Winter is coming. And it’s going to be brutal (again). Cold, dry weather wreaks havoc on your skin so it’s smart to put your skin-saving plan into play now (you know, prevention rather than a cure). So we’ve done the hard work for you – as you can imagine, researching these products was a really tough job – and the results are in: here are 6 products you need to prepare for winter.

  1. SK-II Facial Treatment Oil, $185
    Every man and their wrinkle-free dog is talking about this latest launch from SK-II. Combining their hero anti-ageing ingredient, Pitera, with olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil and rice bran oil, the results are a seriously nourishing mix.
    Ideal for: dry skin. And lets face it, who doesn’t have dry skin come mid-winter? Adding a few drops to your daily moisturiser now, will prepare your skin for the onslaught of cold weather.
  2. Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum, $106
    It’s no secret that I’m utterly addicted to this Australian-made range, but for me the results speak for themselves. This hard-working serum is an overnight exfoliator, leaving skin more even and blemish free (seriously). Containing some powerful ingredients – AHA and BHA – it a skin smoother like no other.
    Ideal for: blemish or blackhead-prone skin. Start with a few drops every 3 nights, gradually working your way up to every night.
  1. Aspect Dr Specialised Products Active C Serum, $124
    There’s a reason experts and every beauty brand in the world (probably) keep banging on about vitamin C. It’s powerful antioxidant properties make it a crucial ingredient in the battle for collagen regeneration. And this little product packs a lot of vitamin-rich punch.
    Ideal for: sensitive skin, even those with rosacea. The calming ingredients work wonders on inflamed or dry skin.
  1. Dr. Lewinn’s Private Formula Vitamin A Rejuvenation Cream, $49.99
    Created by renowned US plastic surgeon Dr Laurence Le Winn 25 years ago, Dr. LeWin’s has become a leading anti-ageing brand in Australia. And for good reason: the products contain some heavy-duty ingredients but don’t come with a heavy-duty price tag.
    Ideal for: All skin types. Oily skin owners will appreciate the lightweight feel; dry skin owners will need to mix with a hydrating oil during winter.
  1. Lancôme Génifique Night Repair Cream, $142
    This brand has featured on beauty best-of lists for years. Their commitment to fighting the appearance of ageing skin has resulted in many a deliciously rich product and this is no exception. For a super-luxurious night-time treatment, you really can’t beat this baby.
    Ideal for: Dry, tired skin – it will drink up the moisture-rich cream.
  1. Kosmea Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $27.95
    There’s really no excuse for living in a cold, dry climate like Canberra and not having a bottle of rose hip oil in your bathroom. Hands, body, face, dry, oily, irritated – it will all benefit from this essential fatty acid oil. It’s a genius (and affordable) treatment for all skin types, and as well as hydrating skin, it aids in fading scares and fine lines, repairs damage and balances out oily skin. Is there anything it can’t do?
    Ideal for: Anyone. Mix a few drops with your face or body cream and use as often as you like.