As we head into January and freezing weather conditions, dealing with dry skin can be quite a challenge. Dry skin can occur for several different reasons including insufficient moisture and protection for the skin’s barrier, over cleansing, poor diet, climate and hormonal changes such as pregnancy.
Here are our top 4 tips to treat dry skin naturally…
Be gentle with your skin
Your skin needs to be treated with delicacy and care. There are certain practices that will not only agitate the skin but also dry it out.
Some of the easy practices you can implement immediately include using warm water to cleanse instead of hot water. Hot water can strip the skin of moisture so resist the scorching showers especially during winter.
Avoid harsh, drying cleansers that strip your skin and opt for richer, oil-based cleansers. Our Superfood Cleansing Balm is gentle to the skin, whilst being effective at removing dirt, makeup and restoring your skin barrier with moisture.
After cleaning your skin, it’s crucial to be gentle when drying your skin. Avoid rough, dragging motions on the skin and simply pat yourself dry. You can use a dry Facial Cleansing Oval top gently dry your face after cleansing. As soon as you’ve dried off, moisturise immediately to lock in hydration.
SPF isn’t just about trying to protect your skin during the summer. It needs to be worn daily including winter, as the effects of UVA and UVB rays are always at work as long as there’s daylight. Wearing an SPF may help your skin to retain a natural level of moisture because it creates an extra shield over your skin to defend against environmental stressors. When your skin is unprotected, sun exposure and UV ways have the potential to age and dry out your skin.
Feed your skin
If you’re suffering from dry skin, chances are you need a little extra help to retain as much hydration and moisture as possible. This means being proactive and using moisturising products and layering them where necessary. If your face is especially dry, be sure to use more than one product. Start with a serum like our Nourishing Radiance Serum and apply it to cleansed skin. This will penetrate the skin and add deep, long-lasting moisture and protection to the skin. If your skin is particularly dry apply a layer of moisturiser over the serum. The serum can also be used as a primer underneath your makeup.
Have the right diet
Your diet can most definitely impact the way that your skin will look and function. A healthy and balanced diet will be one of the keys to determine your skin’s success. Consume a diet that consists of omega fatty acids like omega 3. You can find omegas in foods like salmon and chia seeds (chia seeds are so beneficial for skin health that we’ve included the oil in our product formulas for the face!).
Making sure that you are also getting plenty of antioxidant goodness in your diet will help reduce dryness to the skin so try to eat the colours of the rainbow in every meal.
Salt, alcohol and caffeine all contribute to drying out the skin. Try to limit your intake or avoid these altogether. Finally, don’t forget to try and drink two litres of water a day to ensure your body and skin stays hydrated.
By Danielle Corbert