Suffering from dry skin? While this is a year-round condition, cold weather can definitely exacerbate it. Here are some tips from Vogue on how to get your skin in the best possible shape:
Prep Your Home
The drier the air, the drier the skin. To maximize the amount of water in the air, experts recommend placing a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time, which, in many cases, is the bedroom. A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air, helping skin’s barrier stay hydrated. In addition, be sure the heat is kept on low or at a moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air.
Change Up Your Diet
With the common-known direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Marchbein recommends eating a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados (but not to sub them for a proper skin-care routine). While that extra glass of full-bodied red wine may seem like a good idea, don’t overdo it with alcohol, caffeine, and coffee, as they are diuretics that will cause dehydration. Make sure you drink tons of water.
Buff Your Skin
No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Pick up a gentle scrub, something with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to get off the dead skin. Experts suggest swapping a gentle formula for your regular cleanser two to three times a week. For those with severely raw or dry skin, skip the exfoliator and incorporate a wet washcloth instead for a gentler option. And tailor your Retin-A usage to every other day because, while it’s surely the wrinkle-fighting hero product, it is also a strong exfoliant and may cause extra dryness during the winter. Now that the skin is buffed, serums and moisturisers can penetrate and really get to work.
Slather on a Serum
While most summertime products get swapped out come winter, serums are the one exception to that rule. As long as it’s alcohol-free, an antioxidant serum is perfect for year-round usage. No matter the climate, skin gets attacked by free radicals, causing sunspots, the breakdown of collagen and premature fine lines. To prevent the damage, apply a vitamin C formula as a first layer in the morning, before layering on heavier products. And don’t forget the sunscreen—a daily dose of SPF 30 will keep skin covered, even on cold, cloudy days.
One way we fend off dry skin is by using Ella Bache Hydra Repulp’ Creme Riche Hyaluronic Hydratante — Hyaluronic Moisturising Rich Cream, an easily absorbing deep hydrating cream for very dry skin that calms and relaxes the skin and giving it long-lasting protection against dryness and smoothes out wrinkles.
Ella Bache Hyaluronic Moisturising Rich Cream is a deliciously rich cream that protects the skin from tightness and with anti-fre radical Grape Vine Flower it illuminates the complexion and protects against the signs of ageing. Ella Bache Hyaluronic Moisturising Rich Cream also contains a revolutionary lipidic patch that repairs damaged cell walls and with jojoba wax and shea butter it helps to soothe, moisturise and protect the driest of skins whilst reducing irritation.