Achieve Glowing, Hydrated Skin This Winter

Have you noticed your skin not feeling vibrant as the weather has become cooler? The cooler months can wreak havoc on your skin if you’re not giving it the attention and time it deserves. Whilst we don’t all have a spare hour each night to provide ourselves with an 8-step routine overhaul, we will share achievable tips and tricks to keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and naturally beautiful throughout the winter.

Firstly, let us address the elephant in the room: Why has your skin taken a turn?
Winter can be harsh on the skin, leading to dryness, flakiness, and irritation. Cold weather, low humidity, and indoor heating can strip your skin of natural moisture.

The cherry on top: When you get into your long-awaited scorching hot shower to warm up from the cooler weather outside, you do more damage to your skin than good by further reducing skin hydration. Now that the necessary layer of hydration has become depleted, bacteria can invade and thrive without the much-needed barrier, leading to irritation.

The Ultimate Guide to Hydrated Skin

1. Stay hydrated from the inside out.

Your water bottle is your number one (can’t leave the house without it) accessory this winter. Even though you may not feel as thirsty in the winter, drinking enough water each day is essential. The amount of moisture loss you experience necessitates drinking plenty of water to hydrate your skin, promoting healthy skin.

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(Honestly, we can’t stress the importance of drinking water. Basic, but the make or break of beautifully natural, plump, hydrated skin)

2. Eat hydrating foods.

Add these to your online shopping order: Cucumbers, oranges, watermelon, olive oil, avocados, salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Some of these foods are high in water content and rich in Omega-3, which can help maintain your skin’s moisture barrier.

3. Adjust your skincare routine.

Yes, winter is here, but that doesn’t mean your sunscreen needs to be put aside.

Sunscreen, always. Use a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 50 daily to protect your skin. Our go-to skincare product is Mineral Pro SPF.

Now that it’s colder, you might want to switch to a gentle cleanser.
You want a hydrating, sulphate-free cleaner that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. 

Exfoliate Gently: When you exfoliate, you remove the dead skin cells and allow moisture to penetrate the skin better. Use a gentle exfoliant once or twice a week - avoid over-exfoliating. Always ask a professional if you’re using the right exfoliant for your skin.

Moisturiser -Instantly hydrated & balance your skin. In the winter months, look for a thicker-fuller cream-based moisturiser.
We can’t go past the O Cosmedics Immortal Cream; Packed with super antioxidants and V8 Peptide Complex®, this powerful anti-aging cream hydrates the skin with it’s thicker texture. Smooth your moisturiser onto clean face, neck, and décolletage morning and evening.

(Tip: apply your moisturiser after cleansing while your skin is lightly damp for better absorption.)

Treat Your Skin with Masks and Treatments

Slathers on your Hydrating Masks: Use a hydrating mask once or twice weekly. Look for ingredients like Niacinamide (Vitamin B), Shea Butter and hyaluronic acid.

Overnight Treatments: Not only will your skin feel luxurious, but Overnight masks or treatments can provide an extra boost of hydration while you sleep. The Elemis Midnight Facial is a perfect night cream for all skin types. Skin is cocooned with a balancing Prebiotic, energising Camu Camu, a naturally derived form of Vitamin C, moisturising Cocoa Butter containing Omega 6 & 9 Fatty Acids, and nourishing Banana Flower Extract. That is everything you need this winter. 

Don’t forget to Take Care of Your Lips and Hands.

Use Lip Balm: Keep your lips moisturised with a hydrating lip balm that contains SPF. Reapply throughout the day.

Moisturise Your Hands: Hands can get particularly dry in the winter. Use a rich hand cream regularly, especially after washing your hands.

Extra Care: Invest in a humidifier. If you work at home and have your heating on 24/7, be mindful that Indoor heating can dry out the air. A humidifier can add moisture to the air, helping hydrate your skin.

Visit Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic for customised skincare recommendations: Consult a skin expert to ensure personalised recommendations for optimal skin hydration during winter. Our expertise allows for tailored advice based on skin types and concerns, considering factors like dryness, sensitivity, and environmental conditions. Our Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic specialists can recommend suitable products enriched with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils by assessing your skin's needs. These recommendations enhance moisture retention and protect against harsh winter elements, promoting a healthy and radiant complexion throughout the season.