Humidity might be a pain in the butt, but we’ll take it over dry, nasty, heating-ravaged winter skin any day of the week! If, like us, your cold weather complexion’s looking a little lacklustre and has lost its glow, here are six quick and easy tricks for maxing out the hydration factor.
1 – Drink up
You might be even less inclined to sip on two litres of chilly water each day as the mercury drops, but staying hydrated in winter needn’t be a drag. Start the morning off right with a big, detoxing mug of warm water with lemon, then sip on your favourite herbal teas throughout the day. BB tip: Take a quick look at your lips – if they’re pruney or cracked, it’s an instant indicator you need to boost the H20.
Hyaluronic acid is the real deal when it comes to keeping skin hydrated and healthy. This naturally occurring substance holds up to 1000 times its weight in water! Applied topically, it’s incredible at keeping the good stuff (moisture) in for happy skin. Look out for this wonder ingredient in skincare products, like Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost range.
We understand the desire to languish for ages in a piping hot shower or bath during winter. The idea of getting out into the cold air alone makes lingering much more inviting. But try to resist the temptation as hot water will only dehydrate the skin.
Use a non-drying, soap-free body cleanser, then slather on a dermatologist-tested lotion straight after bathing. Apply when the skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture. With a part lotion, part sesame oil formula, Neutrogena’s Body Lotion Light Sesame is a non-comedogenic, feather light formulation that absorbs instantly for silky smooth limbs.
Sometimes your lightweight summer moisturiser just doesn’t cut it. Look out for hydration-boosting formulas like Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel. This silky smooth gel cream feels like heaven on the skin, is easily absorbed and doubles moisture levels within an hour. The innovative Progressive Release System means further moisture is released over 24 hours! Hyaluronic acid and olive extract promote a hydrated, smooth and supple complexion, while the oil-free, dermatologist tested formula won’t clog the pores.
With the doors and windows closed and the heating blasting away, the air in your home can become dry and stuffy. Consider investing in a humidifier, or simply leave a few bowls of water around the home. As these evaporate, much needed moisture will return to the dry air. Which means happier, less sensitive skin for you.
6 – Keep up the sun protection
We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it until everybody gets the gosh-darn message: sun protection is an all-year round thing! UV rays are ageing and cancer-causing, and even the gloomiest days can give you a burn which will suck the moisture from your skin. For everyday, non-oily, shine-free protection, we love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face SPF+.