Advent is almost upon us, which means (among other things) that the shortest day of the year is looming ever closer: Good news for both our mental wellbeing and that rife Vitamin D deficiency we've been nursing...

Sadly, longer days don’t necessarily mean warmer days; so, our bone-dry, chill-battered skin will need to muster its defences for a few months more. Hydration is key to this, and ­– when your natural resources are down – there are plenty of options to help you achieve maximum moisture. Here are five of the best... Dive in!

The Cream... Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture by Murad
Thick as brandy butter, this dermatologist-created powerhouse offers intense nourishment throughout the day. Relieving irritation and restoring a supple touch, care of Shea Butter, Coconut Extract, Avocado, Sunflower and Olive Fruit Oils, it also drenches the dermis with a wash of Hyaluronic Acid to enhance skin’s ability to absorb moisture, as well as retain it. That frosty North Wind ain’t got nothing on this...

The Oil... Omega Hydrating Oil by Lancer
Balancing out the richness of a cream, Lancer’s lightweight oil promotes softness, elasticity and an oh-so-elusive winter glow. Chalk that up to a recipe of Omega Fatty Acids including 3, 6, and 9. Pores are refined with a Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, meanwhile a melting pot of fermented oils – from Argan and Olive to Shiunko and Liquorice – locks in the moisture that seems intent on escaping at this time of year.

The Serum... B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum by Drunk Elephant
Touted as “a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin”, Drunk Elephant’s pro-vitamin B serum is a rare breed, indeed. A social media phenomenon that’s actually as good as it looks, it utilises Barberry Extract to soothe, Pineapple Ceramide to hold hydration, and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer to eat up free radicals and act as your daily antioxidant. At pH 5.5, it’s a rock solid foundation for a festive season of overindulgence.  

The Mask... Vital Hydration Face Mask by Kat Burki
Would that it were possible to pamper oneself on the hour, every hour, but if a spare 20 minutes is all you have going, a gentle face massage and liberal slathering of Kat Burki’s Vital Hydration Mask will at least make you feel like you’re taking some time for yourself. Dehydrated skin will drink in the Cold-Processed nutrients (treated as such for optimum potency), working in unison with neuropeptides to battle the tell-tale signs of festive fatigue.

The Mist... Splash Hydrating Setting Mist by Algenist
Opting for a matte or powdery base after your hydration routine can feel somewhat counterproductive. Rather than taking three steps back with every two steps forwards, Algenist’s post-application refreshment mist will not only set your makeup look against the elements – but it also promises to revive both it and you, on the surface and beyond. Created with mineral-enriched sea water, it harnesses the power of nature at a time when your own natural resources are significantly depleted.

Take the plunge. Shop our hydrating hero products here:

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