The cruellest month can be softened with a little winter skin-care
January is a harsh month in many ways, and the cold weather on top of an abstemious new way of life really is the cherry on the cake we’re not allowed to eat. Luckily there is an abundance of ultra-moisturising and hydrating products out there to protect and replenish our skin, so we can pamper away in the comfort of our own home. Here’s our round-up of some of our favourites:
This handy kit contains five moisturising must-haves: travel-size Glacial cleansing cloths, an Artic Hydration rubberising mask, Icelandic Relief eye cream, Pure Cloud cream and Berry Lip Fix. A bit like a skin-care first aid kit. RRP £30
AGELESS Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler
The love affair with hyaluronic acid is not going anywhere. Much less scary than it sounds, this ‘filler’ is a face-saver in a bottle; perfect for dehydrated, ageing, or winter-ravaged skin, it plumps and fills lines with 18% concentrated botanically-derived hyaluronic acid, infused with an apricot essential oil for hydration and includes vitamins B5 and E. AGELESS Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler, 29ml, RRP £75. Stockist: IMAGE Skincare: 0345 504 0461
Your hair will thank you for this moisturising treatment. It delivers deep, intensive nourishment to replenish dry, coarse and damaged hair. Ideal for effectively revitalising and reconstructing over-processed hair while increasing resistance to damage. Infused with Seasilk, Age-Control Complex and UVA/UVB protection it protects colour and fights the ageing process. It also only needs to be left on for three minutes after shampooing, so it’s super-efficient! RRP £42
This beautifully packaged facial oil is brilliant at rehydrating and refreshing dry, winter skin. It contains healing yarrow and rosehip oil, and benefits from the purifying effects of Damask rose oil which together can help rejuvenate stressed and tired skin or those prone to redness and blemishes. Think that’s probably all of us covered! Did we mention we love the bottle? RRP £22.
This pretty gift box contains a special edition skin-care trio, naturally scented with calming Damask Rose and top notes of soft Jasmine and Lemon. RRP £50. Our main image shows the matching, fragrant facial oil RRP £29 for 30ml.
Being short of time, or simply really tired, isn’t an excuse anymore when you just want to fling yourself into bed without removing your make-up. Tri-balm is the ultimate multi-functional facial balm, launched by renowned make-up artist Frances Prescott. This balm acts as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser all in one. Containing the purest premium ingredients, it contains a combination of native English oils, blackcurrant, starflower, oat extract, pumpkin seeds and our old favourite, hyaluronic acid, and is certified by Cruelty Free International. You can even use it as an intensive moisture masque, simply by applying and then leaving on. Suitable for all skin-types and perfect for popping in your gym bag or travelling, this is a time-saving winter skin-saver for sure. RRP £39
Sounds a bit scary, but don’t be deterred. This little bottle of magic is another multi-purpose treatment and it exfoliates, peels, resurfaces, brightens and plumps the skin. Happy days! It contains a potent mix of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids as well as Australian caviar lime and sodium hyaluronate. No need to reach for your chemistry book, just have faith that this combo works! RRP £85
Talika Face-Mask and Eye-Cream
Talika Bio Enzymes hydrating mask . This is a serum-infused sheet mask saturated with a host of beneficial ingredients to help combat redness, tightness and dry skin. Sheet masks are brilliantly easy to use as they make no mess and are able to infuse all their goodness deep into the skin, without the messy removal you have with other styles of mask. In the same range is an overnight eye mask: Talika Eye Dream promotes skin regeneration at the delicate eye contour area. Enriched with Bio-Peptides, the fluid solution encourages collagen synthesis, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes to restore a youthful appearance, and you simply pad it on before you go to sleep. Mask:RRP £9.50 each and Talika Eye Dream: RRP £39
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration
Burt’s Bees are famed for their fab lip-salves, but they also have a huge range of skin-care and make-up products that are worth a buy. This Intense Hydration range contains micellar and cream cleansers, moisturisers and a mask so you can buy one, or all of the range!
Last in our round-up, but definitely not least, is Infinitura’s Cura Oil. Okay so yet again we’re drawn to the oh-so-pretty packaging, but this potent oil is packed full of natural ingredients and clinical trials have proved that it can help improve skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Great for hair, nails and skin, it should be on everyone’s bathroom shelf, or in our case, our office desk! RRP £34.99