As temperatures drop during the colder months, the humidity in the air drops too. Combine this dry outdoor air with low humidity caused by hot, indoor heat from central heating and you have the perfect storm for parched skin. So here’s my guide for preventing and dealing with dry skin to ensure a hydrated, radiant complexion come spring.
First of all we need to get rid of any dry, flaky skin with a light exfoliation. Try introducing a weekly polish such as Crystal Face & Body Polish, it will help save the driest areas of skin including elbows, cheeks, knees, arms & the forehead. Now that skin is exfoliated you’ll also find that your moisturiser and serum will penetrate better and work much more effectively.
You want to avoid further stripping the skin of its natural oils so switch to a milky cleanser, which helps prevent dehydration thanks to its richer, creamier texture. Our Wipe Away the Years Cleansing Milk is the perfect cleanser for removing impurities and leaving skin deeply cleansed; it also keeps skin supremely moisturised thanks to the addition of extract of Olive oil and Norgel, a water binding agent, which locks in moisture to help keep skin looking soft and smooth.
MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE! When I need a seriously hydrating moisturiser there is only one choice – our Intense Anti-ageing Moisturiser. Not only do you get its powerful anti-ageing properties, but it also intensely hydrates skin with Shea Butter and extract of Olive Oil. Use it underneath a moisturiser during the day to offer double protection from the elements and as a night time remedy to replenish and nourish the skin while you sleep.
This next step is key in winter: add additional moisture & nourishment by applying a deeply hydrating face mask once/twice a week. Our ultra-nourishing, Super Repair Mask with clinically proven Argan Plant Stem Cells, Lavender and Moringa Oil is both calming and soothing and provides instant quenching and intense moisturisation thanks to a formula that is rich in Shea and Cocoa butter.
We all know that using skincare products and treatments isn’t the only way to hydrate your skin. Drinking enough water is always important. As well as making you look great, staying hydrated on the inside also boosts your energy and your health. Don’t overdo the alcohol and caffeine either as these are diuretics that will cause further dehydration.
You could consider investing in a humidifier to counteract the hydration zapping effects of central heating. Place one in your bedroom to add moisture to the air and keep your complexion hydrated. Your hair will thank you for it too!