During the colder and windier winter months, your skin can become dehydrated and lose its healthy-looking glow, but what are the main causes of dry winter skin and how can you help prevent it? To keep skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, hydrated and protected all season, follow our winter skincare routine and top winter skincare tips.
Winter weather conditions can take a toll on your face and body – as the temperatures drop, so do the moisture levels in your skin. Cold temperatures and harsh winds can cause skin to dry out and lose its natural, healthy-looking glow. As well as winter weather, central heating can cause the air to dry out, which can then cause your skin to dehydrate. Less sunlight during the darker winter months can also strip your skin of nutrients (including vitamin D), which can cause skin to look dull and uneven.
When skin is dry, it can begin to feel rough, tight and itchy and can even start to redden and become more sensitive. Dry skin can develop on any part of the body and is especially common on the face during winter because it is more exposed to the weather. When your skin begins to lose its moisture and become dehydrated, it means it’s lacking the water levels needed to function effectively. As well as losing its softness, suppleness and natural-looking glow, dry and irritated skin in extreme weather conditions can develop into a skin condition known as ‘winter rash’.
Your skin is your body’s first line of defence against the elements and environment so it’s important to find the perfect winter skincare routine to suit your skin needs. This means mixing up your routine and finding gentle formulas that won’t strip away your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Ensure you include hydrating, creamy cleansers and gentle exfoliators as well as moisturisers in your everyday skincare routine. Gently buffing away dead skin cells allows your moisturisers to work and sink into skin more effectively.
In winter, your face needs to be moisturised and protected daily to keep it looking and feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and healthy. Follow our 6-step winter skincare routine to help defend your skin against cold weather conditions and harsh winds all winter
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Moisturise skin for up to 72 hours with our richly textured Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-Gel. When applied, this formula gives skin a warming sensation while it gently cleanses skin and dissolves impurities. Once rinsed, skin feels nourished and appears smoother and revitalised. It’s infused with three precious, cold-pressed seed oils from across the globe – black cumin seed oil from Egypt, camellia seed oil from China and rosehip seed oil from Chile.
STEP 2: TONE
Remove any remaining traces of make-up and cleansers and prep skin for moisturising with our Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. It leaves all skin types (including dry skin common in winter) feeling cleansed, supple and hydrated and helps your skin absorb the follow up products in our winter skincare routine.
STEP 3: REVIVE
Apply a few drops of our Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil onto both palms and gently massage into skin. This lightweight formula leaves skin feeling revived with radiance and instantly replenished with moisture.
STEP 4: MOISTURISE
To help protect and moisturise your skin during the cold winter days, help restore its natural moisture barrier and lock in up to 72 hours of hydration, apply a dollop of our richly textured, non-greasy Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. It’s perfect for dry skin and leaves all skin types feeling fresh and silky soft.
STEP 5: MOISTURISE OVERNIGHT
Suitable for all skin types (including dry skin), our Vitamin E Night Cream and Oils of Life™ Sleeping Cream help to replenish moisture and prevent moisture loss overnight. Our non-greasy formula intensely hydrates and leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother. Apply as part of your winter skincare routine.
STEP 6: MASK
Smooth on our Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask 2-3 times a week to comfort and gently exfoliate dry, sensitive skin. Enriched with oatmeal from the UK, Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain and Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, this creamy, comforting mask helps relieve dry, sensitive skin from feelings of tightness and itchiness associated with winter conditions and gently exfoliates to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and recharged with moisture.
You can also use our 100% vegan and biodegradable* Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask twice a week as part of your winter skincare routine. It gives you fresher, bouncier, healthier-looking skin in just 15 minutes. You can also moisturise overnight with our Drops of Youth™ Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Its uniquely bouncy, gel-cream texture provides instant hydration and absorbs overnight so you wake up with skin that feels soft, replenished and renewed. Both are 100% vegan and enriched with edelweiss plant stem cells from the rugged Italian Alps.
In winter, your body needs moisture and protection too. The drying effects of central heating and being trapped under the weight of all those heavy winter clothes means skin needs to be gently exfoliated weekly and hydrated daily to keep it looking and feeling smooth, soft and healthy. To hydrate very dry skin in winter, moisturise with a dollop of creamy Shea Nourishing Body Butter, Coconut Nourishing Body Butter or Hemp Heavy-Duty Moisture Protector. To keep skin moisturised and protected from head-to-toe, follow our 5-step body care routine for dry skin in winter.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Lather up with our Shea Shower Cream or Coconut Shower Cream. These richly textured formulas gently cleanse dry winter skin and leave it feeling softer. To soothe and cleanse dry, sensitive skin without stripping it of moisture, try our Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Shower Cream.
STEP 2: EXFOLIATE
Winter causes a build-up of dry skin, so gently polish, smooth or exfoliate it once a week to loosen and buff away dead skin cells. This reveals the brighter, smoother and healthier looking skin underneath and allows your body moisturiser to absorb and sink into your skin more effectively.
Leave skin feeling softer and smoother with our creamy Moringa Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub and Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub. For dry, sensitive skin, buff your body with our gentle Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub.
STEP 3: MOISTURISE
Moisturise dry skin in winter with a creamy dollop of our most hydrating Body Butters. Every 200ml tub of Hemp Heavy-Duty Moisture Protector is enriched with the oil of 1,932 Community Trade hemp seeds and provides ultra-dry skin with 96 hours of intense hydration and protection. Our Shea Nourishing Body Butter provides dry skin with 72 hours of ultra-rich moisture
Our Coconut Nourishing Body Butter also provides dry to very dry skin with 48 hours of moisture, while our floral Moringa Softening Body Butter and fruity Mango Softening Body Butter both provide dry skin with 24 hours hydration.
For lightweight hydration all winter, our silky smooth Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Lotion comforts skin that feels dry, sensitive, tight and itchy and provides it with 48 hours of moisture. Our 100% vegan Coconut Milk Body Lotion also replenishes dry to very dry skin with moisture and helps protect it from dryness.
STEP 4: PROTECT FEET
Feet laced up all day in thick winter boots need soothing and replenishing too. Try our Hemp Hard-Working Foot Protector, which is enriched with Community Trade hemp seed oil from France. Our creamy formula helps you soften rough skin and restores moisture levels to ultra-dry skin. Every 100ml tub is enriched with the oil of 724 Community Trade hemp seeds. You can also treat feet to our refreshingly uplifting Peppermint foot care range. It’s enriched with Community Trade peppermint oil from England, and leaves hard skin and heels feeling soothed and smelling minty fresh.
STEP 5: PROTECT HANDS & LIPS
Intensely nourish dry hands with our richly textured multi-purpose Shea Butter, or our lightweight and non-greasy Shea Butter Hand Cream,Coconut Hand Cream, or Hemp Hand Protector. To keep your lips hydrated and protected on-the-go all winter, apply our multi-purpose Shea Butter, nourishing and softening Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Care or tropcial Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15.
WINTER HANDBAG ESSENTIALS
To keep your skin feeling soft, moisturised and protected around the clock, it’s important to keep up your skincare routine during the day and on-the-go. Whether you’re travelling or riding on your daily commute, don’t forget to pop these mini winter skincare essentials into your handbag, backpack or suitcase. They’re pocket-sized and easy to apply, so you can instantly top up moisture and protection wherever you travel.
Our Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15 moisturises and protects lips against harsh winter weather conditions and helps prevent them from drying out. The SPF15 also helps protect lips from harmful, everyday UVB rays. Enriched with vitamin E, Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy and organic virgin coconut oil, simply twist and smooth on our lip balm whenever you feel like your skin needs some quick moisture.
Hemp Hand Protector is our bestselling Hand Cream. Enriched with Community Trade hemp seed oil from France, our non-greasy formula provides heavy-duty hydration for very dry skin – even after you’ve washed your hands. It’s perfect for protecting and relieving hands and cuticles when they’ve been pummelled by the harsh winter weather.
Top up your hydration throughout the day with our glow-illuminating Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist and comforting Coco Calming Face Mist. Simply shake and spritz to leave skin feeling hydrated and instantly refreshed. Our fresh and delicately scented range is 100% vegan and enriched with Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico.
Our indulgently textured Body Butters are available in perfect, on-the-go 50ml tubs, including our Shea Nourishing Body Butter for very dry skin. They’re perfect for travelling or tucking into your gym bag for a moisturising, post workout treat. The entire range is enriched with handcrafted Community Trade shea butter from Ghana (excluding our Mango Body Butter).
HOW TO TREAT DRY SKIN
Dehydrated skin can affect all skin types (even oily and combination skin), but what are the main causes and how you can you help prevent it? Rehydrate your skin and help restore its natural-looking glow with these top skincare tips and essentials.