The cooler months can be unforgiving on your skin and can leave it feeling dry, itchy, blotchy, red, irritated and dull looking.

The harsh, cold and dry air, not to mention the use of heaters, hotter showers and longer baths can cause your skin to dehydrate and can strip it of its natural oils.

Moisturisers act like a big drink of water for your skin. They are one of the best tools in your skincare kit, which will help to combat this dryness and irritation that most, if not all of us experience during the cooler months.

It is important to keep your skin hydrated with moisturiser year-round and even more so when your skin is battling with the winter weather.

Dehydrated skin can increase the look of fine lines and wrinkles and can cause rough texture and increased dullness. This will also impact how your makeup sits on your skin and can leave it looking uneven.

Moisturising should be a twice daily part of your routine and is the perfect post shower and post cleanse step, while your skin is still damp, to lock in that moisture.

And don’t forget an eye cream, which will help to protect your delicate eye area, a nourishing lip balm and of course SPF and plenty of water.

All skin types need a good moisturiser, but not all moisturisers will suit your skin type. It can be confusing trying to pick your moisturiser match. We’ve developed a guide below to help you choose one that is best suited to your skin type or concern.

Normal skin

So you’ve got normal skin? Aren’t you lucky. Normal skin is the easiest to deal with when it comes to choosing products as it will be less fussy than some of the other skin types. When looking for a moisturiser, you’ll want to choose one that is hydrating to keep your normal skin healthy, supported and protected.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Hydrating Moisturiser

Oily skin

It can feel counterproductive to add hydrating products to oily skin, especially when you want to dry that oil up. But the right moisturiser will actually help to regulate and control sebum production and keep the oil at bay.

Choosing a balancing moisturiser will keep your skin feeling matte, with no greasy residue left behind. Balancing moisturisers will also allow your pores to remain clean and unclogged by promoting healthy skin cells.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Balancing Moisturiser

Dry skin

Dry skin really needs your love and attention during the cooler months, when the elements are fighting to make it even drier. Choose a moisturiser that is full of hydrating ingredients, such as natural oils, which are beneficial to supporting and protecting your dry skin.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Hydrating Moisturiser

Mature skin

Mature skin is beautiful, but when it isn’t kept hydrated, any fine lines or wrinkles you might have could be emphasised. You’ll want to look for a moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated and plump. Keeping your skin hydrated will also minimise the formation of any new fine lines and wrinkles and the further development of existing signs of aging.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Hydrating Moisturiser

Combination skin

Your combination skin doesn’t know which camp it wants to sit in. It can be oily in some spots (usually your t-zone) and dry in others. Choosing a balancing moisturiser, which promotes healthy skin cells, will help to keep your pores feeling clear and matte in your oily zones, while boosting hydration in your dryer areas.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Balancing Moisturiser

Problematic skin

If you have problematic skin you want to ensure your moisturiser is helping your pores to remain clean and unclogged throughout the day. A balancing moisturiser, works beautifully throughout the day to promote healthy skin cells, allowing your pores to remain clean and unclogged.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Balancing Moisturiser

All skin types

When used with the right moisturiser, face mists and serums will work together to combat any pesky skin problems and lack of hydration your skin may be experiencing during the cooler months.

Face mists are a great way to give your skin a boost in hydration and prepare your skin for moisturiser post cleanse (remember we want to lock all the moisture in). All skin types will benefit from a refreshing and moisturising mist. A mist is also a great way to top that hydration up during the day, without messing with your makeup or doing a lengthy skincare routine.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Toning Mist

A Vitamin B serum suits all skin types as it works to boost the immune system of the skin that may be a little run-down during the cooler months. This helps with acne, rosacea and sun damaged skin. It also improves the skin’s ability to hang on to its water content, which is so important in keeping it hydrated.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Vitamin B Serum

A Retinol or Vitamin A serum is a powerful antioxidant and cell turnover accelerator. It’s great for all skin types, especially aged, sun-damaged and acne skin. Look for one that is built into a hydrating base such as squalane to help dry and/or dehydrated skin and replenish the skin’s natural barrier.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Retinol Serum

Vitamin C serum is a high-strength antioxidant that treats sun damage, lightens sun spots and lifts those fine lines and wrinkles that dehydrated skin loves to emphasise. It’s suitable for all skin types, especially aged and sun-damaged. If you have rosacea skin, please do not use a Vitamin C serum.

We recommend: Beautiful Unique Face Vitamin C Serum