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Winter can be a struggle for skin. The cold weather, strong winds and indoor heating can suck the moisture out of skin, leaving it dull, dry and unable to maintain its balance.
But, invest in a good, nourishing moisturiser and your skin will be cared for and protected throughout each cold snap.
If you’re prone to breakouts, select a moisturiser that is oil free and if you’re concerned about visible signs of ageing then opt for a product that contains hyaluronic acid.
Fortunately, caring for your skin doesn’t have to break the bank. There are numerous, beloved and cruelty-free products under £30 that will give your complexion the TLC it needs when temperatures drop.
To make your life easier, we’ve split up the best of the bunch - from team favourites to top-rated buys - and split them into difference price points.
So, whether you’re happy to spend less than a tenner on your skin or up to £30, there’s an option.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser 50ml | £6.50 at Amazon (RRP £12.99)
This oil-free moisturiser is wonderfully light but still feels really nourishing. It absorbs quickly and keeps skin feeling cared for all day long. Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, which helps alleviate dry skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA 30ml | £4.90 + free delivery at lookfantastic
Cult beauty brand The Ordinary has a whole wealth of beloved beauty brands in its arsenal, including this brilliant moisturiser. An effective hydrator, this non-greasy product supplements skin with a selection of natural moisturising ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, to help product and nourish.
Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost 50ml | £8 + free delivery over £10 at Boots
A great all-rounder, this lightweight gel cream hydrates by helping the skin retain moisture. Like a lot of the products in this list, it contains hyaluronic acid and so will help fight visible signs of ageing. It’s also cruelty free, vegan and fragrance free.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream 50ml | £14 + free delivery over £20 at The Body Shop
It’s easy to see why this is The Body Shop’s best-selling skincare product. It’s suitable for all skin types, enriched with vitamin E, shea butter, olive oil and hyaluronic acid and really does tick all the boxes. A little goes a long way, too, so this cream will last you a good few months.
Weleda Skin Food 75ml | £12.95 + free delivery at lookfantastic
A badly-kept beauty industry secret, this nourishing can be used all over the body - not just the face. It’s great to applying to dry patches of skin during the winter and is packed with plant extracts and essential oils to really give your skin some TLC.
CeraVe Moisturising Cream | £10.85 at lookfantastic + free delivery
Developed with dermatologists, this rich and restorative moisturise has rave reviews. Ideal for dry and very dry skin, it contains Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid that work together to protect the skin’s natural barrier, locking in moisture for up to 24-hours.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream 28ml | £16 + free delivery at Kiehl’s
This best-selling facial cream has over 900 reviews on Kiehls’ website and an average 4.7-star rating. Its texture is beautifully light - unlike a lot of rich face creams - and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Dry/Sensitive Skin 50ml | £22 + free delivery over £50 at John Lewis
This plant-based moisturiser contains avocado oils and other naturally active ingredients such as borage (a rich source of the essential fatty acid GLA) to replace lost moisturisers and help protect against dryness.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 50ml | £23.51 at Amazon (RRP £51.99)
Designed to keep skin looking plump and dewy for up to 72 hours, even after washing your face, this cream is perfect for really dry and dehydrated complexions. It helps restore the correct moisture balance while simultaneously protecting against environmental damage.