With the cool air of autumn upon us and winter’s cold, dry winds approaching, it’s time to get serious about caring for your skin. That's why we've teamed up with Ultraceuticals to give one lucky Irish Tatler the chance to win the one basic product every skincare routine should have: moisturiser.
Whether your skincare routine involves ten steps or just two - we can guarantee that moisturiser is non-negotiable even if you have oily skin and especially if you have dry skin.
While facemasks, peels and serums often steal the limelight, it’s moisturiser that we turn our face to last thing at night and first thing in the morning most, if not every, day. When combined with freshly cleansed skin, Moisturiser is one of the most important things you can put on your face (aside from SPF, of course). Why? Well, face moisturisers trap in water and hydration and hold it to the skin but more importantly, they also help maintain a healthy skin barrier that not only prevents bacteria and irritants from entering your skin but also prevents moisture and nutrients from escaping.
But with more and more brands releasing their own takes on moisturiser and those that we know and love now launching with "new improved formulas", it can be all to easy to be swayed into purchasing a cream only to realise it does nothing your skin requires - or worse, causes a breakout.
So as a necessary public service, we reached out to the experts at Ultraceuticals to break down the basics and devise the ultimate guide to choosing a moisturiser.
Keep scrolling for the best face masks for every skin type.
For normal, sensitive and dry skin
"A key moisturiser that leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and perfectly hydrated. This cream is designed to address dryness and dehydration and helps balance and maintain the skin’s hydration levels. Features powerful moisturising ingredients, Provitamin B5 and Shea Butter, that work by retaining moisture on the skin. Provitamin B5 also works as a soothing and conditioning agent for dry skin."
Ultra-Moisturiser Cream, €57
For normal, combination and oily skin
"This lightweight lotion hydrates and restores suppleness to the skin. An ideal overnight moisturiser for oily skin types. Contains Hyaluronic Acid, an essential hydrating ingredient that is reported to bind 1000 times its own weight in water. Contains barrier moisturising ingredients that mimic the skin’s own moisturising agents to assist in nourishing skin's surface layers that is often compromised in oily, congested skin. Formulated with conditioning ingredients (Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Extract), and Lecithin, a hydrating ingredient that assists in soothing and conditioning dry skin."
Ultra-Hydrating Lotion, €57
for extremely dry skin
"This ultra-rich cream is designed to address Fine Lines & wrinkles, firming, pigmentation and spots. This intense moisturiser provides immediate and lasting hydration for dry to very dry skins. Features powerful moisturising ingredients: Provitamin B5 and Shea Butter that work by increasing the humectant properties of the skin."
Ultra-Rich Moisturiser Cream, €73
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