Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the secrets to keeping it looking healthy throughout the year. We know that it is important to protect your skin from UV light, especially in the summer months, when we are most exposed to them, however we must not forget to do the same during the winter days.
We have talked about this on KŌNSE Beauty, as well as investigated the best way to transition our beauty routine from summer to the cold months.
Now, well into the fall season and with the temperatures falling just like the leaves of the trees, it is time to highlight 10 tips that will help hydrate the skin during the winter months. Because we know that during these dry and cold months irritation, dryness, redness and flakiness of the skin are more common than any other time of the year.
How to hydrate our skin during winter? 10 Top Tips
- Internal Hydration
The skin is the reflection of our interior, therefore the first step to keep it hydrated is to nourish our interior.
Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. This will benefit many other processes in our body.
- Toxicity Out
Yes, stay away from harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco!
Let´s start with this basic step, along with drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, because some of the ingredients in these products promote premature aging of the skin and loss of collagen.
During the cold seasons loss of elasticity can be more visible on the skin tone and hydration levels.
- Right Temperature for Cleansing your Skin
Whether you apply makeup or not, it is important that you wash your face at least twice a day, with products that help remove pollution and dirt from the pores without drying out the skin.
It is essential to keep your water temperature around 25-30ºC, too much heat can cause dehydration and too much cold will close the pores and prevent a deep cleaning.
A good ally can be DAFNA’S Purify Cleanser gel cleanser which, apart from giving the skin a fresh look, contains eight antioxidant and renewing oils and extracts such as pomegranate. It also helps reduce hormonal acne.
- Exfoliate with care
It is likely that in the winter months your skin is more sensitive than normal. It is always good to keep it exfoliated to help it eliminate those dead cells that are no longer useful, however it is important to treat the skin with care.
To do this, exfoliate your skin every 7 to 10 days and use the most suitable product for your skin type. For more information on deeper exfoliation, check this articule where we walk about how to apply acids to your skincare routine.
- Don´t overuse make-up
Try not to saturate your pores with makeup. Use formulas that are light and adapt well to the needs of your skin without drying it out.
Remember that you can always use a primer to create greater protection and, there are even some, like this one from grown alchemist, end result, a perfect skin that does not need covering.
- Find your ideal moisturiser
It may be that in summer your skin is a bit more oily and you require moisturizing creams with a mattifying effect, but in winter your skin is drier and you need more nourishing and moisturizing ingredients.
Look for creams that contain active ingredients like hyaluronic acid that help your skin regain lost water and also fight free radicals.
Among our favourites is Flower & Spice’s soothing moisturiser, which soothes irritation and intensely hydrates the skin.
- Hydrate after Cleansing
Our skin barrier is most sensitive after washing it because some of its natural oils have been removed.
This is the perfect time to apply a toner which can help regulate the pH of the skin, minimize pores, remove the last traces of dirt and help recover the hydrolipidic barrier of our skin, we love the Pristine tonic from Flower & Spice. After this, apply a cream that maintains the skins moisture while keeping it hydrated. If we apply a moisturiser on dry skin its effects will be less powerful.
- Don´t forget to Hydrate your body
Sometimes we overlook that, in addition to our face, the rest of the skin on our body needs care.
It is important to apply a good cream after showering or bathing to ensure complete hydration of all your skin.
- Pay special attention to sensitive areas such as the eyes, lips and hands.
Pay special attention to the area around the eyes, lips and hands. These areas are more exposed to the cold during the winter and we tend to forget about them until they begin to show signs of dryness and flakiness.
Don´t forget an eye contour, a good lip balm and a hand cream. Among our essentials we have the Alex Carro roll-on eye serum, which contains three weights of hyaluronic acid, combats bags and dark circles, leaving the skin as smooth as possible.
- Add emollient and occlusive ingredients to your routine
Emollient ingredients help smooth and repair the skin barrier, while occlusives help the skin barrier maintain hydration within the skin.
Jojoba and rosehip oils and shea or coconut butters are ideal ingredients for this. For the body, for example, you can try Malako’s Fully Charged lotion, which contains shea butter and, although it is formulated to relieve tension, you will be surprised by the rest of its effects.
Don’t let the cold interfere with your skin’s hydration!