As the weather becomes colder and winter sets in, we need to take extra care of our skin. During winter, we need to moisturise and hydrate our skin (especially if you live in dry winter areas).
So, what is the difference between hydrating and moisturising? Essentially, hydrating is achieved through water-based products and moisturising through oil-based products.
Hydration is achieved externally, from humidity in the air and products that attract water to the skin (humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, etc) and internally from moisture naturally produced in the skin, which is affected by diet and water consumption. Moisturising is essential to help the skin’s lipid barrier as a protective layer to maintain skin elasticity and prevent transdermal water loss.
Both are critical in maintaining healthy skin.
8 winter skin tips:
- Go gentle on cleansing – use a cleansing lotion that moisturises whilst cleansing. Moya Essential’s Baobab & Pomegranate cleansing lotion with shea butter and nourishing oils will keep your skin moisturised as you cleanse.
- Make use of hydrating facial serums – a water-based serum containing hyaluronic acid is a great way to attract moisture to the skin. Used in the morning, it will keep your skin hydrated during the day. Moya Essential’s Essence of Flowers Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide is a great option to use.
- Use a hydrating mist spray after putting on makeup and any time during the day when your skin feels dry. This will immediately hydrate the skin and make it beautiful and dewy. For more mature skin, we recommend our Frankincense & Pomegranate Mist Spray or our Essence of Flowers Mist Spray for sensitive skin, with unique flower extracts to soothe and calm skin prone to redness and irritation.
- Use rich nourishing moisturisers and an oil serum to repair and protect the skin, particularly in the evening. Moya Essential’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Baobab & Pomegranate serums are rich in Vitamin E and deeply nourishing to maintain skin elasticity and encourage collagen production. Our Baobab & Pomegranate Day and Night Creams with rich butter and oils will deeply nourish the skin and form a protective lipid barrier to prevent water loss and dehydration.
- Don’t forget about your lips – they also need extra TLC during winter. Choose a lip balm containing oils that deeply penetrate and heal, like Marula oil. Choosing a natural lip balm without Vaseline and other petrochemicals that merely sit on top of the skin is essential.
- Use a humidifier/diffuser to help combat dry interiors. Choose essential oils to use in your diffuser that supports wellness. Essential oils can be beneficial for physical symptoms like colds and congestion, improving sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing attentiveness and connection with others.
- Drink enough water!! We often need to remember to drink water during the colder months.
- Get outdoors, move and exercise – great for increasing blood flow, circulation and general well-being. It will do wonders for your skin as well.