Photography: Emma Palmer
Whether you’re looking for an overnight hydration hit or long-lasting moisture throughout the day, here are seven that will save your skin this summer…
Best For Plumper Looking Skin
Sunday Riley’s latest new arrival calls upon the power of ceramides to help reinforce your skin’s natural barrier and prevent dryness and irritation. Vitamin F and coconut also help to plump skin and deliver next-level softness. With an abundance of fatty acids and antioxidants, this cream is perfect for those who want to tackle both short and long-term causes of dehydration.
Best For Quenching Really Dry Skin
Undoubtedly one of the most hyped up skincare products, Augustinus Bader’s creams come in two variations – The Cream or The Rich Cream. As the name suggests, The Rich Cream is the more hardcore of the two.
For this reason, it’s best suited to drier complexions to really quench thirsty skin and ensure long-lasting hydration. We recommend using two pumps on cleansed skin at night. Be prepared, you’ll wake up to noticeably smoother skin.
Best For Slotting In To Your Existing Routine
When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients to use as it is a humectant. This means it helps your skin hold on to moisture. Think of it as giving your skin a good drink.
Our top tip: hyaluronic acid needs to be sealed in for the best results. Try applying a few drops of this booster to cleansed skin before topping with your usual moisturiser. Or, mix a few drops in to your face cream and apply that way.
Best For Supercharging Your Serum
Never heard of a softener? They are huge in Japan and work as a pre-serum treatment to help prep your skin. Rather than thinking of it as an extra step, look at it as a skincare supercharger that will maximise your serum. The prime goal of a softener is to hydrate, so if you have dry skin you’ll notice a big difference.
This particular formula is packed full of hydrating yuzu seed, as well as soothing evening primrose oil which helps to calm stressed-out skin. Apply three pumps on to a cotton pad and wipe over freshly cleansed skin before using your serum.
Best For A Post-Facial Glow Effect
Let this overnight cream works its magic while you sleep. You’ll wake up to much more hydrated and nourished skin. Packed full of hydrating ingredients and glycolic acid, which helps to gently buff away dead cells, you’re left with smoother, softer feeling skin. Expect a fresh, radiant look – we’d go as far as to call it a post-facial glow.
Best For An Overnight Hydration Hit
Every now and again we all need a little skincare pick-me-up. Whether your skin is feeling a little bit dry or it looks dull, slack and lacklustre (we’ve all been there), this cooling overnight mask is just what you need. The electrolyte and antioxidant cocktail helps to lock-in moisture and plump your skin.
It’s also packed with niacinamide, omega fatty acids and vitamin F to restore, strengthen and firm your skin. Use every other evening as the last step in your routine to maintain moisture levels or as and when your skin needs.
Best For Calming & Hyrating Irritated Skin
If you want to hold on to that soft, supple feeling that you get just after you’ve applied your face cream all day, then this is the moisturiser for you. This nourishing day cream uses time-releasing technology to deliver hydration throughout the day (well for up to 24 hours in fact).
The soothing formula of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and rosewater also makes it incredibly calming for those who are prone to redness and it creates a perfect base for makeup too.