Never mind #winteriscoming, winter is here. And with it, for many of us, comes dehydrated skin. Central heating, windy weather and embracing the excesses of the festive season don’t make it the best time of year for our skin and can leave skin feeling tight, sore and uncomfortable.
Dehydrated skin is something that happens to all of us regardless of our skin type. For me, the first way I can tell my skin has become dehydrated is that make up just seems to disappear off my face as the day progresses as my skin desperately absorbs any water in my foundation.
These are my go-to products for fighting dehyrated skin:
Indeed Labs Hydraluron, currently £16.66 at Boots (normally £24.99) available here.
Hydraluron is much hyped and, in my opinion, deservedly so. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water so helps your skin retain moisture, keeping it hydrated, plump and more youthful looking. As Hydraluron is made with a very pure, high quality hyaluronic acid it means that when you use this before your moisturiser it helps you get more from your moisturising cream. If you have dry skin I imagine this would be a daily skincare staple, however, as someone who doesn’t generally have dry skin, I only use this when my skin is dehydrated or I’m having a particularly “off” skin day – results are super quick, I can see a difference overnight when I use this.
Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream, £11, available here.
Without a doubt the best moisturiser I have ever used. Despite the fact it was made for those with dry skin, it’s perfect for my combination / oily skin – non greasy, absorbs well and one of the few moisturisers I have ever come across that you really only do need a pea-sized amount of. Paired with Hydraluron, this solves my dehydrated skin problems quickly, often overnight.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Internsive Lip Repair Balm, currently £15 at Feel Unique (normally £20), available here.
I’m yet to find a product that matches up to this. If my lips are feeling dry then some of this sorts them out in no time (often one application is enough to make a difference). I’ve been known to use this on my nose too in winter, if I’ve had a cold and nose blowing has left me with those red, sore patches at the side of my nose, I slap some of this on and let it work it’s magic.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream, £5 for 25g / £9 for 50g / £15 for 100g, available here.
I get horribly dry hands in winter but I struggle to use most hand creams as I can’t bear feeling like there is product on my hands and I don’t like having scent on my hands. This is the only hand cream I’ve been able to get on board with: absorbs quickly and leaves hands softer without feeling like there is any residue or greasiness on the skin. It’s hard to describe the scent but this just smells clean to me so I don’t find it cloying or sickly like so many hand creams. I keep one of these in my handbag as a winter saviour for my hands.