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Finding the right moisturiser is sort of like deciding on a new hairstyle. If you’re planning on investing in a product, you’re going to be stuck with it for a while.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a moisturiser, keeping in mind that our skin is unique and sometimes somewhat unpredictable. Personally I struggle with dryness during winter times. With the cold and dry air, my skin and lips instantly become irritated, sensitive and dehydrated. And of course, this means my skin starts to look dull, which makes my life feel dull.

Thicker creams with a higher oil content are what you’re looking for during these hard winter times, but I hate it when a moisturiser leaves an oily feeling for a long time after application. I’m looking for something that just feels comfortable on my skin, so ideally a moisturiser with a good balance of oils and richness would be perfect.

I tried out a few products that were extra moisturising and suitable for sensitive skin.

Clinique Moisture Surge

R435,00 for 50ml, Edgars

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This oil-free, gel cream is fragrance-free and suitable for when you want something that keeps your skin moisturised for longer. The gel applies easily and feels soothing and light. It can be great to use before doing your make-up, absorbing fast and having an almost matte-like feeling on your skin.

In terms of hydration, it really does own up to providing extended thirst relief and can be perfect to use when you need a bit of a skin boost.

Be careful not to apply too much – it felt like it may start feeling oily when using a large amount. I used about a bean-sized amount and that worked perfectly.

Skoon The One Super Moisturiser

R655,00 for 50ml

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With all the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives, be it in our products, the environment or our food, a nice place to start eliminating some of these unnatural by-products would through toxin-free body and face lotions.

A moisturiser that can surely help is Skoon The One. Made from natural ingredients, this moisturiser is toxin-free and super subtle. Perfect in every aspect, the name seems fitting. It smells like heaven and makes your skin feel even better, containing ingredients like organic Rooibos, Honeybush and Marula oil.

With just a small amount, the moisturiser felt soft and light on my face, yet amazingly hydrating. The simplistic design of the packaging and easy-to-use pump bottle also counts in their favour.

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

R899,00 for 50ml

For a fresh feeling and light moisturiser, try the Dermalogica Calm Water Gel. This light, water-based gel moisturiser is extremely refreshing and might be just what dry skin needs.

What I love about this product is that it moisturises without leaving a heavy, oily, pore-clogging feeling that so many moisturisers do – it’s so gentle, making it hard to believe that the fluid can be so hydrating.

For sensitive or easily irritated skin, this would be perfect. It’s lightly fragranced with natural botanical oils, and feels soothing – a great way to treat your skin before heading to bed.

SBR Skin Barrier Repair

R259,00 for 100g, Clicks

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If your skin is especially dry, and maybe not just during winter times, this cream can be a life-saver. It works wonders by restoring and rehydrating the skin’s barrier. With issues like eczema or infections, it can help prevent allergens or bacteria from irritating your skin.

It’s extremely thick, almost more like an ointment – so it’s not necessary to use a lot. It does feel a bit sticky after application and doesn’t absorb very fast, so use sparingly. I would suggest using this at night time to give it a chance to be fully absorbed, so it can leave your skin feeling extremely moisturised by morning.

Do you struggle with dry skin? Tell us about your favourite moisturisers in the comment section below.


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