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What benefits does Hyaluronic Acid really hold for your skin?

‘Hyaluronic Acid’ (HA) has become a popular buzzword in beauty. Many products, from moisturisers to face masks and serums, pride themselves in their HA content. But what does this miracle ingredient really do for your skin? The main reason HA has gained so much attention is its power to deliver lasting hydration to the skin. Each little molecule can hold 1000 times its weight in water! Our bodies naturally produce HA but the amount your body produces decreases with age. So our skin is not able to retain moisture as well as it use to. Babies are born with lots of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why it’s so soft! Less moisture means our skin loses its suppleness, it starts to sag and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent. The surface of dehydrated skin is also more vulnerable to damage. How can Hyaluronic Acid benefit your skin? Applying HA helps plumps up the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. When your skin receives that intense dose of hydration from HA, it becomes more supple and appears firmer, less saggy, and more toned. But the benefits that Hyaluronic Acid holds for your skin don’t stop there. By providing your skin’s outer layers with intense hydration, HA helps repair the skin’s natural ‘armour’. HA strengthens your skin’s protective barrier to give you stronger, healthier skin that is better protected from environmental damage. Similarly, HA’s anti-inflammatory properties support your skin’s ability to heal and repair itself. HA is fantastic for restoring skin’s hydration year-round. As we head into cold winter months, dry air and heaters zap our skin’s moisture. In summer, heat and sun exposure can completely dry out the skin. This means HA should be a key part of your skincare routine throughout the year. Pro tip: To get the most out of HA, go for a HA serum. Serums have a light, thin texture but contain higher concentrations of actives. A potent HA serum will work miracles for your skin, especially if you have dry skin.

Rich Lamellar Cream for dry and mature skin, texture.

Finding the right winter skincare routine for you

The harsh winter weather and can be a stressful time for skin. It may take some time for you to find the perfect way to adapt your regime to your own individual skin needs. To help you, we talked to the members of the exclusive online community, Beauty Q&A Insider Tips to get their advice first hand. Sensitive skin Sensitive skin can be particularly difficult to keep in check during the winter. When freezing weather launches its attack and the icy wind seems to bite your face, it's not always enough to use unscented products or to avoid certain ingredients. Lucy, who has always had incredibly delicate skin, swears by her "go to" skin saviour over the cold months. “I slather my face in Manuka Honey as a face mask in the bath. It's soothing and healing, as well as gently exfoliating, and the heat from the bath helps it to really work to it's best. I've always had incredibly delicate skin that would always flare up on my face from the winter rain and wind. But it no longer does. I turned 44 on Sunday and my skin is the calmest it has ever been since doing this through the autumn/winter months.” If you have sensitive skin, you have probably experienced quite a bit of redness whenever the temperatures drop and the cold winds pick up. Margaret found a solution. “Firstly I love using the anti redness boost serum. It is a lifesaver for my reactive cheeks. I step up the layering of moisture in the winter. Love the hydration boost serum for that, then my moisturiser and locked in with a drop of facial oil..I love the mess-free dispensers of the boosters and creams.” To show your skin some love and treat yourself to some ‘me time’ in the winter, Margaret recommends putting a face oil on when soaking in a hot bath. Using a richer moisturiser in winter to give skin more protection is also on her list of priorities. ‘I feel it protects a bit more as I have red reactive cheeks that flare up in extremes of temperature’. The brutal winter weather can dry out any type of skin but this can be particularly discomforting for sensitive skin.  “My skin gets very dehydrated during the winter. I always make sure that I use plenty of hyaluronic acid!! I also use a rich moisturiser at night and let it just soak into my skin because it makes my skin feel so soft the next day!! I also think it's important to exfoliate at least once/twice a week but I tend to use a mixture of an aha or a manual exfoliation depending on how sensitive my skin feels.” Zoe. Combination skin Nicola- “I use sheet masks to keep the hydration in my skin, hydrating masks, eye masks, which I love, and a drop or 2 of face oil in my moisturiser (if I am going out in bad weather to help protect my skin from the strong cold winds straight off the North Atlantic). I use some of the new masks that are in powder form that you mix up fresh yourself. I have a detox and a radiance one. I usually follow up with a moisture mask of sorts. The best mask ever in the world is the Nubo Diamond mask and that does everything a therapist would do and even relaxes the muscles on your face taking out the tension we often hold in our faces and I keep that bad boy for special occasions”. When we talk about winter skincare, we must remember that it is not just the skin on our face that can suffer from damaging winter weather.Michaela steps her skincare routine to not only include more facial hydration products but also plenty of lip balm and keeps her hand cream on her desk at work to remind her that her hands need extra love in the winter too.Meanwhile, Stephanie points out that it is not all about what kind of products you apply. It is also about how you apply them and how you prepare your skin. “A good facial massage is key in the colder weather to boost blood circulation to warm the skin and help products absorb better”.  

Redness Relief Boost perfect solution for sensitive skin

How to reduce skin redness this winter

While we love a healthy glow on rosy cheeks- it is not to be confused with winter’s dry, inflamed and even splotchy redness we get when the temperature dips. The dry winter air strips the skin of its moisture. During the winter, the skin also experiences a lot of stress from a frequent change of temperature as you get in from the cold outdoors and hide away in the heated indoors. This weakens your skin’s ability to protect itself from irritants and harsh elements like weather and causes that discomforting redness. Here are 3 simple to follow tips to help you protect your skin this winter. 1. Sleep with a Humidifier An easy and rewarding first take to take is to invest in a humidifier. Indoor heating systems strip the air of all its moisture. A humidifier will put that moisture back into the air. Leave the humidifier on all night with a warm mist. This is a perfect first step for helping restore softer, more glowing skin. 2. Retain Moisture Once you created a more skin-friendly environment in your home, you need to make sure your skin is protected once you are out of the home. The key is to lock-in moisture with a powerful moisturiser which will relieve itching, dryness and redness.  To make sure every skin type is protected no matter the climate, we designed a smart moisturise for every skin type. If you have sensitive skin, go for the Delicate Cream. Those with oily skin should go for the Light Cream. If you have combination skin, Normal Cream is right for you. If your skin is very dry during the winter months or if you have mature skin, go for the Rich Cream. Each of our advanced, smart moisturisers instantly sinks into skin, providing it with outstanding hydration and essential nutrients. It creates a protective, soothing cocoon of moisture, relieving skin of cold-induced discomfort, redness and sensitivity. The very special thing about our smart moisturisers is that they form a ‘hydration patch’ on your skin. And whilst you won’t be able to feel it on your skin, this ‘second skin’ will lock-in the essential moisture and feed your skin with vital nutrients throughout the day.