LAURA BERMINGHAM

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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.

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