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Dry skin hacks: Top tips for keeping your clients’ skin hydrated this winter


As if the cold weather, harsh winds and drizzly rain weren’t bad enough, being inside during the winter months can have just as much of a negative effect on our skin.

Shops, offices, restaurants – and salons – turn the heating on full blast to try and accommodate cold customers and clients, but, believe it or not, this is not the answer. The dry indoor air is as much of a culprit by sucking the moisture out of our skin.

Due to the lack of sebaceous oil glands in the face, arms and legs, these are the areas most affected by the colder weather. As a professional therapist, you will already know this but if not, we have spoken to other therapists and found some top tips to keep your clients (and their skin) happy and hydrated:

Use essential oils 

Before doing a client’s make up or facial, use warm water with a few drops of essential oils to cleanse their skin. Different skin types are suited to different oils, so as per your training, be sure to ask your client about their problem areas. Oils include jasmine, chamomile, neroli, lemon, geranium, rosemary, peppermint and clary sage.

Use pure cocoa butter

 Cocoa butter is a natural alternative to petroleum-based moisturisers. Be sure to follow manufacturers guidelines but you can apply directly to your client’s slightly damp skin so the moisture becomes trapped, rather than evaporating into the air.

We have been told you can use a heavier moisturiser during the winter months as it provides a better barrier between the skin and the harsh elements.


Brighten up a client’s dry skin with a gentle facial or body scrub.

Check your labels

Every therapist knows to check the ingredients label on each skincare, makeup and beauty product that you use on your clients. You can try to avoid toners and other product types that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Instead, opt for those which contain ingredients such as witch hazel.

Use a humidifier

Humidifier can be used to keep the moisture within your salon, and therefore the skin of your clients and staff fully hydrated.  Of course, if you own a  hair salon, there will be plenty of humidity in the air from drying wet hair but for beauty salon owners, this will not be the case.

Tips for lips

Our lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. All therapists know that to keep your clients’ lips soft and supple, you can use an exfoliating treatment and avoid scented products or lip stains as these can dry out the lips even more.


The skin on our hands is thinner than on the rest of our body, so it needs extra protection and care. At the end of a client’s manicure, nail technicians often use a gentle hand moisturiser for that finishing touch.

Which of these dry skin hacks will be you be trying out on your clients? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Salons are full of moisture from drying wet hair why on earth would you need a humidifier?

Reply to Jane

Hi Jane, thank you for your comments. You are correct, hair salons often contain so much moisture that a humidifier will not be necessary. This area of the blog was focused more on beauty salon owners and we have amended the text to make it clearer.

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