Winter weather can truly take a toll on your skin. Whether it's the sting of cold wind or the dehydrating effects of indoor heating, your skin can swiftly phase through itchiness, cracking and irritation if not protected. At times, these symptoms do not go away even with a generous application of your usual moisturiser. What can be done?
One of the challenges of maintaining supple, healthy skin in winter is dealing with rapid moisture loss. Chillier weather conditions cannot maintain the same levels of humidity in the air. Exposure to icy winds, snowy conditions or intense fluctuations between hot and cold when moving from outdoor to indoor spaces also exacerbate water loss through the skin. These environmental factors mean that in order to maintain balanced skin, we need to apply more effort than we would during other seasons.
Age can also be a factor. Skin is more susceptible to dryness in the later years of life because the water content of the outermost layer of skin—stratum corneum— decreases with age.
How Serums Help
During winter, adding a hydrating serum to your skincare regime can help. By applying a serum before applying a cream or moisturiser, you can help skin cells retain water.
When the skin feels dry or appears dull, the symptoms can be loosely grouped into two primary causes: the skin needs more oil or it needs more water. In everyday speech, 'dry' and 'dehydrated' are used interchangeably, but in the skin and body care realm, they mean slightly different things.
Dry skin refers to skin that is struggling to retain enough moisture due to a weakened skin barrier. This can be from natural causes or a result of using overly harsh cleansing products or rituals. Skin naturally produces sebum, an oily, waxy substance that serves to seal the skin and protect moisture from evaporating from the skin's inner layers. Dry skin can present as scaly skin, redness, itching and cracking.
Dehydrated skin describes skin that lacks water. It appears as thin-looking or dull-looking skin, feelings of tightness, and fine lines as well as increased skin sensitivity.
If you suspect that you have dry skin, opt for an oil-based serum to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss.
If you have dehydrated skin, applying a serum with hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient can help your skin cells retain water. Additional antioxidant ingredients that supply nutrients, fight free radicals, and improve cellular regeneration can work alongside the hydration-retaining effects to improve your complexion.
If your skin is appearing dull as a result of age, try serums with additional collagen-boosting effects to fight fine lines and bring back firmness.
Serums containing Hyaluronic Acid
Our bodies naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid. Its function is to retain water to keep the skin's tissues lubricated and moist. Applying additional hyaluronic acid topically assists the skin in retaining moisture, helping the skin be supple and healthy. It also promotes faster healing of wounds, and regular use helps bring back a youthful bounce.
£140.00 | 50 ml / 1.8 Fl oz
Potent anti-ageing properties in a light gel form. Kigelia extract tightens and firms skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Baobab extract is rich in vitamins A, B and C. Get essential amino acids, polysaccharides and glycoproteins from Aloe Ferox. Low molecular weight Hyaluronic acid prepares the skin for hydration, allowing active compounds to penetrate more effectively.
Freya + Bailey
£45.00 | 60 ml / 2.11 Fl oz
A Hyaluronic Acid-based night moisturiser with anti-inflammatory properties that helps to clear blemishes and regulate the skin’s natural oil production with Tea Tree Oil.
£22.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
A trio of Hyaluronic Acid, Radish Root and Water make this serum a deeply hydrating complex. Together, they work in unison to effectively deliver rich moisture to the skin. Fragrance-free.
Marie Hunter Beauty
£46.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
This unique formula combines hyaluronic acid and complex vitamins to revitalise and restore skin, helping to improve the appearance of smoothness, firmness and elasticity.
£36.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Designed to aid cell regeneration, collagen production and skin smoothing. This light gel serum provides intense hydrating and anti-ageing benefits with Hyaluronic Acid and Glycoin, which has been clinically proven to fight against wrinkles with its cell-boosting properties to reactivate the appearance of youthful skin.
£60.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
An ultra-light jasmine-scented serum infused with Tripeptide-5, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid. The key active ingredient, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, is an essential protein for youthful skin, known to stimulate the skin's own collagen production.
£50.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Suitable for normal skin types. This blend fuses Alpha Arbutin with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and moisturise skin, leaving you with a soft, bright, even-toned complexion.
£40.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
A lightweight hydrating serum with Hyaluronic acid, African Immortelle Flowers and Vetivert Root oil. Formulated to hold moisture deep into the layers of your skin whilst boosting elasticity, hydration and strength.
Marie Hunter Beauty
£46.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
This antioxidant powerhouse improves the appearance of skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid provides a boost of hydration while Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes, age spots and redness.
£39.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Gel serum with a 72-hour moisture complex to keep your skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, and Glucosamine offer anti-ageing benefits. Balance moisture, trigger your collagen production and support circulation. Sea kelp extract firms and tones the skin, making it look tighter and plumper.
£82.00 | 50 ml / 1.7 Fl oz
Particularly suitable for those concerned with the early signs of ageing and for mature skin (40+). A light, non-comedogenic formula with an intensely moisturising and brightening effect on the skin. Contains active concentrations of Helix Aspersa secretion combined with Hyaluronic Acid.
£12.00 | 56 ml / 2 oz
Unlike basic hyaluronic acid serums, this has a twist with added organic Lemon Peel, Aloe and skin-loving vitamin A, which work together to renew and revitalise the skin surface. The featherlight formula penetrates your skin. Skin not only looks good, but it feels good also due to the texture-perfecting effects of Lemon Peel and pore-tightening powers of Witch Hazel.
Serums with a base of Botanical Oils
Oil serums are a fantastic choice for winter conditions. A few drops on the fingers and light dabs to the face will instantly freshen up the look of your skin, protect the skin from moisture loss and impart a light glow. In cold weather, oils are particularly nourishing and give your skin a stronger resistance against harsh environmental conditions. Oils are also useful for dealing with dry patches, as they can be applied in a controlled manner.
ABA Love Apothecary
£33.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Can be used as a facial serum, beard oil and fine shaving oil. This beard oil calms skin with essential oils including organic Vetiver and Lavender blended in organic Goldenseed Jojoba oil.
£65.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
An oil-based face serum formulated from organic and wild-crafted foundational oils. It's an antioxidant and anti-ageing powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and essential fatty acids. Great for mature and sensitive skin. Address concerns like ageing, acne, inflammation, dry skin, dark spots and uneven skin tone.
£180.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
A beautiful, light, refreshing face serum that targets wrinkles and damage. Helps skin appear visibly softer and smoother after two weeks of application. Includes Licorice Root Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower and Frankincense Oil.
£14.00 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Skin-nourishing ingredients Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil and Avocado Oil work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, combat visible sun damage & increase collagen production. Also contains 6% Hyaluronic Acid gel.
£12.00 | 56 ml / 2 oz
Get camera-ready skin in one easy step. Just a few drops of this luscious botanical oil face serum will leave your skin looking glowy and luminous. 6.2% glycolic acid lightly exfoliates, and the velvety blend of Neem oil, Argan oil, Cannabis oil and Tea Tree oil work together to give you a flawless finish.
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