When the temperature plummets, you need a hard-working moisturiser. From hydrating to brightening, these nourishing formulations will become a winter essential - we promise says editor Trudi Brewer.
It happens at this time every year, our skin starts to get that tight, itchy feeling, with dry patches that make foundation appear blotchy. Despite our best efforts (humidifiers, skin masks, and drinking more water), these chilly temperatures are challenging for our skin. The solution - slather on a nourishing moisturizer.
Here are the rich soothing options we think deliver on their promises.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream Enriched, $115.
This whipped velvety texture, will correct the look of fine lines fast thanks to the clever ReNeura Technology. It works from the inside out to instinctively nourish skin so you don't have to deal with those age-related issue brought on by skin dehydration.
Weleda Skin Food, $23.
This cult beauty buy is loved by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts, as well as makeup artists and models who all swear by its 100 per cent natural, nourishing texture that leaves a gorgeous, dewy sheen on the skin. There is also a new Skinfood Light.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $103.
It looks and feels a bit like shaving cream, fluffy and super nourishing. This natural jar of goodness is fragrance-free and without silicones and waxes (ideal for sensitive skin). It is packed with plant and vegetable oils, and hydrating fatty acids, this luxe-y cream with quickly restore moisture to your face.
Tarte Baba Bomb Moisturizer from, $30.
The most heavenly whipped formula, that is full of nourishing, collagen-boosting natural plant extracts such as olive avocado and camellia seed oils. As well as ginseng extract that firms and hydrates skin in seconds.
Avène Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream, $57.
For anyone with very dry skin this nourishing fragrance-free, rich moisturiser will give your face immediate relief. In a base of mineral-rich thermal spring water this rich cream is super hydrating and ultra soothing.
Snowberry Simply Delicious Moisturiser, $55.
For both the face and neck, this formula is enriched with Shea butter and Amazonian Cupuacu butter, Lingonberry and macadamia seed oils, as well as NZ Rewarewa honey. It's perfect for nourishing dry skin, and also helps to smooth the look of an uneven complexion.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, $75.
You can believe the hype when it comes to this skin-plumping, gel-like moisturiser. It’s packed with activated aloe water and radiance giving hyaluronic acid. The brand promises non-stop hydration for up to 72 hours - and we can vouch for that.
Great 8 Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35, $69.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream needs no introduction by the new Great 8 does. Having used an entire tube on a recent holiday, (travel is not kind on the skin) this do-it-all beauty balm-like moisture boost, is a hydrating multi-tasker that soothes, brightens the skin.