Best Winter Face Creams – How to Stop Your Face Falling off When the Temperature Drops

Here in Blighty we’re having very strange weather – which is great for us, since it gives us something to talk to each other about in elevators. Only a few days ago, it was cold enough to form that powdery icing that passes for snow in London. Now it’s mild as milk out there. Meanwhile, some parts of the UK are having  biblical style floods. There’s no pitiless Stark, “Winter is coming” going on here. It might be coming. But then again, it looks like it forgot its bus ticket.

Not to drag this into the shallows, but all this change can be simply murder on the complexion, my dears. If this weather is wreaking havoc on your peaches and cream, then here are some things I’ve found that might help.

If all this change in the temperature brings out the redness in your skin, look no further than French skincare brand (and darling of beauty bloggers), La Roche-Posay. Now write this down because this brand’s names are very confusing, impossible to remember and all the packs look the same. This is Rosaliac AR Intense.

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La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense, Boots, £17

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Sali Hughes, the beauty writer, found that this worked within a day or two to calm rosacea. If you look like a ruddy faced farmers wife when the temperature drops, try the anti-redness moisturiser in the range, Rosaliac Skin Perfecting Anti-redness Moisturiser (around £14). It’s green but, unless people are being very polite, it hasn’t yet made me look like Kermit.

I’m currently trying Clinique Redness Solutions, Daily Relief Cream, £40. This made many beauty editors “Best of the Year” lists, so naturally, I had to try it. So far, so wonderfully unrosy.

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Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream, John Lewis, £40

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I often ramp up the level of moisturiser in my products when the temperatures are yo-yoing. Otherwise, while my face doesn’t exactly fall off, my skin does look very dull and (attractive) grey. My favourite product  gives you a bit of light coverage and a lot of glow – Bobby Brown’s tinted moisturising balm. It makes you look like you’ve just come in from a long walk and has SPF protection – a great day time option.

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Bobby Brown, Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm

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Although it is the last thing I fancy doing, I often try to use a facial scrub or exfoliator at this time of year, just to get rid of the dull, dead layers. A brilliant product I love (and at only £9 what’s not to love) is Soap & Glory’s The Greatest Scrub of All (available at Boots). Honestly, I’ve spent fortunes on these things in the past and this is as good, no BETTER, than any of those exfoliants pressed upon you by eager facialists.

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SOAP AND GLORY The Greatest Scrub of All, available at Boots, £9

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Not for those of you with sensitive skin, but NeoStrata creams with added AHA are good at gently releasing your inner peachiness. I like this range a great deal and find them pretty effective at keeping my skin looking fresh. These are called “resurfacers” which sounds scarier than it is. I’ve featured the stronger variant, but do check you find the right one for you HERE

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NeoStrata Face Cream Plus, Amazon.co.uk around £26.

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This is also the time of year when I might upgrade my cleanser (if you’re taken by the NeoStrata idea, check out their wonderful NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Cleanser (around £26). For fans of the hot cloth method, now is the time to pull out the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm. It’s pricy (from £50) but very soothing to an upset complexion. I find it just a little more wintery and soothing than the also excellent Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which is a more reasonable £15.50.

I find my lips are particularly temperamental at this time of the year and lip balm doesn’t do enough to smooth them. Step up Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (£18). It works on even the crustiest kisser without stickiness. Plus the honey shade is a great everyday colour.

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CLARINS Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, available from Clarins.com, £18

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Finally, for a rich soothing face cream that will make your skin feel like silk, this Elemis Pro- Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich gets the kind of online love that make you want to have its babies (make sure you try it first as it isn’t cheap at £80 a pot).

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ELEMIS Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich Anti Ageing Cream, available from major department stores, £80

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Last but by no means least, for those who love a smart buy, try this bargainacious and wonderful rose scented night cream from the Superfacialist range by Una Brennan. At £14.99 a jar you can smear it on with abandon

SuperfacialistSuperfacialist by Una Brennan (apologies for tatty box but you should see the state of my skincare cupboard), from Boots.com & instore  £14.99

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