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BEAUTY

THE ULTIMATE DRY-SKIN SAVIORS

When it comes to skincare concerns, dry skin is one of our biggest bugbears – especially now, with so much time spent indoors and so many changes to our normal routine. From chapped lips to parched limbs, it can feel like a never-ending feat trying to keep skin hydrated, with everything from the change in seasons to stress levels playing a part. The remedy? Whether it’s exfoliating your skin or adding hyaluronic acid to your daily routine, these are the golden rules to live by for healthy, hydrated skin from top to toe.

Exfoliation station

Creams and moisturisers will work so much better if you’ve exfoliated your skin first. Use a body one (like Sunday Rain's Konjac Sponge) a couple of times a week when you’re in the bath or shower to get rid of any dead skin cells. As for your face, look for cleansers with ingredients such as glycolic acid (AKA the ultimate exfoliant to unclog pores). Try this Indeed Labs powder scrub, which comes with rice-bran extract, pineapple and hyaluronic acid, to exfoliate and rehydrate the skin for your very own at-home facial.

Eat. Sleep. Mask. Repeat.

When your skin’s extra dehydrated and needs a moisture boost, a face mask will work that much harder to leave your skin looking and feeling fresh. Look for ingredients like coconut oil for extra hydration, and vitamins to deeply nourish the skin – like this superfood-charged Elemis mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, twice a week, and your face will get its glow back in no time.

Hydration heroes

Hyaluronic acid is the king of all ingredients when it comes to hydration – it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and attracts moisture to the surface of your skin. The easiest way to slot it into your skincare routine? Switch your serum for this NIOD version, which has 1% hyaluronic acid to plump and condition your skin (apply onto cleansed skin for a glowing complexion in seconds).

See ya, dry skin

You've exfoliated, masked and, erm, serumed? – but what about your moisturiser? Cosset your complexion with this comforting cream from the My Clarins line. It's got 95% natural ingredients (think shea butter, fig and goji berry), and is designed to give dry, sensitive skin some serious TLC, without feeling too heavy. 

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Pout perfect

Lips are one of the most delicate parts of the body and they need the right ingredients to stay hydrated and protected. Use a lip scrub first, to get them feeling fresh, before applying Caudalie’s ultimate lip conditioner, which protects against environmental damage and is loaded with antioxidants to repair your lips, too.

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