‘Tis the season. Where our noses are redder and our hands are drier. The air is colder and our faces feel tighter. It is safe to say that collectively, we’re all in need of a regimen revision, where we add products that hydrate our skin so that as we’re braving the cold, dehydrated skin is one less thing for us to worry about.
Those that live in warmer and more humid environments reap the benefits of their environment by way of plumper, more youthful-looking skin. However, for those of us that reside in places that have drier and colder climates, we need products that give our skin that extra boost of hydration to combat excessive dryness or dehydration. When your skin is hydrated, you can boast of a refreshed healthier skin look regardless of the season or climate that you’re in.
Hydration is a huge factor for skin health. It is important to note that hydration & moisturising are the same things. They both describe the act of adding moisture to the skin with water-based products. Many hydrating products are humectants, which means they reduce the loss of moisture by retaining and preserving the moisture that is present. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot hydrate your skin with oils. Oils are hydrophobic so they do not attract or facilitate moisturization or hydration.
Hydrated skin is healthy skin. As most of the body’s chemical processes occur in water, the same is believed about our skin. Hydrated skin makes your skin more susceptible and “willing” to accept subsequent treatments for skin conditions. For example, hydrated skin with a healthy moisture barrier is more likely to show signs of improvement and change after use of exfoliating acids or retinols than dehydrated skin. This is because your moisture barrier/Acid mantle is healthy and working (but we’ll save the moisture barrier for another blog post).
So what ingredients actually hydrate skin?
Hyaluronic acid (HA), the OG acid of hydration, is a great example of a humectant. Experts at the Harvard Medical School let us know that “As we age, the production of key substances in the skin, including hyaluronic acid (along with collagen and elastin) decreases. As a result, our skin loses volume, hydration, and plumpness.” HA is one of the key ingredients in anti-ageing products. HA works so well due to its ability to be able to carry 1000 times its weight in water. This means when using HA, it is most effective when paired with an essence or mist. It also works effectively in humid environments as the atmosphere allows for the HA to pull from its moisture and better hydrate the skin. Other ingredients that are great for hydrating the skin are glycerin, plant extracts, algae and sodium hyaluronate which is the salt of hyaluronic acid, making it more concentrated. As well as these, Polyglutamic acid, Panthenol and Honey extract are all highly effective ingredients that replenish and hydrate the skin.
What skin types need hydration?
All of them. It is a wide misconception that people with oily skin types do not need to add hydration to their skin due to the excess sebum production of their skin. This is false! Nai, also known as LA Beautiologist, first of all, lets us know that skin types are not fixed, which is another misconception. Skin types are widely dependent on hormones, your environment, internal changes in your body and the products you use, to name but a few reasons. Due to this, it is important that if you’re experiencing oily skin, you should still provide your skin with the moisture and hydration it needs. Dehydrated skin will oftentimes overproduce sebum in order to compensate for the moisture and hydration it needs, so if you have oily skin, it may be a good idea to add more products that hydrate your skin so that excess sebum production of the skin is kept at bay.
If you suffer from dry skin, the cold weather will only cause your skin to become drier. It is a good idea to also add more hydrating products to your regimen and to invest in a heavy-duty moisturiser that will help do away with dry and flakey skin. For dry skin, cleansing in the morning can be optional. Cleansers can strip the skin of moisture, so rinsing your face with water in the morning may be the best option for you so as to not compromise your moisture barrier. With this being said, always ensure you do your nighttime routine the night before.
Hydrating ingredients can be found in many different forms such as serums, essences, toners and masks. They are mostly lightweight and sheer. We’re going to share with you some of our hydration faves:
Our top hydrating product picks, chosen by Team KB
- Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask – Dubbed as “A creamy, dreamy, works-on-all-skin-types mask for deep hydration”, this mask claims to provide immense hydration and is packed with Hyaluronic acid and plant-based squalene. It also has liquorice root and lemon fruit extract for an even glow – a no-brainer for this season!
- Cerave Healing Ointment – A balm formulated with petrolatum, hyaluronic acid and ceramides provides extra hydration and helps restores the skin’s barrier while helping to temporarily protect and relieve chafed, chapped or cracked skin.
- Kem Beauty Hydrating Toner – The clue is in the name. This toner contains glycerin and D panthenol for a hydrating toner that does not strip the skin leaving it tight and bare. It also contains honey extract which conditions the skin, leaving it soft and supple. The Kem Beauty Hydrating toner is well-loved by our community – and for good reason!
- Corsx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Gel – Snail mucin has become one of the beauty worlds most prized discoveries. Its use dates back to the Ancient Greeks and has since been a popular ingredient in K-Beauty, a beauty space that is renowned for the quality and results of its products. Snail slime is enriched with snail secretion and sodium hyaluronate which means it has a high concentration of HA. People all over the beauty world are incorporating snail slime into their regimen and have not looked back since.
- Face Theory Replenamist T5 – Mists are such a great way to add hydration in-between products within your regimen. This mist is packed with ingredients such as cactus water, amino acids and betaine which regenerate and restore the skin’s hydration and balance. Not only this, but it contains antioxidants that protect the skin from damage caused by the environment that depletes collagen. We will always rave about a product that is hardworking and that performs well!
- Kem Beauty Hydra Glow Serum – Loaded with three specific plant extracts for targetted action, the Hydra Glow Serum is the key to soft, supple, and most importantly, deeply hydrated skin. The cranberry extract is effective for introducing vitamins A and E into your regimen, raspberry extract which helps to improve skin discolouration and grapefruit extract which is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. We love to pair our Hydrating Toner with our Hydra Glow Serum, and for better results, you can decant the Hydrating Toner into a spray bottle and spray it on your face before and after you use the Hydra Glow Serum. A true match made in skincare heaven!
This autumn/winter we are firmly taking a stand against dry and flakey skin! No longer will our skin succumb to the dry wind and harsh weather. We encourage you to figure out your skin needs this season so that you are loving your face with the best products and equipping it with the ingredients it needs to combat the cold; your skin will thank you!