Friday, 2 October 2015

Dry Skin: building your skincare routine

Care for Dry Skin

I don't envy anyone with dry skin, it can be very uncomfortable. The products suggested address both dehydration and dryness. Dehydration is a lack of water, dryness is a lack of oil. With dehydration, either your skin isn't holding onto water as it should, or you aren't consuming enough of it. With dryness, there isn't enough oil naturally occurring in the skin.

Cleanser: Avoid any cleanser that foams, it dries the skin out.

Cleansing balms: Choose one with natural plant oils in. If you're on a budget the Boots organic hot cloth cleansing balm has nourishing Rosehip and Olive oils, so leaves skin incredibly soft, but if you can bare to part with more money then the Moringa cleasning balm by Emma Hardie is amazing, its a little easier to remove, and smells fantastic. More purifying for breakouts, but just as hydrating as the Emma hardie is the Omorovicza thermal cleansing balm, it contains Hungarian moor mud and feels very luxurious. The Body Shop Camomile sumptuous cleansing butter is a gentle, affordable option, a great make-up remover and soothing for acne prone skin, a seriously underrated product.

Cleansing Pads: The Nip and Fab dragons blood fix cleansing pads (on offer at Boots a lot of the time) contains Salicylic and Hyluronic acids, making them great for dry skin prone to breakouts. Wipe them all over the face and then use a face mist or toner over top, the hyluronic acid left on your skin will soak up the toner and your skin will be pumped beyond belief.

Cleansing Oils: Using oil to cleanse your face at night will be very beneficial. The Clinque take the day off clensing oil melts away make-up (there's also a fantastic balm version of this product). Murad's Renewing cleansing oil is expensive but very effective. The Superfacialist Vitamin C cleansing oil is brightening and is reasonably priced but formulated like a much more expensive product. You don't have to spend a lot on cleansing oils, spend more money on serums.

Serum: A serum goes on after you have cleansed, and before your moisturizer

Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in water, drawing all the moisture back that your skin so desperately needs. The Hydrularon serum should be the one thing you buy reading this post. It will seal in the moisture and trap it there. Similar is The Vichy Aqualia thermal serum which contains thermal spa water and Hyaluronic acid, it claims to hydrate the skin for 48 hours. To be honest any serum by Vichy would be a great one. Estee Lauder advanced night repair is brightening and will make you look like you've had 8 hours sleep. The Loreal range have some fantastic budget friendly serums, particularly the Youth Code youth booster.

Moisturizer:  An intensive moisturizer doesn't have to cost the earth, there are some brilliant ones on the high street and online.

Indeed Labs Fillume volumising moisturizer is an amazing product (likewise their serum by the same name is brilliant) although pricey is entirely worth it. The Kiehls Creme d'Elegance Repairateur is aimed at very dry skin, absorbs fast and leaves no oily residue so you can use it in the mornings and it won't cause your make-up to slip and slide. The Vichy Nutrilogie 2 intense cream for very dry skin is a bargain at £15, it has macadamia and kernel seed oils to soften skin beautifully. The La Roche-Posay Nutritic intense rich moisturizing cream is the same price and just as effective, but works with shea butter and soybean oil in a thick textured cream to comfort the skin, takes longer to absorb so would work best at night.

Special mention, the best night cream I've ever used is the Emma Hardie Amazing face Age support treatment cream. It plumped my skin up like nothing else, and made it feel so unbelievably soft. The website says this product can be double layered so if you're extremely dry, you could rub in quite a thick layer at night on really bad skin days. It is expensive, but Emma Hardie can usually be found on offer at Feel Unique. If you can't commit to the full size, you get a generous sample of this product in the Emma Hardie starter kit (£23)

Eye Cream: If the delicate skin around your eyes is dry an eye cream will give comfort and long term anti-aging benefits.

I don't have particularly dry skin around my eyes so I don't buy eye creams aimed for this, so I've done a lot of research into the most highly regarded eye creams for dry skin and the one that was mentioned the most (and most positively) is the Kiehls creamy eye treatment with avocado. If you look on their website there are many testimonials of customers saying after using it their eye areas weren't dry for the first time ever, and no other eye creams compare.

Although, if you don't have sensitive eyes, just drag whatever day/night moisturiser you're using around the eyes too. Much more cost effective.

Night Oil: Optional, but heavily recommended. A face oil would also be beneficial as a last step after moisturiser, but only at night because it won't sit well under make-up.Of course if you're just sitting around the house or having a no make-up day you can apply facial oil, but it must be the last step of your routine. An oil can penetrate your moisturiser to get to the skin but not the other way around.

Kiehls midnight recovery concentrate promises glowing skin by morning, it contains 99% natural ingredients and is a firm favourite in both the blogger and skin care worlds. The Caudalie Divine Oil is made up of grape seed, kernel, sunflower seed and hibiscus seed oils, can be used on the hair and body as well as face, and one bottle of Divine Oil = 1 tree planted in the Amazon, Caudalie as a brand also contribute 1% of their profits to helping the environment. Pai is a great option for sensitive skin and their facial oil won the Harpers Bazaar beauty awards. 

Treatments: There are many incredible masks out there for dry skin, the Origins overnight drink up intensive is one of favourites, you apply before bed and wake up with baby soft skin. Another great one is the moisture boosting mask by Indeed Labs (usually on offer at Boots) a sheet mask which promises 24 hour hydration - the Hydraluron range in general is a godsend for dry and dehydrated skin. A more luxurious option is the Kiehls overnight hydrating masque which has olive oil and hyluronic acids to replenish moisture.

Another 'mask' of sorts is the Moistfull collegan sleeping pack by Etude House, a Korean skincare brand. Its basically a thin gel mask that you apply liberally all over the face after your serum and moisturiser. It sinks into your skin and leaves a protective film over the face, which helps to stop the moisture escaping your skin over night. I've been using it every night for the past 4 months and can say it definitely works. Suitable for all skin types, and very cheap too.

General tips:

You are probably dehydrated no matter what your skin type. Don't confuse dehydration with dryness, they are two different things. Dehydration is a lack of oil, and dryness is a lack of water

Always take make-up off at night, no matter how tired you are. Note: taking make-up off doesn't actually cleanse your skin, so take the surface layer of make-up off first, its best to use a cleanser for this because face wipes are incredibly drying, a mi-cellar water will also do if you're really tired. Cleanse afterwards at the sink to remove the dirt, grease and make-up that has seeped into the pores.

Ex-foliate once a week, no more than that.

Buy a satin pillow case, cotton takes the moisture out of your skin (and hair) and over time causes permanent wrinkles in the face, A satin pillow case will make your skin softer and smoother because it helps you retain the moisture you put in it from skincare.

Serum foundations are moisturising enough for your dry skin, any foundation that claims 'radiance' and a 'dewy finish' should be one you use.

P.s.   Would you guys like a separate post on a guide to foundations for your skin type? let me know and I'll make it happen xoxo

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