Looking for the best face cream to help keep that winter skin dryness at bay, but also want one that feels and smells luxurious? Skincare should be effective, of course, but it should also be a pleasure to use and feel like a daily treat when you put on your moisturiser in the morning or evening.
'I normally have oily skin, but it's suddenly feeling dry – do I really need to moisturise?' The answer is a resounding 'yes': everyone's skin is dehydrated in winter (hello, cold wind followed by dry centrally heated air) and needs a bit more TLC than in the summer. That includes young skin. Below are our tried and tested favourite face creams for winter skin.
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1. Best face cream for young skin: Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream
Dr Hauschka make gorgeous skincare products that are plant-based, effective, and affordable. Oh, and they always smell amazing. The Rose Day Cream is no exception – it smells of Turkish Delight and has a lovely, thick consistency that is very soothing for winter. If you're very oily, they also make a light version of this cream.
2. Best face cream for very dry skin: Darphin 8-flower Oil Cream Facial Moisturiser
If your skin is generally on the dry side, and colder weather is wreaking havoc on it, look no further than this superbly moisturising cream from Darphin. Its consistency is so rich it reminds us of butter: but don't worry, it's a dream to apply, because it turns into a hydrating oil on contact with the skin. Oh, and the floral-honey smell is absolutely intoxicating. Will suit oilier skin for night time use, too.
3. Best moisturiser with SPF: Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
'Do I really need to wear SPF in the winter?', you may ask. The truth is, we should all wear SPF every day to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. Dr Marko Lens is the world-class specialist in skin cancer behind the luxurious Zelens skincare line, and the Daily Defense is hands-down the best day cream with sun protection we've used. Yes, it's pricey, but it has the consistency and feel of a high-end skin cream, as well as being packed with anti-ageing ingredients. You'll want to wear this year round.
4. Best anti-ageing day cream: L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Creme
The smell alone of this cream makes it worthy of all the accolades it's received over the years, but there are other reasons L'Occitane's Immortelle cream remains a bestseller. It's thick but doesn't feel greasy post-application, and really makes your skin soft and glowing.
5. Best skin cream for a special treat: Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
Ok, we'll jump on the bandwagon and sing this amazing skin treatment's praises. Yes, it's technically a mask, but it has the creamiest, most luxurious consistency that will give most moisturisers out there a run for their money. It's also very versatile: you can use it as directed, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off, though we think that's madness, given the price. Instead, why not use this as a night cream when your skin really needs a boost, or as a hydrating treatment when travelling? Expensive but worth every penny.