During the winter season, skin concerns like skin surface dryness, excessive dehydration, redness, itchiness, flakiness, stinging skin, etc., are very common. You might be experiencing either one of these conditions or all together at once. So, in today’s post, I want to share some ingredients that you should be looking in your winter skincare products to keep skin hydrated and soft from inside to surface; thereby help avoiding all kinds of skin commotion in winter.
Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that should be looking out for throughout the year, but in winter time it’s non-negotiable! So, when you see that your product contains at least one or more Hyaluronic Acid form in first half of ingredient list, it’s for sure going to reduce the inner skin dryness, that is, reduce dehydration.
Hyaluronic acid not only helps in immediately hydrating and plumping skin, but whatever you are using for skin barrier strengthening or for brightening, with hyaluronic acid-based product in a routine, you will see better results.
If you have oily skin, check out these two lightweight Hyaluronic acid toners for winter:
If you have normal, dry or combination skin and prefer to use something rich for skin hydration in winter season, then check out:
Peptides not only provide antiaging benefit to skin by boosting skin collagen, but also improve skin hydration level by improving skin ability to hold moisture. In fact, because of this moisture improving virtue of peptides, they are often used in many skincare products. So, whenever you see a product having few peptides in the ingredients list, just get it, as with consistent usage of such products you will notice a natural reduction in skin dryness.
Check out the Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop, it contains very low percentage of peptides, but enough to improve skin moisture level.
Propolis as an ingredient has many skin functions, but when it comes to winter skin rescue, it helps by protecting the skin barrier, hydrating skin moderately, and additionally reduce redness that is caused by cold wind and dryness. In case your skin is sensitive to Hyaluronic Acid or Peptide, then propolis is your good alternative and extremely safe even for most sensitive skin.
I highly want to recommend the COSRX Propolis Toner and COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule. Both of these products have propolis as key ingredient in high concentration. If you have oily or combination skin, you should check COSRX Propolis Synergy Toner for this winter season, it’s lightweight yet sufficiently moisturizing; on the other hand, if you have normal or combination or dry skin, then COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule is worth trying.
We all know that ceramides are naturally found in our skin lipid along with cholesterols and fatty acid. When our skin shows signs of abnormal dryness, itchiness, rashes and redness; these are clear signs of skin damage and during this time our skin needs something similar to skin lipid to help replenish the lost natural moisture. During this damaged skin phase, it becomes extremely important to look out for skincare products that at least contain ceramides.
Check out the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream, amazing moisturizer for all skin types, except for oily skin. This cream is not only skin barrier friendly but also helps in boosting skin hydration level.
For oily skin, I want to recommend the Somebymi Snail Trucica Miracle Repair Cream. This will not only help in healing skin barrier but also lighten acne marks gradually due to presence of snail mucin in it.
I love Rice Extract in my skincare products, as this ingredient is not only brightening in nature but also protects skin barrier. Therefore, using a skincare product with Rice Extract as key ingredient will help in reducing the winter dryness and dullness.
I highly want to recommend I’m From Rice Toner for all skin types, except oily skin. This is one of my most favorite toners not only for winter but throughout the year for my dry skin.
If you are someone who is not a fan of facial oils but still need something lightweight and non-sticky to nourish skin, I suggest looking into the Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop. Suitable for all skin types even the Oily skin because of ultra-lightweight consistency. The texture of this serum mimics the oil even though it is oil free.
Lastly, if you have normal to dry skin and need a good slug of Rice extract along with Niacinamide, do try COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, basically a sleeping mask, which can also be used as a daily moisturizer.
PLANT BUTTER AND OILS:
Whenever you notice ingredients like Shea Butter, Squalane, Sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, Argan seed oil, macademia seed oil, palm kernel oil, etc. in ingredient list, these are nothing but plant seed extracted oils and butters. They are rich in fatty acids and thereby help in softening and moisturizing skin by preventing the moisture loss from skin. Products rich in such ingredients are best used at last step of skincare routine to conceal everything used before.
Check out the Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack, again something that works fabulously as day moisturizer as well. It contains goodness of many face oils and plant-based butters along with skin calming Centella extracts and its bioactive derivatives. During the winter season, this Sleeping Mask can be used by all skin types except extremely oily skin.
The Cosrx Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream is yet another good option for dry skin.
Another moisturizer I absolutely love for having the fatty acids goodness from oils and butters is the Etude House Soon Jung 2X Barrier Intensive Cream. Again, this cream is suitable for all skin types except for the oily skin.
The key takeaway is to focus on ingredients that are hydrating, help retain skin’s moisture by preventing the trans epidermal water loss. This can be achieved only by using ingredients that are water attracting, occlusive and also have the skin barrier strengthening properties.
Have you tried these ingredients for winter? Let me know which ingredient is your winter favorite? I would love to read your preferences!