Many people struggle with dry skin, which can be even worse during the winter months. By making some small changes to your skincare routine, you can add more moisture and restore your skin.
The winter months can be a challenging period for many. Even without the often poor weather and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – which affects up to 3% of people – it can also take a toll on our skin. Around 48% of people claim to experience a phenomenon known as ‘winter skin syndrome’. The symptoms of this include rashes, irritation, bumps and dry skin. Some also notice a flare-up of existing skin conditions.
This is why it’s important to switch up your skincare routine when the cold weather sets in. Making the change to richer formulas can help to keep your skin barrier functioning optimally to prevent problems. But with so many different products – all making bold claims! – available, how do you pick ones that treat dry skin and other winter woes?
Here are five ingredients that deserve a spot in your winter skin regimen.
Known as nature’s moisture molecule, hyaluronic acid is something our bodies produce naturally. When applied to the skin topically, it draws and locks in moisture to keep your skin hydrated and plump for longer.
Squalane is an emollient, which is a category of skincare ingredients that can both prevent and heal dry skin. It coats the skin with a protective layer or film that prevents moisture from escaping and the skin from drying out.
Another molecule that our skin produces on its outer layers, ceramides are the fatty acids necessary to keep your skin barrier strong against the harsh winter elements. It also locks in moisture and prevents transepidermal water loss.
Like squalane, shea butter is a rich emollient that can go a long way in soothing dry skin. It traps moisture and provides a layer of protection from the weather. Apply it as the last step in your routine to keep your skin soft.
This is a common ingredient that is found in many moisturizers and lotions. It’s a humectant – which means that it has the ability to attract water – that can be used daily to prevent and treat dry skin.
Click here to explore our dermatologist-approved selection of moisturizers that will keep your complexion healthy this winter.