In winter, the skin often becomes extra dry and tight – but thankfully there are strengthening barrier creams that keep the skin in balance! ELLE has collected the favorites and lists everything you need to know about the product.
Now more than ever before, there is a lot of talk about the importance of a strong skin barrier. Strong and active products can kindly be put aside to make room for strengthening, soothing and caring ingredients such asand .
But how do you actually get a strong skin barrier? And above all, what is the best way to take care of dry and tight skin in winter? ELLE has collected everything you need to know about barrier creams and of course lists the favorites that help repair and care for a dry and damaged skin barrier.
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Best barrier creams – face creams for dry skin in winter
Give the skin extra moisture (and fat) and avoid red, itchy and tight cheeks. Here are the best barrier creams that keep the skin soft and smooth during the cold winter.
Best barrier cream, Cera Repair Barrier Cream – Biotherm
When Cera Repair Barrier Cream launched in 2021, the face cream quickly became a success and has now become one of the brand’s best-selling products! The face cream is thicker in texture and really does the job of moisturizing, softening and soothing the skin, but despite the nourishing texture, it neither feels heavy nor thick on the skin. Absolutely perfect! “The cream feels like wrapping the skin in a soft and cuddly cotton blanket. I use the cream morning and night and am on my third jar,” says ELLE’s beauty editor Veronica Henriksson.
Best moisturizing barrier cream, Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream – Sunday Riley
Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream has become a classic in this context. The cream, which contains, among other things, ceramides that strengthen the skin and beetroot extract that moisturizes the skin, is a real skincare hero in winter! The thick and rich cream does not feel greasy or sticky on the skin and gives the skin a proper moisture boost. Dry patches, red cheeks and dry flakes around the wings of the nose are a thing of the past with this in your routine. Lovely in every way!
Best Light Barrier Cream, Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer – Paula’s Choice
If you prefer a slightly lighter and (kindly) active face cream in your routine, this is it Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer you should reach for. The barrier cream from Paula’s Choice has a slightly lighter consistency, but does not skimp on moisture. Thankfully, the cream suits many skin types, even the most dry and sensitive. The face cream sinks directly into the skin and leaves no film on the skin. Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer contains retinol, which at the same time has an effect on fine lines and cell renewal. If you want something even more moisturizing or a complementary cream for the night is also available.
Best budget barrier cream, Cicaplast Balm B5+ – La Roche-Posay
If you are a skin care geek whose social media is teeming with beauty content, you are guaranteed not to have missed it Cicaplast Balm B5+. The multifunctional cream, or balm, does the job on dry knuckles and elbows, hands with eczema, dry lips – and of course a face that feels tight and cranky or has reacted to the cold. Cicaplast Balm B5+ may not be the cream you apply to your face every day of the year, but when the skin goes into crisis mode, it is the product that overnight soothes, cares for and stabilizes the skin again! The rule is: always have one Cicaplast Balm B5+ because you never know when you need it the most. There’s a reason why the French pharmacy classic sells out time and time again!
Best Effective Barrier Cream, Adaptive Core Formulas LCA fx140 Barrier Restore Complexe – Priori
Dry, sensitive, acne prone, normal or rosacea skin – Adaptive Core Formulas LCA fx140 Barrier Restore Complexe is the super cream that suits all skin types! The nourishing barrier cream contains, among other things, ceramides and fatty acids that help nurture and protect the skin’s barrier. The skin immediately becomes soft and supple while redness is reduced. And the skin feels just as wonderfully hydrated all day! It is especially appreciated that the product comes in a hygienic package with a flexible pump.
What is barrier cream?
A barrier cream, or climate cream as it is sometimes also called, is a face cream that is mainly used during the colder months of the year. The task of a barrier cream is to moisturise, care for and protect the skin against the cold and dry air – think of it as an invisible, protective shield for the face – and thus also strengthen the skin.
How to use barrier cream?
A barrier cream is used exactly the same as your regular day cream! As the consistency of a barrier cream is usually thicker, you may need to give the cream a few minutes to sink into the skin properly before applying makeup.
Why is barrier cream good?
A barrier cream has many nice properties, but above all a barrier cream is good because it acts as a protection against cold, wind and the dry air of winter. Goodbye red, dry and tight cheeks! A barrier cream often contains ingredients that work to strengthen the skin such as ceramides and urea (urea).
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What is the difference between a barrier cream and a face cream?
The big difference between a barrier cream and a “regular” face cream is that a barrier cream is usually thicker, richer, greasier and more protective. Imagine that the barrier cream acts a bit like a shield between the skin and the cold and protects the skin against cold, wind and the dry air.
When do you use barrier cream?
As a barrier cream is usually thicker and forms a “barrier” on the skin, the face cream is usually particularly suitable for use during the colder half of the year when the skin needs all the boost and help it can get! A barrier cream helps protect the skin against the cold and is used just like your regular day cream. Remember that a good barrier cream is extra good if you have problems withor .
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What does a strong skin barrier mean?
In short, a strong and good skin barrier can be described as healthy skin that neither feels tight, dry nor reactive. How you get a strong skin barrier depends of course on your skin’s starting condition, but remember not to overexfoliate the skin and prioritize strengthening ingredients over strong ones.is also a good method for finding the balance between active and soothing skin care.