Dry skin

Plagued by dry flaky skin? We feel your pain. It can be a precarious dance between moisturisers, exfoliants and foundations. But chin up! These skin care tips will help you keep your skin soft and hydrated.

1. Don’t over-cleanse.
While it might seem counterintuitive to preventing breakouts, washing your skin too much or using particularly harsh products can actually cause MORE issues: when your skin gets too dry, it goes into oil-production overdrive to compensate. Instead, try using cream cleansers, which deep-clean without causing dryness. They’re awesome for removing hard-to-get-off eye make up, too.

We also highly recommend this Cleansing Water from Caudalie, which doesn’t contain the kind of drying ingredients found in toners, and will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.

2. Exfoliate sparingly.
Whilst exfoliating regularly is essential for removing dead skin cells and stimulating your pores, doing it too often can cause damage in the long run. Since exfoliants are, by their nature, abrasive, they can damage sensitive and delicate skin. Don’t exfoliate more than two or three times a week, and be sure to moisturise really well afterwards.

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3. Layer moisturisers.
Sometime when you have super dry skin in certain places, you might be tempted to reach for the intensive moisturiser and slather it everywhere. Instead, start with a normal moisturiser as a base, then layer a more intensive moisturiser for dry skin over it, like StriVectin LABS Extreme Cream – but only on the areas more prone to dryness and flaking.

4. Use a mask.
Do you use a moisturising mask at least once a week (preferably after exfoliating)? If the answer is no, then you must start. Using a moisturising mask (especially at night so you can fully absorb all of the hydrating ingredients) will help replenish the moisture in your skin. You face will be softer and more radiant for days. The Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask from First Aid Beauty is a great product to start with if you’re wondering how to treat dry skin.

5. Incorporate good oils into your diet.
The vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids found in things like olive and coconut oils go a long way towards helping to re-invigorate dry, dull skin (and hair too). Avocados are also packed with healthy fats, and can help your body better absorb all the good stuff from other fruits and veggies, too. And if you don’t quite fancy popping some on a salad, try using it to make a home-made face mask instead.

This post was written by Maree Hamilton, beauty obsessive and lead writer for the lifestyle blog Verything from Voucherbox.co.uk.

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