By Di Morelli
Posted in Tips & Tricks
If you have very dry skin, likely you’ve researched ways to combat dry skin or you’re currently using products to alleviate this condition. For the rest of us with normal, oily, acne, etc. skin we may not give ‘dry skin’ much thought.
But as you may have heard, winter is coming.
Winter can bring similar dry skin challenges for other skin types. That beautiful fluffy white snow and the brisk, chilly air of winter can make you look older than you actually are. Skin can thin and become irritated over the course of the season.
We want to help you avoid the negative effects of winter on your skin. It starts with understanding what ingredients you should use to defend against the harsh elements. And a little preparation goes a long way: finding a few effective skin care products to add to your tool kit is usually enough to keep your skin looking its best.
How to combat dry skin
If you have dry skin then you are actually needing to use products that provide emollience, promote skin barrier protection, and comfort and protect the skin from moisture loss. Dry skin lacks sufficient lipids and sebum that form part of the hydrolipidic barrier (protective barrier) which actually holds moisture in the epidermis and slows the evaporation of moisture through the skin’s surface.
When looking for new products, ensure they have at least one of the following key ingredients:
Glycerin ~ from natural sources such as vegetable oil. It is naturally found in every living cell so it’s easily absorbed by the skin, offering deep hydration. It replicates and strengthens the skin’s ability to self-moisturize.
Hyaluronic Acid ~ found naturally in your skin. With age your natural levels of HA decreases so adding them topically is important to skin health.
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) ~ easily penetrates deeper layers of skin making it an effective hydrating ingredient. Helps to hydrate, soothe and heal the skin.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ~ also penetrates deeply and quickly. It acts as an anti-irritant, helping to heal skin.
Allantoin ~ it has a moisturizing effect and can cause the outer layer of dead skin cells to loosen and shed, speeding up cell turnover.
Other helpful ingredients
Antioxidants are unique in the way they help alleviate dry skin. Typically dry skin arises from the damaging effects of sun exposure (that’s why we are constantly promoting daily use of our highly effective SPF) as well as other environmental factors. These slowly chip away at the skin’s ability to retain moisture and bounce back to renew itself. Antioxidants can help prevent further damage and work at rejuvenating skin.
Vitamin C ~ this strong antioxidant protects skin from UV rays and neutralizes free radicals. Also increases collagen production.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) ~ has strong antioxidant properties and is lipid soluble.
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10/ Co Q10) ~ also neutralizes free radicals, this is a vitamin like, fat-soluble substance that works to repair and protect cells
Retinoids ~ though initially you may experience a drying effect, consistent use of retinoids like Retinol A will help keep skin looking plump and hydrated. This key ingredient helps skin slough off dead skin cells so they don’t clump together and clog pores. Clogged pores are less likely to absorb the nutrients from your moisturizer that are needed to keep skin looking plump. More importantly, retinoids stimulate new cell growth, helping with collagen and elastin production, which is greatly needed for plumping up thin, dry skin.
Peptides ~ also highly effective at stimulating collagen and elastin production to minimize the appearance of aging.