1 Exfoliate– Many people stay away from exfoliation when their skin is feeling or looking dry, however exfoliation is essential to the healing of dry skin. Instead of a traditional scrub which is a form of manual exfoliation reach for enzymes which are extremely gentle on the skin. Enzymes come from fruit, usually pineapple or papaya and they chomp away at dead surface skin cells, think “pacman”. The release of these dead skin cells allow all the products you put on your skin after wards to penetrated deeper which makes them more effective
2 Add– Different seasons call for different products or the deduction/addition of certain products. In the winter I recommend adding in a balm as well as a hydrating serum. I like to press a balm into the skin as the last step of my night time skin care routine which gives the skin a protective layer throughout the night. Adding in a hydrating serum is a great way to target dryness and quickly boost moisture levels
3 Layer– By now we’ve all seen or heard people talk about K Beauty. Layering is a big part of K beauty and those who have tried this technique have reported a visible difference in the look and feel of their skin. Layering skin care from lightest to heaviest ensures that every level of the dermis is targeted. For winter time I like to add an essence and balm to my routine to help seal in all the moisture I can. After cleansing and exfoliating spritz face with a hydrating mist, next is an essence which is like a lightweight serum, after that is serum followed by a moisturizer, the last step to this layering technique is a balm that is pressed all over the skin which helps to “seal” everything in as well as protect you from trans epidermal water loss while you sleep. The result? Waking up to a plump complexion, yay!
4 Mask– Masking is a great way to solve your dry skin woes. Using a hydrating mask 2-3 times a week will significantly boost moisture levels as well as calm irritated or inflamed skin. I love Josh Rosebrook’s Advanced Hydration Mask ($65) which can be used daily. It contains botanical hyaluronic acid as well as polysaccharides which help your skin cells hold on to moisture
5 Humidify– Winter months often bring dry air which further aggravates and dehydrates skin. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air which comes with a long list of benefits for your skin and immunity. Investing in a humidifier for your bedroom or home is a great way to combat dry skin, it can also help prevent the flu and alleviate sinus issues
6 H20– Our skin is the largest organ we have and it does so much to protect us. It is so important to up your water intake during the winter season not only for skin health but internal health as well. Drinking more water during these months will help boost your immune system and keep skin supple all winter long. Try adding extra hydration boosters like The Beauty Chef’s Hydration Inner Beauty Boost ($50), its one of my absolute favorite products infused with aloe, coconut, lemon myrtle, and probiotics! This daily supplement can be added to water or your favorite smoothie to maintain gut health and boost hydration levels
7 Supplement– One great way to combat dry, irritated winter skin is to add supplements to your diet. Omega-3s are a great addition to any skin care regimen which helps to boost hydration levels internally. Black seed oil is another great supplement when taken internally delivers essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 to boost as well as retain hydration in the skin.