The science of treating dry skin keeps getting more intricate as there is more and more research every day in countless scientific journals. Yet we found that there are two basic ideas that every scientist and layman can agree with. The first is that skin’s surface layers have between 10% to 30% water content, and maintaining this level is important for function and a good appearance. The second fact is damaged skin will support less hydration than healthy skin. Hydration plays a major role in making the skin look youthful, young and supple. It also allows the skin be visibly protected from negative environmental influences. For people with dry type skin, all these elements of healthy, younger, and hydrated skin dries up.
What is dry skin?
Technically speaking, your skin is of the ‘dry type’ when it produces less sebum than normal skin. As a result, dry skin lacks the lipids to hold moisture and build a strong protective layer against external pollutants. Significantly more women suffer from dry skin than men and all skin gets drier as it ages.
How to identify different degrees dry skin
|Dry Skin||Mildly Dry Skin||Extremely Dry Skin|
|The skin feels a little dryer than normal.||Mildly dry skin can feel tight, brittle and rough and look dull. Skin elasticity is also low.||If not treated, skin may develop scaling or flaking, a blotchy appearance, premature aging, tightness and itchiness|
Top Causes of Dry Skin
Genetics plays a huge role in deciding your skin type but some environmental and internal causes can exacerbate the dryness:
- Age: As we get older, the skin gets thinner and drier. By middle-age, moisturizer will become a must have for many.
- Climate: Living in extreme climates such as deserts, mountains or places with low humidity
- Skin disease: Eczema and psoriasis can cause intensely dry skin.
- Swimming: High levels of chlorine can dry the skin.
- Environmental triggers: Harsh weather conditions and UV rays can dry up the moisture in our skin
- Improper diet: Our skin gets moisture from the food we eat therefore not drinking enough water can make the skin dull and lifeless.
Limit the damage to your dry skin by avoiding these things:
- Chemical soaps
- Limit your bath time to 5-10 minutes
- Products with harsh ingredients like alcohol, menthol, citrus, eucalyptus
- Hot water may sound good after a long day, but it isn’t great for dry skin
- Using abrasive scrubs, loofahs or brushes that cause tears to the skin
- Adjust your humidifier at home to maintain some moisture in the air
Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin
You may think that cleansing dry skin is counter-intuitive however allowing dirt and bacteria to accumulate is no solution! Most cleansers strip the skin of excess sebum and dirt. Leaving dry skin tighter than usual. This is why you must go for cleansers with moisturizing ingredients. Cleansing oils are a great way to remove makeup and dirt without stripping your skin. Cleanse your skin at least once a day with a creamy cleanser that will not stripping off the moisture.
Toners and Tonics for Dry Skin
A toner is a water-based skin product that is used after cleansing to make sure the skin is fully free of impurities and may also have ingredients targeted at dealing with pesky skin problems, like acne breakouts. Since we do not want to further dry out your skin, use toners optionally with moisturizing ingredients such as white tea, green tea, chamomile etc.
Moisturize AM and PM to treat Dry Skin
Since dry skin lacks adequate hydration, moisturizers are one product that you cannot miss. Use a moisturizer in the morning and at night (midday optional) to keep the skin hydrated and to avoid tightness and roughness. To lock in the moisture, moisturize within five minutes of washing your face while your skin is still slightly damp.
We recommend our Moisture Complex for dry skin as it contains natural ingredients like green tea, pumpkin extracts and caffeine to soften your skin while keeping acne at bay. Our specially formulated moisturizer will surely help your skin look healthy all the time! Skin that receives enough moisture looks more elastic, supple, soft and therefore healthier.
Facial Mask for Dry Skin
Face masks are amazing at giving your skin the extra moisture it needs quickly. Invest in face masks with heavy ingredients like aloe Vera, rosehip oil, honey, oats etc. and use them once or twice a week.
Exfoliation for Dry Skin
It is important that you exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week as dry skin tends to flake up. Flaky skin ages your sooner than usual and prevents serums and treatments from penetrating your skin.
The Exposed Expanded Acen Treatment Kit involves products for AM and PM with a clearly mapped out routine. Designed to kill acne-causing bacteria, unclog pores, moisturize skin and soothe inflammation, the kit includes:
- Facial Cleanser
Containing salicylic acid, sage extract and Vitamin B5, this but gentle face wash is helps clear skin and prevent blemishes while maintaining moisture.
- Clearing Tonic
The Exposed Clearing Tonic is a powerful facial toner that controls sebum production and prevent acne-causing bacteria from affecting skin after cleansing.
- Acne Treatment Serum
Formulated with Benzoyl Peroxide, the Exposed Acne Treatment Serum penetrates deep into pores to prevent new blemishes and heal the skin naturally.
- Clear Pore Serum
The Exposed Clear Pore Serum is a lightweight gel that unclogs pores and repair the skin overnight.
- Moisture Complex
An oil-free gel moisturizer, the exposed moisture complex hydrates skin without being heavy on the pores.
- Derm-X Cloth
The Derm-X Cloth is our exclusive facial microdermabrasion cloth that aims to exfoliate dead skin cells, remove cosmetics, oil and dirt.