As the weather becomes colder and winter sets in, we need to take extra care of our skin. During winter we need to ensure that we moisturise as well as hydrate our skin (especially important if you live in the dry winter areas).
So, what is the difference between hydrating and moisturising? Essentially, hydrating is achieved through water-based products and moisturising through oil-based products.
Skin is hydrated both externally, from humidity in the air and products that attract water to the skin (humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, etc) and internally from moisture naturally produced in the skin which is affected by diet and water consumption.
Moisturising is important to help the skin’s lipid barrier as a protective layer to maintain skin elasticity and prevent transdermal water loss.
Both are critical in maintaining healthy skin.
Winter Skincare tips:
- Go gentle on cleansing – use a cleansing lotion that moisturises whilst cleansing. Our Baobab & Pomegranate cleansing lotion with shea butter and nourishing oils will keep your skin moisturised as you cleanse
- Use hydrating facial serums – a water-based serum containing hyaluronic acid is a great way to attract moisture to the skin. Used in the morning, it will keep your skin hydrated during the day. Our Essence of Flowers Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide is a great option to use.
- Use a hydrating mist spray after putting on makeup and any time during the day when your skin feels dry. This will immediately hydrate the skin and make it beautiful and dewy. For more mature skin we recommend our Frankincense & Pomegranate Mist Spray, or our Essence of Flowers Mist Spray for sensitive skins, with special flower extracts to soothe and calm skin prone to redness and irritation.
- Use rich nourishing moisturisers and an oil serum, particularly in the evening to repair and protect the skin. Our Prickly pear seed oil and Baobab & Pomegranate serums are rich in Vitamin E and deeply nourishing to maintain skin elasticity and encourage collagen production. Our Baobab & Pomegranate Day and Night Creams with rich butters and oils will deeply nourish the skin and form a protective lipid barrier to prevent water loss and dehydration.
- Don’t forget about your lips – they also need extra TLC during winter. Choose a lip balm containing oils that deeply penetrate and heal, like Marula oil. It is important to choose a natural lip balm, without Vaseline and other petrochemicals which merely sit on top of the skin.
- Use a humidifier/diffuser to help combat dry interiors. Choose essential oils to use in your diffuser that support wellness. Essential oils can be extremely useful, not only for physical symptoms like colds and congestion, but also for improving sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing attentiveness and connection with others.
- Drink enough water!! We often forget to drink water during the colder months.
- Get outdoors, move and exercise – great for increasing blood flow, circulation and general well-being. It will do wonders for your skin as well.