The winter months: great news for TV dramas and your favourite cashmere jumper, but rather less good news for your skin — with harsh winds, dry indoor air, low humidity, and even cold-weather sunburn all threatening to wreak havoc on the grooming routine that sees you through the sunnier months.
And, since it is the low humidity of the wintry air which causes the outer layer of your skin to dry out and allows moisture to escape, a good moisturiser is a staple in any well-groomed gentleman’s winter arsenal.
With this in mind, we have curated a list of the best moisturisers on the market right now, that will help protect your skin as you battle the elements — banishing dry skin, inflammation and discomfort.
For facing the day...
Despite the winter weather providing some challenging elements for your skin, there’s no need to dive headfirst into the thickest face cream you can find, especially if your skin is combination or oily.
For a good all-rounder, invest in one of these lightweight daily moisturisers. Each of them include an exotic array of cutting-edge nourishing ingredients to help leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed. Apply to cleansed, dry skin in the morning and evening.
DR JART+Ceramidin Cream
Floris No.89 Facial Moisturiser
For putting dry skin to bed...
Our skin’s cycle means that its needs first thing in the morning are very different from its needs overnight. In the evening your skin is more receptive to the creams you apply. This is thanks to its higher temperature which means that it absorbs active skincare ingredients more easily.
With this in mind, if you’re in need of some deep nourishment, bed time is the best time to apply a highly concentrated moisturiser. Choose a product with antioxidant ingredients, vitamins C, E and F and anti-aging retinol and AHAs for optimal results. Here’s our pick of the best.
Perricone MD Essential Fx Rejuvenating Moisturizer
Allies of Skin Overnight Facial
Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate
For zoning in on the problem...
For those with combination skin, it can be a challenge to find a moisturiser that hydrates painful, dry areas, without making typically oily areas look greasy. One option is to invest in two creams that are best suited to the different areas of the face, but really, who has the time or cabinet space?
These moisturisers are all designed to pack a seriously hydrating punch in a small quantity so you can target the areas that need it most — apply as often as you need, but remember that less is sometimes more.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
Aesop Control Anti-Blemish Gel
Lab Series Max LS Power V Cream