December 17th, 2016
Whether its night shoots in miserable UK weather, a winter bride or a fabulous editorial set at the top of a mountain, there are always instances where you need fast-acting and hydrating skincare products to winter-proof your client. We’ve bundled up and tested some new oils, masks and moisturisers which leave skin as soft as a baby’s behind.
Launching any day now, Oilixia is one of our favourite new finds. The brand is the brainchild of serial traveller Alexandra Janson and her ever-present wanderlust, which led hr across the world where she discovered a host of locally-loved skincare ingredients which have yet to reach our shores. We fell in love with her lightweight yet ultra-nourishing Explorer Blend Oil (£43), a mix of 18 naturally sourced oils including retinol-rich Cacay oil, along with Argan, Rosehip, Passion seed and Jojoba oils. Great for dehydrated or oilier skins which need a boost without being overwhelmed.
Speaking of oils, if scent is a big deal for you then you need to check out Kiss The Moon. These aromatherapy blends are designed to lift the mood and relax, whilst delivered a calming and hydrating layer to the skin. The Glow After Dark Facial Oil (£48) blends neroli, geranium, myrrh and litsea in a Rosehip oil base, packed with Vitamin A.
For a do-all oil which is unfussy and effective, we turn to the DermaEraze Miracle Oil by Lorena Öberg Skincare. Created using Olive, Avocado and Almond Oil, it’s heavier than some of the other facial oil blends, but that makes it handy for a multitude of other uses – haircare, after-sun, chapped skin etc. It spreads nicely, smells good and is available in different sizes, starting at £15 for 50ml.
If you’ve got the time, a quick mask treatment can pay dividends when it comes to restoring winter-worn skin. One of our favourites is the Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Mask (£14.95), a gel mask which uses hyaluronic acid and Dragon’s Blood to soothe redness and plump skin. We like to leave this to sink in rather than washing off, but it works well as a quick fix too.
Another excellent and inexpensive option is the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask (£11.50) which, like all Avene products, is designed to be as calming and anti-irritating as possible while delivering effective hydration. It delivers baby-soft, radiant skin and we’re a little bit obsessed!
For stubborn dry patches you need to keep a handy tube of Yu-Be (£13.50) close by. If it’s good enough for the first Japanese woman to climb Everest then it’s good enough for us! If the camphor scent is a turn-off for you then we also love to keep a tube of Dr PawPaw (£6.95) in our kits for all sorts of uses.
To prep winter-dry skin for make-up you need a moisturiser which will keep hydration high without causing the products on top to slip about, and we’ve found some brilliant ones. The Caudalie Vinosource Moisture Gel Sorbet (£23) is oil free but packed with ingredients such as organic grape water keep skin quenched. It absorbs quickly and works perfectly with make-up on top.
Decleor’s Aurabsolu range feels truly decadent; using Jasmine Absolute, usually reserved for fine fragrances, Decleor recognised its ability to revitalise sluggish skin. Whether you try the Aurabsolu Hydrogel sheet mask (£12) or the Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream (£49.50) to impart radiance, we love the fresh feeling they impart.
Another beautiful moisturiser comes from Darphin – their Hydraskin Rich Replenishing Moisturiser (£35) works hard to rebuild the skin surface and restore suppleness. What drew our attention were the unusual ingredients, such as Cogangrass (a subtropical plant, rich in potassium, to help maintain cellular balance and the skin) and Kiwi Extracts (rich in oligo-elements and Vitamin C which fight free radicals, revitalise and moisten the epidermis).
We were surprised by the clay scent of the Timebomb Glory Days Moisturiser (£28) until we applied it and felt our skin absorb it immediately, tighten and brighten. It’s not the most moisturising of all the products we’ve tried, but the quick absorption and tightening effect left a great canvas for make-up.
Last, but not least by any respect, Australian natural brand Jurlique have a number of great products to keep skin soft and smooth in cold weather. Their Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream (£29) uses (you guessed it) rose and rosehip extract combined with plenty of other lovely ingredients to deeply hydrate and improve surface texture.