Dry skin doesn’t have to be a fact of life this winter. tama lung finds the best products to hydrate and nourish all season long
Imoisturet’s that time of year, when we’re torn between celebrating the long-awaited drop in humidity and lamenting the state of our dry, summerravaged skin. An adult human body is roughly 60 percent water, and the skin – its largest organ – should maintain a humidity level of roughly 50 percent to be considered normal. Unfortunately, not only do we lose as we age, women also have a lower percentage of body water than men. And while we should all drink plenty of the clear stuff and nosh on fresh fruits and vegetables, there’s only so much of that fluid that’s going to reach our skin cells. Which means topical treatments are still our best bet when it comes to treating dry or dehydrated complexions. Dry skin is considered to be lacking in oil while dehydrated skin is lacking in water, and there are plenty of products that deliver a combination of both. When looking at ingredients, keep an eye out for nourishing oils – like the rose essential oil in Lancôme’s Absolue Soft Cream or the blend of meadowfoam-seed, evening primrose and sunflower-seed oils in Estée Lauder’s newest Re-Nutriv offering – and heavy-hitting hydrators such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides, found in YSL Beauté’s Moisturizing Prep Lotion. More cutting-edge treatments, including Perricone MD’s relaunched antioxidant-powered Acyl-Glutathione collection and Augustinus Bader’s transformative creams, work to activate the body’s own ability to repair and restore itself. Whatever method you chose, remember to layer products from lightest to thickest and continue using sun protection throughout the winter months.