By Zoe Bradbury
It’s an undeniable fact that with the iciness of winter, skin also can take a beating.
From dehydrated and dry skin concerns, to cracked and broken complexions, and increased fine lines, winter skin is nobodies’ friend.
The solution lies in serums – powerful little remedies that pack a potent punch of antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients. Tried and tested, these are our current favourite dry-skin tackling serums for winter skin.
Sand & Sky has quickly risen to becoming one of Australia’s most sought after beauty brands – for a very good reason.
The Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops is a Hyaluronic acid-based serum that is perfect for dry winter skin.
Locking in moisture and retaining hydration with five types of HA, this water-like serum also gives skin a noticeable, dreamy glow due to the inclusion of the world’s richest source of Vitamin C, Kakadu Plum – which is a definite need in dull, winter months.
A light, berry aroma makes this a pleasure for the senses to apply. Further inclusions of Australian superfood ingredient Emu Apple helps to protect against free radicals while supporting collagen production.
The watery texture does make this a little tricky to apply. To combat, apply little by little in sections on the face, massaging in as you go.
From Australian natural beauty brand Alkira comes this delectable kangaroo paw and macadamia facial oil.
Fourteen plant and nut oils are included in this formula, their antioxidant rich properties helping to moisturize and soften winter skin.
The oil-based formula of this serum also stands out compared to others – the oil allows for a much faster and more effective absorption that water-based serums, while also balancing oil production.
As such, the product melts seamlessly into the skin, but it does leave an oily residue. This makes for a perfect night time treatment, although it can be used in both morning and night routines.
The hero ingredient here is Kangaroo Paw, an Australian plant that is high in antioxidants and fatty acids, helping to encourage skin rejuvenation through cell renewal and growth. When combined with Macadamia Oil, this leaves skin looking noticeably plumper and smoother, with an added glow.
La Mav is an organic skincare brand that prides itself on using bio-actives, which are the natural molecules found in plants, scientifically proven to provide anti-aging properties and combat wrinkles.
Their award-winning Intense Moisture Nightly Repair Nectar certainly delivers on quality. An oil-based serum, this benefits both dehydrated and dry skin, while also targeting anti-aging and refining the complexion.
This serum feels luxurious on the skin with a thick, gel-like texture that instantly leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
A night-time treatment, this softness carried over into the next morning.
Additionally, the inclusion of phytosterols from Cucumber Oil leaves skin feeling moisturised and hydrated, while Argon Oil and Marula oil provide a natural glow.
Further hero ingredients include Bisabolol, Chamomile Oil, Avocado Oil and Jojoba Oil which immediately sooth dehydrated skin, making this a perfect remedy for winter.
The only negative? After one use, the eyedropper top was unable to be screwed back on to the bottle.
New Zealand based brand Glow Lab is making waves for their effective, science-backed products that include natural ingredients with no nasties.
This facial serum utilizes powerful ingredients to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and features a beautiful, subtle floral aroma that lingers beyond application.
With a cream-based texture, it sits easily on the skin and feels more like a moisturiser than a typical oily serum. As such, this makes a great, healthy base for makeup, while helping to keep skin smooth and hydrated.
This is also great for sensitive skin, with no harsh or burning additives.
With a delectable aroma of nutty coconut comes this anti-aging facial oil from Palmers, and it’s just as good as their cocoa butter products.
This oil-based serum is infused with nine types of anti-aging oils, including argon, macadamia, maracuja, apricot, sunflower seed, coconut, sweet almond oil, grapeseed and sesame.
The result is a luxuriously thick serum that melts into the skin, leaving a nourished and moisturised finish.
After several uses, this serum noticeably helped to reduce pigmentation, additionally providing a natural glow.
Much like the other skin-friendly products in the Skinstitut range, this rejuvenate serum feels instantly cooling and refreshing on dehydrated, dry skin.
With a subtle Aloe Vera and cucumber aroma, this potent serum packs a punch of antioxidants, leaving skin feeling smooth and hydrated – and as an added bonus, protected from harsh free radicals and environmental damage.
After several uses, both morning and night, skin was noticeably firmer, thanks to the formula that fortifies and renews skin cells. The gel-like texture also ensures application is seamless, with the product instantly soaked up by the skin.
This serum is ideal for reducing the effects of summer pigmentation, while also addressing redness and skin sensitivity that often arises from the change in seasons.
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