This week I’m going to be talking about Dry Skin! Having dry skin can be very common and although some people can suffer with it on a continuous basis, it is also possible to have the occasional dry patch here and there. Dry skin can be more common in older people but just like all the other skin types, it can happen to anyone at any age! So here we go…
What causes Dry Skin?
People experience dry skin when there is a lack of water in the superficial layer of your skin. This water level can be disrupted in the cold winter months or in drier climates causing the skin to become dry. People who work in offices daily also might experience drier skin due to being in contact with air conditioning/heating for prolonged periods of time. Dry skin can also occur if the skin’s oils are low as they help to lock in the moisture within the skin, this may be due to several things such as diet, stress levels, climate and products you’re using etc.
How do you identify Dry Skin?
People who have dry skin will commonly suffer from one or more of these problems:
- Flaky patches/Dry patches
- Dull/Rough complexion
- Tight pores • Red patches
- Makeup may ‘cake’ on face/stick to dry patches
Again note that if you have these problems in some areas of your face and not others, you may have a combination skin type!
How can I treat Dry Skin?
- Use a mild gentle cleanser twice daily. Preferably use a cleanser with a rich consistency or a higher oil level than water level to nourish the skin.
- Avoid over-exfoliation. Use a gentle exfoliator once a week.
- Try to keep the skin away from drying makeup products or skincare products.
- Use a rich moisturizer twice daily to keep the skin nourished and hydrated. • Apply a suitable mask once-twice a week.
What ingredients will benefit dry skin?
- Glycolic Acid – Helps to gently remove dead skin cells and kick-start skin renewal. This is beneficial to nearly every skin type.
- Lactic Acid – This is similar to glycolic acid but works at a slower pace. It helps to exfoliate, lighten and brighten the skin. It can also help to seal in moisture.
- Urea – This is surprisingly used by dermatologists as it is a natural humectant, therefore it draws moisture to the skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid – This helps to bind moisture to the skin without disrupting the skin’s oil levels! This again is a brilliant ingredient and beneficial to nearly all skin types.
- Anti-oxidants – Any type of anti-oxidant will help to protect the skin against the environment which in turn helps the moisture and oil levels to remain stable.
- Linoleic Acid - This ingredient is best known for its ability heal, hydrate and plump.
Also, note that you should use this article in conjunction with my 'Skincare Basics' article to best look after your skin! I hope you enjoyed this week’s article! I will be back next week talking about Sensitive skin so don’t forget to check it out! I hope you got some information from this today that you can use. If you suffer from dry skin let me know what you do to treat it! I hope you enjoy your week! All my love, SJL X