WHAT IS DRY SKIN?
Skin becomes dry when its surface becomes damaged – this causes (invisible) cracks which allow moisture to escape easily and irritants to get in. This results in skin feeling tight, looking dull, lacking elasticity, and (in severe cases) triggers flaky patches, itching, and redness.
Dry skin can easily be aggravated by harsh or drying ingredients, so start your day with a gentle cleanser specifically formulated with dry skin in mind. This one holds the number one spot for hydrating and soothing skin whilst it washes away overnight grime.
SERUM: THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic acid tackles dryness and dehydration better than any other ingredient due to its ability to draw moisture into the skin and prevent it from escaping. What’s more, each molecule can store up to 1000 times its weight in water so this maximises the hydrating benefits of your other products.
You might be tempted to reach for the most hydrating moisturiser you can find, but take the time to find one with SPF protection. When skin isn’t protected by SPF, it’s more vulnerable to sun damage, which makes it less able to retain moisture. This one does double-duty, giving a worthy hit of hydration with the added bonus of sun protection.
We’re low-key obsessed with micellar water, which removes makeup so much more effectively than face wipes. But how do you give it an upgrade for dry skin? We have the answer – just add coconuts. Not just for hair, coconut provides a welcome source of hydration – and unlike most makeup removers, won’t strip moisture from skin.
Over-cleansing skin can strip it of the naturally-occurring oils which help to keep skin hydrated, so choose a gentle, cream cleanser for your second cleanse. This one contains dryness-fighting vitamin E and aloe vera to help balance skin’s moisture levels.
You might think you need to fight dry skin with heavy oils and hydrators, but those can be too thick and clogging to use on a daily basis. Instead, get your moisture fix via a serum instead. This highly concentrated formula of Vitamin E (a natural moisturiser) will soothe even the driest skin.
Even your eye area can (and should) be treated to a major dose of hydration. This has the moisture levels of a thick cream but applies with a weightless, cloud-like texture which gets rid of any rough texture or flakiness. Big bonus: it will also help to minimise the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.
The literal definition does exactly what it the promises, delivering an intense shot of hydration to even the roughest, driest patches, and all without making skin greasy. Consider it an overnight facial helping to add moisture at every level – come morning, your skin will be unbelievably smooth, bright, and soft, and your makeup will apply like a dream.