Winter skincare

We all have the best intentions when it comes to skincare – yes, I cleanse tone and moisturise, you told the nice lady in the spa you went to as a birthday treat, knowing fine well you have a stash of three-in-one makeup remover wipes which have got you through thick and thin. When you remember.

But sometimes it takes a little more than a quick swipe with a wipe to give your skin a boost. Whether you’re looking to avoid lines, rehydrate your face or combat blemishes, getting into a good skincare routine is important – particularly at this time of year, when your skin takes a proper battering thanks to a combination of colder temperatures, harsh winds and central heating.

So where do you start? Here’s our roundup of the best products worth checking out this season.


John Lewis, £16

In the wintertime, opt for a creamier cleanser to give your skin a boost. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is legendary – so legendary, that one is sold every 20 seconds around the world. Formulated to suit all skin types, it’ll remove all makeup, and polishing it off with a muslin cloth gets rid of any stubborn bits and dead skin.


Marks & Spencer, £10

Toning is the step we often miss out, but it’s really important – and it’s come a long way from the harsh tonics of old. These days, you can get your hands on a toner to suit all skin types, and it’s not drying like many fear. Pixi’s Glow Tonic has cult status, and for good reason – it’s a gentle toner with exfoliating properties that restores skin’s glow in the dull winter months.


Boots, £34

Drier skin means it’s time to bring out the big boys when it comes to moisturiser! Don’t fall into the trap of using the same products year-round, especially when it comes to moisturising. Unless you’ve got oily skin, you’re going to need to get yourself a heavy-duty, creamier cream to hydrate your skin. Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a gel-cream hybrid that feels light but does lots of hard work – and it’s suitable for all skin types.


The Body Shop, £16

Give your skin a moisture boost with an overnight serum treatment – this serum-in-oil from the Body Shop is the exact opposite of what you’d expect – lightweight, non-greasy and super moisturising. The vitamin E is perfect for plumping winter skin, so pop it on before bed and prepare to wake up looking totally refreshed.


Beauty Flash, £41.99

Knock of dead skin and deal with dry bits with a decent exfoliator. With your face, you don’t want to go for anything too rough – it’ll only hurt, and most of us would rather avoid a ruddy complexion. So step away from the apricot kernel stuff in your supermarket. Instead, look for something that’s gentle enough to be used every day – like Dermalogica’s Microfoliant. You’ll baulk at the price, but you only need a tiny sprinkle at a time, so it’ll last ages. Just sprinkle some in your palm, add a little water, rub together and gentle massage your phase. Clogged pores and flaky bits – be gone!


Lip balm

Look Fantastic, £12

As the winter months get colder, you might notice your lips getting drier – so as well as making sure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water, invest in a good lip balm. We love Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips – it really was first used as a nipple balm by breastfeeding mothers, but the super thick formula is also fantastic for a parched pout.


L’Occitane, £20

Your paws also tend to be a bit rougher and drier over winter – so give them a treat. L’Occitane’s hand cream is super rich and smells delightful – your colleagues will be appearing at your desk constantly as soon as they clock you have some. Enriched with shea butter, a little goes a long way with this one, so use sparingly and it’ll last you all winter long.

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