Six of the best hydrating moisturisers to see you through the winter weather

Posted by
Louise Whitbread

It’s no secret that our skin suffers at the hands of cold weather. We’re constantly reaching for the nearest lip balm, hand cream and most importantly, moisturiser. Plummeting temperatures wreak havoc with the skin’s moisture barrier and cracked, dehydrated skin becomes the norm. 

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic explains the damage it does to our skin. “The cold weather is a recognised cause of skin dryness. Low humidity and exposure to high wind will strip away moisture from the skin surface. We tend to have the central heating on and opt for hot showers or baths which can then further exacerbate the problem.” She suggests moisturising the skin immediately after a bath or shower to lock-in moisture, “Look for moisturisers containing ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides, urea, hyaluronic acid”.

Recapture moisture lost with our round up of the best thirst-quenching face creams, gels and emollients to see you through the winter weather. Spend, splurge or save with something to suit every budget and skin type.  


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

Perfect for oilier skin, this lightweight water-gel is non-greasy and fast-acting. Infused with a unique hyaluronic acid gel, it quickly absorbs into dehydrated skin and continuously releases hydration throughout the day.


Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream RICH

 The intensely hydrating formula in Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream RICH works for sensitive skin that’s become irritated as a result of climatic conditions, chronic dryness and even dermatological treatments. Infused with its famous thermal spring water, it reduces inflammation, retains moisture and delivers long-lasting comfort.



Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Clinique have reformulated their renowned Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturiser to provide even better results. Offering 72 hours of moisture-replenishing goodness, it locks in hydration even after washing your face. Delivering a dewy, plump glow, it improves the uncomfortable tightness, appearance of fine lines and flakiness that comes with dehydration. Combining activated aloe water and caffeine to encourage the skin’s natural water source to re-hydrate itself, you’ll notice a difference almost instantly. 


GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser

Best for normal to dry skin types, GlamGlow’s newest moisturiser is enriched with hyaluronic acid, water from volcanic Jeju Island and blue nymph lily extract. Upon application, the water cream delivers instantly thirst-quenching hydration and restores a healthy-looking glow. Skin is left supple and radiant. 



Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturiser

Invest in Tata Harper’s Illuminating Moisturiser for a lavish addition to your bathroom shelf. Blending together diamond dust and hyaluronic acid, it provides a luminous glow to combat fatigued skin, while aslo reducing the appearance of fine lines and protecting against aggressors such as pollution and stress. 


Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defence SPF15

Rich in absyinnian oil, mango and shea butter, this skin-brightening formula leaves skin dewy and nourished. It restores the skin’s natural moisture levels and tackles uneneven skin tone, improves hyperpigmentation and leaves a silk soft finish for a smother makeup application