Do you ever get that tight feeling on your skin? Does your skin feel rough or itchy? You’re not alone! Millions of people worldwide have dry skin, which can trigger chronic discomfort, flaking, itching and sensitivity. At the root of these issues is a compromised skin barrier, which lets water escape, causing intense dryness and a loss of skin’s natural glow.
What causes dry skin?
While some dry skin is genetic, today more than ever, skin is exposed to extremely damaging environmental factors such as pollution and free radicals compromising the skin’s moisture barrier. Unlike dehydrated skin, which needs water, dry skin needs lipids (oils). When the lipid barrier is compromised, the skin becomes more vulnerable to moisture loss and factors such as environmental stress. This leads to signs of dryness such as flaking, dullness, roughness, tightness, itching, irritation, and cracking. To restore and prevent dry skin from becoming worse, lipids need to be replenished, nourished, and protected.
How to treat dry skin
A strong skin barrier helps keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking by holding water in and keeping environmental pollutants and microbes out. A great way to overcome dry skin concerns is to use products rich in ingredients that will nourish, condition, and moisturize the skin as well as help restore and strengthen the lipid barrier. Plant butters, waxes and oils are great options to deliver ultra-nourishing benefits as they are loaded with lipids that can replenish dry skin. Ceramide containing creams and balms offer barrier replenishment and help restore skin’s natural protective function.
The first step to healthy skin is to clean it effectively by double cleansing. You can either use a specific ‘pre-cleansing formula’ like an oil-based cleanser before your regular cleanser or by washing, rinsing and repeating with the same cleanser.
Precleanse, is an oil-based cleanser which removes make up and surface debris without the uncomfortable stripped feeling afterwards. Partner with Intensive Moisture Cleanser, a light, creamy cleanser enhanced with BioReplenish Complex removes impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin. These cleansers are the power couple for cleansing dry skin.
The next step to Prep is to gently exfoliate, this will buff away dull, flaky dead skin cells and encourage barrier replenishment.
Daily Milkfoliant is a vegan milky powder exfoliant with Oats that gently polishes away dry, dead skin cells. A gentle blend of AHAs and BHAs leave skin smooth whilst Coconut Milk helps replenish and support skin’s moisture barrier.
Saturate skin with hydration and lock in moisture with a spritz of Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist. This skin-nourishing, hydration-rich mist utilises four types of Hyaluronic Acid, helping skin hold on to water for long-lasting hydration. The moisture barrier-boosting Hyaluronic Acid and ceramide formula helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, sealing in hydration for supple skin that bounces back from stress. Calming, aromatic Rose Water with antioxidant-rich polyphenols and flavonoids helps to revive and refresh. Nourishing formula leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
Every skin needs moisturising daily to balance hydration and reinforce the skins natural protective barrier. For dry skin this is even more critical to ensure the lipids are replaced and skin concerns are not exacerbated.
Intensive Moisture Balance is an ultra-nourishing moisturiser that restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. BioReplenish Complex delivers a proven combination of key barrier lipids to help enhance the skin's natural resilience and support barrier recovery.
As the richest Dermalogica moisturiser, Super Rich Repair combats chronically dry, dehydrated and prematurely-ageing skin conditions while it repairs, protects, soothes, and replenishes even the thirstiest skin while acting as a protective salve to fight extreme cold and dry environmental conditions.
The single best thing you can do to preserve your skin health is wear a high SPF daily, all year round. Add a generous layer of Invisible Physical Defence SPF30 over your moisturiser every morning to shield dry, sensitive skin against skin-damaging environmental assault.
For more guidance on how you can support your dry skin, be sure to book in with your local Professional Skin Therapist for Expert guidance and a personalised regimen here or book an online 1-2-1 virtual consultation with facemapping here.