How To Care For Dry Skin
Dry skin is a very common problem, especially during winter months and adverse weather conditions… and also as we age and our skin loses moisture thanks to menopause - in just a few years, our youthful glow can turn into a dry, dull, flaky complexion. Your skin feels tight, parched and flaky – and slapping on the moisturiser doesn’t seem to help. So we slather ourselves in heavy creams, lotions and potions in the hope that they’ll hold the key to softer skin.
Dry skin appears in a multitude of forms. In the mildest cases, skin has a taut look and there may be mild flaking. In more severe cases, you will experience itching, cracking, bleeding, severe tightness and pain – and this may be a result of eczema or psoriasis.
Skin has its own natural elasticity – enabling it to stretch and move as you do, but dryness will reduce this elasticity and lead to other skin problems such as wrinkles and stretch marks.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin has many possible causes. It can be triggered by central heating indoors and cold weather outdoors, or by sun damage – sunbathing for long periods of time, even with sun block, can dehydrate your epidermis (the outer layer of your skin). Other external causes for dry skin include excessive washing or using harsh foaming products that strip away your skin’s natural barrier (they usually contain a skin irritant ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate).
Internally the condition can be caused by under-active sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for creating the natural oils in your skin). It can also be a sign of illness, malnutrition or a side effect of medication. In all cases, you must keep your hydration levels up inside and out to help the skin’s natural barrier repair itself. Every chemical process that takes place in the body relies on you being hydrated.
Are your skincare products hurting more than helping?
Many products on the shelf today, which are marketed to dry skin, contain harsh artificial chemicals, fragrances, colourants, antibacterial agents, and other harmful ingredients that damage your skin’s protective layer and strip away natural oils. Dry skin products contain a long list of chemicals which can leave skin slick and greasy in an attempt to hide the symptoms of dry skin, and the use of artificial moisturisers (in conventional lotions) only masks dry skin symptoms which, ironically, can result in more dry skin.
Caring for dry skin
Freyaluna natural skincare products do not contain any harsh chemicals. The nourishing antioxidant- and vitamin-rich ingredients we use make them the ideal dry skin care products because they moisturise and nourish deep-down to help skin stay soft and supple.
Our Nourishing Facial Collection is specifically formulated for dry and dehydrated skin. These products use a blend of rose, fennel seed, neroli and palmarosa, as well as some other gorgeous ingredients like jojoba and avocado oils, to help restore the water balance of your skin and stimulate the production of your skin’s natural oil.
If you’re experiencing dry skin on your body, shea butter is a great ingredient to look out for. Because of its natural make-up and its high nutrient and fatty acid content, shea butter is amazing for dry skin and can actually penetrate further than the top layer of the skin, meaning it moisturises deep-down and really nourishes the skin. You can find shea butter (and a host of other wonderful ingredients) in our Calendula & Violet Soothing Salve.
As we make our way through these winter months, listen to what your skin is asking for… maybe you need to drink an extra glass of water each day, or increase the amount of essential fatty acids in your diet… or maybe your skin wants you to steer clear of foaming face washes and opt instead for a gentle cream cleanser, or try adding a nourishing facial serum to your skin ritual.