The weather might be cold, grey and dull – but your skin doesn’t have to be too.
Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors – age (as we get older our skin can dry out), sun damage, the weather, and products with harsh ingredients that can irritate.
This time of year can be a nightmare for skin – it’s cold and windy out so we get battered by the weather, then we put the central heating up high when we’re in. These changes in temperature can make our skin even more dehydrated.
But there are things we can do to calm our skin and rehydrate it. We just need to know where to start.
1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate (with the right product, of course)
Sloughing off old cells and allowing the skin underneath to rejuvenate is really important. Exfoliation makes moisturising much more effective because it helps it to penetrate and do its job properly. But make sure you use a gentle exfoliator – scrubs that are too coarse or contain harsh ingredients will only make dry skin worse.
“Millionaire Melting Magic is packed with AHAs that sluice away dead cells. AHAs and BHAs are brilliant for dry skin – use this before moisturising.”
2. Choose the right moisturiser
Easy to say, but how do you know which one is best? Well, products that contain Vitamin A, Vitamin E and AHA fruit acids are the ones to go for. Vitamin A encourages healthy skin cell production and Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that nourishes and protects your skin from free radicals.
Vitamin C is also fantastic for dry skin. It really penetrates, significantly improving hydration and making your skin feel noticeably smoother.
“Daily Moisturiser and Eye Cream contains peptides and has a lovely, thick consistency that combats dryness. City Defence has lashings of Vitamin C and acts as a wraparound to help protect from skin damage and discolouration.”
3. Don’t forget your lips!
Lips can be super affected by extremes of weather, both hot and cold. Lip salves made with petroleum and vaseline sit on the top layer of the lips and don’t penetrate properly, hence the need to re-apply frequently. So choose your ingredients wisely.
“My Lip Butter Scrub has soothing Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. Use it every day, then follow with a really effective moisturiser, like Lip and Eye Rescue. It’s made with deeply moisturising ingredients that hydrate from the inside out – perfect for soothing and repairing chapped, sore lips.
4. Avoid harsh ingredients
Avoid anything harsh on your skin – products that contain alcohol or large quantities of fragrance are a big no-no. Check the ingredients on the packaging and avoid well known irritants such as menthol, citrus and fragrances.
Soothing and hydrating ingredients are best for dry skin – Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) reduces inflammation and helps to repair sun damage while antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid are all gentle but really effective at moisturising, brightening and replenishing.
“Try any of the products in my Peptide Pro 3-Step or my Super Vitamin C ranges – packed with natural ingredients, you’ll definitely feel the difference!”
5. Oils feel lovely on dry skin
A dab of oil here and there can make your skin feel smooth and hydrated and help to moisturise the under eye and lip area.
Do make sure the oils you use are natural and concentrated – Golden Rosehip is high in Vitamin A and C, Jojoba forms a protective barrier that helps skin retain moisture, and Frankincense and Geranium tighten the skin and reduce blemishes.
“Millionaire Super Nova is an all-round soothing oil. It contains Chromabright, an advanced concealer that reduces melanin production and gives a 25% skin brightening effect. And yes, it’s true – skin brighteners really are a ‘thing’.”
So there we are.
While dry, dehydrated skin can feel uncomfortable and look red or sore, there are things we can do to combat it and improve how we look and feel. Pop to our FAQ section for more information on skin types and which ingredients work best.