Dry skin not only makes your skin look dull, it damages your moisture barrier. This can create tiny cracks in the skin which can let the moisture out and irritants in. This can also make your skin feel raw, sting and even appear flaky. If you don’t fix the damage, it can eventually lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
Choose the right skincare
When choosing your skincare products, look for those that are closer to nature with a limited amount of chemicals. Many cleansers are formulated with sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate, etc) that are too harsh and will strip the water and moisture every time you wash your skin. Also, make sure to use only gentle and fragrance-free skincare products (“unscented” can contain chemicals that neutralise or hide the odors of other ingredients).
Using a serum and moisturiser at night is important to help restore the skin barrier. Our skin does its best work at night when our other organs are slowed, therefore providing it with products that will help rejuvenate and treat it is imperative. For a product to really be effective for dry skin, it must contain oils—particularly the oils that are found in healthy skin.
Perform Your Skincare Routine Quickly
After washing your face, you should apply your toner, serum and moisturiser quickly to help stop the moisture in your skin from evaporating. If you leave your skin bare after cleansing, it will start to dehydrate. Especially during winter, the air will try to suck the moisture out from anywhere it can, including your skin. If possible, try to apply the products whilst there is steam in the bathroom from your shower.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen every day is the most important thing you can do for your skin. When your skin is damaged with dryness, it will be more sensitive to UV, which may create more fine lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin. Wearing a moisturising sunscreen is a great way to ensure your skin is both moisturised and protected from the sun.
Add moisture to your home
It’s important to add moisture into the air, as this encourages the moisture in your skin to stay put. Using a humidifier helps counteract the drying air so moisture is less likely to evaporate from your skin.