Treating Dry Skin on Face

Does your skin feel drier then the Sahara Desert?

Maybe flaky, irritated, or even a little inflamed, then chances are your skin type is dry.

When your skin feels rough and tight it’s natural to want to add more moisture, but interestingly adding to much moisture can be counterproductive and here’s why.

Dry Skin is Tricky to Treat

You’d think soaking in a bath would be good for a dry skin, but actually it can do more harm than good, disrupting your skin’s protective layer and depleting surface oils.

An interesting study carried out on dry skin, compared the water content of dry, normal and oily skin, and no significant difference was found between them, in fact the surprising outcome was, that a healthy skin contains only about 30% water.

This is why I say treating dry skin on face is tricky, because in order to give your skin exactly what it needs, you have to realise that the frequency and consistency of treatments is really important.

A dry skin that produces little sebum requires surface protection in the form of emollients, these ingredients provide a protective layer over the outer layer of your skin, allowing the barrier function to repair itself, whilst preventing dehydration.

But if the skin feels parched and dehydrated, then it is lacking in moisture and requires humectants referred to as hydrohilic agents, these attract water and bind moisture to your skins cells.

Why? Because dry skin requires oil and dehydrated skin’s require water, but obviously these conditions cross over.

This is why when it comes to treatment I am all about layering.

Starting with a good base such as Bio lipid complex or H20 hyaluronic acid complex, next layer with your moisturiserspecifially designed for your skin type, such as Fortify Barrier repair cream or savior calming day cream.

Dry Skin Treatment

This is the skincare routine I recommend for my clients.

Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen religiously, many dry skin concerns stem from cumulative sun exposure.

Cleanse: Use oil based cleanser and gently massage in, this will help to break down stubborn make up bonds.

The best technique is to wet your skin with tepid water, because a damp skin will help to seal in valuable ingredients, next gently remove with a damp muslin cloth so you don’t cause friction.

Tone: To prepare the skin for the much needed moisture, spray the skin with a nonalcoholic toner, preferably one full of lovely humectants and gently pat your skin dry.

Moisturise: What your dry skin now requires is barrier-repairing ingredients.

A good moisturiser will help to reconstitute the skins hydro-lipid film, preserving your skins natural lipids (oils), trapping and locking oil into the tissues.

Exfoliate: Treating dry skin on face is not easy, but a well-formulated exfoliant will help to gently loosen stubborn skin cells, removing cellular build up and replacing them with newer, smoother ones.

Do this once or twice a week, to encourage gentle stimulation of the cell renewal cycle, this will help to promote the healthy function of your skins cells, improving hydration and the natural production of inter-cellular lipids.

Be sure to only use gentle exfoliants, nothing that uses irregular abrasive grains that may cause inflammation and damage your skin.

Serums: These offer your skin an additional layer of moisturisation and protection, I like to refer to them as layering, which is perfect for treating dry skin on face.

The other great thing about serums is that they are so concentrated, that the ingredients go straight to the source.

Masks: A hydrating algae or gel based mask, loaded with lovely water loving humectants, is perfect for soothing a dry, irritated skin type.

Oils: For smooth supple skin, a good night oil will become your new best friend, plantascription for dry skin lists the best oils for this skin type.

The Naked Truth

So the key is to bring your barrier function back into balance, this you can do by implementing some of the following:

  • Avoid rough scrubs with irregular beads, as these will cause tiny micro tears in your skin
  • Avoid harsh cleansing ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, dry skin can be sensitive to contact irritants
  • Avoid irritating fragrances and essential oils that will dry your skin out
  • Avoid products with high or low pH, never over stimulate your skin with astringent products or alcohol based ingredients
  • Treating dry skin on face also means that soap should be off limits, this is because of it’s high pH strips the skin’s barrier, and impairs the acid mantle

After bathing your skin dries out quickly because moisture evaporates into dry air.

So be sure to apply a moisturiser immediately after taking a bath or shower, which will help to seal in that much needed moisture.

 

12 thoughts on “Treating Dry Skin on Face

  1. Julie says:

    I was given a prescription from my dermatologist for Urea Cream 40% for dark spots on my knees. Can I use this on my face or other body parts?

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Amy

      I apologise I am not that familiar with dry scalp as this is not my area of expertise. In saying that a lack of fatty acids would be a cause, and poor sebum (oil) flow, I do know that the scalp has to stimulated to get all the nutrients to the surface, so a stimulating shampoo with menthol in may help. Samantha

  2. Tegan says:

    Hello, I have very dry and sensitive sky, tried so many things but can not hit it on the head. what would you recommend that I use on my face for a cream or oil? Thanks Tegan

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Tegan

      You need a moisturiser for a really dry skin, my products will be available soon so please check back. Secondly please make sure you are taking a essential fatty acid rich in omega 3,6 and 9, this will help to reduce dryness from within.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have to say I don’t really understand how having a bath can be counter productive? Are you soaking in water which is going to add moisture?

  4. Shawna says:

    Would you recommend the above for sebhorreic dermatitis? Includes rough dry skin build up, but extremely sensitive area, inflamed (or inflamed extremely easily within hour of wrong soap or topical applied – reaction of redness and/or possibly swollen cells(?)), large pores, often red, and has slight burning sensation even when has normal appearance. Rose balm, for example, may calm the area on my face down for a few days, but can backfire and become red in that area or nearby on cheeks, or can cause bumps – assumedly over-blocking nearby pores?

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Shawna your acid mantle and barrier protection have both been undermined and you may also have rosacea as well as sebhorreic dermatitis …I would recommend copper peptide to strengthen the skin and a nourishing serum with lots of skin identical ingredients to replenish your skin…I can’t state this enough but in the interim period less is best including treatments..it’s all to easy to want to keep applying products in a bid to diffuse your skin but your only going to irritate it, just try to protect your skin from the sun please in the meantime here is a selection of articles for you…https://thenakedchemist.com/articles-sensitive-skin/

  5. Tracey Howard says:

    Hi Samantha,
    Having been an active person, i find myself recently recovering from a ruptured achillis tendon and calf tear. I have been out of a cast for three weeks now yet my skin is awful. please could you recommend a cream I can buy that would help the flaking and dryness?
    Thank you
    Tracey

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