"These easy tips and product swaps are the best ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated all season long."
The days are getting shorter, temperatures colder, and more likely than not, your skin dryer. Cold air and wind can wreak havoc on your skin barrier, the outermost layer of your skin responsible for keeping moisture in. Not to mention that when the air outside gets dryer, the moisture in your skin can quickly start to evaporate (It’s a basic law of science that any kind of moisture will always move from areas of high concentration—your skin—to areas of low concentration—the air outside). But it’s not all bad news; happily, there are easy things you can do to combat dry skin in winter. Even better? Your personalized Skinsei regimen considers things like climate and time of year, and the products you receive will change accordingly, making winter skin care easier than ever.
Start with the right cleanser.
Adding in moisture during every step of your skin care routine is essential, starting with cleansing. As a general rule, foaming and gel formulas tend to be slightly more drying—great during the summer or if you have oily or acne-prone skin—but not what you want during the winter. Opt for any kind of creamier formula; cleansing milks and balms all contain higher levels of hydrating ingredients.
Use an essence.
If you haven’t yet used an essence, now’s the time. Also known as hydrating waters, they deliver lightweight moisture that leaves your skin smooth and supple and preps it to be better able to absorb heavier moisture afterwards (more on that next). Apply some onto your fingertips, then press into your skin immediately post-cleansing.
Increase the moisture.
When dealing with dry skin, the richer the moisturizer, the better. One easy tip? Swap lotions for creams; the former are always lighter and less hydrating. If that’s still not cutting it, go for a balm. The thickest type of moisturizer out there, it’s especially ideal to use overnight to help deliver and lock in hydration while you sleep.
Don’t be afraid of Prebiotics.
Prebiotics aren’t just good for you when taken internally. Used topically, prebiotics are essential for balancing your skin’s microbiome, the delicate balance of microorganisms living on top of your skin. And a healthy microbiome is essential for a strong skin barrier, which, as we know, is your skin’s first line of defense and best way to keep moisture locked in.
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