Dry skin lacks moisture, which can leave it dull and more prone to wrinkles, skin conditions and allergic reactions. Skin components including lipids and proteins form a barrier to lock in moisture, and if these are damaged, moisture evaporates, and skin becomes dry.
Your skin needs extra moisture to help strengthen and replenish its protective barrier. Look for hydrating, water-based products that gently cleanse and deeply moisturise it while respecting its natural pH balance and helping it to regenerate.
Take special care of your skin in hot, cold or windy weather to prevent it from getting chapped or irritated.
Facts about dry skin
Although usually more prevalent during the winter/colder months, dry skin can affect you all year round.
Dryness is a problem caused by environmental factors such as the sun, pollution and humidity, and in some cases, genetics.
Dry skin is not the same as dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is when the body lacks water whereas dry skin is a skin type.
The best way to treat dry skin is to have a consistent routine and moisturise all year round. Although drinking water always helps, for those who suffer from very dry skin, using products designed to treat it is essential.