Check out these Ingredients for a Nourishing Dry Skin Treatment

Updated 01/09/20

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:

  • redness
  • tightness
  • flakiness
  • inflammation
  • 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.

  • lipids
  • emollients
  • occlusives
  • macadamia
  • panthenol
  • 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.


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12 thoughts on “Check out these Ingredients for a Nourishing Dry Skin Treatment

  1. Tommi Baker says:

    I would like to have a list of your products also. I am 78 years old and my skin is very dry. Thanks so much. Tommi

  2. Kate says:

    Just wondering if you have released products for dry skin containing the ingredients mentioned in this article?
    I have had great results with a 30% urea foot balm and would like a product suitable for the rest of my body.


    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Kate thankyou so much for your enquiry, I will be very shortly releasing my products for sale. it is good to hear the feedback on results with Urea it really is, I can feel a foot cream in the making..Kind regards Samantha

  3. Tomilola says:

    I also need your products. Am 30 years with an extreme dry akin case especially my legs. It so scaly and fleaky and embarrassing. It hurts also when it dry. Have tried several dry skin but they help a little. Especially a cream that is Urea formulated has helped a great deal. Please how do I get your products?

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Tomilola
      I can certainly customise for you, please contact me directly so I know more about your requirements….As a side note, did you know the reason that legs often get so dry is because they have less oil glands then anywhere else on the interesting fact for you…best wishes Samantha

  4. Dianne DeMeo says:

    Samantha do you sell your products and if so how do I go about purchasing them. I am a 63 year old woman with dry skin and the ingredients in the products you write about is just what I have been searching for for some time now.
    Thank You Samantha

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Thankyou so much for the enquiry and yes I will be selling my products shortly. I think you will love them, the older we get it is more about layering ingredients with active ingredients that will diffuse directly into the skin. I have personally emailed you also.

  5. Kathy - says:

    I think the best medicine for healing a dry skin is by drinking enough water everyday. The best recommendatin is 8 glasses of water or more. Our body consists of water and if it has less water inside, the body will send signal and we tend to be tired easily. A dry skin is caused by what food we eat actually. Consuming fruits and nutritious food will prevent our skin from getting the dry skin.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Kathy interesting you write this because I have extremely dry skin, especially as i get older and natural hyaluronic acid depletes in my skin. I am thinking of creating an article and a mini experiment on how to hydrate your skin internally. Re drinking lots of water, did you know your skin is the last organ to receive water and at The dermal institute (part of dermalogica), they say that amount is so little it has no benefit. Personally I think that we need to take a number of different approaches to combat dry skin, both internally and externally.

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