Is your skin feeling uncomfortable and tight? Unfortunately, dry skin is ubiquitous during the winter months, and the telltale signs are flakiness, tightness after cleansing and the skin drinking up your favourite hydrating products faster than usual.
The skin’s surface layers are made up of between 10% to 30% water, so maintaining this level of hydration is very important because when the skin is intact and well looked after, it will hold onto moisture better and is therefore less likely to become dry. So what can you do to combat and prevent dry skin this winter?
Buff the skin
No matter how many layers of serum, oil or moisturiser you apply, the skin will remain dry without some light exfoliation. Removing the top layer of dry, dead skin cells doesn’t just create a smoother surface texture; it clears the way for your active skin care products to penetrate down to the deeper layers. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a unique exfoliating powder which, when mixed with water, becomes a gentle but powerful skin polisher. It’s formulated with Rice Enzymes, White Tea and Liquorice Extracts to remove surface debris so skin is left looking smooth and radiant.
Avoid harsh cleansers
If your cleansers include any ingredients like alcohol or fragrances, it’s time to make a change. Make sure you choose a cleanser that is formulated with Vitamin E or Hyaluronic Acid, like Instytutum’s Transforming Melting Cleanser, which immediately dissolves impurities while hydrating and softening the skin. By making the surface more supple, this cleanser is also helping your hydrating serums and creams to work their magic more effectively.
Switch to a richer face cream
Updating to an intensely rich moisturiser can be a saviour for dry skin. Look for creams and balms rather than lotions which are packed with ingredients like Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, such as the SKINCITY skincare 24H Rich Emulsion, which is ideal for dry skin. It combines Squalene with Ceramides to replenish and strengthen the skin, plus it prevents moisture loss throughout the day and night.
Slather on serums
Drench the skin in serums and moisturisers that are full of antioxidants and skin-replenishing and restoring ingredients to really quench your skin’s thirst. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop promises to repair and revitalise the skin from the first application contains a cocktail of antioxidants and pure Vitamin C to hydrate and rejuvenate parched complexions.
Treat the body
We can suffer from dry skin all over our bodies, not just on our faces. To maintain hydrated and healthy skin from head to toe, try the Epionce Renewal Body Lotion which is formulated with Ceramides and Essential Fatty Acids to replenish the skin’s moisture levels and repair a weakened lipid barrier to both combat and prevent dry patches.