Dry skin is a skin type characterized by rough, dry patches, a feeling of tightness, itching, redness and flaking. And it’s not down to only the typical dry skin sufferer, even oily skin types can experience dry skin from time to time (oh joy!).
Why do I have it?
Causes of dry skin range from the weather conditions to skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also affect you on different parts of your body during different times of your life – we just can’t catch a break! Here are a couple of no-nos when it comes to dry skin:
Hot baths and showers
Taking too long, very hot showers strips the moisture from your skin. So best to avoid or limit them if you suffer from dry skin. Sorry rubber ducky.
Harsh soaps and detergents
The culprit of your dry skin might be in your laundry cupboard. Swap out any harsh detergents with softer, more gentle formulations. Many brands now stock a sensitive range for dry skin types.
Skin tends to be drier in winter due to low humidity, temperature and increased wind. Try to protect your face when you go outside or lather on a rich moisturizer.
Which skin care ingredients are the best for dry skin?
Hyaluronic acid. Literally the most hydrating skin care product on the planet, hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. It is also known as a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity – relative to the season and the climate. Do you live in a particularly dry climate? The hyaluronic acid molecules will absorb more moisture making them able to hydrate the skin more intensely.
Which skin care products are the best for dry skin?
Skin Republic has a great range of hydrating face masks – and what better way to hydrate dry skin than drenching your skin in 24ml of serum! One of our must have products for dry skin is the Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen Face Mask, this mask contains hyaluronic acid, collagen and vitamin E to deeply hydrate and nourish dry skin. For dry skin sufferers not only, it is important to moisturize and hydrate the skin, but also to remove the dead and dry skin build up on the surface of your face. We recommend using a gentle exfoliating product like the Skin Republic 2 Step Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen Face Mask. This mask contains a complete facial treatment, the first step is a mild fruit acid peel which helps slough away dead skin cells and allows for better absorption of skin care ingredients. Followed by a super-hydrating hyaluronic acid face mask. And our hydration pièce de résistance? The Hyaluronic Boost Foil Face Mask with a double dose of hyaluronic acid. Not only do we have a double dose of our favourite skin care ingredient but the foil mask backing traps heat and prevents evaporation encouraging absorption more effectively and deeper into the skin than any other mask type.