WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TYPE?
Many people are uncertain what type of skin they have. This leads to using the wrong products. Which of the below rings true? Don’t forget that you can have combination oily/dry skin, and that dry skin can be normal or also sensitive.
Dry – skin drinking up cream? Flaky or rough textured skin? If you’re not sure, wash and dry your face and wait a few minutes. Does your skin feel tight and thirsty? If so, you most likely have dry skin.Oily – if your skin is often greasy-feeling or is extra shiny, you most likely have oily skin.Combination – a blend of areas that are both dry and oily.“Normal” – no notable problems, and do not have sensitivities to common products.Sensitive – typically reacts to common products, stinging, redness, or burning after use.
If the description of dry skin resonates with you, it’s important to keep some tips in mind.
SELECT PRODUCTS & INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY
Before diving into skin care tips, all products you use should be carefully chosen to prevent worsening dry skin or making it irritated in general. Dry skin can handle heavier oils like our Replenishing Radiance Oil, but there are certain actives and additional ingredients to avoid.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN
Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)Fragrance, including deodorant soapsAstringentsHarsh or too-strong cleansersAnything you’ve found to cause irritation
There are many ingredients that are used within our range of products that work wonders for dry skin. We use heavier plant oils, powerful emollients, and humectants to help maintain moisture in your skin. In addition, some skin-safe acids are wonderful to alleviate dry skin like, hyaluronic acid, used in many of our masks and serums.
INGREDIENTS TO USE IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN
Hyaluronic Acid | Jojoba Oil | Coconut Oil | Shea Butter | Aloe Vera Leaf juice | Vegetable Glycerin | Olive Oil .
STAY AWWAY FROM LONG BATHS AND SHOWERS
Tempting as it is to take a long hot bath or shower, this is one of the worst habits for dry skin. Very hot water is drying and usually leaves dry skin even drier. Try to keep showers warm, rather than hot, and limit time spent bathing. It is very important to moisturize skin as soon as you get out.
USE A MILD CLEANSER
Dry skin needs the a mild and hydrating cleanser packed with oils. If your skin feels tight immediately after washing and drying your face, the cleanser is probably contains a high level of surfactants that is drying for your skin type. We recommend using any of our delicate cleansers that are formulated specifically for sensitive skin.
MOISTURIZE. MOISTURIZE. MOISTURIZE!
Moisturizing is vital to keep all skin types looking plump and healthy, and this is even more so true for dry skin. Find a cream that absorbs well and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated long after application. If needed, layer products for those extra dry spots that need more love.
Here are some of our favorite moisturizers for dry skin.
AVOID HOT DRY HEAT
Hot dry heat, just like hot showers, typically tend to dry skin out. In the winter this becomes particularly noticeable as more time is spent in buildings with forced hot, dry air. Avoid sitting too close to the heaters or direct fire (fireplaces & firepits), and consider using a humidifier as much as possible in dry seasons to give your skin a break.
Dry skin needs exposure to low heat and extra moisture. Making a few minor tweaks to your products and routine you can keep skin hydrated, healthy, and happy.