Eight skincare must-haves for winter 2021: Serums, face oils, lip balms

Ready for the cold weather?

Wintry weather can leave skin feeling dry, chapped and dull, meaning now is the time to invest in your beauty routine.

We’ve rounded up the eight key skincare ingredients that will transform and protect your skin throughout the colder months – along the brilliant products packed with them.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive

The superhero ingredient: Ferulic acid

The star of the show in this new, improved version of Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique serum is ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from damage caused by free radicals.

It can also help reduce the appearance of sun spots and help brighten dull skin — something we’re more prone to during the long, dark months of winter.

Buy it for £61 from Lancôme

StriVectin Super-B Barrier Strengthening Oil

The super hero ingredient: Niacin

Cold air is dry air so during the winter months we need all the hydration help we can get, and this is where niacin — a form of vitamin B — comes in.

Niacin improves the skin’s hydration levels, boosting cell turnover (a process that can be a bit sluggish during winter), strengthening the skin barrier and locking in moisture.

Buy it for £62 from Feel Unique

Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Lip Booster

The superhero ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

During winter, skin is especially prone to dryness — not just because of the cold weather but because we’re more likely to crank up the central heating at home. Central heating relies on dry air and can quickly suck moisture from the skin, especially from delicate areas such as the lips.

The latest weapon to add to your skincare arsenal? Paula’s Choice’s new Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Lip Booster, which launched on October 11 and relies on hyaluronic acid to improve the skin’s ability to absorb — and lock in — moisture, all while stimulating cell regeneration.

The result? A plumper pout, which stays hydrated for longer. Bring on the mistletoe!

Buy it for £24 from Paula’s Choice

Filorga Hydra-Hyal Intensive Hydrating Plumping Concentrate

The superhero ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

Filorga’s Hydra-Hyal Intensive Hydrating Plumping Concentrate (try saying that after a mouthful of mince pie) takes a different approach to many winter-friendly skincare serums by relying on hyaluronic acids with low, medium and high molecular weights to smooth, hydrate and plump with ultimate efficiency — a hyaluronic acid hat-trick, if you will.

Buy it for £38.51 from Feel Unique

Avon Anew Renewal Power Serum

The superhero ingredient: Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B, which can tackle all the things our skin is more at risk from in winter, including enlarged pores and uneven skin tone.

It does this not only by stimulating enzymes, which act as antioxidants, but by boosting protein production within skin cells, all of which means a healthier skin barrier — something that becomes even more important in winter due to the onslaught of external aggressors such as cold air and moisture-sapping central heating.

Buy it for £16 from Avon

Trilogy Aromatic Certified Rosehip Oil

The superhero ingredient: Frankincense

A new, improved version of Trilogy’s legendary rosehip oil, this moisture-boosting winter wonder smells divine thanks to a hit of frankincense — and what would be more wintry than that?

It’s an ingredient that has been cropping up in a growing number of skincare products recently due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it especially suitable for winter, when our skin is more prone to sensitivity.

Buy it for £34.50 from Trilogy

Super Facialist Skin Perfecting Primer

The superhero ingredient: Fruit enzymes

A primer that doesn’t just instantly improve the appearance of skin but helps lock in moisture while smoothing and brightening? Sign us up.

This lightweight primer uses fruit enzymes to speed up skin cell renewal, which means brighter, clearer skin — even after you’ve removed this brilliant, skin-enhancing primer.

Buy it for £16.99 from Just My Look

The Konjac Sponge Co Mandala Aloe Vera Face Sponge

The superhero ingredient: Aloe vera

Moisture-boosting, skin-calming aloe vera has been around for centuries. What sets this next product apart is the way it’s been used — in this case by infusing it into a konjac sponge.

This handbag-friendly essential is especially useful in winter. Dashing from the desk to the bar for Christmas drinks? A quick cleanse with this beauty and you’ll be good to go.

Buy it for £9.99 from Konjac Sponge Company

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