Friday, January 26, 2018

Best Hydrating Winter Skincare for Dry Skin

My skin can't seem to catch a break, no matter what season it is. In the summer, it's had a few too many damaging sunburns (oops!), and in the winter, it's subjected to the harsh cold and wind, becoming extra dry. Every year, I like to change up by winter skincare routine a bit, to see what's new and improved in the beauty marketplace. The hope is that as beauty innovation progresses, there will be better hydrating products to combat skin's winter dryness. This year, there are quite a few new products I'm excited to share with you today - including a few that were introduced to me at the annual London Drugs Beauty Event. Keep on reading below to take a peek at them!

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron & Coriander Energizing Body Smoother (available at London Drugs)

The key to combating dry winter skin, is of course, exfoliation! I've been starting of my skincare routine once a week with a full-body exfoliation with the new Crabtree & Evelyn Body Smoother in the scent Citron & Coriander. It smells amazing (a great citrus and pepper scent combination!), but best of all, the Body Smoother is a sugar scrub, which effectively sloughs off the dry, dead skin. Meanwhile, shea butter and vitamin C keep the skin super soft. Just massage into damp skin (or dry skin for a more intense treatment) and then rinse off.

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron & Coriander Energizing Body Sorbet (available at London Drugs)

Once you've exfoliated off the dead skin with a scrub, you'll want to follow up with a moisturizing cream - or in this case, Crabtree & Evelyn's Body Sorbet. What caught my eye, is that it's not like most of my other body moisturizers. Instead, the cooling texture is gel-like, making it easy for your skin to absorb. Shea butter, pumpkin, apricot and peach kernel oil help to condition and quench the skin: just what it needs! Just work in with slow, circular motions.

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser (available at London Drugs)

I've been using a glycolic cream for years now, but I have a feeling men aren't as familiar with the use of glycolic acid in their skincare as women are. Mostly, because I don't think there are as many options. Glycolic acid is known as a chemical exfoliant, as opposed to a physical exfoliant, like a sugar scrub. Added to a facial cleanser, it's a great way to slough away dead skin as you wash your face. This Anthony Glycolic Cleanser is formulated for men (see: no-fuss packaging, and a neutral smell), but its creators created it to be borrowed by women too! It doesn't have a strong men's scent like some male skincare products, so if you do decide to steal it from your bf, no one will be the wiser (and you'll have perfectly exfoliated skin!).

I'm a bit of a face mask junkie. Putting on a face mask has become part of my weekend routine to decompress and take care of my skin. There are masks for all kinds of different purposes, like energizing, soothing, and hydrating. Of course, this time of year, it's all about hydrating. My go-to has been Di Morelli's HA Masques, which are packed with Hyaluronic Acid to brighten, hydrate and repair the skin. The masks themselves are made of a comfortable fabric, and have a ton of solution soaked up into them. Bonus: if wrinkles are another one of your skin concerns, these masks also help to reduce their appearance! Its antioxidants and 14 plant complex help to repair and restore the skin, while the hyaluronic acid gives your skin that much-needed boost of lasting hydration.

Start by cleansing our skin and patting dry with a towel. Then apply the face mask, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, remove the sheet and just massage the excess product into the skin!

I also love that you can buy the HA Masques individually, in addition to buying as a pack of 4, so there's no risk if you want to give them a try first.

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturizing Serum (available at London Drugs)

Now, this might just be my secret weapon when it comes to hydrating skin. I've been a fan of Bioderma's skincare for years now, and their Hydrabio Serum is my all-time favourite product. I use it every morning before applying my daily moisturizer, and it makes a huge difference in my skin's moisture levels. What makes this serum more advanced than your average serum is that it's actually meant to retrain your skin to moisturize itself. Pretty cool!

Pro tip: Mix the Hydrabio Serum directly into your foundation for an extra boost of hydration.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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