Confused about whether your skin is dry, dehydrated or both?
Well here's a quick guide to help you understand the differences. Because knowing exactly what’s going on with your skin makes caring for it so much simpler.
1. How to Spot Dry Skin
Dry skin often feels itchy and uncomfortable and may be flaky, rough or cracked. Troublesome spots are usually around your mouth, nose and eyebrows but can be anywhere.
It often gets worse as you age or when you’re stressed, causing premature lines and wrinkles due to a lack of elasticity and suppleness in your skin.
2. How to Treat Dry Skin
With the respect! Foaming cleansers that strip your skin are a massive no-no, as are toners containing harsh alcohols or unnecessary parabens and sulphates.
Also be careful with potent active ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol as applying these too often or in high concentrations could compromise your skin’s barrier function, making your dryness so much worse.
So, what about the things you should do?
Well, Crystal Cleanser and Diamond Toner are great for preparing dry, sensitive skin for the next stage in your routine. Then look for moisturisers that are rich in oils like our Imperial Moisturiser and Night Elixir.
And, because dry skin is lacking in sebum (sebum is vital for maintaining the health of your skin as it contains complex oils and lipids which help protect, soften and lubricate)., it’s a good idea to further replace missing oils with Organic Age-Defying Facial Oil.
This is ideal for dry skin as it contains a nourishing blend of 20 organic botanical oils to feed your skin with vital nutrients and omega fatty acids. Apply this twice daily after moisturising.
3. How to Spot Dehydrated Skin
This is skin that’s lacking in water rather than oil.
A certain tightness, skin that looks duller than normal, dark circles around your eyes and fine lines that weren’t there yesterday are all signs that your skin is temporarily lacking in water. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, however, it may react to dehydration by becoming inflamed, red or even congested.
4. How to Treat Dehydrated Skin
Step one is to loosen dead skin cells with Natural Luminosity Scrub to help your serums and moisturisers penetrate your skin better.
Then, for rapid hydration for thirsty skin, our 100% natural Organic Hydration Gel is perfect. Designed specifically to boost water in your cells for instantly soothed skin thanks to its organic aloe vera and vegetable glycerin.
You should also add a deeply penetrating serum into your routine that contains a humectant ingredient like hyaluronic acid. Humectants are smart little cookies that work like sponges to draw water into the top layers of your skin, so they’re a great shout for skin that’s screaming out for hydration.
Pre-Eminent Beauty Serum is perfect for this to provide a double, thirst-quenching hit. Better still, use the serum and the gel together – applying the serum first, followed by your hydration gel.