Trust me, I’m a licensed aesthetician.
Nearly every facial I’ve ever given has proved that dry skin is complicated.
Don’t believe me? Then just look at the long list of conditions associated with this skin type:
- uneven texture
- impaired barrier function
- fine horizontal lines, caused by dehydration
That’s it I recognise my skin is dry, but what can I do to fix it?
Chances are, you will have purchased quite a few moisturisers over the years, in a bid to combat your dry skin woes.
You may have found that one rich in nourishing botanical oils, is not enough to treat your really dry skin, which is beginning to feel like a crusty old fruit roll-up.
What your skin really needs is a well thought out formula, one that is packed full of valuable ingredients, restoring your dull, dry skin back to it’s youthful, healthy glow.
What Ingredients Should I look out for?
Your skin may feel more supple after a good oil press-and-pat, but you’ll need an occlusive rich formula to actually add moisture.
Your skin is made up of three specific ingredients; ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, these are substances that are found between skin cells, they help repair the barrier function, without which, skin becomes out of balance.
These ingredients deplete with age, which is why we incorporate them in Fortify barrier repair cream. This is our one-stop moisturiser, that contains every nourishing ingredient the law will allow, and it’s still light enough to absorb quickly and be used under your makeup.
If your stress manifests in the form of irritating flakiness, Bio Lipid complex is a nice way to bring your skin back into bloom. It feels like a decadent, relaxing facial, that is if you close your eyes and pretend while you massage it in.
Want more inspiration? Then the following ingredients can be incorporated into your dry skin treatment, which will give your skin a moisture boost.
- linoleic acid
What if I want to Maintain my Vegan Superpowers?
That’s, not a problem, we have you covered – in the form of vegetable squalane and jojoba, both of which are similar in structure to the natural wax esters found in our skin.
Sebum contains around 30% wax esters, which is why our skin recognises these important oils as its own – mixing well with the sebum on our body they are readily absorbed deep into the skin’s layers, where they create a thin, non-occlusive protective layer, reinforcing the skins protective barrier.
Both of these lovely vegan botanicals can be found in our lovely Miracle cleanse,
Why not Incorporate a humectant rich formula into your routine?
We want to set the record straight here; A dry skin is a skin type, which is defined by a lack of oil and is not to be confused with dehydrated skin, which is a condition that lacks water.
This is not to say that your dry skin doesn’t require hydration it does, but occlusive ingredients as discussed above, are going to be much more moisturising and nourishing.
Humectants like sodium PCA certainly have their place, holding several times their weight in water they can slow down the evaporation of moisture in the skin tissues, referred to as trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).
They usually come in a water-based form, so before applying them, be sure your skin is slightly damp or freshly misted. Water can evaporate quickly, so follow your serum with something occlusive like a rich balm-such as ceramide barrier repair to seal in all that humectant goodness.
If you don’t want the extra step of serum plus moisturiser, opt for a rich gel instead; Quench hydrating water gel combines five humectants with mild occlusives, so you get the whole package in one hydrating, moisturising step.
Want to learn more about what constitutes. s good treatment for dry skin? This article does a great job of letting you know, how you can replenish and repair your winter dry skin.
Dry skin a dermatology problem: https://www.sunflowerdermatology.com/medical/dry-skin-a-dermatology-problem-that-is-more-than-skin-deep/
Skin type versus condition: https://www.purefiji.com/blog/skin-type-vs-condition/
What is sebum: https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-sebum-1069375
Dry skin causes: https://www.medicinenet.com/dry_skin/article.htm