Posted on 14.02.2017 |
Updated on 10.05.2017 |
Added in Beauty Advice
Do you find that however much moisturiser you use your skin is still constantly thirsty? Are you sick of buying creams that friends have raved about and not seeing the same results? Do you know the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin? There are certain things you need to know if you're ever going to get your skincare routine working for you rather than against you...
1. First off you need to find out if your skin is dehydrated or dry. A dry skin lacks oil and a dehydrated skin lacks water. If you don't know the difference, you can't treat the problem. A dry skin will generally be quite flaky and possibly itchy whereas a dehydrated skin will show as fine lines when the skin is gently pinched or pressed.
2. Find the RIGHT moisturiser. You can moisturise as often as you like but if you're using the wrong cream you'll never achieve perfect hydration. A dry skin requires a thicker, more oil rich cream whereas a dehydrated or oilier skin will prefer a lighter, more fluid consistency. It's all about finding a cream with that perfect balance of oil and water for your particular skin type.
Top Tip: This can take a bit of trial and error but rather than chuck products away, an oil-based serum is perfect for mixing or layering with a cream that isn't rich enough for you.
3. Exfoliate. You're going to have to get rid of those clogging skin cells if you want your products to work effectively. If your skin is sensitive, there are plenty of gentle face scrubs to choose from. Avoid scrubs with nut or kernel shell particles as these tend to be rather abrasive and obviously steer well clear of the ones with the dreaded plastic microbeads!
4. If your skin is genuinely suffering from dryness, try adding a balm or oil-based serum to your routine. Organic balms and oils can be a great addition for helping you get through the change of season, hormonal fluctuations or times when you just feel you need something a bit more hardworking like night time, after sunbathing or as protection from cold weather/wind.
However, these balms or oils should never replace your usual moisturiser; always layer with a face cream. Oils and balms are intensive, waterless products but the skin needs oil and water to maintain perfect balance. But which should be applied first? The beauty experts all seem to have different views on this one. Some experts say it depends on the type and molecular weight of the oils used - but let's not go there for the purpose of this article!! I recommend trying one way for a week and then the other way for the next week and it should be pretty obvious which order your skin prefers.
The best certified organic serums and oils can be found here: Super Serums
5. A super moisturising face mask is essential as a weekly treatment to help banish those stubborn dry patches and far cheaper than a salon facial. If you're feeling creative you could even try making your own with ingredients from your store cupboard like nourishing avocado and healing honey! Homemade Face Masks For Dry Skin