It’s no secret that skin needs a little extra care in winter. The change in seasons can take its toll, especially if your skin type is dry or sensitive and prone to dullness, flakes or dehydration.  

To make sure your skin is nourished, protected and soothed all through the winter months, it’s a good idea to step up your home skincare routine. Of course, there’s plenty of skincare options out there – so how do you narrow it down? First things first, take a look at the ingredients list.  

There are certain ingredients that work more effectively than others to boost moisture and keep skin hydrated for longer. Here are just a few to look out for: 

Hyaluronic acid 

The beauty world has been buzzing about hyaluronic acid for a while now, and with good reason. It’s a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps it retain moisture, a key role in keeping skin soft and youthful-looking. 

What’s really great about hyaluronic acid is its ability to both attract and hold large amounts of moisture to the skin – in fact, just 1 gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 litres of water (according to one study). 

All that makes it a no-brainer to add to your beauty routine, especially as our skin naturally loses some of its ability to maintain the right balance of moisture as we age. 

Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii) 

A natural ingredient derived from the seeds of the African Shea Tree, shea butter is a powerful skin conditioning ingredient that performs two functions for the skin.  

First, it acts as a sort of surface ‘barrier’, helping to retain moisture for a plumper, more youthful look. 

Second, it also helps to reduce flakiness and dry patches and even has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to boot – so it’s definitely one to look out for in your choice of moisturiser. 

Hemp seed oil 

As we age, skin naturally loses some of its elasticity  - and other activities like cleansing can strip some of the natural oils from our skin, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. 

Hemp seed oil can help replenish some of this lost moisture. It contains plenty of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which play an important part in supporting healthy, hydrated and smooth skin. Hemp seed oil has also been found to contain antioxidants such as Vitamin E and carotene, which are also beneficial for the skin. 

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