As winter's frosty embrace tightens its grip this month, our skin often becomes the unwitting victim of the season's harsh elements. Dry, tight or chapped, it can leave us feeling less than radiant and our complexions dull and red. In our dry winter skin edit, we share three factors that can lead to dry skin at this time of year, plus 15 skincare superheroes to rescue your complexion from the big chill.

Dehydrating Winds

Winter winds can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving it parched and craving hydration. Blustery weather accelerates water evaporation from the skin's surface, making it prone to dryness. Combat this by incorporating hyaluronic acid into your routine. This moisture-locking marvel attracts and retains water, ensuring your skin stays plump and hydrated. Look for serums or moisturisers with hyaluronic acid as a star ingredient for a hydrating boost.

Central Heating

While escaping the cold and staying indoors, we unwittingly subject our skin to another skin-drying source – central heating – which can sap the air of moisture, leading to a dull and dehydrated complexion. The solution? Seek out hydrating masks or creams enriched with glycerin to combat the effects of heated homes.

Hot Showers & Harsh Cleansers

Indulging in steaming hot showers during winter might feel like a luxurious escape, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Opt instead for lukewarm showers and gentle cleansers containing ceramides. These lipid molecules fortify the skin's barrier, preventing moisture loss and promoting a supple, smooth complexion.