ast week we looked at how removing oil from a skincare routine for oilier skins can result in fewer breakouts and less shine. This week we examine how adding oil will help restore suppleness and give comfort to dry skin. Start with cleansing: clear out any soap, foams or washes unless they are designed for dry skin ( but, be warned, these are not that common). Dry skin produces little natural oil, so for lifting make-up and grime, a cream cleanser will gently remove everything except moisture — try Trilogy’s Cream Cleanser (€26.95).
Drier skin doesn’t usually need toner, but before applying a layer of moisturiser give the skin an added boost of hydration to promote moisture levels. Decléor’s Aromessence Neroli Serum (€59.90) is a little pricey, but just a drop or two creates a natural veil of moisture, which over time works as a treatment for longerlasting skin strength and health. Give serums time to absorb — be sure to wait 2-3 minutes before moisturising. Unlike oily or normal skin types that need lighter-weight creams, dry skin benefits from richer formulations, so when you’re buying something new, look for a cream rather than a lotion. All skin types need eye cream after the age of 25. If your skin is dry in that area and your make-up disappears into fine lines, try a heavier formula. Dr. Hauschka’s Eye Contour Day Balm (€29.45) is a great example of a soothing balm that lingers on parched skin without causing puffiness.
After cleansing at night, reapply eye cream once more, and to nourish the skin while you sleep, lavish it with a powerful night cream. Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream (€45) can be used morning and night for skin dehydrated from extreme temperatures and, as part of a dry-skin routine, it makes for a soothing, hydrating night cream that leaves skin feeling smooth and supple by morning.
Dry skin coupled with dehydration can lead to flaky patches that need to be exfoliated. Once a week (or fortnight), exfoliate with a light peeling product, followed by a moisture-rich face mask. Avène’s Soothing Moisture Mask (€19) is a great way to finish this treat for dry skin, and a super boost to the care regime you need to fight taut, parched skin.