‘Winter is coming,’ whispers Jon Snow. It’s a sentiment your skin knows all too well this time of year. Your face starts feeling the pinch as temperatures drop and, while your workplace pumps up the central heating, you skin’s natural moisture goes into free fall, with the environment sucking the life out of it. While we can layer up our bodies with lots of lovely winter fabrics, your face feels more exposed than ever – especially if you’ve ditched the beard for a clean shaven aspect. In order to combat skin fatigue, I’ve picked three of my top face saving products designed to protect the skin over the harsh winter months. With these, your skin will have a fighting chance of looking and feeling its best.
Harry’s Winston shaving set
Successful endeavours start with solid foundations and your skin is no different. To give your face the best shot at being receptive to hydrating face creams, gels and masks at this time of year, give it the smoothest shave you can, so it can soak up maximum hydration. This Winston set from Harry’s gives you the tools to do just that. The ergonomic shape, formed from die-cast zinc and with a non-slip rubberized grip, is first class. It really does handle well, and glides across coarse beard hair thanks to its German-engineered blades. This set is limited edition, and includes a razor stand, travel cover and a shaving cream infused with soothing eucalyptus. Invest now, and call it an early Christmas present to yourself.
£38, shop now
Dr. Dennis Gross hyaluronic oil-free moisture cushion
It’s not hard to see why this certified dermatologist has a growing fan base. The New York skin specialist approaches some of the most common skin complaints by utilising a range of potent ingredients. This oil-free moisturiser has the lightness of a gel but feels as rich as a cream. Its sole aim is to give your face maximum hydration, helping maintain its natural elasticity and an even skin appearance. The formula is enriched with Japanese marine algae, a source high in protein that tightens and hydrates the skin deep down. It can also help skin disorders such as acne and eczema. The hyaluronic acid chromospheres lock in the moisture to your newly clean shaved skin, keeping the lower layers of the dermis hydrated to take on air conditioned offices as well as the sub zero temperatures on the walk to work.
£56, shop now
Grown Alchemist age repair lip treatment
Taking a naturalist approach to skin care, siblings Messrs Keston and Jeremy Muijs of Grown Alchemist aim to harness the most potent natural ingredients mixed with vital vitamins and antioxidants. This lip treatment is a little pocket miracle. While the face might get preferential treatment in the colder months, your lips are feeling the chill just as keenly, becoming dry and chapped if they’re not given the nourishing lip care they are crying out for. This cream is packed with violet leaf extract, rich in conditioning properties, along with stimulating tri-peptides, which increase collagen production. Keep this handy tube at your desk or in your pocket to keep your lips soft and smooth.
£26, shop now