Dealing with Dry, Dull Skin
Dry skin is the biggest pain in the neck, and recently mine has had a real flare up. If you suffer from dry skin then you know it just makes your makeup look like crap, I mean I literally look like a lizard when I put foundation on, ew. I tend to have these parched moments from time to time with no rhyme or reason, I have thought of a hundred things that could cause it but it never seems to correlate. It can take a few days but I have some tried and tested methods to get it back to its balanced and hydrated state ASAP!
While I was in hospital I was on a tonne of fluids via drip and I must say, my skin was amazing; like the bounciest and dewiest it has ever been. So, trick one is to get hydrated from the inside out. Glug water like it’s your job and trust me you will reap the benefits.
Serum is probably my favourite skincare item; they can do tonnes of different things and if you suffer from dry skin like me then I would recommend investing in an ultra-hydrating one. I have a few trusted ones but when my skin is seriously dehydrated and even a little sore I love the Murad Sensitive Skin Serum. Other great ones include Tatcha’s Overnight Memory Serum, Eve Lom’s Intense Hydration Serum, and Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum.
My biggest learning curve was exfoliation is key, and I mean KEY! I was always scared to use stripping exfoliants as I thought they would dry my skin out more, but you’ve got to get rid of those pesky, gross looking dead skin cells. I like to mix up what I use depending on how my skin feels. If it is a little sore then I like to go for something more soothing like TULA’s Exfoliating Mask, which sits on the skin for five minutes and then you gently wash it off in circular motions to exfoliate gently with the small particles. If I am having a really bad time budging the dry skin patches then I tend to go in real heavy duty with a chemical exfoliant, generally glycolic based; for something still gentle Pixi’s Glow Tonic is a great pick. I’ve written a whole post on my favourite exfoliators; HERE
Lastly, you need the best hydrating moisturiser for you. I think moisturiser is so personal and it can take some time to find the right one for you. I have found that I also have to switch them up or my skin almost becomes a little ‘immune’ to them. My two I tend to lean towards when my skin gets really bad are Murad’s Hydro Dynamic and Clinique’s Moisture Surge. Other great ones to consider are Avene’s Rich Compensating Cream, Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream, or oils like the Kypris Beauty Elixir II, Pai Rosehip Oil, and Darphin’s Rose Aromatic Care oils.