9 essentials for perfect skin this winter and beyond

Upgrade your winter beauty kit with these luxurious but affordable skincare essentials to ensure you're the best version of you this season. 

We're well and truly into sweater weather, and with winter around the corner, it's more than our wardrobes that will be impacted by the falling temperatures.

A drop in humidity can hugely impact our skin, making it dry, puffy and itchy. Combined with central heating and air pollution, it's fair to say it's time to up our game on our skincare routine for winter.


The experts at LloydsPharmacy have handpicked nine skincare essentials that will retain moisture to the face and body, and leave you glowing throughout the season.

CeraVe SA Skin Smoothing Cleanser

This hero product is so good at helping smooth the skin's texture with salicylic acid, that sales jumped more than 10,000% in 24 hours, according to Amazon's Movers & Shakers list in October.

The foaming gel cleanser is designed to improve skin texture while removing dirt and oil with three essential ceramides. The salicyclic acid gently exfoliates the skin, without compromising its natural barrier, while the hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin. This daily cleanser is suitable to remove make-up, and is recommended for rough and bumpy skin. A cult product we need in our beauty bag.

Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment


We can often be lacking in vitamin C in Ireland, so any boost to our system is a welcome one, especially in the winter months when it feels like we haven't seen sun in forever. This antioxidant powerhouse kickstarts the skin’s renewal processes to help improve brightness, pigmentation and skin tone. LloydsPharmacy experts recommend using it daily for two weeks for intense brightening results.

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Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel

When you're feeling cleansed and toned after your CeraVe cleanser, and revitalised after your Trilogy booster, this three-in-one aqua gel is perfect for hydration. It soothes and detoxifies the skin, in one easy step. It can be used as a daily moisturiser, a night mask and an eye cream. Skin will be left feeling soft and hydrated.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant 


Every winter skin beauty kit should have a hardworking exfoliant. This Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, available only in LloydsPharmacy Dermalogica stores, purifies the skin by removing excess dirt and oil that can build up in winter months. It will work hard to improve skin tone and texture. The powder forms a creamy paste when water is added, and promises anti-ageing and detoxifying properties.

Vichy Mineral 89


It's essential to protect your skin in any climate, but harsh winters can really wreak havoc with your face. This serum combines the highest concentration of Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water, along with hyaluronic acid, to plump and strengthen the skin barrier and protect it from pollution. Your skin will be left feeling strong, supple and ready for the colder climes.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50


The experts at LloydsPharmacy warn it is essential to wear SPF all year long – not just when the sun in shining. This ultra-resistant formula was developed for sensitive skin, and is the ideal travel buddy if you're planning a winter getaway, as it's water, sweat and sand-resistant.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche

Wet and windy weather doesn't mean you can't glow through winter! This three-in-one oil – for face, body and hair – nourishes, repairs and leaves a satin finish.

For best results on face: Apply once a day using smoothing strokes, working from the centre toward the contours of your face. For best results on body: Massage into skin using circular movements, paying particular attention to very dry areas. For best results on hair: Apply to lengths and ends as often as required. For an intense conditioning effect, apply to your hair once or twice a week as a mask for 10 minutes before shampooing.

Lucy Wolfe Sleep Through Relaxing Rub

LloydsPharmacy experts recommend seven to nine hours sleep a night to achieve optimal rest, which will in turn impact on our skin. This relaxing rub can be applied to the chest area, stomach or even the soles of your feet to ensure a relaxing night's sleep. It comes recommended for the whole family, from grandkids to grandparents, and should keep you dreaming even through the windiest winters.


Sanctuary Sleep Dream Easy Pillow Mist

Packed with midnight flowers, lavender oil, jasmine and the de-stressing Ylang Ylang plant, this mist is designed to help you doze off even if winter illness has struck you down. Just lightly spray a bit onto your pillow, and expect a restful night's sleep.

LloydsPharmacy is committed to helping you be the best version of you this winter. See here for more information on all of these products, as well as the best winter supplements for you, information on the flu vaccine, and nutritional and wellness advice.

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