Winter Layering for Deep Hydration
We're sliding into peak winter season here in Toronto. If you're anything like us, your skin is starting to feel it - and asking (hopefully politely) for a little extra hydration & care right now.
At HH, we're no strangers to mixing up our skincare routine, and lately layers have been our biggest allies in the quest for maintaining deep hydration during the driest months of the year.
Layering made easy (or at least, fun)
Starting out with water-based and moving up to oil based products is a great way to approach it if you're not sure where to begin. After cleansing and toning, a hyaluronic-rich product that is thin and absorbs quickly is a great way to start! Look to products like Monastery's Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost, Apprenti Ôr'ganik's Moisture Serum or Graydon's Full Moon Serum. These will penetrate deeply and ensure the hydration gets right in. They are very light and thin (they have a water-like feel) which sets you up well for layering other products on top.
Once that step is done, adding a hard working serum is a nice option. Current faves here at HH are Monastery's Flora Cream Serum, which has a nice creaminess yet is so light it absorbs like a dream. Tata Harper's Rejuvenating Serum has a similar texture, and your skin will drink it right up! If you're up for it, try Graydon's Moon Boost Serum instead, which is nutrient-dense, packed with vitamins and has a velvety texture!
Now you're starting to feel less parched. So let's keep going! (It is the dead of winter after all.)
Here is the point at which you might choose to add in your moisturizer. Most moisturizers are water-based and will layer nicely on top without leaving you feeling greasy or heavy at all.
Some amazing options this time of year are the Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer, which feels light yet luxurious when paired with other product. The Province Apothecary Nourishing & Revitalizing Moisturizer is another that lends itself well to layering and goes on matte. For all of you Living Libations fans out there, the Rose Glow & SunDew moisturizers are incredible for this step (if you feel like you need just a tad more richness, go for the Maverick!) One silky option tailored to all skin types is the Three Ships Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream.
Now you're three good layers deep, and feeling good. Your skin is feeling quenched and you're thinking, yep i'm done! This is where you get to start your "choose your own adventure" and make things interesting. (If you're feeling like this is the end of the story, then go on with your day! Otherwise, keep reading.)
Balms and radiance boosters
There are a few products we've been indulging in this season, and these are the ones we've been applying on last, on top of the moisturizer. You heard it right - another layer! If you've felt like your skin could use a touch of radiance, glow or liveliness and want to make sure you keep that hydration going all day long, these are the products that help us do all of the above.
This balm has quickly become one of our all-time favourites here, especially when it comes to sealing in moisture. This balm melts in like an oil and is soothing enough to use anywhere: around the eyes, lips (also a lip balm) eyes (some of us use it as an eye cream) or all over if you need it. It has kicked moisture up a notch, along with that dreamy, plumpy glow we're craving.
Another wonderful balm that is so versatile you'll find yourself reaching for it all day long. This is a great product to add on last, to really seal things in. Get a mini and carry it around with you! You can touch up dry patches and lips throughout the day - this antioxidant powerhouse will have you glowing in no time!
This long-standing product is indeed magic. With nourishing and healing ingredients like Olive Oil, Royal Jelly and Propolis, your skin will stay deeply hydrated, soothed and dewy! Gone are the little dry, red or inflamed areas. Hello pure moisture!
Where do we even start? This little balm is a wonder. Ozonated jojoba oil? Check. All the best oils that support rejuvenation, glow, hydration and calming feels? Check. Revives dull, tired skin? Check. We could do this all day, but none of us have enough time. Try it. You're welcome.
We sould mention that our best "insider tip" is to keep things fun and try things out! Look around at the products you have on hand, and see what you can begin layering or combining to achieve that deep moisture-rich feel. You'll soon get an idea of what your skin loves, how much it can take, and so on. Got an oil you don't use as much? Drop some into your moisturizer! Have a few creams or serums lying around? Go half & half! See how it goes. Skincare should make us feel amazing, especially during these dark, gloomy months.
For a little skincare routine breakdown, take a look at our previous post on Skincare Steps 101