6 Ways to Keep Skin Hydrated in Winter
With cold winds, artificial heating and lower humidities, skin can quickly become stripped of moisture during winter. Sensitive skin is particularly vulnerable, and dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema often flare up. Sudden changes in temperature – when moving between the cold outdoors and heated indoors – can also exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea.
To keep sensitive, dry skin comfortable, adequate hydration is key. Read on for six easy ways to maintain that precious moisture even with seasonal changes.
1. Switch Your Moisturiser
Different seasons require different skincare solutions, and winter calls for more nourishing ingredients. Deeply hydrating, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra moisturiser is enriched with Thermal Spring Water for antioxidant support, and Neurosensine™ for immediate and soothing relief from redness and discomfort.
Formulated for ultra-sensitive and allergy-prone dry skin, the ultra-pure, minimalist moisturiser reduces the risk of irritation by omitting fragrance, colourants, alcohol, lanolin and parabens.
2. Protect Your Eye Contour
The eye contour is particularly fine and fragile, so it needs extra care. Particularly as we sleep, when higher body temperatures speed up transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Adding a targeted eye cream to your night-time skincare regime can make all the difference to dry or dehydrated winter skin.
With soothing active ingredients Neurosensine™ and Niacinamide, Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour has an ultra-light, moisturising formula that helps to reduce dryness and puffiness. By strengthening the skin’s barrier, it helps to lock in moisture while keeping irritants at bay. Meaning you’ll wake up with a happier, more moisturised eye area.
3. Keep Lips Protected
Without oil glands, lips are especially susceptible to winter dryness. Licking them only provides very brief respite, before stripping them of even more moisture. A soothing and protective lip balm is therefore the best remedy for dry, chapped and cracked lips. With 10% Shea Butter for barrier support, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip balm works to soothe and repair damaged skin. Ultra-comfortable and protective, the non-greasy formula creates a protective film while providing immediate relief, reducing dehydration, and helping restore the lip barrier.
4. Choose Hydrating Makeup
It’s not just your skincare you should rethink during winter; consider whether your cosmetics help or hinder dry skin. Ideal for dry sensitive skin, Toleriane Teint Hydrating Water-Cream Foundation soothes and hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid, providing tinted coverage without drying out the skin. With the ability to retain over 1000 times its weight in water, this naturally occurring molecule helps restore comfort and volume to dry skin needing a moisture boost.
5. Replenish Moisture to Hands
Frequently exposed, the hands are also susceptible to moisture-stripping winter weather conditions. Extra hand washing during flu season can also take its toll, making a protective hand moisturiser a winter necessity.
The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast repairing barrier hand cream is tolerance tested on the most sensitive and atopy-prone skin. Formulated with 4% Niacinamide, it works to soothe and repair the skin’s barrier, leaving hands nourished and restored. 30% Glycerin not only replenishes moisture, it also creates a wash- and friction-resistant protective barrier, helping ensure your hands stay moisturised throughout winter.
6. Don’t Neglect Your Body
While many of us switch to a richer face cream during winter, we often overlook our poor, parched body. And, while drier skin can be uncomfortable for anyone, the lack of humidity can cause painful flare ups for those with atopic skin, such as eczema. As well as resisting the urge to take long, hot (dehydrating) showers, it’s important to avoid harsh, stripping soaps and body washes, and use a non-irritating, moisture-replenishing body moisturiser on clean, damp skin. Formulated with Niacinamide and Glycerin, Lipikar Lait Body Milk restores comfort to very dry skin, instantly alleviating tightness while strengthening the skin’s barrier protection against external aggressors. Skin is left feeling nourished, soft, and comfortable.
Follow these steps for a cosy and comfortable winter, and for more infomation on La Roche-Posay's solutions for dry, sensitive skin visit the website.