Dry, rough, taught or peeling skin – sound familiar? You may be suffering from either dry skin, which lacks oil and sebum, or dehydrated skin, which lacks water. Both can be caused (or worsened) by cold temperatures and dry air. Repairing your moisture barrier and restoring oils and hydration in the skin can take some time, but we have all the tips you need to get you on your way to glowing and hydrated skin by the weekend!

Start getting an 8-hour sleep so your skin can heal

Your sleeping hours are when your skin repairs itself and replenishes moisture, and in the depths of winter, there’s no better excuse for a cosy early night! Some tips? Cut down on coffees and bright screen time before bed (try reading or meditation instead), and opt for your relaxing warm shower before bed instead of in the morning. Hello, extra 20-minute sleep in! For an extra boost while you sleep, try the O Cosmedics Hydra Plus Sleep-In Mask, the ultimate at-home hydration facial.

Try Hyaluronic Acid for hydration

It might sound like a scary ingredient because of the word “acid”, but hyaluronic acid is actually a naturally occurring substance in the human body, which maintains our moisture levels by retaining hydration. Our levels decrease with age and environmental factors, which leads to dry, dull skin. The new O Cosmedics 3D Hyaluronic Serum is your ticket to soft, hydrated and plump skin.

Add more EFAs to your diet

Essential fatty acids are essential for a reason, they repair the skin from the inside by regulating oil flow in your skin cells (not to mention they help boost your immune system!). Try adding more nuts, fish and natural oils such as safflower or flax seed oil to your diet. For an easier way, opt for a daily supplement such as the O Cosmedics EFAs Max Complex, which will have you nourished and glowing in no time.

Swap from a harsh drying cleanser to a gentle cleanser

You want to ensure you’re cleansing each day, but the wrong cleanser can strip the natural oils from your face and lead to dry skin. The O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser is gentle enough for even sensitive skin and contains shea butter to nourish, anti-pollutant boosters to protect and peptides for anti-ageing. Plus it feels and smells divine!

Try to drink your eight glasses of water a day!

We get it’s less appealing in winter to chug down a nice cool glass of water, but hydrating your skin from the inside is just as important as what you put on your skin. A slice of lemon or lime in warm water will give you a burst of flavour and Vitamin C, and try to cut down on alcohol and coffee (just for a while!) as these can really dehydrate the skin.

Get the most from your face moisturiser

If you want your skin to look and feel its best, you’ll want to use a quality hydrator that contains nourishing natural oils together with active anti-ageing ingredients in high doses that can actually improve your skin. Dry skins will love O Cosmedics Comfort Cream, “TLC in a jar” containing precious oils, essential fatty acids, super antioxidants and peptides plus intense hydrators. If you’re after something even more intense, O Cosmedics Youth Activating Oil Balm is a luxurious treatment serum rich in vitamins and fatty acids.

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