We must admit that we love winter for giving us an excuse to wear opaque tights, aka. the best tool for hiding dry, flaking winter skin. But dry skin on the face is a little harder to conceal, unless you’re into balaclavas or the cult Parisian brand Darphin.

Darphin’s latest launch targets dull, dry skin in need of a plump, a boost and a lot of hydration. Their classic formulas have always been enriched with the finest blends of botanical oils and the new Lumière Essentielle collection is no different. The Illuminating Oil Serum, £55, and Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream, £45, contain tangerine, orange, neroli, rose, ylang ylang, cedarwood and ginger to be massaged into the skin individually or as part of Darphin’s skin sculpting beauty ritual.

First apply the Illuminating Oil Serum in sweeps across face, neck and décolleté, then press hands over cheeks, palms over forehead and chin and then tap the fingertips on the face and neck as if you were playing the piano. Then apply five drops of the Tangerine Aromatic Care, £48, onto face and neck and massage gently in a circular motion from the inside to the outside of the face. Finish off with applying  the Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream across the face and lift the skin in an upward motion, apply pressure to the sides of the face from cheeks to hairline, then lift the forehead upwards with the palms.

Voilà, bright, illuminating skin in the darkest depths of winter.

Darphin Lumière Essentielle is available to buy from Darphin.co.uk

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