THE PERFECT WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE
Not only the weather is transitioning into colder and drier air, but our skin is transitioning as well. Most people have their best skin in the summer, because the air gives us enough moisture to feed our skin and makes us look glowy in general.
Winter is a difficult time for our skin, because it reacts to all the different temperatures and environments we put our skin through. Even if you’re staying home, doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need any care, it’s actually the opposite. With the heating on inside, the moisture is easily taken out of our skin and it can react differently, depending on people. For some people, it can cause acne, because the skin is going to overproduce sebum and that can cause inflammation. For others, it can cause dry patches, sometimes eczema…
Why does my skin get dry in the winter?
In the winter, our skin needs to be hydrated, no matter what your skin type is. Whether you have dry, normal, combination or even oily skin, your skin needs to be nourished. Although there are now many active ingredients that can help better our skin, what makes our skin look great is moisture. Moisture and hydration makes our skin look healthier and plump. Sometimes if you feel like your skin is looking a bit dull, drinking a glass of water can make a difference in the way your skin looks. It’s of course not the solution to your bad skin days but a factor many of us tend to forget.
With your winter skincare, the key is to use gentle products because you want to make sure you’re not completely stripping your skin from the natural oils your skin is producing.
What are the best skincare products for winter?
If you have sensitive skin, foam cleansers are always the way to go because they’re the most gentle on the skin. In the winter, a foam cleanser will only remove the excess oil and keep your skin barrier intact. The enzymes and botanicals will preserve the moisture balance in your skin.
Serums have become a staple in skincare routines, especially if you’re over the age of 25 because that’s when your skin starts producing as much collagen and other essential proteins in the skin. The Pill from the Nue Co contains hyaluronic acid, AHA and Vitamin C to exfoliate, hydrate and brighten the skin with only one product.
A true life saviour when it comes to hydrating and nourishing your skin. You can leave it on for 15 minutes, overnight or even during the day if you're working from home. This mask is highly concentrated and super rich, yet feels super light on the skin. With high amounts of hyaluronic acid and grapefruit water, the moisture levels in your skin will be like nothing you've tried before.
This mask is actually a favourite for the TDS team, you can apply a thick layer or a think one that will go completely unseen.
The most important step in your skincare routine to have hydrated skin is to moisturise. In the morning and the evening, you want to make sure you're applying a good cream or gel to really lock the moisture in your skin. The Plenaire Droplet Moisture Gel has a very light consistency, yet is very hydrating. It really feels like a cloud and is perfect for day and nighttime.
We put together the Hydration Bundle to help you give your skin all the moisture and love it deserves. With some of our most nourishing products, your skin will say thank you AND you save £35 with this combination of products!
The Best Ingredients for your Skin in the Winter
- Hyaluronic Acid: Probably one of the most talked about skincare ingredients at the moment and it's also becoming a must-have for everyone, especially in the winter. HA as the experts will call it, is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture into the skin. Apply it after a toner or on a slightly damp face and you will feel your skin be more plump and hydrated.
- Squalane is an emollient, which means that it will sink into your skin to hydrate it better. You will find it in an oil form, which will deeply nourish the skin and also help slow down the process of ageing.
- Glycerin: If you look at the ingredient list on a moisturiser, most of the time glycerin will be one of the second of third ingredients (and if it's not, then don't buy it). Just like hyaluronic acid, it draws moisture to the skin, which is why these two ingredients are often mixed together.
- Shea Butter: This one is definitely more for those who have really dry skin. Shea butter will deeply nourish the under layers of your skin and will help make it look healthier and more plump. If you have more oily skin, it would be best to stay away from it as it may be comedogenic for some people.
- Lactic Acid: Although it is an AHA, which are chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is also a great ingredient to add to hydrate your skin. A lot of people use AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate the skin, and while that's their first purpose, to heal from scarring and pigmentation, what the skin really needs is more moisture.