Beauty: Super-hero products to save winter skin




Inclement weather and festive excess can leave skin both looking and feeling lacklustre come January. These super-hero products will come to the rescue, writes Alice Ryan

How to care for your skin this winter (53409838)
How to care for your skin this winter (53409838)

Codex Beauty Labs Antü Brightening Moisturiser, £76, codexbeauty.com

Codex Antu Brightening Moisturiser (53409835)
Codex Antu Brightening Moisturiser (53409835)

Containing a powerful antioxidant complex of three Patagonian plants, traditionally used to treat irritation and inflammation, this moisturiser is a game-changer for smarting winter skin. Also delivering a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid to restore moisture, it’s soothing and smoothing; somehow it manages to magic away pores, making it a brilliant makeup base, too.

Evolve True Balance SOS Mask, £20, evolvebeauty.co.uk

Evolve True Balance Mask (53409837)
Evolve True Balance Mask (53409837)

If you’re prone to break-outs, this mask is a wonder. The star performer is quora noni, a natural yet startlingly high-tech ingredient which hacks the microbiome’s communications system to halt replication of bacteria. White willow, a natural source of salicylic acid, reduces redness, while the green clay base unclogs pores. Even the most sensitive skins will love it.

Dr.PAWPAW Overnight Lip Mask, £8.95, drpawpaw.com

Dr PawPaw Overnight Lip Mask (53409836)
Dr PawPaw Overnight Lip Mask (53409836)

With icy winds blasting outdoors and central heating blasting indoors, winter is the season of chapped lips. Or rather, it *was*. Designed to both repair and protect - natural and nourishing papaya, aloe vera, castor and olive oils all play a part - this gel-like mask melts into lips while you sleep, plumping and smoothing as it goes, producing a noticeably perkier pout from first application.

Wild Science Lab Root + Fruit Juice Boost Brightening Serum, £38, wildsciencelab.com

Wild Science Lab Root + Fruit Juice Boost Brightening Serum (53410028)
Wild Science Lab Root + Fruit Juice Boost Brightening Serum (53410028)

An instant recharge for your skin, Juice Boost is a one-stop serum: deploying Vitamin C and Gardenia Florida extract to protect, hyaluronic acid to boost moisture, betaine to retain moisture, tightenyl to firm and aloe vera to soothe, it’s formulated to do it all. Skin slurps it up and is left velvety to the touch.

POLAAR Polar Night Revitalising Cream, £42, feelunique.com

Polaar Night Cream (53409950)
Polaar Night Cream (53409950)

Taking its name from the Arctic botanicals which power its products, French beauty brand POLAAR has attracted a cult following for this night cream. The main player is boreal algae which, known to synthesize high levels of phyto-melatonin, stimulates cell renewal and circulation, while beta-endorphin-rich immortelle flower water de-stresses and hydrates. Delicious to apply, it’s pure TLC.

IMAGE Skincare the MAX Stem Cell Eye Crème, £75, imageskincare.co.uk

IMAGE The MAX Stem Cell Eye Creme (53409839)
IMAGE The MAX Stem Cell Eye Creme (53409839)

Winnie Harlow and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are fans of this brand. Try the MAX eye cream and it’s clear to see why: using targeted peptides and plant cell extracts, no nasty synthetics, it reduces everything from puffiness to the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and full-on wrinkles in one swipe-and-pat. If you’re looking a bit knackered, it’s just the job.

Studio Botanic Hydrating Serum, £50, level7beautyhall.com

Studio Botanic Hydrating Serum (53409840)
Studio Botanic Hydrating Serum (53409840)

Calming and comforting, this serum is like a duvet day for the face: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory witch hazel leaf salves, rose water reduces redness and passion fruit promotes healing. Particularly good on parched skin - it relaxes that horrid ‘tight’ feeling instantly - it’s a must-add to your winter routine.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, £13, Boots stores and boots.com

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (53409949)
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (53409949)

An OG of beauty multi-taskers, this iconic product is moisturiser, makeup primer, after-shave cream, cleanser and mask in one. Rich with fatty acid and vitamins, its power as a moisturiser comes into its own in winter: though it’s beautifully light on the skin, it soothes and hydrates like a boss. Little wonder one sells every 23 seconds.

Biotherm Cera Repair Barrier Cream, £43.87, lookfantastic.com

Biotherm Cera Repair Barrier Cream (54054900)
Biotherm Cera Repair Barrier Cream (54054900)

Like all barrier creams, Biotherm’s Cera Repair forms a protective and moisture-locking film over the skin; unlike all barrier creams, it’s also impressively lightweight and breathable, making it a pleasure to wear. Starring the ‘blue beauty’ brand’s signature Life Plankton - a probiotic extract containing 35 nutrients that deliver intense and regenerating hydration - it is singularly soothing and smoothing; if you’re prone to that tight-skin feeling in winter, you’ll love it.


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