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The best skincare ingredients for dewy skin goals this winter

The cold snap signifies time to swap out our summer beauty favourites and slip on nourishing skincare layers to combat the flurry of moisture-depleting environments that can leave skin dry, itchy and lacklustre. If achieving 'dewy dumpling' or 'glazed donut' status is very much part your skincare goals this winter, here's our round up of the best thirst-quenching, glow-giving ingredients to deliver that hydrated, plump skin you've been dreaming of.

AHAs & PHAs

Gentle exfoliation is a must to maintain a fresh glow. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, found in many chemical exfoliants, dissolve the bonds of dead skin cells whilst stimulating the renewal of new ones to also fight wrinkles, uneven skin texture and hyper-pigmentation in the process. Poly hydroxy acid (PHAs), the gentler of the two, works in a similar way but is ideal for those with sensitive skin who are after skin-brightening benefits with a lesser chance of irritation.

Niacinimide (vitamin B3)

An OG of skincare ingredients that has recently gained huge popularity, niacinimide, a form of vitamin B3, is a much-loved multitasker best-known to improve acne, hyper-pigmentation and redness. With skin barrier strengthening properties, it also prevents moisture loss from the superficial layers of your skin as well as regulates oil production - perfect for oily-skinned folk. A friendly ingredient to many others, niacinimide combines well with retinol, vitamin c, alpha arbutin, salicylic acid and ceramides to amplify their skin-enhancing properties.

Panthenol (vitamin B5)

Found in many skincare but also haircare products, panthenol has long been used for its moisturising but also wound-healing benefits. A key ingredient in skin barrier repair, panthenol pairs well with many other nourishing skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides by pentrating into the deeper layers of the skin to work its magic. A nice addition for all skin types, especially during days when your skin is feeling extra dry or irritated.

Centella asiatica (cica)

Another skin repair ingredient, this soothing K-beauty favourite has been making waves in western skincare. Plant-derived, centella asiatica is often found in products to treat eczema, psoriasis but also angry, acne-inflamed skin. For normal skin-types, this is a great ingredient to incorporate into weekly face treatments, like sheet mask, as an ultra-nourishing boost.

Hyaluronic acid

Touted as the holy grail of hydrators, hyaluronic acid is a humectant with the ability to bind to moisture and deliver water directly to your cells. Friendly to all skin-types, this ingredient is a game-changer for oily and combination skin as it provides relief from the harsh winter air without clogging pores. Keep an eye out for other coveted hydrators like aloe and snail muscin which also accelerate the skin's moisture levels.

Ceramides

A building block of our skin, ceramides are fatty acids that are found in the epidermis (the outer layer of our skin). They play a critical role in retaining moisture but also protecting your body from environmental aggressors. Our dry and sensitive skin friends, reap the most benefit from these products that help replenish this fundamental component of our skin's structure, though they can be used by all skin types.

Antioxidant-rich oils

Face oils are a vital last step for your winter skincare routine (particularly at night) to seal the epidermal layers of your skin to prevent moisture loss whilst giving you a plump, glowy complexion. Look out for antioxidant-rich formulas containing parsley seed, jojoba, and rose hip to intensify your skin’s hydration and fortify against free radicals.

SPF

Last but never least, SPF or sunscreen is a must even during the colder months. It's the best inhibitor of oxidative stress from damaging UV rays which causes signs of premature aging but more importantly, skin cancer. A minimum of SPF 30+ or greater is recommended even on a cloudy day. While chemical sunscreens are preferred by those that like to steer clear of that typical 'sunscreen feel' and 'white cast', physical sunscreens are perfect for those with sensitive skin as they can be less irritating.

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