Is your face dry?
Do you struggle with scaling ... redness ... roughness ... bleeding ... itchiness ... flakiness?
In this blog post we will cover the why and what to do about it.
Why is some people's skin dry and some people's oily?
Your skin naturally produces an oil called sebum. This oil is needed to keep your skin hydrated and free from infection. Skin that creates too much sebum is called oily, skin that created limited sebum is called dry. An abundance of sebum can lead to pimples whereas a small about means that skin is not being kept as hydrated as it should be.
What dries your skin?
- wet, windy weather
- health conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and diabetes
12 ways you can stop your face being so dry ...
- have luke-warm showers - hot water can remove naturally occurring oils
- limit your time in the shower -you will remove less oil
- use a mild face cleaner - our soap range is gentle and moisturising
- avoid soap and facewashes that contain ingredients like; alcohol, retinoids, dioxane, fragrance or alpha hydroxy acids. These ingredients are unnecessary and may dry out your skin and cause irritation or inflammation.
- lookout for naturally hydrating products such as; pure aloe vera gel, coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin and hyaluronic acid
- use your fingertips to apply soap or cleanser, not a rough sponge or cloth
- avoid washing your face too often. If your face is very dry it would be best to only wash it at night-time.
- moisturise regularly, apply straight after showering to trap moisture
- avoid exfoliants with strong acids eg glycolic or rough eg sugar and salt. our facial scrub is gentle so is perfect to use once a week
- keep your lips moisturised (they have fewer layers of skin). The best combo for a lip balm is a mixture of a moisturising ingredient eg; sunflower oil, castor oil or squalene with an occlusive ingredient eg; beeswax, plant waxes or butters. This mixture ensures that lips are hydrated and nourished while being protected from the elements.
- use a humidifier in rooms where you spend a lot of time
- drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated
Most of these things will mean you need to make a minor adjustment to your usual routine but the result will be worth it!