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City living: 5 tips for keeping your skin hydrated

Summer sun, winter snow: hydrating your skin 365/365

Hydration is important all year round, but it’s particularly important to protect skin against extreme bouts of weather - not to mention the increased pollution the summer and end-of-year holidays, such as New Year, can bring. In general, we need to be guarding against the appearance of dark or age spots in summer, when UV rays are at their height, while winter’s colder temperatures can lead to skin looking dull or ashy. Don’t forget to pay particular attention to your skin’s moisture levels during these key periods, when skin is often more dehydrated than usual.

Change up your skincare regime according to the seasons

OK, so we all understand the importance of looking after our skin whatever the weather - but have you thought about how to adapt your skincare regimen depending on the time of year? Summer’s higher temperatures call for a gel-like texture, while thicker, more unctuous creams can help intensely hydrate skin that’s prone to cracking and/or drying in winter. Who said you needed to go on holiday for glowing, healthy skin?

Prep your skin with an energizing lotion

To give your skin the hydration it deserves, make sure to start your routine with a lotion for example rich in hyaluronic acid to recharge its moisture levels. Vichy Idéalia Lumière Illuminating Moisture Lotion is non-sticky, making it pleasant to apply while intensely moisturizing parched skin. Result? Bright, wide-awake skin first thing in the a.m. (even if you're still on your second cup of coffee).

Boost with a serum for maximum moisture retention

It’s not just what you put on your skin that counts, but the order you apply your products, too! Before applying your day cream, encourage skin to hold on to every last drop of moisture by applying a hydrating serum, such as Vichy Idéalia Lumière Illuminating Moisture Essence, for firmer, radiant skin. Thanks to their thinner, more concentrated texture, serums’ benefits are subsequently locked in when you layer your usual moisturizer over the top. Be careful not to go overboard, though: applying too many skincare products can leave pores feeling clogged, as well as potentially leading to increasingly sensitive skin long-term.

Keep skin refreshed with a facial mist

Top up your water levels throughout the day with a spritz of regenerating facial mist - great if you work in an air-conditioned office environment! Helping to reinforce skin, Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water is great for those of us with a long, stuffy commute to work on public transport - and it’s small enough to pop in your handbag for on-the-go refreshment.

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