When the temperature drops, we bundle up in thick puffers, knits, and scarves, forgetting that we're leaving one thing exposed — our face! Here are 5 simple switch-ups you can make to your skincare routine as winter kicks in to maintain hydration and keep irritation at bay.
1. Use a Hydrating Cleanser
Switch to a moisturising cleanser that can help hydrate parched skin and support the skin's barrier to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the cold weather and the dry air around us.
Fact: Did you know that sensitive & dry skin has less ceramide than healthy skin?
Our top pick is this award-winning Ceramide Derma Amino Cleansing Foam from our best-selling brand Illiyoon. This is a mild, low acidic cleansing foam packed with ceramide and amino acids that remove impurities while strengthening the skin barrier and maintaining oil & moisture balance without irritation. The perfect cleanser for winter, and especially for those with dry and sensitive skin.
2. Add an extra layer of hydration with a serum or oil
Applying serums before sealing it in with a moisturizer is a great way to pack in extra moisture and lots of skin-nourishing ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and botanical ingredients. In terms of choosing the perfect serums for winter, we’d recommend looking out for serums containing hydrating and skin barrier strengthening ingredients.
We’re in love with the Serumkind Black Blossom Drop, this is a skin barrier serum containing highly concentrated Black Tulip from the Netherlands and ceramide to help fortify the skin barrier and prevent skin dehydration.
If you're prone to cracking, itchiness, redness, dry and sensitive skin during the cooler months, check out this hydrating and repairing serum containing highly concentrated centella asiatica extract (cica) – One thing Centella Asiatica Serum.
3. Seal in moisture with a regenerative, hydrating, and nourishing face cream
Look for a slightly more hydrating moisturiser with a thicker consistency to lock in the hydration. However, pay closer attention to the ingredients!
This multi-award winning Illiyoon ceramide ato concentrate cream is a long-time favourite of ours and our shoppers. This low-irritant and rich cream not only hydrates and locks in the moisture, but strengthens your skin barrier and protects your skin from the harsh winds and colder temperatures.
If you have extra dry skin and are looking for a rich body lotion, the Illiyoon Ultra Repair Duo includes two superstar products that your skin wants in winter. One, the Ultra Repair Cream: a nutrient-rich moisturiser for dehydrated, rough and sensitive skin, with soothing & repairing ingredients: Madecassoside and Panthenol. Two, the Ultra Repair Lotion: a deeply hydrating yet lightweight & refreshing body lotion. Together, these ingredients boost the suppleness of your skin, and improves your moisture barrier.
4. Hyaluronic Acid
Adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine in winter is always a good move. Hyaluronic acid has amazing moisturising power to target dry skin, improve skin elasticity, and retain skin firmness and radiance.
What's better than having a facial treatment at home? This Hyaluronic Modeling Pack from One Thing is a DIY face masks that you mix and apply onto your face with a spatula. Initially thick and goopy, a modeling pack creates a barrier that forces active ingredients to penetrate deep into skin, and eventually hardens into a rubbery layer that can be easily peeled off.
We love to mix the hyaluronic powder with One Thing toners. Here are some of our favourites: Centella Asiatica Extract (Soothing + Repairing toner), Artemisia Capillaris Extract (Purifying + Calming + Skin barrier strengthening toner), Houttuynia Cordata Extract (Detoxify + Anti-inflammatory toner)
5. Don't forget the SPF
The biggest mistake people make during winter is not using sunscreen. Our skin can be damaged by UV rays all year round. We recommend our award winning suncream — Mild Easy-Wash Sun Cream from Illiyoon, with SPF 50+ PA++++ in an XL bottle! A hypoallergenic, long-lasting, and mild chemical sun cream that rinses off easily without leaving residues and white cast. Perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin.
There you go! Here are 5 easy tips of getting your skin ready for winter!