Dry skin: The ideal skincare routine for dry skin
by Sarah Taylor
Is your skin itchy, flaky, red or dull? If so, you probably have a dry skin type. Normal skin can turn easily into dry during winter or if you keep using the wrong products that may irritate it but it can be your regular skin type. The dryness can be not only painful but also aesthetically unpleasant for you especially when it comes to makeup. The right skincare routine needs internal and external hydration so grab your glass of water and follow along!
Most cleansers are not suitable for your dry skin as they remove all the sebum that is needed to keep it moisturised and elastic. Unfortunately, you must forget about any foaming cleansers and choose between cleansing milks, balms and oils. Sykea is here again with the Hydro Cleansing Milk to take care of your needs. Formulated with Aloe Vera Gel, Arnica, Oleic Acid and Laminaria Algae, this cleansing milk will clean your skin leaving it soft and hydrated without stripping off your natural oils.
Dry skin can be very challenging when it comes to serums and active ingredients but some will truly make the difference.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the perfect serum for dry and dehydrated skin and not only. HA can hold up to 1000 its molecular weight in water and penetrates deep into your skin binding water to skin cells. It boosts your collagen and elastin production so it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and makes your skin plumper and smoother. In order to penetrate into your skin, you have to choose a HA serum with low molecular weight. You can use it both morning and evening and you can combine it with all the other active ingredients. A pro tip for extra moisture is to apply some drops to wet face and immediately after, apply your moisturising cream to lock the moisture.
Niacinamide is also a serum that works wonders for all the skin types and has many properties. It hydrates the skin, boosts collagen production, smoothes wrinkles and reduces the redness and dark spots as it has whitening properties. It can be used both morning and evening and make sure you do not mix it with vitamin C as it minimizes the effectiveness.
Normally I wouldn't suggest any other acids than lactic acid that it is very gentle, but the ingredients of the Rejuvenating Hibiscus Serum can’t be defeated. This serum contains Hibiscus Flower Acids, Salicylic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Laminaria Algae and Hyaluronic Acid and this is a perfect combination of ingredients that balance each other and exfoliate while moisturise your skin.
This step is very important for your skin's health. Your moisturising product should be rich with a lot of hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and natural oils and you should feel relieved will applying it. Creams that make you feel that your skin is itchy and tight, obviously should not be a part of your daily routine. Especially during winter, I suggest switching to a moisturising oil like the Oxygenating Night Recovery . Moisturising oils hydrate your skin creating a film that keeps it firm and smooth and it is a great way to deal with the flaky patches of your face.
Sunscreen has no limitation to skin type. Every skin type should stick to a sunscreen routine every day even if outside it is cloudy and raining. UVB rays may be less harmful during winter and it is not likely to cause any sun burn but UVA rays are always here and are very harmful. They penetrate deep into your skin and cause the formation of free radicals that leads to oxidative stress causing premature ageing and DNA damages. You can choose the sunscreen type you prefer but keep a distance from matte sunscreen as they may dry out more your skin. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen after your moisturising cream before your makeup. Do not forget to reapply it every 1.5-2 hours.
All you need to do is to choose the right products that fit your skin's needs. Plan your own skincare routine, do not skip it and I am sure that dry skin will no longer be your skin problem!