Is your dry skin feeling itchy, flaky, cracked, or just downright uncomfortable? Whether it’s the season, or you simply fall in to the dry skin category, we have a few simple lifestyle and skincare tips to help you feel your best again!
Consider your daily ritual
Most daily rituals would see a shower in the morning and again in the evening, as a means to wake up, or cleanse and wind down. Innocent enough, however your daily ritual could be impacting your dry skin. To minimise the impact of the elements, we would recommend –
- Keep your shower time short
- Use lukewarm water, not hot water, so that you don’t dry your skin out even more
- Wash with a gentle cleanser for your face and body alike so that you don’t strip away precious oils in your skin
- Be careful not to over-cleanse
- Dry yourself by gently blotting your skin
- Replenish your skin with a nourishing facial and body moisturiser as soon as possible
Dress for the occasion
If it’s winter time, avoid exposing yourself to the harsh degree of an open fireplace or an electric heater. Instead, dress for the occasion and enjoy your evenings in your comfiest clothes. If you’re headed outside for work or running errands, ensure you have your layers and gloves on to lessen the chance of wind chill against any exposed skin.
If you find that your clothes are rubbing against your dry skin, ensure that your laundry detergent is gentle and ‘hypoallergenic’, even better, go for organic! Another tip is to wear soft clothes such as cotton as an under layer for any course types of material that may rub against your skin.
Up your fats!
What excellent news. Increasing your daily intake of (good) fats can be linked to helping with dry skin. So, try a diet that is rich in nuts, oils, avocados, etc. to help boost your skincare efforts along! And, as always, stay super hydrated.
Exfoliate and dry brush
Unfortunately, dry skin will stay dry without some gentle exfoliation. Why? Because with layers of dry skin and dead skin cells, serums and moisturisers cannot properly penetrate the skin to do their thing!
We encourage you to use a gentle exfoliation formula with a mild, natural acid (e.g. hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid) to remove the dead skin cells for you, without manual exfoliation. Our recommendation is that of Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment. Leave this on for 10 mins or more and your skin will be baby soft and ready to absorb all of the goodness we know you’ll be applying to it!
If you’d rather do it yourself, find an exfoliator cream or powder and gently exfoliate your skin without being abrasive to the skin. We recommend Polished: Refining Exfoliant as it’s simple and easy to use. One pinch of Polished mixed with a cleanser and your skin will feel silky smooth.
You may also wish to try dry brushing. Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate away dead skin cells on the body, while also increasing the circulation throughout the body. It’s a win-win!
Remember, you only need to exfoliate a few times a week to keep dead skin cells at bay. Over-exfoliating can cause the skin to react by producing excess oil.
Antioxidants are your friend
The skin can be attacked and affected by free radical pollutants no matter what season. Free radicals are created from pollution such as smog, dust, smoke and UV rays. If your skin is already suffering and dry, free radicals are only going to make it feel worse.
So, regardless of the season, be sure to keep an antioxidant product in your skincare routine. Choose a product high in vitamin C to help combat the appearance of ageing (e.g. fine lines and wrinkles that are heightened in visibility with dry skin). Vitamin C, derived from citrus, is known to help increase collagen production which enhances elasticity, while also brightening the skins complexion.
Our favourite antioxidant serum is Eternal: Plumping Deep Sea & Malachite Collagen Serum due to its high volume of vitamin C ingredients (Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime and Finger Lime).
Restore your skin
After all is said and done, the most important thing to do is treat your dry skin directly. We recommend using Luna Vitality: Restoring Moisture Cream paired with Yesteryouth: Regenerating Facial Oil to address your dry skin.
Luna Vitality is the perfect combination of butters (cocoa and shea) and oils (coconut, camellia and jojoba) to assist in hydrating, softening and restoring your skin to feel smooth and plump. Plus, with hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring humectant) moisture is locked in and retained within the skin.
Yesteryouth is a lightweight facial oil that assists to regenerate, soften and revitalise skin for a glowing complexion (without the clogged pores). With camellia, jojoba and rosehip oils this is the perfect addition to apply after Luna Vitality, to further provide and lock in that vital moisture.
Here’s to your happier skin!