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Cold comfort: 10 moisturisers for winter skin

Winter weather + central heating = parched, dull and dry skin. Protect and nourish with these instant fixes.
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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (£34, boots.com)

A silky cream/gel that glides on and acts as a barrier, hydrating skin for hours. Our testers said it left skin feeling and looking like velvet.
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Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (£42, bobbibrown.co.uk)

Layer this over your usual day cream to give skin a lit-from-within look. Perfect for those cold mornings when you need an extra boost.
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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (£13, thebodyshop.co.uk)

If you’ve never tried a facial oil, this is the one to convert you. The vitamin E in this lightweight oil recharges skin overnight without leaving a greasy slick on your pillow.
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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich (£16, boots.com)

For less than £20, this moisturiser won’t be beaten. It’s enriched with spa water to soften skin and though it’s rich it sinks in fast, so you can apply makeup straightaway.
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SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (£59, lookfantastic.com)

This gel from beauty powerhouse SkinCeuticals contains hyaluronic acid which naturally binds moisture to the skin. Use in tandem with your moisturiser for best results.
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L’Occitane Ultra Rich Comforting Cream (£28, uk.loccitane.com)

One of the best day creams we’ve roadtested this year. With a light and whippy texture and delicate scent, it’ll quickly become your daily hero.
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Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil (£31, emmahardie.com)

Celebrity facialist Emma is loved by everyone from Kate Hudson to Fearne Cotton and her skincare does what it says on the tin. This luscious lemon and sweet almond oil is a game-changer: slick it on damp skin.
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Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque (£19, aveda.co.uk)

When your skin’s playing up – redness, blotches, dry patches – this mask is a comforting rescue remedy. Smoothing and calming, it’s all-natural, with rosewater, aloe and lavender.
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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich (£80, timetospa.co.uk)

In winter, you need to amp up your skincare: think of it as slipping on an extra sweater. Elemis has added antioxidants, vitamins and seaweed to its best-selling, multi-award winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream to bring relief to weather-beaten skin.
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Jurlique Nutri-Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream (£72, jurlique.co.uk)

Not cheap, but this cream is the perfect anti-winter shield. Five powerful active ingredients – including zingy peppermint – fight the signs of tiredness, and that alone makes it worth the price…
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