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While there are loads of upsides to this time of year (mostly: roasts, Netflix and flexing your finest knitwear), dry skin is definitely not one of them. So, the best thing you can do this coming winter is make a few small switch-ups to your current skincare routine – like swapping your standard face wash for a hydrating formula, or adding ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to your moisturising step. The best skincare for the job? From CeraVe’s moisture-friendly cleanser to Dr Paw Paw's multitasking moisture balm, we’ve picked out five of the best formulas set to prep your face for the cold weather.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, £9.50

Hate to break it to you but, for the foreseeable, your classic face wash just isn’t gonna cut it. Enter CeraVe, AKA the derm-approved brand that’s loaded with skin-loving ingredients and formulated especially for dry skin. The science behind it? This hydrating cleanser doesn’t just keep your skin looking fresh and clean; thanks to three essential ceramides, it actually helps restore and protect the skin barrier that often gets damaged during the winter months (hello, sub-zero temps and central heating). The result? Skin that's supported in staying moisturised when you need it most. Use this morning and night and see the results for yourself!
Paw Paw Shea Butter Balm

Dr. PAWPAW Shea Butter Balm, £4.95

Ideal for dry hands, skin and lips, Dr Paw Paw’s multitasking balms are the kind of all-rounders everyone needs in their life. With dense, protective formulas, these balms work extra hard to keep skin nice and soft. The Shea Butter balm, for instance, is packed with nourishing pawpaw (AKA papaya) fruit, aloe vera, olive oil and loads more to help your skin stay smooth, even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. P.S. Keep it handy throughout the day when your skin needs a little TLC. Just apply it to the area and you’re good to go!
Doers Of London Hydration Serum

Doers of London Hydration Serum, £18

Heard of hyaluronic acid? It’s the ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water within the cells of the skin, making it one of the best ingredients to combat dry, winter skin. Try adding the Doers Of London Hydration Serum into your routine (after cleansing and before moisturising). It contains three different types of hyaluronic acid for a boost of hydration from the inside out. Plus, it’s loaded with other great ingredient, including aloe vera and antioxidants to help nourish and protect your skin.
L'Oreal Hydration Face Masks

L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Face Mask, £9.99

You know the drill: dropping temps + central heating = dry skin. How to give your skin a lil boost? Using a face mask just once a week can work wonders, relieving any dryness in a matter of minutes. So, for skincare that goes the extra mile, put on this L’Oreal Men Expert tissue mask for five mins and you'll be on the way to energised, hydrated skin. P.S. This mask also removes any excess oil, so you're left with smooth skin without any unwanted shininess.  

Clinique For Men Hydrator Concentrate

Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator Eye Concentrate, £28.50

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most delicate part of the face so, as soon as winter rolls around, it’s usually the first place to suffer the consequences of dry, dehydrated skin. The remedy? While your daily moisturiser does a great job at hydrating and protecting your skin throughout the day, it’s still a good idea to give your under-eyes some extra TLC, especially in winter. This under-eye concentrate by Clinique For Men might just win the prize for working harder than any other product in your skincare line-up. It helps to boost skin’s natural moisture levels, hydrates the delicate eye area and it even provides up to 96 hours of hydration! Need we say more?