11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a little helping hand with an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products

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Help your skin recover from a cold snap with a moisturise-boosting formlula. We've tried and tested a range to bring you the most effective balms, oils, serums and masks on the market.

1. ESPA 24-Hour Skin Saviour: £33 for 40ml, espaskincare.com


Minor irritations, chapped skin, wind burn and cracked lips will love this intensely soothing, deeply nourishing rescue treatment. Sweet almond, evening primrose, olive, tamanu, avocado and manuka oils blend together with shea butter and lavender to protect against the elements and lock in moisture. A handy handbag-size tube makes this brilliantly portable too.
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2. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: £30 for 100ml, clinque.co.uk


Give thirsty skin some real beauty sleep with this luxurious night time hydrator. Apply before bed and wake up with plumped-up, supple, luminous skin. I use it when my skin looks dull and lacklustre and it definitely boosts radiance the morning after.
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3. Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask Intense Radiance Hydra-Infusion: £110 for 6 masks, harrods.com


If money is no object then this luxurious home facial is a must. It completely saturates the skin with moisture, brightens, fills out fine lines and softens skin in just 10 minutes. A powerhouse blend of hi-tech ingredients, used a couple of times a week the difference is unmistakeable.
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4. Liz Earle SuperBalm: £17.25 for 30g, lizearle.com


A cult classic, this multi-purpose, handbag-friendly, wonder balm was launched 15 years ago and is still a best seller. Packed with avocado, neroli, rosehip, lavender and chamomile pure plant oils, it nourishes, heals and protects lips, nails, elbows, hands, heels and knees. Perfect for an on-the-go intensive moisture boost.
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5. Clarins Blue Orchid Face treatment Oil


Soothing and hydrating rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid essential oils in an easily absorbed nourishing base of hazelnut oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E, makes this the perfect radiance booster for dehydrated complexions.
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6. Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil: £26 for 30ml, feelunique.com


Specially formulated for very dry skin, this grape, rose and jojoba oil-based night time beauty treat locks in moisture and replenishes dehydrated complexions. Wake up with a radiant, plumped-up complexion. (Oh and the bottle is beautiful too.)
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7. Elemis 5 Piece Skin Lift Collection: £65, qvcuk.com


As IndyBest beauty readers will know, Elemis is one of my most rated ranges for their formulations, value for money (high-end, top notch ingredients, but not at crazy prices) and for the results they produce in all skin types. The Pro-Intense Lift range is superb for dehydrated mature skins that are starting to give way to gravity, as it hydrates and plumps all day. Firming and lifting jowls, cheeks and chin, you can regain some youthful plumped-up resilience with these winter skin treats. And for an absolute steal - the set is worth over £200. A brilliant beauty saver, and for one day only on 1 February.
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8. This Works In Transit Spray-On Moisture: £18 for 100ml, boots.com


Spritz on the go with this handy handbag hydrator. Use it in place of moisturiser in the morning, or later on in the day when skin starts to feel tight and dry, just spray over make-up. Where my skin is prone to redness in the cold, I found a quick spritz seemed to combat the high colour and give a more even tone to my skin.
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9. Decleor Aromessence Marjolaine Nourishing Serum: £44 for 15ml, decleor.co.uk


Layer up your beauty routine in the cold and add a serum before your moisturiser. Water-based serums target certain skin issues as they can get into the upper layers of the dermis (whereas moisturiser sits on top as a protective barrier). Cranberry and argan oils boost the skin's natural protection, while avocado and babassu oils regenerate the hydrolipidic film (the skin's natural barrier which retains moisture - and when intact and healthy, means skin feels supple). I found this serum designed for ultra-dry skin, left mine brighter and more radiant.
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10. Sanctuary Spa 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm: £7.50 for 40ml, boots.com


This handbag beauty-rescue must-have is a clever little multi-purpose balm that can be used on lips, cuticles, elbows and hands. I find it leaves my hands nourished for longer than many hand creams. It leaves a film on the skin, even after washing – great if you're excema-prone in winter. It also looks beautiful on eyelids for a glossy sheen and I use it on flyaway ends to help give weight to my fine hair. And it's got that gorgeous, unmistakable Sanctuary Spa scent.
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11. Lanolips Golden Ointment: £17.99 for 50g, victoriahealth.com


Ultra-pure, medical grade lanolin combined with manuka honey and vitamin E is all it takes to make this an intensive treatment for chapped, cracked skin. Hands, legs, arms, lips – use it wherever your skin feels unhappy. It leaves a silky protective layer to prevent any further damage to dry skin too. I pop it on dry knees, ankles and elbows before bed to really work its moisturising magic.
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An handbag staple from November till March, ESPA 24-Hour Skin Saviour is a hardworking, multi-tasking skin rescue essential. The Dolce & Gabbana Intense Radiance Mask uses hi-tech ingredients to saturate and brighten the skin in just 10 minutes. But my top tip for rescuing dull lacklustre winter skin is Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask – a luminous, plumped-up radiant complexion makes dark winter mornings significantly less hideous.






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