8 of the best new-season skincare heroes

Whether you’re going into winter or summer, a change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. SUZANNE SCOTT reveals the wonder products that will help your skin withstand the change in weather


BEST FOR AN INTENSIVE TREATMENT Royal Fern Phytoactive Hydra-Firm Intense Mask

Developed by leading German skin expert, Dr Timm Golueke, this beautifully textured creamy mask is rich in potent plant extracts and multi-tasks to plump up, deeply hydrate and brighten dull and generally lackluster end-of-season skin. Apply it generously and ideally leave on overnight to ensure you wake up to a smoother, fresher and re-energized complexion.

BEST FOR CREATING A LUMINOUS GLOW Dr. Barbara Sturm Brightening Face Cream

With its subtle particles of shimmer (not sparkle), this airy moisturizer makes skin look kissed by the sun. It feels light enough to wear even in high humidity and, thanks to its cress-sprouts extract and hyaluronic acid, it really ups the ante when it comes to reigning in hyperpigmentation and adding moisture. A tiny amount really boosts your glow, so you can forgo foundation and just blend in a little concealer if it’s needed.


While gel-textured moisturizers are great in the summer when your skin is naturally more hydrated, they can fall short when the weather becomes cooler and drier. This super-luxe and silky moisturizer has found itself a loyal following thanks to its fast-absorbing, lightweight formulation of argan, avocado and evening-primrose oil; the trio of ingredients will restore lost moisture and transform dry skin quickly.

BEST FOR SUN-INDUCED HYPERPIGMENTATION Dr Dennis Gross Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel

If your skin is showing signs of sun-induced hyperpigmentation, it’s time to introduce a peel into your skincare regimen. This two-step weekly treatment uses Alpha Beta acids and bromelain to lift off dead skin and reduce the appearance of pigmentation. Apply the peel making sure to properly treat areas where pigmentation has collected, and allow it two minutes to work before neutralizing with the second step. Don’t be tempted to leave it on longer than recommended, and make sure to follow up with an SPF when you next head out.


As well as being an all-round excellent moisturizer, the original Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream served as the perfect primer for makeup – keeping foundation looking dewy and helping it stay put all day. However, all that layering can feel a bit much in warmer, more humid weather. This updated, lighter version is perfect for such hot and sunny days. Like the original, it helps to lock moisture in the skin and smooth its surface for makeup, but now it feels untraceable – and it contains SPF20 for added protection.

BEST FOR STRENGTHENING YOUR SKIN’S DEFENSES Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

Niacinamide is a brilliant but often-overlooked skincare ingredient that helps to strengthen your skin’s natural defense barrier, even out skin tone and moisturize – all things your skin will likely benefit from at the end of summer. Massage a couple of drops into your face and down onto the neck and décolleté every morning and evening before applying your moisturizer.

BEST FOR AN EXTRA SHOT OF HYDRATION Irene Forte Hyaluronic Acid Vials - Age-Defying

The message for fall and winter is this: you can never have too much moisture. Introduce a vial of this hydration booster to your morning skincare routine to up the amount of moisture in your skin but, importantly, help your skin hold on to it in the drier weather. This set is a 12-day course and we suggest using it every month through until spring.

BEST FOR A GENTLE CLEANSE Vanderohe No.1 Purifying Cleansing Oil

When your skin is in flux, swap out your usual cleanser for something more cosseting. With its safflower, lavender and sweet-almond oils, this luxurious cleanser removes dirt and every trace of makeup without stripping skin or leaving it feeling tight and uncomfortable. Work two or three pumps into the palms of your hands and then massage into dry skin. Add a little water to loosen the oil and create a milkier texture before rinsing away.


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