The best winter moisturisers to soothe and strengthen skin
Hardworking hydrators – the lot of ‘em
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / June 08 2023
In terms of winter skin care there is no harder worker than the humble moisturiser; they seal in valuable moisture at a time when our entire body is experiencing Saharan-levels of dehydration. But they also provide an important layer of protection between you and your environment and strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier.
From lightweight (yet hydrating) gel-cream hybrids to occlusive, rich and nourishing face creams, there’s an abundance of formulas to sample. And the great news? Winter is the best time to get stuck into them and really make them work for their spot in your skin care routine.
Here are seven winter moisturisers to hold you down during the cooler months.
CAUDALIE Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer
This gel moisturiser may feel ultra lightweight but it’s big on hydration nonetheless. We’re talking about a formula infused with organic prebiotic grape water and aloe vera that works to moisturise and soothe skin, as well as reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier. A great addition to a sensitive-skin friendly routine.
$57 at Sephora
FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream Moisturiser
This reformulated cult-favourite utilises skin-strengthening Damask rose and hyaluronic acid to maintain a healthy, hydrated complexion. Time release technology ensures that the skin stays temperately moisturised for up to 72 hours post-application. Plump, dewy skin here we come.
$64 at Sephora
Weleda 24h Hydrating Facial Cream
Organic prickly pear cactus is to thank for the long-lasting hydration your skin will be experiencing once you slather on a healthy layer of this lightweight and breathable (not to mention vegan) formula.
$27.95 at Adore Beauty
Murad Intensive Recovery Cream
If your skin barrier has been impaired, you’re dealing with skin issues like eczema or your skin is just dry beyond belief, then this redness-reducing, skin-strengthening formula should be added to your next Adore Beauty order. Watch as this ultra-nourishing pick gets to work soothing irritation and reinforcing the skin’s barrier ASAP.
$125 at Adore Beauty
If your skin is too sensitive for products that are sensitive skin-specific, then it may be time to consider switching to baby products. This unassuming nappy cream isn’t just for a baby’s bot; it’s protective and barrier-strengthening properties help to moisturise skin and promote a healthier barrier function. Plus, the fact that it’s formulated for fresh-out-the-womb skin sets our minds at ease and makes it a no-brainer switch for when a standard moisturiser just isn’t cutting it.
$11.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Laneige Waterbank Moisture Cream Intensive
This intensive moisturiser combines antioxidant-rich green mineral water, nourishing shea butter and fatty acid ceramides for lasting hydration. It also helps to optimise water retention and adds a protective, sealed layer of moisturiser that improves barrier function.
$52 at Adore Beauty
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced
Is your complexion craving elasticity and plumpness? Hoping to see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles this winter? Give this talented corrective cream a go. Formulated to address and defend against visible signs of ageing, we guarantee it's the luxuriously effective hydrator your face has been looking for.
$274 at SkinCeuticals
Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Gel-Creme
This intensely hydrating pick utilises a Skin Barrier Therapy™ complex to protect skin from bacteria and external aggressors. Niacinamide is at work too, keeping your skin hydrated, replenished and plump, and your complexion refined.
$47.99 at Adore Beauty
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.