A change of season means a change in skincare. Drying products may work great in summer, but will only do more harm than good in dry winters. Which means a few extra steps are needed in the skincare routine to keep the skin looking plump and hydrated rather than dry and flaky. Weddings, cocktail parties, or the festive time of Christmas, instead of building your glow with makeup, focus on amping up skincare to take your best skin game to all occasions.
Here are our favourite picks that bring hero ingredients to the table that parry effects of tight-feeling, dry skin while giving you the deeply hydrating sans oily glow. Treat your pores to a good moisture bath to keep looking fresh and glowing just with vitamin-enriched skincare.
1. Gleam – Pollution And Makeup Melting Cleansing Oil by Ras Luxury Oils
The rumour that oils can’t be used on oily skin types is a myth. In fact, cleansing oils are great for all skin types, and are perfect for balancing the Ph level of the skin. Use a cleansing oil instead of makeup wipes that strip the skin of its natural oils. Gentle and filled with natural ingredients like moringa, olive squalene and chamomile, this cleansing oil ensures the skin is not irritated and alleviates a damaged skin barrier.
2. Golden glow serum by Saga of Soam
A super serum that tackles pigmentation, boosts collagen, and gives the ultimate glow, use this as the step after cleansing and toning. If you’re wanting a good retinol alternative, this is the hero product for you with ingredients like trans-retinoic acid derived from Chilean rosehip oil, with added benefits of sandalwood and saffron.
3. Moringa Oil by Call of the Valley
Superfood by nature, the moringa leaf carries an array of nutritional consumable benefits, but the extract is known as a powerful antidote on a damaged skin barrier. Especially for sensitive skin types, moringa oil can nourish and detox the skin from impurities, albeit gently so as to protect the skin rather than rip off its natural layer. The oil can also be used on problem areas on the body.
4. Oh-So Luxe Liquid Lip Balm by Ras Luxury Oils
Chapped lips are sometimes a difficult speedbump to get over. Whether you want to go without makeup or need your lips to be supple for lipsticks to glide on just effortlessly, a good lip balm can do it all. Going for one that has natural properties is safer considering lip rashes are a common result of uncertain quality. The Oh-So Luxe Liquid lip balm is brimming with naturally moisturising properties created with high-quality ingredients, treats pigmentation and will act as the perfect primer for lips.
5. Porcelain Serum by Saga of Soam
When using pore-minimising BHA acids during winter, dry patches that sting are inevitable. Infact, dryness also causes enlarged pores. Instead, using a gentler and hydrating product that provides the same function has proven to give better results. This pore-minimising serum is a great winter buy for ones wanting to shrink pores – that’s everybody, if we’re being honest. The botanical nutrients remove surface oils and shrink pores all while providing deep-penetrating moisture.
6. Purify Pimple Gel by Secret Alchemist
Breaking out all of a sudden? This oil-based pimple gel uses bacteria-killing tea tree, frankincense and calming properties of cucumber to work on your skin gently without causing dry patches that typically appear when using medicated creams.
7. Shea Butter & Kumari Body Lotion by Sova
A rich smelling body lotion will always make the wearer feel like a million bucks, and the secret is in three key things– the concoction, the fragrance, and the texture. This lightweight body lotion leaves you with a faint scent of almonds, while its lightweight texture formulated with shea butter and aloe vera keeps the skin hydrated but non-greasy.
Sometimes we slack off on doing the 5-step routine, and all you need is a good one-fits-all category. For combination to dry skin types, this balm is the perfect quick replacement that packs in nutrients from Calendula and Hibiscus flower extracts that help tone and treat pigmentation and texture. It can also be used for body parts that need a pick-me-up.