Updated: May 7, 2020
Dry skin can appear rough and uneven, inflamed and itchy, tight as you get out the shower. Dehydration has been factor when dealing with a number of skin problems from acne to rosacea and despite all the skincare products out there, it can sometimes be difficult to know which route to take first. Here I have put together my best tricks to restore hydration, boost radiance and retain smoother skin.
Cleanse regularly using glycolic acid.
Dry skin types are notorious for building up dead skin cells, making the first step to combating dry skin, exfoliation. Glycolic acid will not only boost the effectiveness of your products by sloughing off dead skin cells, but with regular use, it encourages the stimulation of collagen production and improves the appearance of pigmentation and blemishes. It sounds like a miracle ingredient because it is one. Try: DQ glycolic gel cleanser.
Glycolic can be irritating to sensitive skins so introduce this acid slowly into your routine, by using it every other day at first, and then build up to daily use if you find your skin can tolerate it.
Think serums rather than moisturiser.
Thinner formulations harbour smaller molecules which means a better ability to sink into the deepest part of the skin. Using a serum as well as a moisturiser will not only restore the skin’s barrier but also provide hydration to all of its underlying structure as well. You may find your skin may benefit from using serums alone – as a result of this, there will be a noticeable reduction in a build-up of dead skin on the surface. Try: The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Oil.
Become more aware of your exposure to hot and cold temperatures.
It may seem impossible at times to avoid the extreme temperatures that we are exposed to daily; the air conditioning in the office, the wind and rain outside, the boiling hot bath at the end of the day. There is evidence to show that these extreme environments dry the skin out massively, so be a little more aware of your settings and change accordingly if possible. Do not wash your face will capillary-bursting hot water, do not hover over the heater whilst you are working and protect your skin with the next ingredient on this list.
In addition to neutralising free radicals in the skin, antioxidants also encourage cell regeneration. By using an antioxidant (usually in the form of a serum) every morning, you will notice a significant change in your skin health. Added protection will lead to a thicker, healthier epidermis, meaning better moisture all round. Try: Obagi Professional C Serum 10%
Treat your skin regularly to professional exfoliation treatments like skin peels and microdermabrasion.
Glycolic-acid based peels work especially well on a dry, flaky surface. Repeat this process 2-4 weeks in clinic or salon, or 1-2 times a week when using a at-home mask to welcome quicker results and increased radiance and hydration. Microdermabrasion is another great treatment to have when your ultimate aim is to improve dry, dull skin types. This gentle exfoliation process enables an instant removal of surface dead skin cells and boosts circulation and skin renewal.
Hyaluronic acid is a fabulous ingredient due to the molecule’s incredible ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Using this ingredient in your daily serum or moisturiser will give an instant plumping-effect to the skin and will help prevent any further moisture loss. Try: Skinceuticals Hydrating B5
A little goes a long way with most hyaluronic-acid based products. Be careful not be too heavy handed with this product and note that it absorbs pretty quickly.
Environmental factors and lifestyle will sometimes have an uncontrollable impact on the skin, but by following these few steps you will certainly notice an improvement to your hydration levels. Have you got any tricks to help combat dry skin and general dehydration? Would you like free advice on the best products or treatments to use for your skin type? Comment below or connect with me through social media.