5 dry skin treatments must be applied in your skincare routine
When confronted with dry skin, all you want to do is find ways to boost the moisture in your skin. With so many options out there, how do you know which claims have the highest benefits?
We’ve compiled a list of the most effective ways to help you achieve healthy, hydrated, smooth, and balanced skin packed full of moisture.
Firstly, what is dry skin?
Dry skin is a condition that impacts all genders across all ages — the symptoms of dry skin range from itchy, flakey skin to feelings of tightness. Dry skin can sometimes be quite painful.
Dry skin is typically exacerbated by external factors such as changes in season. One thing to note is that dry skin can be confused with dehydrated skin as it has similar symptoms. A lack of natural oils characterises dry skin, while dehydrated skin is only a temporary condition resulting from water loss in the skin.
Our Top 5 Dry Skin Treatments To Include In Your Skincare Routine
1. Hydrating Cleanser
For your dry skin, you need to find a gentle cleanser that will leave your skin feeling clean and hydrated rather than tight and uncomfortable.
Your cleanser should contain more moisturising ingredients such as Vitamin E and Glycerin. Stemlab’s Ultra Purifying Gel Cleanser contains both these ingredients as well as the active inclusion of White Willow Bark to assist in gently yet deeply cleansing while still nourishing the skin.
2. Chemical Exfoliant
‘Chemical Exfoliant’ – it sounds a bit harsh, doesn’t it! A chemical exfoliant is a more preferred method of exfoliating the skin as it works to remove dead skin cells from dry skin. In contrast, physical scrubs can be abrasive and cause more harm than good.
The Stemlab Ultra-Purifying Gel Cleanser contains the active ingredients of Organic Papaya and Pineapple fruit enzymes proven to assist in gently exfoliating, balancing, and reducing blemishes for brighter, softer, healthier skin that remains hydrated and nourished
3. Hydrating Serum
The purpose of a facial serum is to push a high volume of active ingredients into the skin, to penetrate the deeper layers of our skin using a smaller molecule. Skin requires a balance of healthy oils and moisture to stay nourished and radiant. Our naturally derived serum restores oxidative damage from an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants.
Stemlab’s Daily Repair & Glow Serum contains Vitamin E and Niacinamide (B3) to deliver the skin nourishment that calms inflammation and boosts collagen formation to plump the skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and deeply hydrate.
4. Deeply Moisturising Cream
Dry skin reaps enormous benefits from using a rich moisturising cream instead of a lighter/gel moisturiser.
Stemlab’s Hydra+ Rejuvenating Cream harnesses the power of Pomegranate, Vitamin C, Malic Acid and Co-Enzyme Q10 to act as a shield to protect your skin against free radicals (pollutants that can damage cells). This cream works to support skin function and assist in keeping your skin hydrated, nourished and plump.
5. Nourishing Face Mask
At night, your natural skin cell regeneration is at its highest. The best way to take advantage of this is to apply an overnight mask as the final step in your nighttime skincare routine, washing it off in the morning for a vibrant, nourishing start to your day.
What Should Dry Skin Types Avoid In Their Skincare Routine?
1. Most Alcohols
Alcohol in skincare isn’t always a bad thing, as some fatty alcohols such as Cetearyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol act as emulsifiers that allow your skin to retain moisture. However, you’ll need to avoid products that have either denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzyl alcohol. These are meant to help skincare products penetrate your skin more deeply, but the cost of these ingredients is that they end up making your skin drier and more prone to breakouts.
Commonly, toners and astringents are thought of as the same thing. Both products are applied after cleansing, however, astringents are designed to remove excess sebum from your skin. While all skin types can benefit from a great toner, astringents are best left to those with oily skin.
3. Foaming Cleansers
Foaming cleansers may look fun to use, however they often leave your skin feeling drier. Sodium lauryl sulphate (or SLS) is the ingredient responsible for creating foaming bubbles, and SLS can compromise the protective barrier layer of your skin, leading to irritation and dryness.
Now, you have all the tools you need to create the perfect skincare routine for your skin! Avoid the bad guys listed above, and incorporate the goodies. Your skin will thank you, rewarding you with a plump, nourished and hydrated face!