1. Layering toner
This genius invention, borrowed from Korean skincare, is an easy way to pack watery moisture into your skin. The thickest cream is useless if the skin does not have any water-consistency moisture. This so-called moisture layering technique is a brilliant choice for surface-dry skin that is prone to impurities - as it does not clog the skin. Put simply, layering works as follows: daub toner onto your skin (but not with cotton wool), let it dry, and add a second layer. You can add as many layers as you want. The 7 skin method from Korea adds up to seven toner levels. In harsh winter conditions, we recommend you to do a more intensive treatment, meaning each evening you add 3-7 layers of toner to your skin after cleansing. We promise you that you'll notice the effect after just a few times. Chose a full-bodied toner that is as caring as possible for the layering technique. Jolie's favourites include the Patyka Essential Lifting Lotion, which you can spray directly on your face and then tap in by hand to help your skin absorb it. The Korean cosmetic brand Whamisa's Deep Rich Toner feels like it was made for layering. Its thick, almost serum-like consistency is the perfect choice for people with dry skin. If your skin clogs easily, the Original toner, by the same brand, is a surer choice.
2. Using a moisturising mask as a night cream
In synthetic cosmetics sleeping masks have been available for a few years now, which, as the name suggests are especially suitable for powerfully caring for the skin at night. The consistency of an overnight mask should be quite light and easily absorbed. Try replacing your night cream with a moisturising mask, even just a couple of evenings a week. After cleansing, spread toner (or several layers of it) on your face and then spread the mask on, just as if you were spreading on a thick layer of night cream. Our night mask recommendations are the Patyka Intensive Moisturising Mask and the NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask.
3. Try rethinking moisture completely
What if you were to apply several thin layers of products instead of one thicker layer of face cream? When fed from within, your skin needs both water and good fatty acids, such as from vegetable oils, avocados and nuts. The same goes for skincare. Using oil alone won't moisturise your skin. Oil nourishes the skin, helps prevent moisture evaporating and locks moisture into the skin. Toner and light-consistency serums and creams, on the other hand, give your skin the moisture it needs. You can obtain the best result for dry and surface-dry skin by layering various products, from the light to the full-bodies. Start with toner, continue with serum, cream and oil... Our product picks for busy women: La Brume Systémique toner from Absolution contains both watery moisture and oil. The short cut to happiness is to replace your toner, moisturising serum and skin oil (or at least two of these) with this herby spray and apply a face cream that suits your skin type on top.
4. A milder basic cleanse
In winter, a good way to protect your skin is to make your cleansing routine more gentle and minimise washing with water. Try to change your cleansing product to an oil or milk, at least for the winter. You can obtain the best result by wiping your cleanser off with a muslin cloth instead of water. Skip water washing in the morning, too, and wipe your face with a toner or micellar cleansing water. Choose a cleansing product option, such as L'Eau Soir et Matin from Absolution.
5. Don't forget to scrub
A gentle weekly scrub removes dead skin cells, which can prevent moisture from being absorbed, from the surface of the skin. Scrubbing helps your skin glow and makes it easier to apply makeup. Don't, however, scrub too much skin off, even it peels off. Iroisie and Josh Rosebrook offer scrubs with suitably small particles.
6. Spa visits and professional help
Invest in professional care! When you visit your cosmetologist, your skin can absorb plenty of moisture in the form of caring liquids, powerful serums and oils. Massaging improves your skin's metabolism and makes your skin more receptive to moisturising ingredients and the effects of masks and skincare products. In addition, your cosmetologist can help you choose the products to use at home that suit your skin best based on its condition at the time.