If you’ve ever experienced dry skin, you’ll know the struggle of skin that looks flaky and feels tight. Whether it’s naturally dry all year round or affected by seasonal changes, your environment, lifestyle or routine, there are some steps you can take to keep your dry skin looking and feeling healthy.
How To Tell If You Have Dry Skin
If your skin looks dull or feels rough, flaky or scaly then you probably have dry skin. It usually looks and feels less plump than other skin types and can show signs of ageing like fine lines or wrinkles. You might also experience tightness, irritation, sensitivity or itching on your skin too.
To test out whether your skin is dry, take note of what your skin feels like after you wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Does it feel tight and flaky? Your skin is probably dry or dehydrated.
Dehydrated skin is slightly different from dry skin, though they look similar and are often mistaken for one another. If you suspect your skin is dehydrated rather than dry, try upping your water intake to rehydrate your skin.
Common Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin has some common causes
You may naturally have dry skin as your skin type. If dry skin runs in your family, then keeping up with your skincare routine and using products to add moisture to your skin is essential.
As you get older, collagen production naturally reduces in your skin. This can make it look and feel drier, and is responsible for fine lines, wrinkles and droopy skin as you age.
Sun, wind, cold weather and dry air (think air con in your office or the heating in your office) can all affect how your skin retains moisture. The time of year makes a difference too as seasonal weather changes can make your skin feel different.
Using the Wrong Skincare Products
Using harsh skincare products that strip your skin of its natural oils can make other skin types feel dry and flaky as it throws off the natural balance of your skin. Using heavily fragranced products, using the wrong products when you shave or over-exfoliating can irritate and dry your skin out too.
Using water that’s too hot can dry out your skin, making it feel tight and uncomfortable. Dropping your water temperature can be great for your skin and health. Living in a hard water area can dry your skin out too so be mindful of your water supply.
Medication or Medical Conditions
If you suspect your dry skin is down to a medical condition, speak to a doctor or health professional who can give you a diagnosis and plan your treatment. Some medications can make your skin feel dry so check out any side effects and speak to your doctor.
An Easy Skincare Routine for Dry Skin
If you want to replenish the moisture in your dry skin, then going gently is key. Use a gentle non-foaming cleanser to rebalance your skin. You might find a cleansing milk or balm, like the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel, feels more nourishing on your skin than a foaming cleanser.
Avoid over-exfoliating your skin if it’s dry and stick to chemical exfoliators, like the Aesop Purifying Exfoliant Paste, rather than scrubs. Use the right shave products for your routine too as shaving can dry out your skin.
A good moisturiser is an essential part of your dry skin routine. Cream formulations, such as D'ALCHÉMY Loss Of Elasticity Skin Renewer Face Cream or TenT Nutrition's Face Creme tend to be better for dry skin than gel moisturisers as they feel more comforting and nourishing.
For a hydration boost, try using a serum (we love the Five Dot Botanics Deep Feed Facial Serum which contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin and the Ra. Men's Care Revive Face Serum with Vitamin E, Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid) or a face mask in your routine.