Skincare survival: 7 winter must-haves


Stuck in a skincare rut? Complexion looking a little… meh? It’s virtually impossible to achieve a natural radiance at this time of year, as the sun has all but disappeared, and the cold weather has started to play havoc with our hydration levels.

To get a beautiful glow (and ensure you don’t have to pack on the make-up to compensate), we recommend opting for moisture-boosting, lightweight formulas that you can layer up depending on your needs.

IT  Cosmetics Miracle Water

A make-up remover, cleanser and revitalising facial essence in one handy product, this IT Cosmetics lotion is a great option to keep by your dressing table. Hydrating and comforting, it keeps your complexion looking plump and juicy, and because you can use it with cotton pads, you can enjoy a quick cleanse that doesn’t require a lengthy trip to the bathroom sink.

Our top tip: pop it in the fridge to enhance the cooling properties and sweep it on in the morning, to perk up your complexion super quickly.

Hayo’u Jade Beauty Restorer Facial Massage Tool

This jade stone from Hayo’u is so popular at QVC, and founder Katie Brindle describes her Gua sha tool as ‘the missing link in your skincare routine’. Taking inspiration from Chinese medicine, this tool works to bring heat to the surface of your complexion and create a beautiful pink flush.

It also partners perfectly with your favourite facial oil or serum to increase absorption. It’s a fabulous little find to introduce into your regime both morning and night, when you want to create a more radiant, ‘alive’ look.

Tarte Marine Boosting Mist

When skin looks and feels dehydrated, stressed out and sensitive, one of the first products we reach for is a refreshing facial spray. This four-in-one from Tarte can be used as a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist and a skin refresher, and the combination of orange peel, caffeine, coconut oil and marine plant extracts help to plump the surface of skin and creates a gorgeous, hydrated effect.

The slim size also means you can pop it into your work bag for on-the-go touch-ups.

Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Gradual Self-Tan Serum

To fake the look of a sun-kissed glow, we always go back to celeb favourite Tan-Luxe. Their most recent launch is the beauty journo-approved Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, a super refreshing and hydrating serum perfect for winter, which delivers a serious dose of hydration in the form of hyaluronic acid.

Offering buildable coverage that never dries out skin or leaves it looking patchy, try this under your usual foundation or tinted moisturiser for a dewy boost of glow you’ll love.

Elemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil

Combing the luxe texture of a rich cream with the  intensely moisturising properties of an oil, this vitamin E-rich and indulgent Elemis treatment is like a big drink of water for parched, central heating-ravaged complexions. It’s packed with peptides and a decadent oil blend designed to comfort your skin and address visible signs of ageing, which can all appear enhanced after a day spent outside in the cold.

Suitable for all skin types and with the most addictive fragrance of any night cream we’ve tried, this cream-oil formula is a fabulous option for comforting and adding radiance when the temperature goes down to single digits.

Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip

Don’t forget, lips need love too! This is a pampering, collagen-packed lip serum from Algenist, and works on those fine lines to plump them up and promote a fuller look. Cold, harsh weather can take its toll on lips and layering a serum like this can keep them feeling comfortable throughout the season.

If you love matte liquid lipsticks, applying this a few minutes before your chosen colour will help to achieve more even coverage.

Gatineau Vitamina Hand Cream

This is a gorgeous hand cream from Gatineau that intensely moisturises hands and cuticles, and acts like a glove, forming a light, protective, conditioning film to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.

A real upgrade from your typical high street hand cream, this luxe treatment is your secret weapon to protecting hands, nails and cuticles from the ravages of chilly weather.

Looking for more skincare inspiration?

Check out our Skincare Survival feature, packed with anti-ageing heroes, targeted treatments and more – let us know what you plan on picking up!

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