Many people suffer from dry and dehydrated skin, particularly during the colder months of the year. Try the five tips below and our organic beauty selection to help balance your skin back to health.
Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Dry skin can often be confused with dehydrated skin. One way to distinguish between the two is by having a look at your forehead in the mirror. Visible horizontal fine lines are an indication of dehydration. Increasing your water intake can help with both dry and dehydrated skin. Boost your organic skincare regime with an increase in water or herbal teas (not black tea or coffee!) and you will notice a difference. Some change should be noticeable after just a few days, but keep at it because longer term results need some commitment. Try a Four Sigmatic adaptogenic mixture made into a tea-like drink to hydrate your skin and if you’re a fan of coffee specifically, the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix is a great option. However, if you have dehydrated skin (common during the winter months) rather than dry skin, read up our natural beauty tips here.
If increasing water has helped your dry and dehydrated skin but you still aren’t getting the results you want, the next step is to take a look at your diet. Dehydrated skin needs water; dry skin needs oil. If skin is dry it is often an indication of not enough essential fatty acids in the diet. Increasing oily fish consumption or adding an omega 3 supplement to your organic skincare kit may rectify the problem. Take up to 1 gram of omega 3 per day for 3 months to see results. Stick with it! We rely on the Wild Nutrition Pure Strength Omega 3 as a high strength pure fish oil concentrate providing 800mg EPA and 400mg of DHA in an easy-to-swallow capsule. These capsules make it simple to get your daily dose of omega 3 should you need to supplement your diet.
Dry skin may need slightly more exfoliation than other skin types to remove flaky skin. Experiment with manual exfoliation using scrubs containing fine, naturally-derived particles. If you find these tend to exacerbate the problem, switch to a gentle natural exfoliant which uses fruit acids to remove flaky skin. Try to exfoliate once a week to keep skin looking fresh and smooth. Our favourites are the Absolution La Creme Gommante, which is both cleansing and nourishing, as well as the Pai Kukui & Jojoba Brightening Exfoliator, which transforms into a lovely silky milk before washing away to leave the skin feeling refreshed.
Work out what type of moisturiser works best for you. Some dry and dehydrated skin types love organic face oils while others will behave better with thick organic moisturisers. Be careful not to overload the skin. Apply your moisturiser and if you have time, leave it on for 15-20 minutes before applying makeup. It is tempting to keep adding moisturiser, but if you let the skin rest for a while it will help regulate oil production and you may not need to add more. Most popular in-store moisturisers include the Pai Age Confidence Echium and Macadamia Day Cream (great for mature skin types too) and for particularly sensitive skin, the Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream, Dr Alkaitis Night Cream (used for day & night), Amala Hydrating Face Cream and soothing Absolution La Creme Riche. In addition, Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème, Therapi Honey Rose Otto Ultra Radiance Moisturiser and May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm are also firm favourites for dry skin types.
Rest is an important time for skin to repair and regulate itself. Try leaving your skin free from products one or two nights a week. You may be surprised. Leaving the skin free from all products to self-regulate oil production might help bring dry and dehydrated skin back into balance. If you have trouble getting off to sleep, try the Four Sigmatic Instant Reishi Relax and Sleep Deeper mix, which helps calm a busy mind. Team it with The Nue Co Magnesium Ease – spray some on your pillows, face and surroundings before you doze off. It’s guaranteed to help, thanks to a blend of calming flower remedies.