I don’t have dry skin, quite frankly I’m so oily my skin wouldn’t know what dry was if it hit it in the face. There are however lots of you that do. I’ve lost count how many times someone has asked for help with dry skin, so lets take a look and get things under control.
To define things a little. Dry skin can be uncomfortable, tight or flakey. Theres a lack of oil and water at the surface of the skin, along with breaks in the skins moisture barrier. This can be due to a lack of essential fatty acids, the weather, hot water and genetics
The Science -The top layer of your skin is the Stratum Corneum. This is lots of cells with a network of keratin, a protein. This layer of the skin helps to lock in moisture, it’s also your protective layer. When your skin produces oil your Stratum Corneum can lock in water. When your skin isn’t producing oil your water level drops resulting in dry skin.
Tips to treat –
Replenish your skin with water and oil.
Strengthen and repair your moisture barrier.
Be gentle with your skin, do not over exfoliate, do not scrub your skin to death, it can cause further irritation and break down your moisture barrier further. Once a week is plenty, switch to something a little more gentle like Ren’s Glycolatic mask or similar.
Moisturise your skin when it’s still wet, it will help you lock in the extra moisture. Alternatively you can spritz with a moisturising facial spray before applying your moisturiser.
Drink water, its simple and obvious but really helpful, Also go for food with lots of omegas and essential fatty acids.
I hope this helps if you’re a dry skin kinda girl or guy.