How to Choose the Best Skin Care Products for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, you know that dealing with its signs and symptoms—like flaking, itchiness, dry patches, and roughness—can be a problem no matter what time of the year it is. But when temperatures begin to drop and the air gets drier, it becomes an even bigger problem than it already is. In fact, ask any dermatologist and they will tell you that dry skin sits at the top of the most common skin problems during fall and winter. Needless to say, dry skin requires a special kind of TLC—one that definitely doesn’t just start and stop with picking out the first moisturizer you see in the skin care aisle.
What Causes Dry Skin
Most of the time, dry skin is a temporary condition that is almost always caused by environmental factors. This is why it’s mostly prevalent during the colder months when temperatures and humidity levels are lower. (Central heating, wood-burning stoves, and fireplaces also contribute in drying out your skin.) The same is true if you live in areas with dry, desert climates as there is little to no moisture in the air.
Women in their 40s or older are also more likely to develop dry skin as collagen-production begins to slow down with age, giving way to sagging, fine lines, and parched, dull-looking complexion. Your lifestyle also plays a factor: Your diet, sleeping habits, and the amount of time you spend outdoors and in chlorinated pools can have a negative impact on your skin’s health.
But it doesn’t end there. Certain things in your skin care routine may actually be doing you more harm than good—especially if you are fond of taking hot showers, are using harsh soaps that strip your skin’s natural moisture, and are exfoliating more frequently than necessary.
When left unaddressed, dry skin can cause existing skin conditions like eczema and keratosis pilaris to flare up and lead to redness, sensitivity, and itching. It also weakens your dermal layers, making it crack easier and allowing infection-causing bacteria to enter. Not to mention, having dry skin also makes you more prone to developing early signs of aging.
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How to Take Care of Dry Skin
Moisturizing is a no-brainer if you have dry skin, but as you probably know by now, not all moisturizers are created equal. And when you have dry skin, a solid skin care routine—coupled with the right skin care products and ingredients—is key. Here are a few tips to consider when building a skin care regimen for dry skin.
Face Cleanser – Some of the most widely available face cleansers actually contain ingredients that may be too harsh for dry skin and can strip it of its natural moisture. To keep your skin hydrated as you cleanse, reach for a nourishing face cleanser with ultra-hydrating ingredients.
The Oceanic Gold Ocean Fresh Cream Cleanser is enriched with Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, a natural and powerful moisturizer that’s also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and beta-carotene and prized for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This cleanser is also infused with rose geranium, grapeseed, and castor oils that deliver much-needed moisture to your skin while effectively removing makeup and grease, countering free radical damage, and improving texture and complexion.
If you’re into double cleansing, you can avoid over-washing and over-drying your skin by reaching for a cleansing oil or cleansing balms before using your face wash. French-favorite micellar water is also another option as it can rid your skin of surface impurities without altering its natural oils and pH balance. Steer clear of alcohol-based cleansers as this can only aggravate dry skin.
Toner – We know, we know. You’re probably raising your eyebrows and wondering why toners, which have a reputation for drying out skin, need to be part of your skin care routine—but hear us out. If you’ve kept yourself abreast with skin care trends, then you know that Korean skin care or K-beauty is making a big splash as of the moment. And we can’t talk K-beauty without mentioning the new types of products that come with it—essences, ampoules, and yes, toners. Unlike the traditional toners that most of us are familiar with, K-beauty toners are steep with nourishing ingredients and are specifically formulated to add a layer of hydration to your skin. It even plays a key role in the famed 10-step Korean skin care regimen!
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Serum – Serums have become a crucial part in every skin care regimen primarily because these concentrated bottles of active ingredients have been formulated to address just about every skin issue. Dry skin, in particular, can benefit from serums as they are a great way to boost hydration while targeting other areas of concern.
Hyaluronic acid is the top ingredient you need to keep an eye out for as it is a powerful humectant: It draws out moisture from the air and delivers it deep into the skin’s layers. This skin-plumping ingredient is also known for its anti-aging benefits and helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improves skin elasticity. For even better results, choose a multitasking serum that’s also loaded with other moisture-boosting and antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamins C and E, avocado, aloe vera, and nourishing oils.
Moisturizer – Those with dry skin know the importance of moisturizing like there’s no tomorrow, but it’s just as crucial to choose the right moisturizer if you really want to get the job done. Opt for richer creams and emollients that are infused with gentle and nourishing ingredients. The Oceanic Gold Pure Ocean Day Cream boasts of best-for-your-skin nature-derived ingredients like grapeseed, jojoba, and grapefruit oils, antioxidants from sea buckthorn berry and seaweed, aloe vera, and Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+. It helps balance and hydrate the skin, cleanses blocked pores, and protects your skin from everyday stressors. Even with its rich formula, it’s easily absorbed by the skin, making it perfect for daytime use and as a makeup primer.
On the other hand, the Rich Mineral Night Cream treats your skin to an overnight pampering with its skin-perfecting blend of Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, nourishing botanical oils (jojoba, rosehip, and apricot kernel), floral and leaf water, and aloe vera. Aside from delivering much-needed moisture to your skin, this night cream restores your skin’s pH balance and brightens and refreshes your skin, allowing you to wake up with silky smooth and touchably soft skin each day.
Exfoliant – While you will definitely want to go easy on exfoliation when you have dry skin (to reduce the chances of micro-scarring and irritation), it’s still important to give your skin some thorough deep-cleansing at least once a week. This ensures that you prevent dead skin cells from piling up and dulling your complexion. If you’re on the fence about exfoliation, opt for a gentle exfoliating scrub like the Oceanic Gold Crushed Pearls Facial Scrub. This mildly abrasive exfoliator is loaded with amino acids and antioxidants from crushed freshwater pearls, Australian kaolin white clay, jojoba beads, and Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+.
Dealing with dry skin can be a challenge if you don’t take into account how ingredients and formulas can impact your skin. Before jumping on any skin care trend or buzzy cult faves, take time to get to know your own skin and observe whether a product truly works for you or is actually doing more harm than good.