Best tips to treating dry Summer skin
Your skin is dry if…
Believe it or not, dry skin is actually something that’s genetically passed down. Dry skin is more of a hereditary condition. It literally means your body doesn’t produce as much sebum—so it’s something you’re born with, rather than something that develops over time.
How do I know if I have dry skin?
Signs of dry skin can include:
- Scaliness or flaking
- Tightness, especially after cleansing
- Ageing, especially fine lines around the eyes where skin is thinnest
Here’s how to know if you fall under the scientifically dry category:
- Wash your face with a gentle, sulphate-free cleanser and check on your skin an hour later. If it’s lacking in moisture all over and feels tight throughout your entire complexion you probably truly have dry skin. If, however, only your cheeks feel tight and itchy (and definitely don’t look dewy), then it’s more likely to be an issue of dehydration.
- Dehydrated skin “feels tight, rough, or sensitive” in certain spots. Rather than being habitually without oil, it’s more like an occasional sense of dryness that’s brought on by environmental factors.
- The best way to understand if your complexion should be categorised as dry is to observe consistency of dryness over spells of it. You really just have to get to know your skin—it’s a relationship. When you notice your face feels uncomfortable, watch the markers—what you’re eating, how your stress levels are, where you are in your cycle—and note how it changes throughout a 28-day cycle. If it eventually returns to that normal glow, you were just dehydrated. If not, consider your complexion as dry.
What can help?
For once, drinking the right amount of water isn’t going to do the trick—not on its own, at least. [Dealing with it] is like a workout for your skin. You want it to be strong and not over-exfoliated or cleansed. If your skin’s dry, lean towards moisturisers for support that contain an occlusive ingredient that forms a protective seal over the surface of the skin, naturally speaking like cocoa, shea or mango butters. Dehydrated skin types, on the other hand, should look for hydrators like hyaluronic acid-based products. Hyaluronic acid is like a sponge that binds to water at 1000 times its weight. Our “Chia Seed + Vegan Hyaluronic” serum will do the trick. Chia’s fatty acids work to encourage a more plump look to the skin. They also help maintain moisture levels, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as relieving dryness and peeling.
And though you can’t change the amount of sebum your skin produces, both dry and dehydrated complexions can benefit from the following skin-care practices:
Strengthen the skin barrier
Look for cleansers that dissolve skin impurities using the like-dissolves-like theory versus cleaning your face with amped-up surfactants. That means that opting for an oil-based, balm, or creamy cleanser could help you to degunk your face without further drying it out.
Look for aqueous skin-care products
Use water-rich products that have water (coconut counts) or aloe juice as the first ingredient.
- Coconut Facial Spritz (new product)
- Gentle Facial Mist
Apply moisturiser when skin is wet
People are missing that water step. When you apply your holy grail facial oil, balm or cream, make sure your skin is very damp—either freshly cleansed without patting dry or freshly sprayed with a mist. That’ll prevent dehydrated skin and also help dry skin not get dehydrated.