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With winter creeping up on us, it’s time to amp up your skincare routine. This is the season to invest in truly nourishing concoctions, where purity prevails and natural ingredients come with the promise of transformative results. We’ve picked out this season’s most potent skin potions to ensure you’re armed against the elements for AW16.

The pollution purifier: red algae

Red algae is a staple in Japanese skincare regimes and diets, prized for its ability to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin from environmental pollutants. Furthermore, its impressive moisture-retaining properties – think about how slimy seaweed is – makes it a particularly effective ingredient in hydrating face masks. For a quick fix, L’Oreal Paris’s new Pure Clay Glow Mask (£5.33) is a winner, not only because of it’s reasonable price: red algae is blended with a trio of clays to draw out impurities like a magnet. For an intensive treatment, Emma Hardie’s Vit C Intense Daily Serum (£49) uses an impressive delivery system to help red algae – along with soothing rice starch and anti-ageing Vitamin C – to sink deep into the complexion. For your body? Natura Bissé’s Oxygen Perfecting Oil (£52) is rich in spirulina, toning chia oil and  quinoa extract. Apply it straight onto skin or mix with moisturiser – it’s particularly effective in soothing the skin post-hair removal.

The skin soother: rose

Rose-scented products not only smell good, they’re also incredibly efficient to calm weather-beaten or chapped skin. Rose oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and its antiseptic properties make it particularly soothing on acne-prone and irritated complexions. Highly hydrating, it’s an ideal ingredient to prep skin for makeup, too. When buying rose-infused skincare, look for cold-pressed or steam-distilled processes, as this keeps those precious actives potent.

Herbivore Botanicals (£28)– the cult new brand that’s likely dominating your Instagram feed – combines rose extract with hydrating coconut water and hibiscus extract in a fresh facial spritz, while Diptyque’s new rose-infused face oil (£48)contains pure rose petals floating inside, which continue to impart nutrients as they gradually steep the oil. Finally, Pixi’s Rose Oil Blend (£26) contains pure damascena extracts with sweet almond and jojoba to improve elasticity and deliver a dewy glow.

The hydrator: jojoba

Jojoba oil is unique in that its protective properties are similar to that of human sebum. It’s packed with Vitamin E and a multitude of minerals, and sinks through the skin’s layers seamlessly.

This waxy golden liquid is naturally found inside the bark of the jojoba plant, which thrives in desert landscapes – this means it’s naturally a stellar water-retainer, and works wonders on dehydrated skin. Highly antibacterial, it’s great on blemishes and sunburn too.

Malin + Goetz harnesses the healing powers of jojoba in its Recovery Oil (£62): the first in a new line of targeted premium products. Applied morning and night, it’ll eventually regulate sebum production and reduce blemishes. All-natural skincare brand SkinOwl fuses certified-organic jojoba oil with botanical hyaluronic acid in its Eye+ Cream (£36), which boasts the power to abolish puffiness before your very eyes (no pun intended.) And thinking beyond the face, Vichy’s Ideal Body Balm (£18) is one of the most soothing moisturisers around for sensitive skin, thanks to its expert blend of jojoba, apricot, and rice bran.

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