Normal to Dry Skin
How to Understand your Dry Skin Needs
Is your skin ‘dry’ or ‘dehydrated’
All of us lose around 300 – 400 mls of water a day as it’s evaporated back into the atmosphere. We replace it with water we consume.
Dehydrated skin is skin that needs more water – which can be provided by drinking it, or with hydrating moisturisers. You can tell if your skin is dehydrated through its tone: it will look dull and areas like the eyes will appear slightly sunken and darker.
Dry skin is due to the lack of lipids (sebum) in this top layer of the skin. That said, dehydrated skin can appear as dry skin, as well as causing other skin issues such as sunken eyes and a dull skin tone.
Tell tale signs of dry skin:
Tell tale signs of dehydrated skin:
· Sunken areas, particularly around the eyes and mouth
· Fine lines, particularly on the cheeks
· Lack of volume – if you press the skin it takes a long time to ‘pop’ back up
· Poor tone – your skin may appear dull, and lack colour
· Patches of oiliness, for example on the nose. This is your skin’s way of trying to compensate for the lack of water.
What causes dryness
How can moisturiser help dry skin?
Moisturiser helps in two ways: by adding moisture to the skin and by preventing it from leaving the skin. This works either via occlusives (barrier ingredients such as oils and fats), or by attracting moisture from the surrounding environment with ingredients such as glycerin.
Best natural moisturiser ingredients for dry skin
There are steps you can take to treat or prevent your dry skin.
Rose: Rose essential oil in a moisturiser is soothing and promotes regeneration, whereas rosehip oil made from fruit of the rose when it has finished flowering, is highly effective for dryness caused by ageing.
Avocado: Avocado is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids which is especially good at night and for those with environment-triggered skin dryness.
Frankincense: Frankincense is highly nurturing, and when used in a face cream works beautifully to protect and nourish even very dry skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Able to hold 1000x its own weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is the ideal way to add water back into the skin if it’s dehydrated or tight.
Calendula: Calendula is soothing, restorative and ideal for allergy-prone, reactive or flaking skins