Dry skin is usually tight and the facial pores are very small. The skin usually has fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. Coloured skin may appear ashy or dull.
Dry skin is characterised by:
Although the feeling of tight, dried out skin can be age-related, dry skin can also be caused by using a moisturiser that is not rich enough for your skin needs or a cleanser that is too harsh. A gentle skin care routine will help the driest of skin feel more supple and radiant.
Gently cleansing using milky liquid cleansers, tissue-off cleansing creams or super fatted soaps called beauty bars that contain emollients such as olive oil or lanolin, will help eliminate dry skin.
The drier your skin, the more hydrating ingredients your moisturiser should contain. Choose products that include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, emu oil or lanolin, as well as antioxidants with vitamins A, C and E. These ingredients slow down moisture loss during the day, preventing further dehydration. Emu oil and lanolin have the added benefits of healing scars and reducing wrinkles, whilst antioxidants help slow down the ageing process.