Dry skin, many of us have been there.
It’s not a great look, thin, flaky, and rough patches.
If that wasn’t bad enough, dry skin is also more prone to premature ageing.
Luckily it’s not all bad news, your dry skin doesn’t have to stick around, all it takes is implementing a few small changes to your daily routine, to see big results;
Top Tips for Treating Dry Skin
- Avoid taking hot baths or showers, the extreme temperature will upset your skin’s natural lipids. This loss of oil makes dry skin conditions worse, causing a vicious cycle as it over-compensates, by stripping the skin.
- Cleansing is an important part of your skincare routine. Opt for a gentle cleanser like Miracle Cleanse – full of lovely fatty acids, antioxidants, and phospholipids it protects as it cleanses, keeping skin healthy and balanced.
- Don’t forget to spritz with toner, because a moist skin equals better absorption. When the skin is damp it absorbs topicals much more efficiently, and the active ingredients penetrate more easily, so don’t be tempted to skip this important part of your routine.
- Our skin is the last organ to receive water, so internally rehydrating won’t keep it plump and moist. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but all the other organs like your kidneys will utilise the water first. For this reason, we recommend topically replenishing your skin with a water-rich formula like Quench ultra-hydrating gel which will give your skin that plump, youthful glow. Humectants work by drawing water from the atmosphere and from the deeper layers of your skin, like a moisture magnet, they attract moisture to where it is required the most, helping to regulate and balance healthy skin.
- Avoid buying skincare products that contain heavy fragrances or essential oils, they can inflame a dry, skin, especially if your skin is slightly sensitised.
- Get used to using serums. When we apply them on our clients – we refer to the process of layering which is an important step. If your skin is particularly dry for instance, Bio lipid complex can be applied, and once sunk in you can seal all the lovely antioxidant-rich goodness with your chosen moisturiser, giving your skin a double whammy of nourishing, barrier repairing goodness.
- Keep your skin well lubricated with effective emollients, this will help to reconstitute the hydro-lipid film of the stratum corneum, the outer layer of skin.
- Seal your dry skin with rich occlusive products, locking moisture against the skin. This article does a great job of breaking down these important ingredients.
- Dry skin is especially sensitive to contact irritants and alcohol-based ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, they can upset your skin’s pH and will strip the acid mantle, the delicate microflora on the skin. Ensure all your products are gentle and pH balanced, be sure to throw out that bar of soap, which will strip your skin. Instead, opt for products with ceramides and nourishing fatty acids, which are barrier repairing and healing.
- Never over stimulate your skin by continuously rubbing it. Occasional, gentle exfoliation is recommended which will help to remove the dead skin cells that have adhered to the surface of the skin. this will also encourage penetration of beneficial ingredients, but don’t be tempted to over-exfoliate, as this can lead to inflammation.
Now that you are equipped with these skincare tips, why not expand your knowledge base further and join us, to learn about the best skincare routine for a dry skin type.
Dry skin causes: https://dermnetnz.org/topics/dry-skin/
Dry skin: https://www.skininstitute.co.nz/treatment-services/dermatology/dry-skin/
55 skincare tips: https://www.elle.com/beauty/g3/101-skin-care-tips/
Skincare 101: https://www.cnet.com/health/skincare-basics-the-only-products-you-really-need-for-better-skin-this-year/