6 of the best hydrating moisturisers to see you through the cold weather

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Louise Whitbread
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The cold weather can wreak havoc so invest in one of these heavy hitters to help keep it plump and hydrated all winter long.

It’s no secret that 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 moisture barrier meaning that cracked, dehydrated skin becomes the norm. 

“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,” says Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic. “We tend to have the central heating on and opt for hot showers or baths which can then further exacerbate the problem.”

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Dr Mahto suggests moisturising the skin immediately after a bath or shower to help lock-in that much-needed moisture, “Look for moisturisers containing ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides, urea, hyaluronic acid,” she says.

You can inject lost moisture with our round up of the best thirst-quenching face creams, hydrating gels and emollients to see you through the winter weather.

Spend, splurge or save with face moisturisers to suit every budget and skin type.  

  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream

    Formulated with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and pineapple extract to help gently refine, soften and exfoliate dead skin cells, this super lightweight moisturiser packs a seriously hydrating punch. It won’t leave skin feeling sticky or greasy, instead it’ll absorb into skin and leaving looking plump, glowy and refreshed.

    Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream, £35.50

  • Avène Skin Recovery Cream Rich

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

    Avène Skin Recovery Cream Rich, £16.50

  • Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

    Clinique has reformulated its renowned Moisture Surge 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. 

    Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, £25

  • 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.

     GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser, £39

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

    This budget moisturiser is perfect for oilier skin, as the lightweight water-gel is non-greasy and fast-acting. Infused with a unique hyaluronic acid gel, the face cream quickly absorbs into dehydrated skin and continuously releases hydration throughout the day.

    Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, £12.99

  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defence SPF15

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

     Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defence SPF15, £54

  • 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, this moisturiser provides a luminous glow to combat fatigued skin, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and protecting against aggressors such as pollution and stress. 

    Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturiser, £74


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