As the winter chill sets in, so does the battle against dry and dehydrated skin. The cold winds outside and the cozy warmth inside from our heaters can leave our skin yearning for hydration.
Understanding the difference between hydration and moisturizing is key to achieving that radiant winter glow.Understanding the nuances of hydration versus moisturizing is your first step towards achieving that coveted winter glow.
Hydration vs. Moisturizing
Hydration: This is all about water. When your skin is dehydrated, it's thirsting for moisture from the air. With winter notorious for its lack of humidity, our skin can easily become dehydrated, resulting in a dull and lacklustre complexion.
Moisturizing: On the flip side, dry skin is in need of oil or moisture. Your trusty moisturizer steps in to replenish the oils your skin may be losing, especially in the face of harsh winter conditions.
The Sweet Spot: Achieving that perfect balance of hydration and moisture is the secret to keeping your skin feeling resilient, less sensitive, and radiant throughout the winter season.
Your 3-Step Guide to Winter-Ready Skin
1. Hydrating Toner: The Missing Link
Replenishing hydration topically is top priority. A hydrating toner is a game-changer for those dealing with dry skin. Spritz a generous amount (at least 6 sprays) directly onto your face to restore your skin's moisture balance.
2. Up Your Moisturizer Game
The moisturizer that served you well in the warmer months might not be enough for winter's demands. Elevate your moisturizer to one that not only hydrates but also seals in that moisture, providing a protective barrier against the elements. Balms are particularly effective during this season for their nourishing and shielding properties. Pro tip: Massage your creme, oil or balm into your skin while it is still damp from your toner for better absorption.
3. Hyaluronic Acid: Winter's Skin Saviour
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that increases your skin's ability to draw in and retain water, making it a must-have for dry skin.It can be lab-made or botanically-derived and some plant ingredients, such as marshmallow root or chia seeds can behave similarly in the skin. Whether it's in hydrating moisturizers, toners, or serums, Hyaluronic Acid keeps your skin hydrated and plump.