High Wa­ter

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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.

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