask from Tracie Martyn (who counts Georgia May Jagger and Kate Winslet amongst her clients) will simultaneously decongest and nourish. The re-texturising, spot-preventing and anti-ageing wonder product uses powerful enzymes and and natural acids to give skin a post-facial glow in just fifteen minutes.
Stockholm-based Estelle & Thild’s soothing eye balm is allergy tested, fragrance free and 100% organic, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. The calming formula glides on to combat fatigue and puffiness while hydrating the eye area.
Our hands are as exposed to the perils of winter weather as our faces, yet we often neglect them. This luxurious hand cream from bio-active skincare range Oskia sinks into the skin beautifully, but applied thickly can be used as a rich overnight treatment. The rose de mai scented formula also protects the skin against ageing.
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