Winter Skin S.O.S

We are all familiar with the cyclical nature of skin changes through the seasons-with winter being the most aggressive. Colder days, low humidity and central heating bring on dry, sensitive flaky skin. But, before you admit defeat and surrender to the elements- there are a number of steps you can take to increase skin hydration and maintain healthy barrier function through the chilly season..

Discover our tips below

Gentle exfoliation

Gentle being the operative word. No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Buffing the skin a little will pave the way for serums and moisturisers to penetrate more efficiently and get to work.

So, exfoliation is important, BUT, and this is a big but, don’t overdo it. Too much exfoliation can exacerbate dry skin conditions. Opt for something gentle, such as an enzyme exfoliating mask 1-2 times a week, AHA’s such as Glycolic or Lactic acid to rid dead skin cells, or even just a humble face cloth.

TIP: Cut back your retinol in the PM. While a favoured ingredient of ours, it is an exfoliant so if dryness is a problem- minimise use to every other day.

TOP PICKS FOR WINTER EXFOLIATION:

The Ordinary Lactic Acid

iS Clinical Tri Exfoliating Mask

Josh Rosebrook Exfoliating mask

Switch to a Heavy Face Cream

An obvious suggestion, but an important one none the less. Switching your moisturiser to a heavier formula can vastly help with dryness. Look for creams over lotions, and formulas containing ingredients such as ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. These help protect the skin barrier and lock in hydration. Don’t be shy- pack on a hefty amount and let your skin drink it up

INÈS picks

Sensibio Riche

Codage Day & Night Cream

Dr Rogers Restore Cream

Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm

Avoid Harsh Cleansers Switch your cleanser to a gentle solution. Look for a cleanser without fragrance or unnecessary additives that won’t strip your skin of natural oils. We love a nourishing oil cleanse in winter- this will help remove make up and dirt, giving a deep cleanse without compromising the barrier.

INÈS FAVOURITES:

MARA Enzyme Oil Cleanser

Dr Rogers Restore Cleanser

TIP: Treat yourself to a facial massage when using an oil cleanser

Hyaluronic is your Hero

We are HUGE fans of HA serums year round- and this is a non-negotiable come winter. HA is a naturally occurring substance in the human body and toped up topically, it vastly helps with overall skin hydration and barrier repair. The beauty of HA is it is suited to all skin types and pairs well with most other skincare products, the other beauty of HA is that it pads out fine lines when there’s a lack of water in the complexion. Expect your skin to feel more plumed and youthful with a quenched glow.

INÈS FAVOURITES:

Codage No.1 Serum

NIOD MMHC

iS Clinical Hydra Cool Serum

Hydrate From The Inside-Out

The more moisture we give to our body from the inside, the better our protective barrier works. Aside from the obvious of increasing water intake- which is vital for overall skin and full body health- there are foods and ingestible ingredients that work on a cellular level to keep your skin hydrated, supple and healthy.

Omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 help retain moisture and strengthen your skin's barrier, keeping it hydrated and healthy. So, up the intake of fatty fish, flax seed chia, and plant oils, and try an inner beauty supplement to help boost moisture levels from within

INÈS Essentials

The Beauty Chef OMEGA Elxir

The Beauty Chef Hydration .

Add a Moisture Mask To Your Mix

Moisture masks are the ultimate antidote to dry, parched tight skin. They offer an intense boost of concentrated ingredients designed to hydrate and nourish for immediate and long term effect. Designed to penetrate deeply into the skin, masks are an effective way to deliver nutrients, help rebuild skin barrier and relive symptoms of dryness, plumping skin and bringing back radiance

TIP: Sleep in your mask! This will keep all the beneficial ingredients on the skin longer, giving them ample time to work, while also creating a seal to lock in that moisture.

INÈS Picks

CODAGE Moisturising Masque 

Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask

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