5 ways to hydrate your dry winter skin
During winter, your skin can start to look dull, dry, and flaky, which is not a good look. Winter skincare stories (or Winter skinscare stories, as the case may be!) are peppered with tales of heavy moisturising creams, emergency masks, and hydration-boosting serums because colder Winter weather dries out our skin.
Dry skin happens when the skin doesn’t hold onto enough moisture. In Winter, the air is dry both indoors and outdoors, which means that the outermost layer of the skin has nothing to hold onto. Thankfully, a simple review of your daily skincare routine can work wonders. Silky-smooth, soft, hydrated Winter skin is actually possible once you address a few basics.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLEANSER
First up, cleansing. Choose a non-foaming cleanser over anything that foams. Soaps and foaming gels contain chemicals that dry out the skin and leave it feeling tight and stretched. Avoid cleansers that contain alcohol or heavy fragrance.
Your cleansing step should also deliver hydration – as opposed to stripping your skin of its precious natural oils. Choose nourishing cleansers that contain hydrating oils – think natural plant-based oils like meadowfoam seed, jojoba, grape seed, and fruit extracts.
Effective cleansing is the cornerstone of your Winter skincare routine. A good cleansing routine should leave the skin thoroughly clean, hydrated, and nourished without stripping it of natural oils.
If you haven’t introduced an acid exfoliator into your routine, now is the time to do so. We shed close to 30,000 skin cells off the surface of our skin every minute! Which is why we need to exfoliate regularly in order to clear dead cell build-up. Not only is this essential for the health of your skin, but gentle exfoliation plays a key role in skin radiance by removing complexion-dulling dead skin cells and allowing new, fresh and healthy skin cells to shine through.
We recommend switching to a lactic acid exfoliating product in Winter time. Lactic acid is ultra-hydrating, gentle for skin, and suitable for sensitive skin. It exfoliates and hydrates all in one step.
AVOID ALCOHOL-BASED TANNING PRODUCTS
Winter is when most of us love to use self-tanning products on the face to bring back a healthy sun-kissed glow. Choose your face-tanning products carefully – avoid anything that contains alcohol and instead, look for tanning drops that are enriched with moisturising ingredients.
INTRODUCE HYDRATION-BOOSTING INGREDIENTS
Now is the time to get serious about your hydrating ingredients. For effective skin hydration, you need hard-working ingredients that get deep into the dermal layers and moisturise the skin from the inside out. Tailor your Winter skincare routine so that it is boosted with no-nonsense hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane that sink straight in and are proven to work.
For the ultimate hydrating solution, look to pair a killer hyaluronic serum with an effective daily moisturiser. Remember, you can use your hyaluronic serum throughout the day to boost hydration in cold Winter weather.
Your dry skin battle is half won once you have a great moisturiser and serum in your arsenal. That’s why our Hydrating Duo becomes a bestseller at this time of year. Containing two iconic hydrating products – Pure Hyaluronic Serum and Hydrate lightweight moisturiser – this duo delivers skin that is healthy, soft, and hydrated every day.
INVEST IN A NIGHT OIL
Don’t miss the opportunity to replenish dry Winter skin with moisture while you’re having sweet dreams. At night, our skin switches from protect mode to repair mode as it recovers from the day’s stresses. It produces hormones at night which accelerate skin regeneration and renewal.
Applying a hydrating, nourishing night oil before bed means that you’re giving your skin hard-working ingredients to hydrate itself and keep fine lines and falkiness at bay.
Remember, if your skin is oily or combination and you’re afraid that a night oil will make matters worse, it won’t. Face oils strengthen your skin and stabilise sebum production, encouraging a clearer and brighter complexion.