We, at Independent Woman, have turned our thoughts to hydration. We hit the beauty counters in a desperate bid to prevent parched and dry pores, sampling the best products to moisturise and protect.
Here are four of the best:
Hydraphase Intense Riche by La Roche-Posay
Sensitive skin seeking something for serious soothing may find La Roche-Posay's Hydraphase Intense Riche is exactly what the doctor ordered. Delivering 24 hour intense hydration, this light lotion infuses skin with water leaving it soft and superlatively supple. More than a quick fix, morning and evening application means the lotion works to help develop increased levels of skin hydration over time.
Available from pharmacies nationwide priced at €21.50
Triple Performing Facial Emulsion by Benefit
If you can overlook the fact that the name suggests you might use it to paint a ceiling, Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion is seriously soothing. Designed to hydrate, protect and give comfort to dehydrated skin, the feather light formula sinks in without clogging pores. Subtly fragranced, oil free and super absorbent, the formula also proves to be the perfect base for make-up. With added SPF15, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion promises to keep skin a little bit safer come the summer sun.
Available from Benefit counters priced at €29.50
Skin Hydrating Booster by Dermalogica
If you're happy with your current moisturiser but need some added hydration here and there, a few drops of Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating booster should provide a perfect pick me up to your present preparations. Designed to be worn under moisturiser, the light formula gets straight to work within skin tissues and improves suppleness. For more intensive application this is perfect for targeting stubborn dry patches and as it's loaded with extracts of algae and panthenol, it's also great for skin repair. Two to three drops daily should just about do it!
Available from selected salons, priced at €63
Crème Hydratante au Concombre by Sisley
Ladies looking for a more luxurious cure for dry skin might do a lot worse than a smothering of Sisley's Crème Hydratante au Concombre.
Packed with cucumber extract, rich in amino acids and full of wheat proteins, Crème Hydratante improves moisture levels within half an hour of application leaving skin soft, supple and smooth. As the formula is deliciously grease-free, it also works brilliantly under morning make-up or can be saved as a bedtime treat.
Available from Brown Thomas priced at €106