How to Care for Dry SkinFriday, September 05, 2014
So I wrote this post a while ago about using the right kind of skincare, and how it can drastically change your skin for the better. I also promised to publish posts on how to care for your particular skin type, and here's my post on how to care for dry skin.
Dry skin is pretty straightforward - it's dehydrated, it lacks moisture. Feed it. With dry skin, you don't need to worry about oil-free formulations and lightweight formulas the way you would with oily skin. You can use rich formulas and feed your skin as much as you can.
Your search for skincare is also very straightforward, because all companies have skincare specially formulated for dry skin. One such product is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration (RM100)- a new, more intensely hydrating (as the name clearly states!) formula targeted specifically at very dry skin.
Look for cream cleansers with rich creamy formulas that won't strip or dry the skin. I place my utmost trust in the skincare brand Simplicité, and have no doubt that their Plant Gel Cleanser (the version formulated for dry skin, of course. AUD40.90) will work wonders on dry skin.
You also want to invest in face oils - face oils can be used by any skin type, and people with dry skin are certainly no exception! I've used the oily-skin version of the Aesop Facial Treatment Oil (S$110), and I absolutely love it! Also, you can mix a couple of drops with a pump of your liquid foundation to give your skin an extra luminous, dewy glow!
Dry skin is also very prone to wrinkles (not enough hydration to keep your skin plump and maintain its elasticity), so be sure to invest in an anti-aging serum to combat those wrinkles. One brand that I know for sure to be incredibly effective at combating signs of aging is Estee Lauder. Their years of experience in research and technology for skincare has led to the cultivation of the insanely effective (and my family's kryptonite) Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift range - a highly potent, luxurious range of products aimed at lifting and contouring the skin. My parents have tried the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Creme, and they fell head-over-heels in love with it. So naturally when it came to thinking of a serum that would deliver fantastic anti-aging, lifting results, I instantly thought of the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Serum (RM900). I know most people would look at the price tag and balk, but the results this range can deliver are so pleasing, you'll want to take the plunge :)
Finally, no beauty ritual is complete without the application of a mask at least once a week. For dry skin, I highly recommend intensive moisturising masks. If you have slightly more mature skin, consider getting an anti-aging mask instead - these masks are almost always very hydrating anyway (mature skin leans on the dry side), and will work both as a hydrating and a lifting treatment. If you want to pamper yourself a little each week, I highly recommend the La Mer Lifting and Firming Mask (RM820) - a luxurious experience that is sure to please. Read a little more about it here.