You may have dry skin

Dry skin lacks moisture, which can leave it dull, flaky and more prone to wrinkles, skin conditions and allergic reactions. Skin components including lipids and proteins form a barrier to lock in moisture, and if these are damaged, moisture evaporates, and skin becomes dry.

Your skin needs extra moisture to help strengthen and replenish its protective barrier. Look for hydrating products that gently cleanse and nourish by locking in your skin's natural moisture while boosting its defences. Take special care in hot, cold or windy weather to prevent your skin from getting chapped or irritated.

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Facts about Dry Skin

Fact 1

Although usually more prevalent during the winter/colder months, dry skin can affect you all year round.

Fact 2

Dryness is a problem caused by environmental factors such as the sun, pollution and humidity, and in some cases, genetics.

Fact 3

Dry skin is not the same as dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is when the body lacks water whereas dry skin is a skin type.

Fact 4

The best way to treat dry skin is to have a consistent routine and moisturise all year round. Although drinking water always helps, for those who suffer from dry skin, using products designed to treat it can be of great benefit.

Your Routine

Step 1

As the seasons' change, it's important to update your routine to better suit your environment. Using water-based lotions in the summer and oil-based thicker creams in the winter will help combat dry skin.

Step 2

Drink 8 glasses of water a day. This will help to naturally hydrate your skin while flushing out toxins, keeping it supple, maintaining pH balance, and evening out your skin tone.

Step 3

Use gentle soap-free products and avoid long hot showers so you don't risk stripping your skin of its natural protective barrier. Try nourishing products that boost your skin's defences and lock in natural moisture making it feel more resilient and hydrated. It may also help to wear clothing made from natural fibres such as cotton and silk, and avoid polyester, nylon and other synthetic materials. This will help to avoid chafing and itchiness and allow your skin to breathe.