To help to tackle dry skin, beauty expert Sarah outlines six ways to improve your condition. You generally experience this feeling when the skin feels unnaturally tight and the pores seem blocked or closed.
1.1: Things to look out for?
The most effective way of understanding if you have excessive dry skin or combination skin is to say to yourself: “is my skin feeling supple or tight and unworkable”. Dry skin is a condition resulting from a lack of natural oil, dehydrated skin is a result of too little water intake.
2. Step 2: Cleansing the skin
Try to avoid using soap on your face to wash, instead go for a gentle milk cleanser or a cream. After massaging in the skin, you have to remove using a damp piece of cotton wool and wash off the remaining with tap water. Try to avoid using a toner as tests have shown that it can have a drying effect. Avoiding alcohol in excessive amounts is an advisable strategy for reducing dryness in the skin.
3. Step 3: Daily Moisturising
It is important to use a good moisturiser on a daily basis, for example, the excellent ‘Maximum Moisturiser Day Cream’ from Elemis which gives your skin the feeling of freshness without leaving it greasy.
4. Step 4: Moisturing at night
At the end of the day, your skin will benefit from gentle washing. It is your choice whether you use a shower or prefer to take a bath. Whichever way you prefer, make sure that the water is not piping hot causing chaffing and ultimately cracked skin. Once clean, add the moisturising cream gently around the face and eyes – a product to try would be ‘Nutrative Repair Night Cream’ manufactured by Gatineau.
5. Step 5: Exfoliating
You may experience roughness of the skin due to the gathering of dead skin cells. Remove dead skin cells by exfoliating at least twice every week. You may wish to try natural products such as ‘Gentle Rose Exfoliator’ from the reknowned Elemis, or the excellent ‘Rose Hydrating Face Mask’ by Aromatherapy Associates.
6. Step 6: Diet and Lifestyle
Dry skin is normally as a result of the lack of natural oil (sebum). Ensure that your diet contains elements that help to replenish the natural levels of oil; including oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, or taking omega supplements. Taking a good supply of water every day is good for the skin, particularly when you are in your working environment. Try to drink in the region of about 2 litres of water per day.