Skin Deep

23rd October 2009

Four of the best new moisturisers, reviewed by Mary Linehan.

It’s that time of year when the first – and last – rule of skin care is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Skin is designed to handle some of the hammering that it gets, certainly, but with the extra damage caused by modern-day living – centrally heated buildings (so dehydrating!), sudden changes in temperature from indoor warmth to cold outdoor elements, lack of time interfering with the discipline of a good skincare routine – a good moisturiser is an absolute must to give skin the best chance to cope.

Mindful of the fact that everyone’s skin is different, of course, and what will suit one person will not necessarily deliver to another, here’s a selection of some of the latest moisturisers on the market: plenty of new science pressed into action at a wide range of price points.

Simple Be Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser (£3.21). Nice and lightweight, especially for oilier skins, this promises all-day hydration. Felt comfortable on the skin and good to go under foundation. Price-defying too.

Green People Day Solution™ Skin Defence Moisturiser SPF15 (£13.50). 85% organic and contains organic aloe vera, green tea and chamomile. Fabulously lightweight, it absorbs easily, leaving a matte texture so it’s totally wearable on clean skin or with a light dusting of face powder.

Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream (£17.98). Contains quince, aka honey apple, and beeswax. It’s richly textured, deliciously scented and works a treat for thirsty skin. I found this rich enough to double up as a night cream.

Sisley Confort Extreme Day Moisturiser (£100). Surprisingly easily absorbed for such a rich treatment moisturiser designed for very dry, sensitive skins. This is expensive, sure, but you don’t need to use very much to see and feel real benefit from its high-tech formulation that also incorporates botanical extracts.

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