Tips to combat chronic dry skin
Air conditioning and sun exposure can cause havoc with skin, especially if you suffer from a dry complexion. But it’s not all about the moisturiser – everything from the cleanser you choose to what you eat can affect the moisture level in your skin. Sarah Jones, the UK's leading lifestyle and skin expert, tells Cover Media: “In today's modern world we somehow expect our skin care products to work miracles on our skin without fully realising that they are just a small piece of the jigsaw puzzle.” Here, we run through our top tips for maintaining a fabulous and flake free look.
Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a really good choice for dry skin, particularly if you suffer from a sensitive complexion as well. This cream cleanser comes with a muslin cloth and enables you to remove every last trace of dirt from your skin, leaving you feeling clean and energised. The muslin cloth also acts as something of an exfoliator, but is gentle enough to be used every day.
Another option, and one that has become a favourite among celebrities, is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is another cream product and cleanses the skin without stripping it – very important if you suffer from dry skin.
While it’s important to use a scrub to remove dead skin particles, you must ensure that you don’t use one that’s too astringent for your complexion. Also make sure you don’t use it too frequently – once a month would be often enough if your skin is particularly parched. Give the Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub from Kiehl’s a go – it uses actual tiny pieces of pineapple and papaya to get rid of dead skin and is gentle enough for dry skin.
To give your skin a boost, a mask is a good way to go. Sheet masks are a huge trend at the moment and award-winning sheet mask brand Timeless Truth offer a Deep Sea Extract Moisturising Mask that is perfect to inject some moisture into parched skin. It has a light, aqueous texture and is immediately absorbed. Leave on for 20 minutes and you’ll notice the different afterwards. Or try 7th Heaven’s Very Berry Mud Mask – natural, vegetarian and packed full of antioxidants to help leave your skin refreshed and cleansed.
If you don’t have the cash to splash on a new face mask then why not buy a small tube of Sudocream? This cream, usually associated with treating nappy rash in babies, can be used as a face mask to leave on overnight and is extremely effective at treating dry skin.
Perhaps the most important part of your skincare regime if you have dry skin is to moisturise, moisturise and moisturise. Dr. Murad, board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare, tells Cover Media: “Keep your skin well hydrated by using a richer moisturiser which contains super-hydrating and anti-inflammatory agents. Look for ingredients such as avocado, sunflower and olive fruit oils for optimal hydration and liquorice extract to reduce redness and skin irritation. Other ingredients to look out for include hydrophilic ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid (to add hydration) and hydrophobic ingredients like ceramides (to lock moisture in).” He recommends Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, which contains Advanced Hyaluronic Acid Technology and Coconut Extract, and can keep skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.
Sesderma C-Vit Radiance Glowing Fluid is another popular choice as it can help boost the complexion without overloading it, as some heavier moisturisers can end up clogging pores. Add this to your regime for the next week and notice the difference straight away!