Dealing with tight, uncomfortable skin this time of year? You’re not alone. Even if you aren’t prone to dryness during the other seasons, winter can zap your skin’s moisture levels and leave it feeling sluggish and dehydrated. To help you get back to a state of healthy hydration, we’ve compiled our top ingredients for dry skin below.
This pressed seed oil is packed with essential fatty acids that strengthen the skin barrier and allow the skin to retain moisture. Since it contains a high concentration of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, rosehip oil increases cell turnover and helps to slough away dead skin cells. This process gives skin a luminous glow.
Want to learn more? Explore our comprehensive guide to Rosehip Oil here.
Found naturally in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water. You can imagine why this makes hyaluronic acid a perfect ingredient for a dry skin routine. It binds water to the collagen in our skin, creating a plumped, dewy appearance. Since hyaluronic acid attracts water, apply it to damp skin and sandwich it with an occlusive, rich moisturizer on top to seal in hydration.
Derived from the African Shea Tree, shea butter is a rich source of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. It is widely used on dry and sensitive skin types due to its anti-inflammatory and deeply nourishing properties. Bursting with Vitamin E and allantoin, shea butter helps to heal inflamed and irritated skin, making it the ultimate ingredient to soothe skin exposed to the winter elements.
We’ve all heard of oat baths for dry skin on our bodies, but what about oats for our faces? Colloidal oatmeal (oats that have been ground into a powder) is known for its skin-calming power. Many people with eczema-prone skin use oats to help prevent and reduce flare-ups. In skincare, oat extract prevents water loss and shields against environmental aggressors by creating a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe dry, sensitized skin.
Do you want to increase your skincare absorption and improve your skin texture all in one step? Meet glycolic acid. As one of the original skincare exfoliants, glycolic acid (a naturally sourced alpha-hydroxy acid) has been used for decades to speed up cell regeneration and remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. Derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid penetrates the skin to increase collagen production, making your skin healthier over time. As with any exfoliant, we suggest you start low and go slow. Begin with a 1x per week treatment and see how your skin feels.
Which skincare ingredients do you swear by in the winter? Share your favourites in the comments below and follow us on Instagram @thetruthbeautycompany for more winter skin tips.