The Best Day Creams For Every Skin Type This Winter

Everyone needs a reliable day cream in their beauty routine but at this time of year, it’s worth switching lighter summer formulations for something richer – mainly because colder temperatures and central heating can zap moisture from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Here are nine of our favourites for every budget and skin type…
By Rebecca Hull

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Beauty Pie Youthbomb Collagen Peptide Cream, £151

Best For: A Healthy Glow 

We were excited about this new launch from Beauty Pie and it doesn’t disappoint. The brand has teamed up with consultant dermatologist Dr Andew Markey to create a cream that does a bit of everything. Full of peptides, niacinamide and fruit extracts, it exfoliates, soothes irritation and pumps skin full of moisture. The gel texture is seriously satisfying to apply and leaves behind a dewy glow that lasts. Think of it as heavy duty, without being suffocating – in fact you’ll find it absorbs fast and makes a difference almost immediately. 

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CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25, £15

Best For: Anyone On A Budget

If you’re after an affordable cream that gets the job done, choose CeraVe. Suitable for all skin types – but especially those prone to dryness – it’s incredibly lightweight, delivering moisture and SPF protection simultaneously. It absorbs quickly into the skin, and contains three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to protect the skin’s delicate barrier. Unlike some SPF-based creams, this one is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores up either.

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30, £89

Best For: Reliable Results

Elemis’ Pro-Collagen cream is a cult classic. Earning consistently rave reviews, it contains ingredients like padina pavonica and chlorella to flood skin with hydration and lock in antioxidants, vitamins and zinc for better elasticity, smoothness and glow. Used regularly, it will help your complexion feel firmer and, while no product can reverse the ageing process altogether, it certainly plumps skin and refines uneven texture. It’s more expensive than some on this list, but you get what you pay for – no wonder so many of us here at SheerLuxe come back to it time and again. 

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, From £18

Best For: Instant Hydration

Those in need of instant relief should try Fresh’s iconic Rose Cream. Full of rose extract, nourishing oils and hydrating squalane, it gives you supple-looking skin almost immediately, smoothing out dry patches and rough patches. The texture feels amazing too – think a gel/cream consistency that gives your complexion a healthy luminosity that’s never greasy. A little goes a long way: you’ll only need a small amount each time. We also love how well it layers with other products, plus it acts as a great primer for any make-up that follows.

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Olay Complete 3-In-1 Day Cream, £14

Best For: Sensitive Skin Types

You can always rely on Olay for formulas that live up to the hype. This three-in-one day cream has won several awards for its ability to rebalance sensitive skin. Not only does it offer UVA and UVB protection, it’s also loaded with vitamins B3, E and B5 to keep redness and inflammation at bay. Even after just a few days’ use, you’ll see dry patches start to clear up. Never irritating or occlusive, it’s perfect for anyone who suffers with that tight, itchy feeling during the colder months. Plus, at just £7, you can’t go wrong.

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Origins Age-Defense Moisturiser With White Tea, £29.60

Best For: Anti-Ageing Benefits

This was created with anti-ageing in mind, using ingredients like silver tip white tea that’s proven to fight off damage from pollution and UV throughout the day. Oil free, it’s a great option for those prone to breakouts, and there’s no synthetic fragrance, which can sometimes cause irritation. Silky in texture, it absorbs fast and leaves skin feeling healthy, plump and radiant. It’s thick – so make sure you apply just a little at a time.

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Soho Skin Face Cream, £60

Best For: Impressive Ingredients 

Soho Skin’s new range is seriously impressive. Using some of the best – and most effective – ingredients, its products work hard to offer several benefits in one. We love this Face Cream, which is full of niacinamide and squalane to hydrate and minimise redness, and natural carotenoids which protect the skin from UV and pollution. The best bit? Other actives work to boost your skin’s cell turnover for a firmer, smoother and fresher-looking complexion. It feels good too, with the thin consistency still providing a hefty dose of hydration. Cruelty free and vegan, it’s another great option for anyone with sensitivities. 

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Sunday Riley Ceramide Moisturising Ice Cream, £60

Best For: Severe Dryness 

If you like your creams thick and buttery, you’ll love this one from Sunday Riley. One of our beauty editor’s go-tos, it will last you for months on end and give skin an enviable baby-soft feel. Added ceramides soak up dry, itchy patches, while vitamin F strengthens the outer layer for visible suppleness. Despite its indulgent feel, it’s never greasy or heavy, while the almond scent is so comforting. Ideal for those with severe dryness, you’ll love the dewy sheen it leaves behind.

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Avène Hydrance Light-UV Hydrating Emulsion SPF30 Moisturiser, £14.51

Best For: Layering With Other Products

This moisturiser never leaves a film on your skin post-application – despite containing a hefty dose of SPF30. It sinks in fast with zero white residue left behind, so you can get to work layering other products on top. Thanks to hyaluronic acid and Avène’s cult thermal spring water, it seals moisture into the skin and keeps it there to drip-feed it with continuous moisture. Perfect for the winter months, it’s a must-try if your skin often feels dehydrated, tight and inflamed. We just wish it came in a bigger tube...

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