3 Steps to Keep Your Skin Hydrated for Winter
18th May 2017 | By Fiona Ngo
There is no doubt that there is slight a chill in the air. Mornings are getting more ‘crisp’ and the days are getting shorter. It takes us that little bit of extra time to get out of bed in the morning…because let’s face it, we just want to stay in the safety of our warm blankets. This generally means only one thing in Australia – winter is well on its way and our skin is definitely taking a hit. It’s completely normal for skin to feel a little dry in the colder months but how do you keep skin feeling soft and hydrated?
The most important step to any skincare regime is to cleanse, so why not start with boosting the skin with some much-needed nourishment from the very start? Having a cleanser that is rich in oils such sweet almond oil like Merumaya’s Melting Cleansing Balm helps boost the skin with essential fatty acids which help to both nourish and protect the skin.
If balms are just not your cup of tea, then a more lightweight formulation is completely fine too. Find something rich in hyaluronic acid or ingredients that help retain water such as Chulala’s Cleansing Lotion. This cult Japanese cleanser contains ginger leaf extract and the added bonus of Okinawa’s famed deep ocean water which helps infuse the skin with moisture.
An easy and quick solution to help boost the skin with moisture is to mask. Masks generally are a fast, concentrated and targeted treatment for the skin. Picking a mask that contains hyaluronic acid is a great place to begin with as this star ingredient is a master at retaining water in the skin (up to 1000 times its own weight). If you are looking for a more natural alternative, honey is another amazing ingredient as it’s not only an anti-inflammatory, it’s a wonderful humectant which means it will keep everything locked and sealed in.
Try hydrating masks such as Hadabisei Kracie Moisturizing Facial Mask and Rune’s Platinum Face Masks which are packed with moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid or Papa Recipe’s Honey Mask which is drenched in organic extracts and honey.
Think of your moisturiser as the product that seals and locks in all the previous skincare goodness into your skin. Moisturisers not only contain all sorts of vitamins and nutrients but it has the important role of sealing the rest of your skincare routine, so picking the right one is critical. A moisturiser should contain some nourishing ingredients that not only replenish the skin with nutrients, amino acids and antioxidants whilst also moisturising and hydrating the skin. A firm favourite at Maslow HQ is RAFRA’s Complete in Gel Cream – an all in one
A firm favourite at Maslow HQ is RAFRA’s Complete in Gel Cream – an all in one moisturiser that contains just all that whilst also having the ability to lock in any other products you had put on earlier (if you even need it with this on!). This keeps your skin not only soft and baby smooth but also helps to delay the signs of ageing. Umm…yes please!