"The main issue in autumn and winter is skin dehydration or lack of water,"
ZENii Skincare founder, GP, and cosmetic doctor Johanna Ward tells us. "This is different than skin dryness, which refers to skin that lacks lipids or oil. Dehydration is when there is a lack of water in the stratum corneum, or outer layer, of the skin. It can result in anything from sensitive skin and red cracked lips to rough and flaky skin."
If you find yourself loading up on thick night creams or reaching for your lip balm throughout the day, chances are your skin is craving a hydration hit. Rather than slathering on greasy and ineffective moisturizers, according to Dr. Ward, there are four steps you can take in order to ready your skin for the months ahead.
From hydrating serums to exfoliating acids, click through to see the products that'll keep your skin hydrated, refreshed, and glowing all season long.
Hydrate With Hyaluronic Acid "Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, which means it draws water up from the deeper layers of the skin into the more superficial layers. It uses the water that you drink and the water in your body to deeply hydrate the skin." This moisturizer is ideal for those with oily or sensitive skin looking for hydration without the grease. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, $58 available at Net-A-Porter.
Night Creams To Nourish While You Sleep "At night, the skin gets a chance to heal and recover from the cellular insults of the day, so a deeply nourishing and hydrating night cream is a good investment in the winter months. Find one that isn't too heavy and congesting, but delivers skin beneficial vitamins like vitamin B3, C & E. Hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil are a great combination for hydration that are sebum neutral – so won’t cause any unwanted breakouts," says Dr. Ward With two weights of hyaluronic acids, resurfacing papaya enzymes, and a non-oily gel-like texture, this daily moisturizer will see you through winter. Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $65, available at Dermstore.
This overnight rescuer deeply hydrates but never clogs pores.
YourGoodSkin ProVitamin Overnight Cream Single Count, $12.99, available at Walgreens.
Boost Skin With An Oil "Be aware that not all oils are created equal – some oils can be congesting, so opt for jojoba, argan, or squalene oils for skin-smoothing and barrier protection. Boost your Omega-3 levels with an Omega-3 nutritional supplement to help target skin dryness from within. The skin’s barrier is made up of many types of fats (lipids) including phospholipids, cholesterol and free fatty acids. When the skin doesn’t have enough of these fats, as in the case of dry skin conditions such as eczema, then essential water can be lost through the barrier, causing skin dehydration," says Dr. Ward. You can trust Tata Harper's farm-to-face ingredients to work magic on winter skin. Softening jojoba and argan oils deliver intensive moisture. Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil, $68, available at Tata Harper.
Moisturizing argan oil, SPF (because you need to wear it through winter, too), and soothing sweet almond oil make this a triple threat.
Vita Liberata Passionflower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $45, available at Sephora.
Get The Glow With Acids "Sometimes in the winter, our skin can look lackluster or dull. Ingredients like glycolic acid are great for removing superficial cellular debris and can stimulate a brighter, more luminous complexion. Don't overdo the exfoliation in the winter months, however, as it can lead to skin sensitivity and breakouts. Well-exfoliated skin will not only look brighter and dewier but will hold onto hydration and nutrients more easily," says Dr. Ward. The Ordinary's salicylic acid has become one of the brand's cult products, both for its satisfying exfoliation and shockingly low price tag. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, $4.99, available at The Ordinary.
Antibacterial tea tree and black cumin seed oils infused with salicylic acid might sound intense, but cucumber and milk thistle keep skin dewy and plump, rather than stripped.
Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $8o, available at Sephora.
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