The cold weather of winter can be harsh on our skin, so what can you do to keep your skin healthy throughout the harsh weather? You’ll be pleased to hear there are a few ingredients you can add to your daily skincare routine that can dramatically improve your skin’s health throughout the winter. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised is the key to healthy-looking, smooth skin. Here are our top five ingredients you should start adding to your skincare routine today.

1. Ceramides

Retaining the moisture in your skin is the key to keeping it soft, healthy, and hydrated. Ceramides can help create a barrier over the skin which helps preserve the natural moisture on the skin surface and also protect against things that may irritate or damage the skin. Ceramides are naturally found in the skin and make up about 50% of the skin surface. It is important to maintain the correct ratio of Ceramides to achieve healthy-looking and healthy feeling skin – if there is an imbalance in the ratio of Ceramides in the skin it can become dry and itchy as the skin’s barrier is compromised.

Farmacy Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer is a popular product rich in Ceramides which has shown clinically proven results with up to four times improvement in skin barrier function and eight times more skin hydration.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is another substance which is naturally occurring in the skin. It is produced in the skin itself and helps create moisture in the skin which keeps the skin looking plump and reduces the number of wrinkles. As you age, the amount of Hyaluronic acid your skin will produce will decrease which is a contributing factor to skin ageing. As the amount of Hyaluronic acid in the skin is reduced it can cause the skin to dry out and appeared more wrinkled, it can even make the skin more sensitive. Applying Hyaluronic acid to the surface of the skin by using a cream rich in this ingredient can I help reduce signs of ageing by keeping skin hydrated. The use of Hyaluronic acid after laser hair removal treatment is highly recommended, especially for those with darker skin complexions. With the ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, the effectiveness of Hyaluronic acid can’t be disputed!

LAB-1001 Plumping Serum is a 94% naturally derived 3% Hyaluronic acid serum which is fantastic for fighting the signs of ageing and keeps skin looking young

3. Shea Butter

Third on our list is Shea butter. This is an ingredient commonly found in most moisturising creams and is the first ingredient on our list that isn’t naturally found in the body – instead of this sourced from the nut of the African Shea tree. This most rising ingredient is rich in vitamins A, E, and F making it an excellent addition to moisturisers, however, it is also sometimes used during food preparation. Shea butter can help reduce skin irritation and also aid the skin’s natural hydration and collagen production. Moisturisers containing Shea butter are usually relatively low priced and easy to come across making them great for day-to-day use.

Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop is made with 97% natural ingredients and community fair trade Shea butter from Ghana. Providing up to 96 hours of moisturising with every application this Shea butter moisturiser is fantastic for people with seriously dry skin.

4. Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks for good skin, they assist in the synthesis of collagen So the abundance of amino acids can help give your skin a younger and more youthful appearance. The term ‘amino acids’ represents a group of both essential and non-essential acids that play a role in the health of your skin. Some of the most important amino acids are:

  • Arginine: Restores visible skin damage.
  • Histidine: Antioxidant properties & soothes the skin.
  • Lysine: Strengthens the surface of the skin
  • Methionine: Protects the skin from harmful substances
  • Proline, Leucine & Glycine: Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Botanicals

Botanical ingredients represent extracts from herbs, flowers, and seeds which have been proven to be majorly beneficial when applied to the skin. Due to being 100% natural, botanical ingredients can be used on almost all types of skin – even if it is sensitive. Botanical ingredients are usually applied to the skin through serums, but they are sometimes found in bath soaks which can help treat the whole body.

Bakuchiol Complete (Plant-Based Serum) is a 100% plant-based serum that can be used to fight the signs of ageing and keep skin moisturised. Bakuchiol, found in the Psoralea Corylifolia seed can I help brighten the skin appearance while also visibly improving the clarity and tone of the skin.

Skin Care After Laser Treatment

It is important to look after the skin all year round, but after laser treatment, proper skincare routines become a must. Keeping the skin moisturised after treatment will help reduce the risk of any irritation and also relieve any redness which is formed around the treated area. Applying appropriate skincare products after treatment should always be advised. For more information on how you can look after your skin after laser treatment get in touch with us today to speak to one of our experienced and friendly staff members at Laseraid.