Advice from our wonderful Facialist team, about caring for skin which is prone to dryness, especially during the winter months as the weather turns colder and the heating is turned up.
Common dry skin concerns: skin is dry to the touch and can flake easily. Dry skin is lacking in oils and moisture and can be easily irritated and sensitive.
The correct cleanser is as important as a moisturiser for dry skin. Ensure your products are chemical free to avoid the dehydration and irritation that these can cause.
Always cleanse thoroughly at night, then a more gentle cleanse in the morning. Cleansing balms are best for dry skin as they will be high in fatty acids and good oils which will soothe and hydrate the skin. Warm the skin using an organic cotton muslin cloth first of all to warm and relax skin. Pores will be more relaxed and open to receive the good oils that it needs from the cleanser. Massage your cleanser gently into skin and leave on for a few minutes to really penetrate and nourish the skin. Highly recommended cleansing balms, especially helpful for dry skin include the DeMamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm and the Oskia Perfect Cleanser.
Steaming the skin followed by a nourishing mask at least once a week can also be very helpful for dry skin. The steam really warms and opens the pores to allow deeper penetration of your nourishing mask, allowing you to maximise the benefits of the mask. Highly recommended masks are the Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Mask for extremely dry/flaky skin or the Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask for dry/stressed and sensitive skin that gets irritated easily. Lighting the Oskia Skin Smoothing Massage Candle whilst soaking in warm bath and applying the melted oils from the candle to a cleansed face and neck to leave on the skin for an overnight treatment will really soothe and deeply nourish the skin.
Mositurisers, Serums and Oils used alone or combined are a must for dry skin for moisture and protection all day long. Oils are great but not everyone gets on well with putting oil directly on the face. If this is the case try adding the oil to a moisture cream and mix together before applying, this should feel much more comfortable. Favourites for dry skin are the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream and Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream. For a more high end luxourious day cream, the Abloom Day Cream offes therapeutic ingredients to leave the skin radiant and in perfect condition. Team this with their Night Cream on a day to day basis and add in the Miracle Treatment Oil for an overnight treatment a couple of times per week and your skin with thank you for it.
Drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in good essential fats can really help to improve dry skin conditions. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which contribute to dehydration. Treating the skin from within can also be helpful with products such as the Beauty Chef’s Hydration Inner Beauty Boost which combines fantastic ingredients such as aloe and lemon myrtle in a fermented form for a radiant and glowing complexion.
Kylie Williams is a Co-Director of Therapy Organics, and also a Bowen Technique Therapist. She is passionate about natural medicine to optimise health.See more Articles by Kylie
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