As part of #LFDetox, we’re talking all about skincare regimes and how to make your skin look its best. The first step to beautiful skin has to be knowing what it needs. Different skin types need different care! To help you find out exactly what your skin needs, we’ve put together a guide to every skin type: Dry Skin, Oily Skin and Normal/Combination skin. We’ll fill you in on how to tell which skin type you have, what you need to do to help it and what products are best for your skin type.
How do I know if I have Dry Skin?
There is a fairly simple test for checking whether your skin is Dry. Wash your skin gently before leaving it for around an hour. After one hour, does your skin feel tight? Is it flaky at all? If yes to either of those, your skin is Dry.
There are also some general characteristics of Dry skin:
Pores are usually small
Skin texture tends to be rougher and blotchy
The T-Zone can look dull
Skin feels tight and uncomfortable
Make Up tends to cling to dry patches
How should I look after Dry Skin?
Dry skin needs to be nourished and protected. You need to find ways to support the natural moisture factors of your skin so that it feels soothed and appears plumper.
There are a number of things you can do to help protect Dry skin:
Moisturise. Dry skin needs intense moisturisation, using products that can help rebuild the lipid layer in your skin. Applying directly after washing helps lock in moisture.
Avoid heat. Washing your face with hot water can remove the lipids that build the skin barriers so try to stick to lukewarm water instead. Keep baths and showers short!
Go gentle. Using harsh products or cleansing too frequently (multiple times a day for example) will strip your skin and can cause sensitivity.
Keep hydrated. Help boost your skin’s moisture levels by drinking water and avoiding dehydrating skin that is already Dry.
Skincare Ingredients To Avoid
There are definitely some ingredients to watch out for with Dry skin. To avoid irritating it or drying it out further, these are the ones to avoid:
Benzoyl Peroxide. This is an acne wonder product but it can cause peeling, itching and irritation, which is a huge no-no for Dry skin.
Retinoids. These are incredibly popular in the beauty world right now for their anti wrinkle properties but they can really irritate the skin and exacerbate Dry skin.
Alcohol. Avoid Alcohol based toners and gel formulas as Alcohol will strip your Dry skin even further.
Fragrances. Dry skin is often hyper sensitive, and it can react to fragrances in products. This often makes dryness worse, causing flakes and redness.
Skincare Ingredients To Love
So to help Dry skin, you want to look for things that will nourish the skin and keep pores clear.
Plant Oils. Oils like Jojoba Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Olive oil are all incredible at helping to repair the skin’s protective barrier.
Hyaluronic Acid. This wonder molecule is incredibly hydrating and can help plump out the skin.
Glycolic Acid. This is chemical exfoliant which clears dead cells to help reduce pores. Sometimes it is listed as an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) it can help break down dry patches without being too harsh.
Glycerin. For very Dry skin, Glycerin acts as a barrier, trapping in moisture to keep skin plump and soothed.