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If you suffer from dry skin, you’ll know all about it feeling uncomfortable and itchy, especially during the colder months. Here’s your guide to why that is, and what you should add to your skincare routine to help soothe your skin.
What is causing your dry skin?
Unlike dehydrated skin, which can affect everyone when your skin doesn’t have enough water, dry skin is a skin type rather than a condition that you may have just been born with. As well as genetics, weather, age, lifestyle and your skincare choices can all contribute to why your skin barrier function may be compromised and your skin may lack natural lipid oils, which help to trap moisture and keep your skin soft, hydrated and protected.
While your face is probably the first place you notice if your skin is on the dry side, dry skin can affect your whole body, from your shins to your hands. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Switching up your skincare routine and making a few changes to your routine in general can help make irritated, dry skin on your face and dry hands feel healthy again.
How to avoid dry skin
Although a long, hot shower may be a great way to unwind or warm up on a winter’s day, it may strip the skin of essential natural oils, drying it out. For softer, healthier skin, turn down the temperature and opt for short, warm showers instead. Post-shower, water evaporates quickly off the skin, so gently pat dry before applying lotion on damp skin to lock in moisture.
Look for gentle, fragrance-free products that won’t be too harsh or irritate your skin further and hydrating ingredients including hyaluronic acid and glycerin to replenish essential moisture and restore the skin’s natural barrier function.
Skincare products to soothe and protect
Soap can dry out your skin, so keep it clean with a gentle cleanser. Although foaming cleansers are great for removing stubborn makeup, they can also strip your skin of natural oils. Opt for creamy formulas instead and see how your skin feels – some mornings it may only need a splash of warm water or a lukewarm flannel, while on others it may need a more thorough clean to remove any leftover nighttime product.
On these days, Centella is our mildest facial cleanser and suitable even for sensitive skin. It hydrates your skin while gently removing any dirt and impurities. In the evening to take off your day and any makeup, our Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil is a lightweight cleansing oil that transforms into a cleansing milk with water to melt away makeup and dirt without over-drying your skin.
As serums offer targeted results and potent formulas that concentrate on specific skincare concerns, incorporating a serum rich in hydrating ingredients into your routine is a great way to give a dry face an extra hit of moisture. Our Super Serum earns its name from its skin-strengthening formula – it contains our smallest form of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate up to eight surface layers.* Our formula helps leave delicate skin feel protected from external aggressors as skin’s barrier function is boosted. Hydro-Plumping Serum Concentrate is an intensely hydrating serum infused with 15% glycerin that also helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and dull, tired-looking skin.
No good dry skin routine would be complete with a good moisturiser to prevent evaporation from the skin’s surface layers and your serum’s hydrating benefits. Our lightweight Ultra Facial Cream Our #1 best-selling moisturiser. With a unique lightweight texture and up to 24-hour lasting hydration, it leaves dry skin feeling softer, smoother and visibly healthier. Formulated with olive-derived Squalane, this non-greasy moisturiser recovers the skin barrier function 55% faster and immediately leaves skin up to 2.3X more hydrated as moisture loss is reduced.**.
**instrumental study, 29 subjects vs. untreated site
If your skin is prone to sensitivity, Skin Rescuer is enriched with ceramides and chamomile. It is our perfect pick for skin that is feeling stressed and particularly dry- we always have this on standby.
Our final dry skin essential: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the perfect night time treatment for dry skin. Enriched with cold-pressed botanical oils including Evening Primrose Oil, the formula is rich is lipids and helps to nourish and quench dry skin. Overnight moisture loss is reduced, meaning that you wake up feeling rested and refreshed with boosted radiance.