We're only just recovering from England’s coldest week in five years, and after the on-set of childlike excitement at those fluffy white snowflakes swirling around in a flurry before hitting the ground, came a hard dose of realisation. It’s bloody awful for your skin.
Now the constant stream of snow scenes on Insta has subsided, our eyes are free to glance at the mirror and clock the patches of dry skin on our cheeks that were never there before, fine lines around our eyes that look deeper and NOT SO FINE any more, what has happened to us?!
In a nutshell, cold weather means a real lack of humidity in the air, and that saps moisture from our skin. Wonderful. The answer? Tackle that dreaded dryness with a two-pronged approach. Up your water intake during the day (beauty from the inside y’all!) and add a good extra dose of the stuff from the outside too with one of our favourite little beauty weapons, the face mist.
Yes, you can switch your moisturiser to a heavier one, yes you can crank up the intensity of your night cream, but consider the benefits of one of these little bad boys too. You can up your moisture levels on-the-go, and more importantly, over your makeup. Sold? Check out our favourites...
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, £18 – It's packed with hyaluronic acid to attract water and maintain moisture levels. Use it to boost your dewy factor during the day without caking on more makeup. A nourishing blend of black oat, provitamin A and linoleic acid reduces redness, soothes irritation and calms your skin.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £32 (100ml), £12 (30ml) – This one’s a real cult classic, and for all the history geeks out there (that includes me by the way), it’s inspired by the recipe for the ‘elixir of youth’ that was reportedly used centuries ago by Queen Isabelle of Hungary. It is made up of extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and even myrrh to revive, smooth and nourish your skin. There’s a reason it’s a firm favourite with Beauty Editors the world over. One spritz and you won’t look back!
MAC Prep + Prime Fix Lavender, £18 – Introducing a new kid on the beauty block! Well the original Prep + Prime Fix has been around for a while but we're introducing the new editions. The spray is designed to give you that finishing touch over makeup and to boost your skin’s hydration levels on the go too. It’s brimming with a botanical blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber that nourishes your complexion on contact, and now it comes in Coconut, Lavender, and Rose edition. The lavender version has to be our favourite, it calms your skin yes, but that ever-relaxing scent calms your mind too, now that’s a priceless power.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £18 – Rose water is renowned for its skin calming properties, so pop it in a face mist and you’re on to a winner! Jurlique have done just that and we can’t get enough of it. Use it to hydrate, sooth away redness and irritation and give your complexion a dose of antioxidant complexion throughout the day. It’s a true desk-side staple.
Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin Anti-UV Mist SPF 30, £10 – This face mist is about as angelic as they get. Not only is it enriched with a patented formula that stimulates your skin to rehydrate itself continuously (that’s some serious tech!) but it’s reinforced with an SPF 30 too. This one’s an absolute must of you’re heading off skiing, sun protection is invaluable out on the slopes.
So there you have it! Need we say more?! Give your skin the moisturising TLC it's crying out for this cold, cold winter, and get spritzing!