Saving face: 10 best winter moisturisers
Banish dry, lack-lustre complexions and get glowing with our favourite winter face-savers
Thursday 19 December 2013
1. No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Cream
Amazing value, this cream has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines within 4 weeks. Produced to accompany the award-winning Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, it's packed with skin saving treats to help maintain elasticity, increase firmness and protect against the environment.
£23 for 50ml, boots.com
2. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
This is the Ferrari of face creams for performance and sheer luxury, and works on all skin types. Packed with protein-rich marine extracts to fight premature ageing, strengthen skin elasticity and stimulate the skin's natural defences. Clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 78% and increase moisture levels by up to 45%, the rich but light creamy-gel is absorbed straight into the skin and doesn't sit on top feeling greasy.
£79 for 50ml, timetospa.co.uk
3. Orico Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil
Organic Rich Ingredients in Cosmetics and Oils is the brainchild of naturals pioneer Shirin Valipour, who believes natural organic products can be high-tech and hardworking too. Made with nourishing, strengthening, rejuvenating tamanu, rosehip and jojoba oils, this puts back into your skin what heating, stress, air conditioning and pollution do their very best to take out.
£29 for 30ml, debenhams.com
4. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25
A serious multi-tasker this powerful moisturiser is made with argirilene peptide, which boosts the skin's ability to produce collagen and elastin, while vitamin C and bamboo extract smooth out fine lines. Clary sage helps skin retain water and counteracts winter's drying effects, and a high SPF combats sun damage. It also smells divine and make-up glides on like a dream with this as your base.
£62 for 50ml, bobbibrown.co.uk
5. L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser
Designed for younger skin, this is perfect for partied-out complexions. Stress, lack of sleep and poor diet wreak havoc with our skin and this puts back in what late nights and partying takes out. The skin refining formula works wonders on softening dull dehydrated skin, evens out tone and minimises visible pores.
£9.99 for 50ml, boots.com
6. Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Daily Repair Moisturiser
Sensitive skin prone to redness will flare up in winter thanks to central heating, cold winds and temperature changes. Pamper dry, stressed skin with this calming comforting skin soother that's packed with nourishing omega oils, redness-reducing camomile and radiance-boosting cotton thistle extract.
£51 for 50ml, aromatherapyassociates.com
7. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Treatment Cream
London-born facialist Emma Hardie has developed an intense super skin-quenching cream for dehydrated or mature skin. It evens out tone, reduces redness, smoothes away fine lines, and boosts tired thirsty complexions with a blend of essential oils, marine and botanical extracts. The best thing about it is the light creamy texture – it proves you don't have to use thick, heavy, hard-to-absorb creams as your skin ages.
£42 for 50ml, emmahardie.com
8. Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Absolute Smoothing Cream
This high-tech cream packs a serious punch when it comes to lifting, firming and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles. Glucan biopolymer lifts the skin instantly, while filler spheres expand to fill in wrinkles. It also helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin – ever decreasing with age. And finally, light reflective pigments add extra radiance and luminosity.
£69 for 50ml, beautybay.com
9. Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm
The packaging on this tells a brilliant story – a chaotic day of errands, school runs, late buses and lack of sleep leaves your skin feeling as stressed as your mind. And just like your temper flares up through exhaustion, so can your complexion. Arctic oils rich in omega 3 fatty acids nourish irritated skin, while arctic red algae soothes and boosts luminosity. A welcome relief for harassed skin and it really works – I know, because that story is my life and my skin!
£25 for 50ml, marksandspencer.com
10. Ole Henriksen Nurture Me
A superb skin soother for sensitive complexions, and if you're prone to rosacea, this one's perfect for you. Packed with softening calming rose hip and evening primrose oils, while regenerating and repairing anti-oxidant vitamins A C and K help strengthen the skin's natural defences.
£41 for 50g, feelunique.com
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