Dry skin can be such a pain, especially at this time of year when the weather is constantly changing. The simple solution of course is to keep moisturised and hydrated, but with so many dry skin products out there, it's hard to know which ones will work best for you!
What causes our skin to be dry?
Did you know your dry skin could be hereditary? There are both internal and external factors that can cause dry skin! If you have a history of dry skin in your family, then your risk of having a similar skin type may be higher. However with just a few simple changes, your dry skin can get under control! Some of the most common causes of dry skin are using the wrong cleanser and moisturiser, low humidity and cold temperatures. Dry skin can also be made worse by some prescribed medications, so consult with your healthcare professional if you think this may be the case!
How do I know if I have dry skin?
Some easy ways to identify the texture of your skin is noticing how it reacts after getting out of the shower. Does your skin feel tight before you moisturise? Do you have noticeable fine lines or creases or notice your skin looks dull and flaky ? Then you might have dry skin.
How can we treat dry skin?
Some quick fixes include taking showers that aren't too steamy, using cleansers that don't strip the skin, adding a hydrating serum to your daily skin care routine)and increasing the humidity in your home during the winter months.
Another important step to treating dry skin is to regularly exfoliate! Using a gentle facial exfoliant weekly also helps to remove any dead skin cell buildup that causes dry, flaking skin.
Which products do we love for dry skin?
If your skin has a tendency to be dry, it's important to choose a natural cleanser with a milky or balm consistency that won't strip the skin of its natural oils.
Skin Juice Smudge Budge Face & Eye Cleansing Balm
This 5 Star rated cleanser from Skin Juice is a very gentle yet thorough balm style cleanser which is massaged into the face and then removed with a warm damp wash cloth or muslin. Being a balm it cannot strip the skin of its natural sebum which makes it suited to complexions which tend to be dry. It is especially rich in antioxidants and so nourishes the skin whilst it removes every trace of make up and helps produce a healthy youthful glow.
Lavera 2-in-1 Cleansing Milk
This milky cleanser from Lavera contains nourishing ingredients like Jojoba Oil and organic Shea Butter, which moisturise the skin to leave it looking supple and soft. It's even gentle enough to use around the eyes when removing makeup!
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Cleanser
This certified organic cleanser works to gently remove dirt and impurities from the skin that build up throughout the day. It is packed full of skin loving ingredients like Omega 2 and Vitamins A, B and E to leave you with clean skin, without that tight, dry feeling!
Happy Skincare 'Cloud 9' Deep Cleansing Balm
If you want highly moisturised skin that still appears matte, then give this multipurpose balm a try! It's full of Omegas 3, 6 and 7 which can help work to combat acne breakouts while hydrating the skin. All you need to do is rub a little into your finger tips and massage into dry skin.
MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual Cylinder
If your skin is more on the combination side (meaning it's sometimes dry, sometimes oily) then this cleansing balm was made for you! It is designed to improve the balance of your skin, while cleansing and moisturising. It can be used by every skin type from acne prone to highly sensitive!
Once you have cleansed your face with a moisturising cleanser, the next step is to apply a facial oil that helps maintain the balance of your skin's natural oils. I recommend using a simple rose toner such as Rosewater as it soothes irritated or sensitive skin, due to it's anti-inflammatory properties1.
Happy Skincare 'Raindrops on Roses' Hydrating Tonic
This 100% natural rose water is actually an exfoliant and toner in one! Made with kakadu plum, aloe vera leaf and rose water, this toner can be used after cleansing or to set makeup. A true multi-tasker!
La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist
The La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist is formulated with ingredients like Bisabolol and Pro-Vitamin B5 which helps calm any redness in the skin and treat dry, flaky skin2. With hints of Aloe Vera juice and Rosa Damascena, this mist leaves your skin feeling fresh!
Black Chicken Remedies Hydrate My Face Toning Mist
This facial spray from Black Chicken Remedies is my favourite pick me up throughout the day. Made with pure grapefruit and chamomile, this mist is ideal for travelling or keeping on your desk!
The final step to any dry skincare routine is a great moisturiser!
100% Pure Intensive Nourish Moisture Balm
If you suffer from dry skin conditions, then I recommend you try this moisturiser from 100% Pure. This moisturising balm contains ingredients like Shea Butter which is excellent for dry skin as it deeply moisturises and may help promote cell turn over3.
Happy Skincare 'Over The Moon' Rich Repair Cream
This Happy Skincare cream is a rich, super hydrating cream that can be worn day or night. What makes this cream so great for dry, sensitive skin is it's impressive ingredients including MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) which is an organic sulfur compound that is effective in improving skin health and overall appearance2.
Vanessa Megan Rose & Chamomile Hydrating Face Cream
If you want your skin texture to feel velvety soft, this is the face cream for you! It contains soothing Chamomile as well as Bisabolol which is ideal for treating dry, sensitive skin2.
Mukti Marigold Hydrating Creme
This hydrating creme from Mukti is perfect for anyone with extremely dry or chapped skin, as it can be applied to the face as well as hands and body. It's formulated with Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Calendula which may help treat dry & damaged skin leaving it looking soft and supple!4
KORA Organics Hydrating Moisturiser
This gentle face cream from KORA contains one of Miranda Kerr's favourite ingredients Noni Extract. Noni Extract contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants which can be highly beneficial for dry skin conditions.4
(Sources: 1dermatocare.com, 2truthinaging.com, 3naturepurity.com, 4livestrong.com)