What moisturiser should I use for dry skin?

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If your skin is dry then it can be lacking in the natural oils and lipids that make up the skin’s natural moisturising factor.  That’s why dry skin sufferers often feel the need to apply moisturisers after a morning shower or cleansing. If your skin is dehydrated then it is lacking in water and moisture.

Moisturisers designed for dry skin operate at the top layers of skin to lock in moisture and to help the skin perform its normal functions.  The amount of water in your skin can be affected by the environment for example temperature and windy weather. People with dry skin can often find their skin is irritated or aggravated by central heating.

Moisturisers tend to contain both oil and water. Oils in moisturisers acts as emollients to lock in existing moisture on the skin. Humectants in moisturisers attract moisture from the air.

Jojoba oil is a good plant-based ingredient to have in a moisturiser for dry skin as it matches the skin's natural sebum, is absorbed quickly, leaving skin velvety smooth. Jojoba is a good emollient and helps form a barrier to protect your skin from further damage from free radicals.

To start with it can be a good idea to look at your existing skincare routine. If you don’t currently use a serum or face oil after you cleanse then adding this step can go some way to reducing skin dryness.

A good diet can help prevent dry skin

It is also often better to look at your existing diet and lifestyle before attempting to address skin issues with topical application of skincare products.

A good diet helps promote good skin. Diets rich in vegetables and fruit will help maintain healthy skin by promoting a balanced pH level. Alkaline vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and spinach are great greens to have in a skin loving diet. Having a mix of the ever popular Avocado and seeds and nuts can also help since these are a good source of Vitamin E.

Lifestyle can also affect the look and condition of your skin. And it can be the normal suspects including too much alcohol, caffeine and sugar which can play havoc with affecting your skin’s condition.

Tips for healthy skin

  • Get at least 5 a day of fruit and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water (aim for 6-8 glasses per day)
  • Eat a good diet of foods rich in antioxidants
  • Try and eat organic and avoided processed or refined foods
  • Limit your sun exposure and use a moisturiser and SPF everyday
  • Aim to use natural skin care products which do not contain harmful chemicals
  • Have a night-time routine to wind down and promote a good night’s sleep

You may want to avoid moisturisers with a fragrance and many skincare brands now offer fragrance-free versions of their moisturisers which are good for very sensitive or dry skin by helping reduce and prevent the redness, stinging, burning and itching that can be accompanied with very sensitive dry skin.

Always look at the ingredients labels and avoid products which contain any of the following:

  • SLS/SLES or other harsh surfactants
  • Synthetic Colours
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Silicones
  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Phthalates

When should you apply your moisturiser?

You should apply your moisturiser after you have cleansed and toned your face. For extra skin nourishment you could try applying a balm to your face as an overnight treat.

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