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Help for dry skin

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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

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  • 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 skinimedeen edit
  • 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.

8 Comments

  1. Jan D May 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I am 48 years old, For well over 10 years now, i have followed a very high standard of skin care. Looking after my skin has been an ABSOLUTE JOY, because of YOUR EXPERT KNOWLEDGE, i have always watched YOU, and listened to your ADVICE, and buying the products YOU know work, and followed all the different technics, i have always had wonderful looking skin, and everyone has always commented on how young and glowing it has always been until about 2 months ago. My skin has started to react like i have never experienced before. Through the day, my face is, one minute ok in the morning, come the afternoon, my cheeks start to feel like they are burning, on fire, and go blood red, or some days, the next minute my whole face feels like it is burning. This sometimes last for about 45 minutes, but on some days, it can lasting the whole day. I just don’t know what i am doing wrong, as i am doing the same skin care regimes i have always done????? Dearest Alison, I do hope you are able to read this post, if so, PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP, i just don’t know what to do!!!!!

  2. Jan D May 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I am 48 years old, For well over 10 years now, i have followed a very high standard of skin care. Looking after my skin has been an ABSOLUTE JOY, because of YOUR EXPERT KNOWLEDGE, i have always watched YOU, and listened to your ADVICE, and buying the products YOU know work, and followed all the different technics, i have always had wonderful looking skin, and everyone has always commented on how young and glowing it has always been until about 2 months ago. My skin has started to react like i have never experienced before. Through the day, my face is, one minute ok in the morning, come the afternoon, my cheeks start to feel like they are burning, on fire, and go blood red, or some days, the next minute my whole face feels like it is burning. This sometimes last for about 45 minutes, but on some days, it can lasting the whole day. I just don’t know what i am doing wrong, as i am doing the same skin care regimes i have always done?????
    Dearest Alison, I do hope you are able to read this post, if so, PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP, i just don’t know what to do!!!!! Sorry forgot to say, Always Ultrasun 30 SPF Anti-age for the face + only wear Foundation, Make-up etc, rarely on face. SO,SO, hope for an e-mail.

    • Mrs E Evans June 11, 2015 at 7:11 am -  Reply

      Hello Jan D, while I can’t answer your query re the hot burning sensation, I just wanted to say that I suffer in exactly the same way and have done for years (I’m now 52), regardless of which products I use on my (dry excema prone) skin. I’ve tried most of the brands on QVC, inc Liz Earle and Elemis, tried just using pure oil, inc Argan oil and still have the same issue.
      I know this won’t help resolve it for you, but you’re not alone!! If Ali young can provide any information she will be helping us both :O)

  3. Rikki Smith May 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. I have been on high doses of steroid medication (Prednisalone) for many years because of asthma…. it makes my skin dry and now fine lines are forming…. I do follow all the moisturising advice… are there any affordable brands you have knowledge of which produce good results? X❤️

  4. Lindsey May 31, 2015 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thanks so much for producing the information on dry skin, your advice and tips are invaluable and I really appreciate it. I have always had dry skin and the tightness feeling after cleansing, but your suggestion of layering up products is something which I am going to start to do and also try the supplement in my diet.

  5. Sandra June 4, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Many thanks for producing your comments and advice regarding dry skin. Mine has become dry and dehydrated due to an auto immune disease and through taking medication to stabilize this condition. Reading your comments has helped me to see that perhaps I need to address the problem from an “inside” out way. Whilst I use the very best beauty products I can afford and these help, your advice regarding supplements is something I need to consider.
    Once again many thanks for your valid and useful comments.
    Regards x

  6. Isabel Lindsay June 5, 2015 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I’m 52 & I’ve always had dry skin…even when I was a kid. Now although my routine is good! (I think) my skin is much drier & it even flakes @ forehead! I’ve got an under active thyroid (levothyroxine) & use steroid inhalers for asthma. I cleanse L/E & skin boost & superskin also Gatinaue serum. Should or could I do more? I’m on a budget! Any ideas? Love how passionate you are about skin care. Thanks xxx

  7. Karen Darman June 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison. I would like to know what colour of bare minerals foundation (liquid) I should purchase. I have the Doll 10 (light) shade in the liquid drop bottle at present which is too heavy but the colour is right. I am experiencing dry/red eczema on my face at the moment so I don’t like putting any foundation on.

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