We speak to a skincare professional about how to treat a parched complexion
If you’re experiencing dryness, your skin may be trying to tell you something. Generally skin will only become dry, lose elasticity and feel rough if the outermost layer doesn’t contain enough water. With that in mind, we spoke to Tammy Yaiser, vice president of product development for Algenist, to find out the best ways to combat dryness and keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Avoid prolonged contact with hot water
During winter it’s tempting to turn up the temperature in your shower, but hot water can remove the oils from your skin, so it’s best to stick to warm – rather than hot – water.
Apply your moisturiser immediately after showering
After you shower water evaporates off your skin quickly which can leave it feeling dry. Instead of rubbing, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturiser while your skin is still damp to help lock in moisture. For use on your face, try the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, or for your body, try the Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion.
Control your stress levels
Elevated or uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne, breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage a healthy state of mind and healthy skin, take steps to manage your stress. Scale back on your to-do list, make time for exercise, make doing things you enjoy a priority, and don’t skimp on sleep.
You are what you eat
A healthy diet not only helps you feel your best, but also look your best. Some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamins and low in unhealthy fats, sugar, and processed or refined carbohydrates can help promote younger, more hydrated looking skin.
Use a gentle cleanser
As well as avoiding products with alcohol, those with dry skin should use a gentle, hydrating cleanser such as Algenist’s Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, which gently removes all impurities (including makeup) without stripping your skin of its essential oils, preventing any irritation or dryness.