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Winter Face has got me! That dry, dull, tight skin feeling I often get around this time of year has struck again. Today I'm talking through some of the mostly serum-based treatments I use to combat this feeling. These are the products that go beyond the basics of richer moisturisers and oil-based skincare to resurrect dry, dull skin...
First up is probably the most 'active' serum I'm going to talk about: the Dr Dennis Gross B3Adaptive Superfoods Stress Rescue Super Serum* | £75. This serum is really powered by niacinamide, a fantastic all-rounder; in lower concentrations it's a gentle ingredients with the ability to regulate oil production in the skin, calm redness and inflammation and also strengthen the skin's natural barrier, so it feels less sensitive and can retain water more effectively. There's also a little lactic acid in there, a chemical exfoliator that's actually quite hydrating for the skin and in lower concentrations it can give you softer, smoother skin without feeling too strong or too much for everyday use. This is also formulated with a bunch of replenishing non-fragrant plant oils and extracts that are rich in antioxidants to protect the skin against environmental damage, as well as giving that deep moisture. I love this serum to revive dry, lifeless winter skin.
If your skin is a little more sensitive or compromised, I really recommend the Niod Modulating Glucosides | £21. This serum is a cocktail of skin-replenishing lipids that's amazing for a compromised barrier. If your skin is feeling extra irritable with the cold weather and central heating, this blend of ceramides and and oat lipids should calm things right down and also help with that dry, parched feeling by locking in all the good stuff.
Next we have a pretty affordable option from a brand I've fallen recently: the Indeed Labs Hydration Booster* | £16.99. This is a light, water-based but milky serum formulated with those skin-replenishing lipids, niacinamide for those calming and barrier-strengthening benefits and calming soy extract. It has a lovely texture and is a really great, more budget-friendly option formulated with all the ingredients that should give you healthy, hydrated, calm skin during the winter months.
It's not easy to get hold of, but if you can get your hands on the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief | £34.99 | then it's fantastic for dry, sensitised or compromised winter skin. It has a lovely creamy texture that really helps lock in the moisture and offers something a bit more for dry skin types. It contains tamanu and rosehip oils which are deeply nourishing and also have potential healing properties for damaged skin. Safflower oil is also moisturising and not irritating to most skin types. There's squalane in there; a plant derived, skin-similar oil that's not too greasy and can replenish lost moisture in the skin. It's also formulated with a bit of niacinamide and some ceramides, a common theme in this post because they really are great for dry or irritated skin during to colder months. This both calms and deeply moisturises my skin without any greasiness.
Although it's technically a moisturiser, I'm still throwing in the U Beauty Super Smart Hydrator* | £65 | because it goes far beyond just moisturising the skin and contains some amazing ingredients. It's a newer addition to my lineup, but wow; it's really impressed me! There are a bunch of skin-nourishing ingredients in here like avocado oil, plenty of squalane, sweet almond oil, shea butter and grape seed oil. These are all fantastic for softening and smoothing dry skin and this product gives my complexion a gorgeous glow, even when I've woken up with it feeling parched and looking dull. However, what's really special about this product is that it contains a little bit of everything you need for strong, healthy, smooth skin. There are five forms of hyaluronic acid in this formula, and this ingredient draws water into the skin. The different molecular weights allow that water to reach the different layers of the skin so it's plump and hydrated. The oils have the dual purpose of also locking in that hydration so you can really see the benefits. There's a little bit of glycolic acid in here too, to help the skin feel a bit smoother and look a bit more radiant, but it's not so much that it would be irritating. There are also Vitamins C and E in the mix. Vitamin C is a whole post in and of itself, and I feel like the form of Vitamin C in this formula in this sort of concentration is going to primarily give your skin a healthy glow. Vitamin E is a great one for an impaired skin barrier, both protecting and repairing the skin from exposure to harsh environments. Overall; I love this product! It's a fantastic 'pick and mix' of all the ingredients that make my skin look and feel its best even when the elements are working against me.
Has your skin been suffering as we head into winter? How have you been treating this?