Keeping your skin hydrated is essential all year round. But, as we head into the winter months, it becomes even more important.
This is because as the outside air gets cooler, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly, which can make your skin feel dry, tight, and flaky – all in all, quite uncomfortable.
So, we're on hand to share some tips and tricks to keep your skin hydrated.
1. Get Serious With Face Wash
Maintaining a clean face is important at all times, but finding a face wash that looks after your delicate winter skin is crucial.
Over-washing your face can damage your skin's barrier and you can end up stripping your skin of its natural moisture, so keep it to once or twice a day.
To understand all the benefits of using a face wash everyday, check out our dedicated blog post.
Glycerine is a hero ingredient when it comes to hydrating parched skin. You can find it in our Cleansing Face Wash, which has foaming and moisturising properties to not only get rid of dirt and grime but also leave your skin feeling soft, moisturised and smelling fantastic.
2. Give A Humidifier A Go
Winter weather can play havoc with your skin – cold air and biting winds can take their toll. Add to that the fact that you're more likely to crank up the central heating, both at home and in the car, which can dry the skin out even further.
Consider investing in a humidifier that will keep the air in your home moist, helping keep your skin hydrated and happy in the process.
3. Ditch The Scalding Showers
We get it - it can be highly tempting to whack up the heat and indulge in a hot and long bath or shower when it's cold outside. But, not only can boiling hot water dehydrate your skin, but it can also strip away those necessary oils and moistures from your body. So, instead, try sticking to lukewarm temperatures to prevent redness and irritation.
4. Don't Skip Moisturiser
Moisturising daily is particularly important during the cooler months when your skin can be at its driest.
Your skin will lap up moisturiser, so make sure you moisturise at least twice a day – or even more if that's what your skin needs.
For an extra boost of moisture, apply after cleansing, shaving, or showering, to lock in the hydration.
Our Revitalising Moisturiser ticks all the skincare boxes to repair, nourish and leave your skin feeling moisturised and invigorated every day. It will bring dull skin back to life so that you can achieve an energised, fresh and healthy complexion.
5. Exfoliation Is Key
Even the oiliest of skin types can experience added dryness in the winter months. However, exfoliating is a must in the winter because of the build-up of dead skin cells, which can cause flakiness—use a gentle exfoliant in your routine to keep your skin hydrated and flake-free.
Some people can exfoliate regularly, while others can only do it once or twice a week. To figure out what works best for you, pay attention to how your skin reacts – you know it best. For tips on understanding what skin type you have, check out our handy guide.
Our Deep Cleansing Exfoliant will banish dryness and dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, healthy and radiant complexion. It contains premium quality essential oils and our unique exfoliating ingredient, Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds, which works to cleanse, nourish and invigorate without damaging your skin.
6. Don't Forget Your Lips
Did you know your lips are 100 times more sensitive than your fingertips? This is because the delicate skin on your lips can quickly dry out and crack during the winter and is often overlooked.
Use a nourishing lip balm and reapply as frequently as needed. You might find it best to switch out your lightweight summer lip balm for a thicker and richer formula.
7. Drink Lots Of Water
When it's cold outside, drinking some ice cold water is probably the last thing on your mind. But it's important to keep up your water intake during the colder months because the humidity is low, which can strip your skin of its natural moisture.
Drinking plenty of water all year round will help maintain your skin's elasticity, helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. To feel hydrated, healthy and cosy, all at the same time, you could treat yourself to a soothing hot tea, such as ginger and lemon.