Following the recent success of my oily skin article I wanted to do a dry skin fact sheet as, when I meet you on a one-to-one basis, it is definitely the most common concern.
Everyone will suffer from dry skin at some point. It is part of our genetics and the oil gland which keeps moisture locked in the skin slows down with the ageing process. If you have a dry skin as a teenager (i.e. no spots) it will only ever get drier. However, most people’s skin doesn’t genetically dry out until their 30’s or 40’s and oily teenage skin normally progresses to a combination 20-something skin, then normal in your 30’s and progressively drying from 40’s onwards.
Dry skin is not just a sign of the slowing down of the oil gland but also results in lack of hydration which is the natural water or moisture content of the skin and a slowing down of the reproductive cells, resulting in, what I often term as underactive skin or a lazy or sluggish skin. It does mean that when treating it you need to do more and that means a combination of or all of the following:
- A richer textured, thicker cream
- Blended oils and/or water based serums to replace the lost moisture – used on their own or layered
- More potent, stimulating ingredients to help activate and motivate this lazy skin
- Increased exfoliation, often up to three times a week to remove the build-up of dry skin and to mechanically stimulate the lazy look of the skin
- Increase concentration and effectiveness of exfoliators such as stepping up to stronger peeling products or microdermabrasion machines
- Deeper work through stimulation from electrical machines can give a more dramatic result if the skin is resisting responding as much as you want to ingredients
- Safeguarding dry skin, which will easily damage, with all year round SPF either in your skincare and or your make up
- Looking at your make-up formulas to add enhanced skincare and moisture benefits with more of the texture of a glow finish to keep the look of a youthful bloom
- Look to your diet or supplementation (such as Imedeen) to help with the improvement of collagen production and the natural moisture content of the skin
- You know you need supplements when you are following as much of a beauty regime as you want to do and you are still not seeing the results. Then it is time to tackle it from the inside out. Especially if you know that your diet is not complete in the Omega Fatty Acids
- React quickly as dry skin can become drier overnight or in a matter of hours due to stress, illness, lack of sleep, air conditioning and life in general. So, in your morning and evening routines have options of being able to layer up different textures underneath a moisturiser or a thick luxuriant mask that can be applied the minute you notice your skin feels drier than yesterday
You can never correct or change an underlying skin type, such as dryness, but dehydration or lack of moisture should be a temporary condition that is controllable and when you follow these rules should never look dry (to such an extent that friends or family will say that you don’t have a dry skin when you know you have). This means your skin will look moist, supple and glowing and you are in control.