The Role Moisture Plays in Your Skin During the Winter

The Role Moisture Plays in Your Skin During the Winter

Dec 20, 2021Lisa Shelley

The Role Moisture Plays in Your Skin During the Winter

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  • What Causes Winter Dryness?
  • Adjust Your Skincare Routine
  • The Best Products for Winter Dryness
  • Moisturizers & Creams
  • Facial Oils
  • Serum
  • Eye Cream
  • Other Tips

If your skin feels dry in the winter, you’re not alone. Cold weather and central heating can make normal or even oily skin feel dry.

While there’s no way to avoid winter (well, there’s always Palm Springs!), there are ways to avoid winter dryness. By using powerful, natural ingredients like plant oils, you can nourish your skin.

 At Neal’s Yard Remedies, we believe your skincare should be honest and effective, so we use the best of nature and science to deeply hydrate and replenish your skin, no matter the season.

What Causes Winter Dryness?

Winter comes with lots of changes. In addition to all the snow, winter weather also comes with decreased humidity. Less humidity means less moisture in the air, which means less moisture for your skin.

Combine that with cold air and harsh winds, and you have a recipe for dryness. There is less moisture in your skin in the winter, and fewer lipids in the skin barrier lead to dryness and irritation.

Adjust Your Skincare Routine

The best way to fight winter dryness is to adjust your skincare routine. Adding more moisture to your routine will help replenish the moisture that is stripped away by winter weather.

When adding moisture, you’ve got options. Look for:

  • Serums
  • Facial oils
  • Moisturizers

You should apply them in that order, too. Serums provide a boost of additional nutrients, facial oils add hydration, and moisturizers lock it all in for hydrated and supple skin.

The Best Products for Winter Dryness

Moisturizers & Creams

Of course, when you think dry skin, you probably think moisturizers. In the winter months, you’ll want to look for a deeper moisturizer to help combat dryness.


The Nourishing Orange Flower Night Cream has nourishing neroli oil and wild rosehip to intensely nourish and hydrate. For all-day hydration, the Orange Flower Daily Moisturizer is a great choice for all skin types, especially those experiencing dryness.

Facial Oils

Facial oils are a favourite for thirsty winter skin. Oils help to both rehydrate your skin and prevent moisture loss.


The Wild Rose Glow Facial Oil is clinically proven to moisturize for up to 12 hours. This luxurious oil effortlessly absorbs to leave skin visibly restored with a natural glow. Organic grapeseed oil, shea butter and naturally derived olive leaf extract replenish while light oils and plant-derived fatty acids condition the skin. The Frankincense Facial Oil is another option If you’re looking for a hydrating facial oil with anti-aging benefits.


If you’ve never used a serum, you’re not alone. However, serums might be the missing secret weapon in your skincare routine, especially for dry skin.

Serums should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing. The benefit of using serums is that they deliver extra nutrients to your skin.


Look for a serum with deeply moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid. The Wild Rose Beauty Serum contains ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, brightening turmeric, and an anti-ageing peptide for radiant skin.

Eye Cream

When it comes to winter dryness, don’t forget about your eyes. The skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and susceptible to dryness.

 If an eye cream isn’t part of your normal skincare routine, winter is the time to add it. If you usually use an eye cream, it’s not a bad idea to look for something richer in the winter months.


Other Tips

In addition to your skincare, there are a few other ways to keep your skin moisturized:

  • Use a humidifier to help increase moisture levels in your home.
  • Use warm water when washing your face, instead of cold or hot water.
  • Don’t over-cleanse your skin, and use a gentle cleanser when you do. 
  • Moisturize right away, after you’re done washing your face.
  • Turn down the thermostat to decrease the drying effects of central heating.
  • Drink lots of water to help hydrate your skin from the inside out.

Combined with the right skincare routine, these tips will keep your skin feeling hydrated and radiant all winter long.

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