Lush for life: The super 7 skindex to remedy dry skin
Feeling that? The stormy weather and lockdown 2.0 sees once happy, hydrated skin vanishing in a matter of days to leave a dry and dull complexion. The remedy? Incorporate a host of hydrating ingredients into your skincare routine, from hyaluronic acid to buriti oil…
When the temperature drops and humidity levels decrease, the water in our skin evaporates so moisture is lost and the protective barrier is compromised as a result. Damaging this barrier means the tell-tale signs of 'winter skin' start to surface. Although it's an inevitability of seasonal change, switching up your skincare routine now, with these ingredients, can help restore the skin’s protective element and boost moisture levels.
It’s been heralded as the best moisture-boosting ingredient thanks to its ability to both replenish hydration in the skin and prevent the moisture from evaporating. HA is a naturally-occurring sugar found in the body and acts as a humectant - a type of skincare known as hygroscopic, which means they draw moisture from their surroundings – which draws in water. Just one molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. As we get older, the hyaluronic acid in our bodies depletes, so when the weather gets colder, it's an essential addition to a skincare routine to help bring moisture to the surface of the skin.
The product: Seoul-based AHC has just introduced its Aqualuronic collection of ultra hydrating serums, moisturisers and cleansers. They're all powered by a Triple Hyaluronic Acid complex which has different molecular weights to penetrate the skin at different levels and ensure hydration that lasts.
Naturally found in the skin, ceramides are the lipids in the top layer, known as the stratum corneum, and are key to protecting the barrier against exposure to environmental damage such as pollution. In a way, they act as the body’s natural moisturiser, making up over 50 per cent of the skin and are crucial to preventing dehydration. Similarly to hyaluronic acid, as you age, your body’s ceramide levels decrease, which can damage the skin barrier and cause all kinds of sensitivities, from dryness to redness and inflammation.
The product: The area under your eyes is the most delicate and fragile area of the skin; it loses 40 per cent more moisture than anywhere else on your face. Curél’s Moisture Eye Zone Essence ensures extra hydration is delivered to this sensitive area by replenishing the skin with ceramides.
Recently, squalane oil has been cropping up more in skincare. Ultra-hydrating and anti-ageing, squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene (that’s the lipid found naturally in the skin which helps to maintain the barrier). Its unstable in its natural state, so squalene needs to be combined with hydrogen into squalane. This works in a similar way to our skin’s own oil, called sebum, to prevent moisture loss. But it is more lightweight and feels comfortable on the skin. You can use squalane in its pure oil form, and find it in many skincare formulas, including actives like retinol and vitamin C, which help prevent moisture loss when incorporating acids into your routine.
The product: The hero ingredient in all of Biossance’s environmentally-friendly formulas is squalane. Sustainably sourced and vegan, the squalane is found in pure sugar cane and works with a host of ingredients such as probiotics, lactic acid and peptides to deliver long-lasting hydration. Use this 100% Squalane Oil on your face, body and hair, as part of your daily beauty routine, and leave it on overnight if your skin is feeling extra dry.
Almonds have been used as a natural medicine in Ayurveda to treat dry skin for centuries. While essentially almond oil works to improve dry and sensitive skin, the additional benefits to skin health are far reaching. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this hypo-allergenic oil also has anti-inflammatory properties to improve skin tone and reduce irritation, making it a great choice for anyone with psoriasis or eczema.
The product: Hands feeling extra dry? Weleda is known for fusing organic ingredients with high-tech skincare formulations, and its almond oil will protect and nourish dry hands. Keep close to hand so sensitive skin feels soft and comfortable.
Making a buzz in the beauty world, cupuaçu butter is the ingredient to know right now. Lesser-known, but comparable with other emollients such as shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba, cupuaçu is an antioxidant-rich plant butter native to the Amazon rainforest. Easily absorbed, it holds onto skin's moisture and restores its elasticity, effectively drenching the skin in hydration.
The product: Enriched with a blend of cupuaçu butter, acai and coconut oil, Sol De Janeiro’s Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and some of nature’s nourishing ingredients (such as olive oil and beeswax) to keep lips soft when the wind blows and the temperature drops.
Buriti, found on its namesake tree, has myriad benefits for your hair and skin. Firstly, this fruit is a highly rich source of beta carotene which helps protect skin against free radical damage and daily aggressors like pollution and UV damage, which can have a drying effect. Secondly, buriti oil is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help to protect and soothe skin.
The product: Whether it’s in skincare formulations or makeup, RMS Beauty products all create a certain glow, and that glow comes courtesy of buriti oil. Created with organic ingredients and herbal extracts, everything from its bronzers to body oils are loaded with hydrating buriti oil.
This is like a drink of water for your skin: Snow mushroom extract, or tremella fuciformis as it’s formally known, is making its way into mainstream skincare. Long-established in Chinese medicine, snow mushroom extracts are appearing in new skincare formulations, thanks to one benefit - hydration. Often compared with hyaluronic acid, snow mushroom can hold up to 500 times its weight in water, and its smaller particles means it penetrates the skin more easily to hydrate.
The product: Finding the missing gaps in our beauty routines and filling them with products, the duo behind Volition searched high and low to find the perfect formula for dehydrated skin. The result? This lightweight, hydrating serum which is powered by water-attracting snow mushroom, marine water and watermelon extracts to quench thirsty skin.
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