Winter is coming.
That means frosty mornings, biting winds and dehydrating central heating – all of which wreak havoc on your skin.
The winter months are a time to bust out the big guns when it comes to moisturisation.
Choose a trusted formula that suits your skin, then layer it on thick before you face the elements every morning and reapply during the day.
Here are six brilliant creams to drench your face in….
1. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
€44.20 at Dermalogica.ie
Like a cosy sweater for your face, Dermalogica’s brand new Skin Smoothing Cream forms a hydrating mesh-like layer over the skin. By helping to reduce moisture loss, the formula infuses the skin with 48 hours of moisture.
Add in some hyaluronic acid, mallow, cucumber and arnica and you’ve got yourself a very clever balm that locks in moisture at the deepest levels of the skin.
Vitis Vinifera Grape Seed Extract also helps fight free radicals so you can rest assured your face is protected before you leave the house.
2. Kiehl’s – ‘Ultra Facial’ cream
€54 at Kiehl’s, Debenhams
This beloved moisturiser leaves skin feeling comfortable and hydrated, even in cold, harsh weather conditions.
The super-lightweight gel-like formula absorbs instantly into the skin and provides high levels of moisture so your complexion looks fresher and younger. It’s no wonder this one is a global best-seller.
3. Charlotte’s Magic Cream
€90 at Brown Thomas
Whether youre stressed at your desk or dehydrated after a long-haul flight, this genius little pot will help you cheat the appearance of eight hours sleep.
Dab it on for a dewy, plumped- up finish – it’s got SPF15 and an anti- UVA filter to protect the skin from the ageing effects of UVA.
It’s also a hydrating comfort-blanket when you’re hungover so stash it in your bedside table for party season.
4. Decleor Hydra Floral Everfresh
€53 at beautyfeatures.ie
If you’re not a fan of thick creams, Decleor’s neroli-scented Hydra Floral Everfresh light cream hydrates and provides an antioxidant and antipollution barrier without the weight.
The Hydra Floral Hydrating Wide-Open Eye Gel is particularly effective too, and a godsend if heavy eye creams make you puffy.
5. Little Red Bergamot & Geranium Face Cream
€25 at Littlered.ie
Suitable for all skin types, especially oily, combination, and sensitive skins, this is an intensive, balancing treatment. All Little Red products are made with Atlantic Irish seaweed and this one contains Carrageen Moss, which is a nourishing skin food.
6. Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream
€68 at Debenhams
Clarins’ latest launch is an SPF 15 day cream for all skin types. The firming wrinkle control formula has a fresh and silky texture that puts the spring back into your skin while protecting it from the harmful effects of UV rays.
The key ingredient is kangaroo flower, which helps plump and firm the skin. We’re hopping on this one, pronto.