Dry Skin

The Ultimate Guide for a Dry Skin Moisturiser

Skin free of enlarged pores and breakouts
It might sound like heaven to many
But your skin relies on oil to hold moisture

We all want that smooth, glowing complexion.

So, having flaky skin on your face doesn’t make things easy.

Have you ever experienced foundation clinging onto dry patches?

It can meddle with your makeup and wipe out that youthful glow.

Finding the perfect dry skin routine can mean the difference between that tight feeling and supple skin.

Fortunately, we have put together this handy guide to dry skin.

To help you take your skin from parched and flaky to plump and dewy.

Guide to Dry Skin 

Many skin care manufacturers appear to have a blanket approach to dry skin, often bundling it under a normal skin type.

However, as a medical esthetician, I find this rather alarming; dry skin can be extremely tricky to treat and has many challenging conditions.

When your skin’s equilibrium is out of whack, this dryness can cause a cycle of events to occur:

  • uneven texture
  • tightness or tautness
  • slight to severe flaking and scaling
  • severe redness, inflammation, and sensitivity
  • severe itching occurs as a result of xerotic eczema, a condition of dry skin that can lead to infection
  • Tiny cracks accentuate fine lines. These cracks can deepen, forming fissures, and if they enlarge, they reach the dermis and capillaries, causing bleeding.

True dry skin produces little to no oil. Since there is no oil in your skin to enlarge the pores or breed bacteria, your dry skin will likely have tiny pores and rarely break out.

While skin free of enlarged pores and breakouts might sound like heaven to many, our skin relies on oil to hold moisture; without it, it can appear rough and flaky, and wrinkles might seem more pronounced.

The role of sebum is to provide a fatty protective layer over the surface.

When your skin becomes oil dry, the sebum is not doing its job correctly so that water can escape, and irritants and pathogens can quickly enter.

Bottom line: if you don’t have oil in your skin, you likely have dry skin.

And if you have flakiness and irritation, you can feel even more confident about your diagnosis, not to mention sensitivity and rosacea.

3 Types of Dry Skin

Xerosis is the most common dry skin complaint
Ichthyosis is a moderate dry skin condition
Ichthyosis vulgaris is the most severe dry skin condition, characterised by scaling.

Dry, Winter Skin Treatment

Now we hear you. You folks with dry skin want something that’ll always keep potential flakes buckled down and inside your vehicle. Right?

Your idea of a moisturiser is undoubtedly thick and white; while that is the case for many, we at the Naked Chemist like to mix it up a bit.

First up is Fortify barrier repair cream. It feels thick but sinks in quickly and dries deceptively matte. It’s chock full of skin-loving ceramides.

Next is a gorgeous orange Xcell skin shot, which offers the perfect dry skin relief and seals in moisture; it is ideal for those with sensitive skin and eczema.

Xcell skin shot can be layered under Fortify Barrier Repair Cream, making it the ultimate dry skin dream.

Barrier Repair Balm bridges the gap for that ever-so-dry skin where a moisturiser might sink in too quickly.

It’s a rich, cream-ish consistency and is steeped in “miracle broth.” The proprietary blend of ingredients that makes it so good is its gorgeous butters and blue tansy.

Skin Dries with Age

As if that is not enough to contend with, cellular renewal slows as we age.

When we’re young, our skin cells are constantly shedding, replacing older cells with new cells from the dermis, keeping your skin moist, plump, and healthy.

As we age, this cellular renewal slows, and the production of the intercellular lipids that form our protective barrier also slows down.

There is also a notable gender difference in sebaceous activity in the skin; the sebaceous activity in males remains robust as they age.

Still, women’s levels drop significantly as they age: women aged 60 have around 50% of the sebaceous activity they had in their youth.

Fortunately, most dry skin cases are treatable with topical moisturisers, which can help facilitate cellular turnover.

To Conclude. The naked truth

In our professional opinion, no dry skin guide would be complete without pointing out that dry and dehydrated skin can create similar concerns.

When your skin feels tight, it is easy to assume that your skin is dry – lacking in oil, but it can mean it is dehydrated and lacking in water, a subject we cover in more detail in the article causes of dry skin.

We like to think that dry skin is an inherent condition that people will sustain for most of their lives.

Whilst dehydrated skin is a skin state, you can fix it.

4 replies on “The Ultimate Guide for a Dry Skin Moisturiser”

Samantha I have very dry skin all of my life, which sometimes gets chapped and sore does this mean I have always had dry skin or is there something deeper going on such as deramtitus

John I apologize but without seeing your skin first hand it is really difficult for me to make a true assessment. I recommend going to see a dermatologist who will be able to tell you more. Sorry i can;t be more help samantha

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