With the winter season upon us, oily skin turns dry and dry skin becomes severely dry. Our recommendation? Start by switching to a cleanser that softens the skin, instead of stripping it. Then, opt for a heavier cream, or layer your existing ceam with a hydrating oil or serum.
If your skin could use a seasonal boost, read on for our absolute favourite dry skin remedies.
Swap your cleanser for something more hydrating
If your skin feels extremely tight after cleansing, it might be time to swap out your cleanser for something less drying. Our choice for dehydrated skin is Darphin's Aromatic Cleansing Balm, which relieves tightness and leaves skin luminous. At night, opt for Babor's Hy-Ol + Phytoactive two-step cleansing system; step one is an oil which thoroughly and gently removes both oil and water-soluble impurities - as well as heavy make-up - without leaving your skin feeling tight. Pair with an herbal extract specific to your skin-type.
Exfoliate to rid yourself of dead skin cells
Exfoliating is an absolute must for every skin type as it will rid your skin of dead skin cells. For sensitive skin try Swissline's Mild Exfoliating Refiner; its gentle micro-grains will loosen and wash away dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin, without irritation. For oily or combination skin opt for a scrub - like Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub - which will thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin. For dry skin try Yonka Gommage 305, which will removes dead cells while treating dull complexions and hydrating and balancing the epidermis. Mature skin will benefit from Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator; it stimulates enzymes that help break the bonds that bind dead cells to the surface of the skin, which will also work to dramatically diminish surface lines and wrinkles
Once you start exfoliating regularly, your moisturizing products will be better able to penetrate your skin. This is especially true if you're cleansing daily with a Clarisonic cleanser, which allows for a much deeper cleanse. For dry, chapped lips, try Jane Iredale's Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator.
Layer with a serum or oil
Layering a serum or oil underneath a day or night cream is perfect for those of us who prefer not to part with our favourite moisturizer, even though it isn't hydrating enough during the winter season. During the day, apply Skinceuticals B5 Gel underneath your day cream. This is especially loved by acneic/oily skin types since it does not feel too heavy or cause breakouts. Those with extremely chapped skin should opt for something like Swissline's Aqua Vitale Serum or Babor's Lipid Oil Plus, both will win over dehydrated skin-types as any feelings of tautness will diminish. For mature skin types, try Swissline Cell Shock 360º Anti-Wrinkle Serum, this triple collagen complex provides a visible line-filling effect by infusing dry skin with intense moisture and lasting resilience.
At night, try one of Darphins eight Essential Oil Elixers, the rule of thumb is to let your nose pick for you. Whichever scent agrees with you most is likely what will agree with your skin best. For severely dehydrated skin, try one of four Babor Fluids FP Moist + Lipid treatments. Either one of these seven-day treatments will supply skin with an intense moisure boost. Tip: Start the treatment leading up to an event, for luminous skin the day-of.
Apply a hydrating mask once or twice a week
Specially formulated for the delicate eye area, Darphin's Eye Sorbet Mask contains ingredients such as cucumber, japanese green tea extracts, watermelon extracts, hyaluronic acid, and liquorice extract for intense hydration around the eyes.
For face, try Yonka Masque No. 1, an excellent balancing agent for very dehydrated or skin that is damaged due to sun, wind, cold, and other enviornmental elements.
Heavy duty care for winter sports
If you're hitting the slopes this winter, chances are you and your family will need heavy-duty protection against harsh weather conditions. Skinceuticals Emolliance is an ultra-hydrating moisturizer created specifically for high altitudes and cold or dry climates. Don't forget to apply sunscreen over-top. If you don't like to wear heavy makeup when youre active, try Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50; it provides a luminous tint, so you can leave your foundation at home. For lips, try Jane Iredale Lip Drink. It not only hydrates, but also provides lips with SPF 15 protection.
Swap Your Skincare
If the moisturizer you're using isn't heavy enough these days, try something new. You can always go back to your current moisturizer during spring/summer months. For care around the eyes, try Swissline Corrective Eye Moisturizer; it will smooth out lines and wrinkles causes by chronic dehydration. If you could benefit from a more hydrating day cream, try Swissline Alpine Ecology Cream Rich. This advanced complex increases moisture levels and boosts water flow between cells, which, in turn, works to counteract lines and wrinkles.
Hydrate Dry Hands
Keep a hand cream next to your bed and apply daily at night. We love Swissline's 3D Hand Cream and Yonka's new Nutri-Protect Hand Cream; both combat dry, irritated skin, as well as chapped skin and cuticles that have been exposed to harsh environmental conditions.
If you still find you aren't getting the hydration you need, upgrade your Signature Manicure to a Deluxe Manicure; the parrafin wax will provide instant hydration to rough, dry hands.
Try a Dry Body Oil
When it comes to body care, client favourites include Doctor Babor Ultimate Forming Body Cream and Darphin's Silky Moisturizing Lotion. If you haven't already tried moisturizing with a dry oil, pick up Darphin's Nourishing Satin Oil, your skin will thank you.