The 6 Face Creams That Transform Dull, Dry Skin

Does your complexion feel out of kilter, a little drier, a bit ‘tighter’? You’re not alone: many of us start suffering from cold-weather-induced skin concerns right about now. To tackle the problem, NEWBY HANDS offers her edit of cosseting face creams for every skin type


There are times when needs must, and what most of us need right now is something to nourish and comfort our skin. Like the layers of cozy cashmere we are wrapping ourselves up in, when the temperature cools, we need creams that do exactly the same for our faces. Those with dry complexions particularly suffer during winter, but the detrimental freeze/thaw effect caused by hopping between central heating and plummeting temperatures outside will affect us all to some degree. The process quickly leaves our skin barrier compromised, dropping its guard and allowing moisture to evaporate while letting irritants in. It can happen fast, too: dermatologists report that this is the one time of year when patients all complain of dry, sandpaper-like skin that can become raw and reactive, or so tight it seems to be a size too small for your face. Even our ever-expanding wardrobe of serums or sheet masks can’t deliver. Instead, nourishing creams that will restore, calm and comfort are called upon – here are the ones I recommend.

THE SKIN-BLURRING HERO: Omorovicza Queen Cream

Rich and unashamedly indulgent, Omorovicza’s Queen Cream has a beautifully balmy texture that deep treats arid complexions. Even better, it leaves a soft, skin-blurring finish that helps to restore the skin barrier and works like a velvety primer.

THE FEATHERWEIGHT FORMULA: Zelens Emulsion D Fortifying Moisturiser

Rich in vitamin D, this go-to from Zelens helps to restore and strengthen your skin barrier, making it ideal for treating winter-weary complexions. Plus, its lightly whipped texture ensures the goodness sinks in super-fast, making it a favorite for those who prefer lighter formulas when it comes to face creams.

THE REVERED ALL-ROUNDER: La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion

The classic La Mer is undeniably the ultimate rich treat for dry skin. In fact, it’s my go-to post-sun, post-flight product that I call on any time my complexion needs a moisture boost. However, this newer, lighter, creamier version is just brilliant, boasting a grease-free finish that delivers deeply moisturized, velvety-soft skin.

THE PLUMPING HA HIT: By Terry Hyaluronic Global Face Cream

If you love your hyaluronic acid serum, then this By Terry offering is the cool-weather cream version. Comprising a blend of eight different hyaluronic acids, it’s ultra-hydrating but never heavy, so it plumps up the skin without leaving pores feeling clogged.

THE EVERYDAY POTECTOR: Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminizing Skinscreen Serum SPF50+

Seamlessly blending sun protection with great skincare, this formula from Ultra Violette will leave your complexion looking fresh, radiant and plumped up. A true everyday hero, I love how its creamy texture also creates a great base for makeup.

THE INTENSE HYDRATOR: Tata Harper Crème Riche

Luxuriously indulgent, Tata Harper’s Crème Riche is the perfect natural soother for when your skin needs more. I love to layer it on like a face mask and almost saturate my winter-dry complexion.


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