Sure, they might mean a day off work – but snowy climes are far from favourable where our faces are concerned...

Drier-than-dry patches and chapped lips are par for the course in the chilliest of seasons, and anyone who says otherwise has not endured a Great British winter. However, with the right combination of beauty ingredients, there’s a far better chance of making it through the big chill with your glow intact.

Olive-derived squalane, for its humectant attributes, is one of the heroes that we rely upon at this time of year – and its cousin, ceramide, ranks equally highly as a life (read: skin) saviour, too!

Thanks to its fortifying and moisture-retaining abilities, this fatty lipid will be your complexion's best friend, protecting against environmental aggressors, pollution and irritations. Ceramides make up over 50% of the skin’s fabric in the uppermost layers, meaning that if you're lacking in this vital component, dryness, itching and irritation will ensue like nobody’s business.

The best part is that ceramides come in all shapes and sizes: You can get your fill through toners, moisturisers, eye creams, mists and masks. Dedicating a range to the ingredient – the Good Cera Super Ceramide – Korean brand Holika Holika harness the C-word in three hero products. A mist saturates the cells with moisture to normalise their hydrobalance; a hypoallergenic toner will prevent dehydrationremoving any traces of cleansing agents; and a deeply moisturising face cream that’s further bolstered with shea butter and aloe vera extract, will regenerate the skin.

Cottoning on to its miracle powers, too, is Mario Badescu. Putting the ingredient to good use, the cult skincare brand has crafted an eye gel and eye cream – both of which are designed to diminish signs of fatigue – alongside an oil-free moisturiser, which also taps AHA to revive dull and congested skin. Elsewhere, for a quick boost when on the road, look to Master Lab’s moisturising sheet mask, created with natural cellulose, to hydrate the skin back to its happy place.

Wave off winter with your skin intact! Shop our edit of ceramide-rich products here:

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