Scaly, dehydrated, rough?
Then you don’t need me to tell you, how tricky a dry skin is to treat.
In the causes of dry skin, I discuss the three main factors that lead to this skin type:
A lack of oil, a lack of moisture and the missing gene filaggrin.
So how do I come to this conclusion?
Well if you look at moisturisers and the science of moisturisation in general, typically their ingredients fill one or more of the following three functions:
YOUR DRY SKIN TREATMENT GUIDE
In this article, I discuss the best skincare routine for a dry skin.
But in order for you to become your own label detective, I’d like to discuss the ingredients you should look out for to relieve your dry skin conditions.
These ingredients work really well in a dry skin treatment, helping to give a product that immediate feel of moisturisation.
Emollients improve skin texture offering great slip, and they play an important role in binding desquamating corneocytes in the epidermis, filling in the gaps between the skin cells like mortar between bricks.
These have a re-hydrating effect, attracting and holding water in the skins tissues, this they do by pulling water from the dermis to the epidermis, the skins outer layer.
So ideally a humectant will need to be combined with occlusive ingredients, which help to prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skins tissues.
Occlusives form a film over your skins surface, creating a protective barrier and preventing TEWL.
This particular alpha hydroxy acid has a very small structure, which allows it to absorb deep within the skins tissues, thus helping it to dissolve surface cells that have adhered to the skins surface, which can make the skin appear scaly and rough.
Glycolic works by dissolving these surface cells, encouraging stronger skin and improving the barrier function.
Now I believe vaseline does deserve it’s own mention here, even if I get burned at the stake and labeled a heretic.
When your skin is highly inflamed and your acid mantle is damaged beyond repair, vaseline comes to the rescue every time, making it a perfect dry skin treatment.
Why? Because It’s the perfect dry skin treatment.
It’s water repellent and non water soluble, sealing in that much needed moisture, because it forms a hydrophobic film between the skins cells.
Now I am not suggesting that you rush out and buy vats of vaseline, and use nothing else on your skin for the rest of your life.
But as a one off temporary fix, if your acid mantle has been so badly damaged your skin is burning and stinging, vaseline is a good temporary measure for immediate relief.
It’s literally like putting a sheet of plastic over your skin, and it repairs the barrier function preventing evaporation from your skins surface.
Now please don’t confuse VASELINE with PETROLEUM JELLY which has different grades of purity, so how toxic your petroleum jelly products is you will never know.
Vaseline on the other hand is very refined, triple purified and is regarded a non carcinogenic by product.