How To Treat Your Dry Skin In The Winter
Even though we're still in autumn, there's a certain chill in the air warning us that winter is just around the corner, and with winter, we often struggle with dry skin. With that in mind, there's no better time than now to prep your skin ahead of those subzero temperatures and warm blasts of central heating that can play havoc with the health of your skin.
In the winter, you're more prone to dry and itchy skin. With the cool, dry air, your skin can be quickly zapped of that essential moisture it needs to remain healthy through a process called Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL). This is the term used to describe what happens when water passes from your dermis, through your epidermis, and then evaporates through your skin barrier.
TEWL happens all over your skin - not just your face, but luckily, there are ways that you can help to keep your face and body hydrated, moisturised, and protected. Learn how to treat your dry skin in today's post.
Opt For A Nourishing Cleanser
Some cleansers can contain harsh ingredients that strip your skin of its essential oils, leaving your skin feeling squeaky and tight. It's important to use a cleanser that will give your skin a deep clean whilst still respecting your skin's microbiome.
Cultured Biomecare Cleansing Balm is a revolutionary balm-in-a-pump formula that's packed full of a powerhouse of replenishing fermented oils and actives. It works to lift and melt away dirt, pollution, and makeup without stripping your skin.
It gives your skin a dose of biome and barrier supporting FutureFerments™ while it cleanses, helping to fortify and strengthen your skin barrier. It's also enriched with nutrient-rich skin superfoods that boast balancing prebiotic benefits that help to nourish and restore your skin.
As it soothes and hydrates your skin, it also helps to guard against TEWL, giving your skin the highest level of hydration.
Layer With A Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Face serums are a power player in your skincare routine. Not only do they help to deliver actives and potent ingredients to your skin, but they can also help to deliver a deep layer of hydration.
La Roche-Posay's Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum works to target loss of elasticity, volume, and hydration. It's specifically formulated for dehydrated skin that is beginning to show the first signs of ageing, loss of volume and elasticity.
The lightweight, fast absorbing, but super-hydrating serum immediately recovers your skin’s bounce, suppleness, and radiance. What's more, if your skin is feeling a little sensitive you can use this product safe in the knowledge that it's suitable for even the most sensitive skin thanks to the brand's careful, kind-to-skin formulations.
Use A Richer Face Cream
In the winter time, it's a good idea to use a face moisturiser that's a little richer in order to give your skin the nourishment it needs.
Avène Hydrance Rich-UV Hydrating Cream SPF30 is the perfect daytime option for skin that's feeling dehydrated. Rich and softening, the daily moisturiser instantly restores your hydration reservoirs. It provides 24-hour hydration and leaves your skin feeling immediately refreshed and looking radiant. It also helps to prevent TEWL whilst protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays, free radicals, and pollution. Perfect for dry to very dry sensitive skin, the addition of Cohederm™, an innovative, patented, active ingredient, helps to restore your skin's natural hydration levels to give longer-lasting results than moisture-magnet hyaluronic acid.
For the evening, SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a great option. The emollient cream helps to plump and firm ageing, sagging skin by restoring the surface lipids and reinforcing your natural barrier. It contains a maximised concentration of 2% pure ceramides, 4% naturally occurring cholesterol and 2% omega fatty acids. This powerful trio works to boost your skin's hydration levels while also strengthening your barrier to prevent moisture loss and dehydration. The reinforcing and repairing ingredients will help you to wake up to a radiant appearance and soft, supple feel.
Having a regular exfoliating or even dry brushing routine for your face and body helps you to slough away those surface dead skin cells, leaving your complexion and body glowing!
The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant® is a FTF customer favourite thanks to its gentle yet powerful action. It contains rice-based power that activates upon contact with water, and releases papain, salicylic acid, and rice enzymes that work to polish your skin. It's further enhanced by a skin brightening complex of phytic acid from rice bran, white tea, and liquorice that helps to balance uneven skin tone. Lastly, the blend of colloidal oatmeal and allantoin give super-soothing, skin-calming benefits.
For your body, Ameliorate Smoothing Body Exfoliant softens and smooths your skin - even improving keratosis pilaris bumps. It contains alpha hydroxy therapy and biodegradable bamboo granules, that chemically and physically exfoliate your skin above and below the surface, effectively removing dead skin cells and stimulating new ones.
To ensure your skin stays nourished, the exfoliant contains a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and the brand's unique LaH6 skin hydration complex that moistures your skin for up to eight hours.
Use A Body Cream
Looking for the best body cream for dry skin? Weleda Skin Food Body Butter is constantly topping the favourites list of beauty editors and our customers alike thanks to its intensively nourishing properties. It's ideal for dry and very dry skin, so it's a great option for the winter months.
The body cream contains a combination of calendula, chamomile, and wild pansy to help soothe and comfort, whilst organic shea butter and cocoa butter leave your skin feeling intensely nourished and soft.
The formula is fast-absorbing and won't leave your skin with a greasy residue, but still gives long-lasting hydration and an all-natural lingering scent of aromatic lavender, sweet orange, and mellow balsamic benzoin.
Mask Up To Quench Thirsty Skin
A face mask makes the perfect weekly addition to your pamper routine. Not only are they great for your skin, but they can also benefit your wellbeing, too! Enjoy a pamper session and a little 'you' time as you relax with a face mask.
Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask is one of our customer favourites, and for good reason! The instantly cooling mask is made from bio-cellulose material - this retains the active ingredients and never dries out, so it delivers continuous hydration throughout the treatment time.
Made with soothing active ingredients including zinc, hyaluronic acid, and rockweed algae extract, the powerful mix provides your skin with an intense hydration boost, whilst regulating oil production and reducing inflammation. The unique double layer of tightly woven bio-cellulose fibres gives optimum adhesion to your skin, so the mask is super comfortable and won't slide around your skin during wear.
Mist Up For A Moisture Hit
A hydrating mist is another great way to add a burst of moisture and comfort to dehydrated skin. Handy to have in your handbag to take on the go, mists are super-simple and speedy to use whether your home or away.
Eminence Organic Stone Crop Hydrating Mist works to hydrate and refresh your skin. Made with the succulent and healing stone crop plant, the formula helps heal irritations and reduces pigmentation. It's suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, pigmented, and UV damaged skins.
Use A Nourishing Hand Cream
Your hands can be easily forgotten when it comes to your skincare routine, but they can be prone to dryness and chapping in the winter months. If you're looking for the best cream for dry hands, choose one that is nourishing and reparative such as Nursem Caring Hand Cream. This hand cream is formulated with medical grade Manuka honey and white willow extract, so it really helps to soothe and heal dry and sore hands. Further enriched with a rich blend of allantoin and pro vitamin B5, it works to immediately moisturise your skin and give constant nourishment to leave your hands feeling comfortable.
Don't Forget Your Lip Balm
Lip dryness can be super uncomfortable and can lead to chapping and painful. cracking. Keep your pout perfected with a nourishing lip balm like Avène Cicalfate Restorative Lip Cream for Chapped, Cracked Lips. This reparative cream gives water-resistant and long-lasting nourishment to your lips whilst also shielding them from external aggressors, like the cold weather.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
There's a reason why your nightly snooze is nicknamed 'beauty sleep', and that's because good, restful sleep is imperative for healthy skin (as well as a healthy mind and body, too!) During your slumber, your skin can perform those essential reparative processes that helps to keep your skin in its best shape. So, getting quality sleep is always good practice to ensure the health of your skin.
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Target loss of elasticity, volume and hydration with the fast absorbing La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
This emollient cream plumps and firms ageing, sagging skin by restoring surface lipids and reinforcing the natural barrier.
A deeply soothing, nourishing and hydrating bio-cellulose sheet mask with active ingredients and detoxifying minerals for a cooling, soothing and restoring treatment.
Eminence Organic Stone Crop Hydrating Mist available from Face the Future. Eminence Organic Skincare products are free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colourants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum and other...
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