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Winter, for us, is a permanent “no bones day, “ as Noodle the Pug would say, Before you hunker down with your favorite soft pants and snuggle blanket and pull up Netflix, it’s time to get your skin care routine in order to keep your skin soft, smooth, dewy and glowing through the cold months ahead.

Proper planning prevents poor performance is Repêchage® Founder Lydia Sarfati’s favorite mantra, and for good reason. She knows that it takes foresight to become a leading skin care expert, product formulator and book author. And, she has super healthy skin! 

Wind, cold and drops in humidity can cause skin to lose moisture, resulting in dry, cracked skin that can actually lead to even worse conditions. Lydia has travelled the world several times over, and discovered ingredients that truly help keep skin’s moisture barrier intact in face of the most harsh environmental conditions. 

These include:

1. Mastic: Known as the “Tears of Chios,” Mastic or Mastiha is a precious, ivory-colored resin with a balsam-like scent derived from the mastic tree. Although cultivated in other areas, it is the mastic trees in the southern tip of the island Chios in the Aegean that is most legendary. This ingredient is known to help strengthen the appearance of the skin barrier and to instantly help reduce dryness while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots. Find it in: 

  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Facial Essence Mist: This unique, hybrid skin care serum and hydrating facial spray is based on Mastic Water,  helping to create dewy, radiant skin anytime. Lightly mist face anytime you need a gentle moisture boost.
  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Oil: This oil was formulated to address the needs of skin that is severely dry or compromised by environmental aggressors such as pollution, UV light, and weather conditions.  Can be gently massaged into the skin of the face and anywhere needed.
  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Elixir Balm: A concentrated balm that helps support the skin’s natural barrier. Use anytime on extra dry, compromised areas or patches.

2. Laminaria Digitata Seaweed Filtrate: This pure Seaweed Filtrate contains 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 42 trace elements and minerals—the key elements your skin needs for deep surface hydration and balance. Find it in:

  • C-Serum® Seaweed Filtrate: An intensive concentrate of our exclusive, nutrient-rich, sustainably-harvested Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract to help replenish moisture and provide glowing skin benefits. Use alone or under moisturizer for an extra boost of hydration.
  • Hydro-Complex® PFS Moisturizing Cream for Dry Skin: This award-winning daily facial cream provides intensive nutrients and hydration with Pure Filtrate of Seaweed while leaving skin soft, glowing and incredibly supple.
  • Triple Action Peptide Mask for All Skin Types: This pre-saturated sheet masks helps create professional results at home and reveal glowing skin in as little as 10 minutes. This unique formula combines the potent hydrating benefits of  Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract with four firming Peptides to drench skin in replenishing moisture.

3. Camellia Japonica Seed Oil: Also known as Tsubaki oil, used for centuries in Japan, this ingredient is known to help strengthen the appearance of the skin barrier while it helps prevents moisture loss. Find it in:

  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Eye Contour Cream: This eye cream contains this strengthening oil, and is clinically proven* to demonstrate a 44% reduction in lines and wrinkles in just 2 weeks.
  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Facial Moisturizer: Clinically proven* to show a 45% increase in skin smoothness in 28 days, this daily facial moisturizer envelops the skin in rich moisture and create an instantly dewy complexion..
  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Night Cream: Clinically proven* to demonstrate a 58% increase in moisturization with daily use in just 4 weeks, this nourishing night cream helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help to promote the appearance of skin elasticity and ultimate hydration.

*Independent Lab study, NY 2020

4. Niacinamide/Vitamin B3: This ingredient is an essential element not produced by the body and is one of the most proven-effective skin care ingredients, helping to maintain skin hydration and known to boost the efficacy of other skin moisturizers to maintain the skin barrier. Find it in:

  • Vita Cura® B3 Serum Complex:  In independent laboratory tests*, this serum complex has shown a 58% reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and a 41% reduction in the appearance of pores. In this unique formula, Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 is combined with exclusive Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract and moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid to provides smoothness, visible lifting and firming. *Study conducted by independent lab, NY, Oct, 2017
  • Vita Cura® B3 Lifting Mask: A rich, at-home facial sheet mask that combines Niacinamide/Vitamin B3  with Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract and Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract to create an invisible film on the skin’s surface for an immediate temporarily-lifted appearance.
  • Hydro-Complex PFS For Oily and Combination Skin: Oily, combination skin needs extra moisture in the winter as well. This formula combines Pure Seaweed Filtrate with Niacinamide in a light, silky, oil-free daily facial moisturizer.


5. Sodium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): These two forms of Hyaluronic Acid have different molecular weights, which work to moisturize the skin within different parts on the surface of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is known to hold 1000X its weight in water, and in skin care the benefits include intense hydration of the skin while helping reduce the appearance of  wrinkles.

  • Hydra Dew Pure™ Moisture Lift Serum: This serum helps restore a youthful glow with  two forms of Hyaluronic Acid, a special blend of botanical ingredients, Mastic Extract and Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract to help deliver smoother-looking skin.
  • Vita Cura ® B3Elixir Complex: This serum/moisturizer hybrid is an intense moisturizing complex featuring two forms of Hyaluronic Acid to restore essential moisture deep within the surface layers of the skin while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


What are some of your tips for keeping skin moisturized in the colder months?  Let us know in the comments!

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