Skincare is fun - when you’ve got an arsenal of delicious products sitting in your bathroom cupboard, its easy to impulsively slather on whatever your heart desires and just trust the skincare gods to do the rest. Though when you have dry skin, it’s important to remember that your skin is after some real TLC and there are some key things look out for to make sure your products are doing what you actually need them to.
Dry skin is the result of a damaged moisture barrier, wherein the skin has developed invisible cracks that allow moisture to escape and irritants to come in. With this outermost layer weakened, the skin isn’t able to maintain hydration properly and can’t protect itself from the environment as well as it needs to.
In addition to the invisible cracks, dry skin types can also often form patches of flaky or rough skin or lead into fine lines or deep cracks that can bleed.
Our natural skin barrier helps to lock in moisture, however a lot of different factors can interfere with this such as genetics, environmental factors like low humidity, cold temperatures and changing seasons, or even just using the wrong products, irritating your skin.
For those who struggle with dry, flaky, or dehydrated skin, it’s important to put the focus on quenching and protecting your skin in order to restore a healthy moisture barrier.
LOCKED AND LOADED
You’ll want to equip yourself with products that keep moisture in, and harmful UV rays and free radicals out.
Some ingredients to look out for are plant-based oils like rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil. These ingredients mimic the natural lipids in your skin and work to repair your skin’s moisture barrier.
Antioxidant-rich formulas are your besties, look for vitamins E, A, and C in the form of serums and oils for a super concentrated hit.
Hyaluronic Acid is a must-have for dry skin types as well, to leave your face feeling super supple and fresh. Hyaluronic Acid is a well-known humectant for the skin, pulling water towards it and filling in fine lines.
Niancinamide and Squalane are great too, as these guys have built a rep for their ability to repair and promote a healthy, happy skin barrier.
Always remember to throw on an SPF before leaving the house too ;)
STEP 1: OIL CLEANSER
Oil cleansers are awesome for dry skin as they’re able to cleanse without stripping away any natural oils. They tend to be milder than those that foam or lather, and can help keep dry skin feel moist even right after washing. Apply directly onto dry skin and massage the oil in for about a minute, then add water to emulsify the oil into a milk that can be easily rinsed off.
STEP 2: ANTIOXIDANT SERUM
The goal of your AM routine should be to protect your skin from the outside world, essentially. You’ll want to make sure to use an antioxidant serum in the morning, to help fight damage caused by free radicals as well as prevent collagen breakdown. This water-like serum from Salt By Hendrix is dense in antioxidants, featuring a hefty dose of Vitamin C alongside other awesome botanicals like Kakadu Plum.
STEP 3: PROBIOTIC SERUM
Dewtown is a super special serum that has been crafted specifically with optimal skin barrier health in mind. With hero ingredient Kombucha alongside other probiotics, Dewtown works hard to maintain the natural of the balance of the skin.
STEP 4: FACE OIL
Adding a face oil to your routine is super beneficial for dry skin types who find that using a moisturiser just isn’t enough.
Intensive Omega Treatment Oil by Maryse is a sure remedy for dry or parched skin types. An ultra-nourishing treatment moisturiser, this formulation is overflowing with essential fatty acids for intensive hydration. Use by massaging up to five drops into a freshly cleansed face and neck. Mix into a moisturiser for supercharged lipid protection.
Mermaid Oil from Salt By Hendrix also contains super key ingredients for dry skin types. Jojoba, Argan, Rosehip and Seabuckthorn Seed oils work to nourish, protect and replenish skin. They help restore moisture, combat free radicals and rejuvenate the complexion for softer, healthier skin. Mermaid Oil is a facial treatment that stands on the more lightweight side, and can be used alone or mixed with your favourite moisturiser for that extra boost.
STEP 5: TREATMENT BALM
It’s also a great idea to have a treatment balm on hand, to combat those pesky dry patches and avoid certain areas becoming chapped throughout the day.
This one from Maryse is a multi-purpose lip and skin salve, enriched with the unique healing properties of Manuka honey and potent plant nutrients. Apply liberally to lips, cuticles, and areas of skin that require extra moisture, to calm down dry patches and provide intensive moisture wherever needed.
STEP 1: OIL CLEANSER
Make sure to cleanse at night as well in order to remove makeup and any impurities that have settled onto skin throughout the day.
STEP 2: HYDRATING MASK
For dry skin types who are no stranger to seeing flakes on their face, the knee-jerk reflex may be to exfoliate them away. However, your skin is better off getting more of what it yearns for: hydration.
Use a hydration mask as a replenishing treatment, to soothe skin and boost moisture levels.
Crystal Waters from Salt by Hendrix is a Hyaluronic Acid mask designed to quench parched skin. An intense skin hydrating experience, the mask contains generous amounts of antioxidants, Vitamin C, bioactive ingredients, offering an immediate moisture boost and leaving your skin feeling refreshed.
The mask feels cool as a cucumber on the skin, use by adding a good layer onto the face and let sit for 30 minutes. Do this every third day, otherwise leave overnight and sleep with the mask on up to 1-2 times a week.
STEP 3: SERUM
Follow up with a serum to help replenish skin at night too.
STEP 4: PROBIOTIC SERUM
Keep that lipid barrier protected overnight as well.
STEP 5: MOISTURISER
Applying moisturiser before a facial oil allows the skin to really soak up the nourishing ingredients in your cream, and keep those nourishing ingredients locked in so they can work their magic overnight.
Halo Bright Creme from Salt By Hendrix features Niacinamide to target the skins barrier, and Squalane, a plant-derived hydration hero that penetrates pores to moisturise and soften skin deeply. Watermelon Seed Oil is another key ingredient here that works to replenish hydration. This formula also contains Lactic Acid, which assists in eliminating dead skin cells whilst renewing and moisturising the skin.
Aurora from Salt By Hendrix is another supercharged moisturiser option, also containing Niacinamide and Squalane, as well as Hyaluronic Acid. Mountain Pepper Leaf, Finger Lime, and Green Coffee Bean.
STEP 6: FACE OIL
Lock in all that moisture & cap off with a good oil at night too.
Bio-Nutrient Face Oil is the lighter of Maryse's two face oil offerings, yet still jam packed with powerful antioxidants and nourishing goodies like Vitamin C, Omega 3, Camellia Seed, and Vitamin E.
Babetown is a squalene oil from Salt By Hendrix that works to tackle any dryness, premature ageing, fine lines and help plump up the skin. Squalene is known to help replenish the skin to it keep it smooth, conditioned and hydrated.