As temperatures begin to drop, there’s a good chance your skin will take a beating. Harsh winds and cold, dry air rip into the skin’s moisture levels, leaving your face flaky and sensitised. In short, a simple moisturizer isn’t going to cut it anymore. Reach for these reparative solutions to beat the big chill and replenish dry skin.
Renewal Oil by Crème de la Mer; £155 for 30ml from cremedelamer.co.uk
A nourishing multi-purpose oil that can be used pretty much anywhere on the face, body or hair (though given the La Mer price tag, you probably want to be a little thrifty with the stuff…). The clever thing about this oil is that it mimics the skin’s ‘hydrolipidic’ structure with a combination of sesame and eucalyptus oils along with the brand’s infamous ‘Miracle Broth’.
In layman’s terms, this product is a combination of rich oils and water, not entirely dissimilar the film of sweat and sebum that covers the outermost layer of the skin. Harsh winds will tear into this natural protective barrier so it’s important to repair it – if only to stave off irritation and infection.
You’ll recall from Chemistry class that water and oil are immiscible, so remember to give the bottle a good shake before application.
Facial Cleansing Balm by Elemental Herbology; £30 for 75ml from elementalherbology.com
One way to offset dryness during winter is to swap your foaming face wash for an oil-based cleanser that’s rich in essential fatty acids. This kind of formulation cleans the skin without disrupting moisture balance. If you’re feeling really adventurous try a balm-based cleanser such as this one from Elemental Herbology, which contains Argan and Sesame Oils along with Chamomile essential oil to soothe any dry patches. Skin might not feel as ‘squeaky clean’ as it does with a traditional face wash, but trust that the job has been done.
Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque by Aesop; £33 for 60ml from aesop.com
Contrary to popular belief, water retention is a good thing (when it comes to the skin anyway). Use this emollient-rich facial mask twice a week to boost hydration and lock moisture in place. Simply massage the gel formula onto the skin, do something else for thirty minutes, and then wipe it off with a damp face cloth.
Hyaluronic Acid by Pestle & Mortar; £33 for 30ml from pestleandmortarcosmetics.com
Hyaluronic Acid is widely acknowledged as a miracle treatment for dry skin on account of its ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in water. Its unique sponge-like behaviour means it can hydrate and plump parched skin effectively.
HA is found in almost every cell in the body, and it lubricates everything from your joints to your eyeballs. As luck would have it, our natural supply of HA degrades over time, which means we need to top up regularly. Pestle & Mortar’s ultra-light pure HA is free from animal derived raw materials, organic solvent remnants and parabens making it suitable for sensitive skin.